I have my son at Calusa and he absolutely loves the school. My daughter graduated and was very happy, she still misses the school and teachers. As a parent I think its simply one of the best schools in Florida.
My daughter is a former student of Calusa who is now attending another Florida School. The difference is these 2 schools is amazing. At Calusa she was challenged daily. She was in the Quest Program and was excelling. Now she is bored, not challenged and seems to not be moving forward. If I could I would pick up Calusa and take it wherever my daughter attends school.
I have a Daughter going into 2nd grade and a boy going in into Pre-k and I was the kind of parent that worried about choosing the right school for my kids (Public or Private) and I must say I am very happy with the teachers at Calusa they are caring,helpful and most of all loving! to name a few Ms.Mira,Ms.Patterson, Ms.Rubin and Ms.Thorpe.
Disappointed with bullying problems at the school that are brushed under the carpet. No one wants to deal with these problems.
Calusa is a wonderful school full of wonderful teachers and a great Principal (Ms. Palomo). I have a fifth grader who just graduated. She had excellent teachers: Dr. Cohen, Ms. Lockhart and Mr. Sosa who really get involved and care about their students. My youngest just finished Kindergarten and had a wonderful teacher in Mrs. Hirsch. She's already reading at the level of a first grader thanks to her teacher and her dedication to her students.
I have two children in Calusa Elementary. The first one, a fifth grade gifted boy, the second a daughter,Special Ed (ADHD, dislexia) third grader. I love the environment of the school. Everyone is very pleasant. It has been an A school for a while and they work very hard on keeping it. My son Loves it. My daughter is having a really hard time. I am not pleased with the way her case is handled. I wish Special Ed children could be kept together. The fact of joining the regular classes, makes avoiding the bullying almost impossible. Nothing is perfect...
My son graduated from Calusa 4 years ago and now my daughter is entering the second grade. My son's teacher, Mr. Cohen, now Dr. Cohen, was the best thing about his 5th grade year.
Calusa is a great school. It has strong academic program that has been made even better through the leadership of its Principal, Mrs. Palomo. Teachers really care about their students. Emphasis is on academic excellence & it shows in test scores. Gifted program and its teachers is superior!
Excellent school teacher are very involved in the students lives and interest. The best gifted program in miami
I believe Calusa is a very good school. Parents are very involved there, making it easier for teachers to do their job. They help teachers by becoming 'room parents'. I am glad my two kids attend this school. They have evolved very quickly academically and personally. There is also room for improvement though. I don't think all kids have the same opportunity to higher level of education, i.e. EAP, etc.
Wonderful caring environment. Involved parents and teachers make this school a great success. For those that have not had good experiences, I suggest you talk to your child's teacher first and if you do not get a resolution, take it to the top. You will be heard!
My son is in 3rd grade this year has been with Calusa since Kindergarten. I believe Calusa is a wonderful school specially now with Mrs. Palombo as Principal. You can really see the difference. She is so much more involved and willing to listen. There are many wonderful teachers that have been around for a long time and despite all the years of service, they still have the children's best interest at heart. I believe the bad apples are the exception not the rule. I also believe that instead of complaining about what's wrong with the school, we as parents should take a more proactive approach, like becoming involved with the PTA if we want to see changes in certain areas.
I feel that the level of attention given to the chilren at Calusa is exceptional. My Kindergartener is learning at a 1 grade level thanks to teachers like Mrs. Martha Hirsch. I feel that teachers at Calusa genuinely want to teach.
My daughter graduated from Calusa in 1997 and my son in 2004. Both of them had a good share of experiences with good and bad teachers and good and bad principals. The school is esentioally good because of the concerned teachers AND the concerned parents. We are blessed to live in a community that gets involved so much in their kids education. It is not an inconveneince and there is not such a thing as 'TOO MUCH INVOLVED' parents help and it shows in the school ratings even when we had to endure 'not so good' direction from principals or teachers. the quest progrma, grosly underfunded has a wonderful staff, and the other programs do not exist because we as parents dont get involved in obtaining funds for them. we should compromise our political leaders to get more to this communities that pay a high percentage of taxes. We should get more
My daughter attends the Pre-K and I am extremely happy with the teacher. She is very creative and is able to bring our the best of the best.
Calusa elementary is an excellent school. the principal and vice-principal are excellent. the gifted teachers are very knowledgable and provide a great learning environment for children. the overall staff of teachers are extremely interested in your child's development. i have been actively involved for the past 3 years and find it an excellent school. the music, art and PE teachers are very enthusiastic with their respective classes. All the staff welcomes parent involvement. we have really enjoyed the years we have been there.
Overall a good Public School. Unfortunately it has to cope with the common problem of large class size.
This school needs a change of leadership and more teacher supervision.
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