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Coral Reef Montessori Academy Charter

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Posted September 26, 2013

Both my boys have just started school at Crma and thus far they love it. They are happy to go to school and enjoy the new style of learning, freedom and new knowledge/appreciation for nature and the world they live in. I'm very optimistic about their future at the school. Thus far I've seen that the teachers are very involved and very dedicated to helping the children develope nicely. They are great about keeping the parents involved and aware of all that goes on in the classroom. I'm happy with my choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2013

CRMA is a jem, I have had my daughter in this school since PK4 and they have a keen ability to focus on each child's academic needs and still be able to move the class along at a relatively smooth pace. I wouldn't want anything else! What's even better is the parents are kind too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

I have two children enrolled at CRMA, in 1st grade and PK3. We have been at the school for about three years, and are extremely happy. One of the best things about the school is the sense of community that exists between all of the parents and teachers. The school offers a true Montessori environment, focused on the individual child's development. Another aspect of the school that I truly appreciate is the emphasis on health and environmentalism. From the school's no sugar policy to the list of ideas for healthy lunches that is provided with registration materials, this school's founders truly care about fostering the whole child. Kids WANT to learn in this school, and mine are flourishing and very happy. I have found that my first-grader is exhibiting knowledge and skills above that of her peers who are in traditional schools. My only concern when entering the school was that the classrooms are not as strictly controlled as the private Montessori school we came from, but thus far it has not proven to be an issue. The teachers and staff are simply amazing, and genuinely care about the students. They consistently go above and beyond! I would highly recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

Great discipline and organization. Teachers are helpfull and patience with teaching their student. Great environment with much to learn. Friendl and professional staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

A Montessori option in the public school system was, to me, a blessing. The teachers are well trained and very serious about this style of teaching and learning. With children of different ages comingled within classrooms, older ones help the younger ones learn which reinforces lessons for everyone. I could not be happier with this school, the faculty, administration, and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

my school is the best my two grandson and my grand daughter learn so much they are 7 years old and 5 years old and they learn to read since they start PK 4 the teachers are great with the kids and the parents are always welcome to participate and help at school , the classrooms are always clean, the teachers always ready to talk to the parents giving you suggestions had to help your child , in one word they are fantastic my grand children are very happy and ready to go to school


Posted May 5, 2013

At CRMA we have the best Parents! I have a grandmother that goes to read with the kids twice a week, parents take the mats to wash, sharpen pencils, laminated lessons, work on special projects with the kids, our parents this year got for our class a refrigerator, a projector, they send three teacher to the Montessori conference in Orlando and gave each teacher in the school money to buy materials for our class. I just got back from a teacher lunch hosted by the parents for teacher appreciation.....we have the best parents in the whole world! I love my parents!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 3, 2013

My daughter began at CRMA in preK3. She is now a second grader. I can't say enough great things about this wonderful little school. They really do work on holistic education. The school as a whole is a warm little community, everyone is all-hands-on-deck, including parents and families. Everyone knows and cares for one another's child. School principals are easily accessible. My daughter is very happy here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

We have been a part of the CRMA family for 4 years. Both my daughter & son attend this wonderful school. My daughter came from a Waldorf school where academics were not taught until a later age. She was allowed to enter CRMA in 1st grade and given the time & space she needed to catch up. The teachers are loving & kind facilitators, allowing the children to blossom at their own pace and keep their love of learning intact. The school staff is THE most supportive I have ever experienced!! We ve received the most amazing support from teachers & administrators whenever it was needed. As a parent I value that my family is treated with respect and kindness by all the staff there. The parents & kids all know each other and we support each other in and out of school. Both of my kids have flourished at CRMA & I highly recommend this special place to all parents who are looking for a more organic alternative to public compulsory education. The Montessori style of education is nurturing to a child s spirit & I am thrilled that I don t have to worry about my children s education until high school. We are truly blessed to have such a gem of a school in our community!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

My daughter & son, both previously attended this school. The education to which they has been exposed has exceeded my expectations. The directors has undoubtedly put forth much effort in staffing extremely competent and professional teachers. They possess the skills and capacity to provide a high degree of education, complemented by a sense of CARING AND LOVE. The administration is also well-qualified and they have operated with a great sense of organization. I have no doubt that CRMA will continue to exceed in all aspects. I strongly recommend this school for anyone who wishes to provide their child with an excellent, caring education within a family environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

CRMA is a top quality school that goes above and beyond for their students, particularly those who need additional support to meet their special needs. The CRMA staff has been very active with helping me acquire the necessary services that my children required. Furthermore, the teachers have been very accommodating with implementing strategies and providing extra support to my children. My other child, who attended CRMA for eight years, is attending high school at New World. I have experienced the horrors of the public schools in the vicinity, and CRMA is by far the best choice for your child's education AND well-being.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

I stumbled across this school when looking for an alternative to the public school in my neighborhood. I had almost no knowledge of the Montessori philosophy and at the beginning I was skeptical. Fast forward five years and I can tell you it was the best decision I could have made for my children. This is a school that values and teaches autonomy, responsibility, respect for self, respect for others and respect for the world we live in. The children are given all the tools they need to meet and exceed all academic expectations while learning at their own pace. The access to teachers and administration is unparalleled. There are some wonderful things happening with extracurricular activities. I would recommend this school without hesitation - and have many times.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2013

CRMA is unique in my experience, having taught at different Montessori schools. CRMA has positive energy, a sincere & dedicated staff & leadership. As a place to learn & grow, parents & children can work together w/CRMA.


Posted March 23, 2012

I withdrew my daughter from CRMA because I feel she was not learning. I am very disappointed in this school and parents should reconsider before choosing this school for a proper education. The faculty and staff are not the most friendly and the classes are way too big. My daughter's 1st - 3rd class had 37 kids in it! And it was the same in the other 1st - 3rd classes. My daughter attended CRMA from pre k4 - 2nd grade.....I gave it a chance and I can honestly say I was still unhappy with the school and so was my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2011

I have two son's that attend CRMA, to say we love it is an understatement. The students are with the same teachers for three years and throughout that time a real bond is formed. The teachers become more than teachers, they are extended family members thaty can describe your child almost as well as I can. The lessons are hands on so the students learn not by memorization but by actual experience. But their lessons dont stop at academics they have a holistic approach that nurture happy, health conscience, well rounded members of society. The students are the most respectfully well behaved kids I have ever experienced and that says alot considering it goes from k3 to 8th grade. Even the oofice staff are hands on and always helpful and caring...they know your kids too. The leaders are phenominal they seem to really support their teachers and of course the students. They are always looking for innovative ways to improve the school. Where else would the director invite parents to her house to host a meeting reguarding parenting classes-they truly care. The parents are great everyone is so invovled-its everyones school and I love the diverse atmosphere. I love CRMA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2010

This is one of the few Montessori schools in the country that honestly tries to adhere to the Montessori Philosophy, while striving to meet state standards. The school has an outstanding reputation for meeting the needs of each student, including those individuals who require educators to think "out of the box" in order to come up with solutions for the child to be successful. The staff is hardworking, committed, creative and compassionate.


Posted May 10, 2010

CRMA provides a nurturing, Montessori environment while meeting the needs of the whole child. The teachers that work at CRMA are there because they truly love to teach. Despite long hours with lots of take home work, low pay and increasing responsibility they show up day after day with a smile on their face and full of enthusiasm to start the day with new and exciting Montessori lessons. The children are cared for with respect and love.I addition the school has a family like environment unlike any other school in Dade County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

CRMA is outstanding. I have a 2nd grader and an 11th grader who was a former student. The nurturing and leadership they receive is not common for many other schools. At this school, children are treated as individuals and their teachers encourage their individualism.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

My kids attended this school from PK3 to 8th grade they are both now in High School and every day I realized they had the best education, the best teachers and staff. At CRMA the teachers, administration and staff really care about their students. CRMA is not a perfect school but is one of the few schools that care about the children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

coral reef montessori academy charter school is very unique and diversified community.... there are people working and children attending the school from all over the world and from all walks of life. we truly work together to teach our community not only academics but how to get along with and accept others of all different background, ethnicities and beliefs.
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Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
68%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
50%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
79%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

21 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 61% 29%
Black 21% 23%
White 14% 42%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 42%58%61%
Master's degree 54%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Lucy C Canzoneri-golden
Fax number
  • (305) 255-4085

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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