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PK-5
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Palmetto Bay, FL
Students enrolled: 834
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After care: Yes

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7955 Southwest 152nd Street
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157

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(305) 235-1464
(305) 254-3725
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December 03, 2014
I have been nothing but pleased with my kids' education at Coral Reef. They are all in the Gifted Program. There is a reason why this school has been an A school for 14 years. There is a cohesive network of teachers, staff, parents and children that works wonderfully. The gifted teachers go above and beyond! I am proud of CRE and the great school that it is and always has been. Go Dolphins!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2014
Terrible experience at this school! One of the 1st grade gifted teachers is horrible to her students and I have had the unfortunate experience of seeing her yell at her students quite frequently. I have complained but nothing gets done. This school is run by the unfortunate politics of the public school system. This school only cares about its ranking based on test scores in order to obtain more funding. I have now pulled my children out of this school and look forward to never going back there again.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2014
Too many politics at this school!!! This school is for the stay at home mom's that are bored to death at home. Mom's are constantly coming into the school and wondering around hallways gossiping with one another.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2014
We have had a wonderful experience at Coral Reef Elementary. This has been my daughters first experience with public school after many years of private school. We have been happily surprised by the quality of education and the excellent teachers. In addition, we have worked closely with the Assistant Principal on several areas and she has been wonderful and very responsive. I would not hesitate to send my child here again (and wish we would have sooner).

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
I love this school more than I can ever say. The faculty is beyond amazing. I have a child with special needs and was scared to death of her entering kindergarten, but the principal, VP and counselor were so welcoming and accommodating of our unique situation. They went above and beyond to make me and my child feel comfortable in school. Our teacher was perfect. So calm and sweet, always caring for my child. I really felt like she cared about me and my child and that was so important to me. I wish we didn't have to leave this school for next year. I recommend it especially to children who are different or are worried about bullying. They really care so much. Love love love this school and all the staff in it!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
My child had been enrolled in a local private school for a number of years. The private school served her well but we decided to give Coral Reef Elementary School a try. At first she was apprehensive but soon she was having a better experience at Coral Reef than she had at the local (expensive) private school she previously attended. The teachers, the administration and the school staff made the transition not only easy, but enjoyable. In fact, our family discovered that the professional resources available at this school were far beyond what was made available via the previous school. The private school our daughter attended was fantastic. However, the teachers and administration at Coral Reef have experience dealing with many students from different backgrounds with any number of issues and challenges. This, I believe, has prepared them to educate students in a more professional and effective manner regardless of the situation. I really didn't want my child to switch from private to public school. However, now I know my prejudice proved to be both expensive and foolish.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
We moved to Palmetto Bay in the middle of the school year and enrolled our children at Coral Reef Elementary. Our apprehensions about the move all disappeared because of the smooth transition into this school. The Assistant Principal and the Counselor are amazing! They met with us and answered all our questions. The teachers were wonderful and immediately provided our kids with books and materials to get started. My husband and I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2014
As a parent with a second child attending Coral Reef Elementary, I have ten years of experience at this school. Through out all of the years that my children have attended this school I can honestly say that I have had nothing but positive experiences. The administration, faculty & staff are exceptional.They have brought the school to a higher level of academic excellence, as well as created a phenomenal environment for learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
As a parent at this school, I am grateful that my child is able to attend a quality public school. From administration, support staff, teachers, librarian to security personnel, everyone seems vested in the importance of their job. As to security, I feel very comfortable with the procedures. There is always security personnel at the front entrance to sign in visitors and issue badges. During school hours this is the only gate open, the rest are locked. During dismissal another pedestrian gate is open with another security person. I see and hear this person making sure no child leaves without an adult escort. Before the children get to that gate they are released by teachers only to those on the approved list. As to parents around the school during school hours, I find this comforting. The parents add to it's appeal. They have to sign in or are wearing their volunteer badges. The reality is that most are mothers. They are a community of parents who choose to help their children's school. I see them caring for children who are not their own. When I am at work, I know that there are other moms with their eyes on the campus and my child. This is invaluable to me.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
My daughter is a student at Coral Reef Elementary. I can honestly say that it is excellent. The staff, teachers, and leadership team know the students by name and make it feel like a second home. The PTA is active and involved with making the school great. There are all types of after school clubs offered. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
My experience at Coral Reef Elementary has been amazing! The teachers, administration, staff, and PTA team are very welcoming and my child has had opportunities to participate in several clubs and programs. This school is not just about pushing academics, but also about developping well-rounded children.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
This school honestly has the BEST TEACHERS. You will not find teachers that truly care as much as these teachers do anywhere else. The principal is very active and is always around, which again you don't always find. What was mentioned in an another comment about security I truly disagree. There is a security guard at the front entrance at all times, at which that is the only entrance during school hours. And what I truly love is that parents are always welcome to volunteer in the classroom or around the school. I was nervous switching from a small preschool to a public school, but I truly have had nothing short of an amazing experience. They have tons of clubs like Legos, cheerleading, and drama the kids can sign up for as well. As well as if you look up academic scores compared to other public schools, they are always in the top 10 in the county, usually beating out some of the other more known schools like palmetto and pinecrest elementary. It's truly an all around great school.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
I have three children attending Coral Reef and I cannot say much because they have not attended any other school but there is not extra help for children not doing good. Parents will have to pay private tutors. There is a " tutoring program" but is just the kids doing success maker on the computer. Very disappointed but I have heard others are way wosrst. Unfuryunately, there are not many choices out there and the school district just care about FCATS and sadly our children are not learning, they are just being trained to pass a test. The only positive thing is the area. That's all.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
I had 2 students go through school for K- 5th grade. For MIami, its an ok school but over the years I have seen the quality of education there slip. The school has a disproportionately large # of students in the gifted program. The classes that are left are filled with problem students that are bussed in from other feeder patterns. The new principal seems more concerned with making the school look "pretty" than the quality of education. The parents are very involved, TOO INVOLVED. Any time of day, parents can be seen walking around the campus which is both a security issue and disruptive for the classes. Also the school abutts a park with only a 4 foot fence separating it. Any vagrant could have access to the open-style campus. Unsafe!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
Please don't berate this school if this is your first experience in Miami- Dade County Public Schools, because many of your issues would be caused by lack of funding. Your gripe: They don't have after school programs?! Um, no, they don't. There is no money in Miami-Dade schools. I think they're doing a good job considering the resources they're given. They need more staff to get the things done that parents are expecting (and should be). However, there is no money for new hires. Change needs to be made through politics. These schools need to be better funded. Period. I've been to CRE & seen no toilet paper, paper towels or soap in the bathrooms. I've seen office staff pushing a mop around the cafeteria. They're trying. Please do not blame them, blame our government. As far as students being bused in, they are. However, if you're worried about behavior problems because of it-don't. Overall, Coral Reef is one of the best public schools in Miami-Dade. Compaprable schools are in high income neighborhoods with parents donating generously both their time & money to make up for what poor government funding is causing.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2013
Honestly, the school is extremely lacking in security. Anyone can just walk right in and out with ease and the drop off and pickup is not secure. For some kids that are behind, there's no after-school programs or even homework assistance. The principal and assistant are never accessible and concerns never get addressed. It is rated as an A school but its misleading due to many kids getting outside tutoring thanks to parents having a great income. School is located in a very nice neighborhood and some parents are involved. However there is much to be desired and some parents have removed their children to put them in excellent charter schools in the Kendall area.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
Great School!!! My children have been going to this school for the past two years. The teachers are wonderful. The curriculum is very rich, specially in the Spanish program (EFL). Also, lots of parents are extremely involved. Very happy with the school!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2013
Coral Reef is about as good of a school as you will find in the Miami-Dade and Florida public school system. Like most public schools, prepare to be involved in your child's work for them to succeed. You will find teachers will help you help you children, but you will still need to help your kids out with homework and projects. The teachers do their best to challenge the advanced kids and help those that are struggling. Having said that, the do not have the resources of a private school. Things like music and art are minimal, but many teachers do a good job with the basics and several put in extra hours for special programs. The gifted teachers are wonderful, but still limited to a certain extant by the FCAT. Fortunately the FCAT is getting a merciful death next year and the focus on practice tests is really only in the weeks leading up to the test. One last point, don't expect your children to learn Spanish in ANY Miami public school, just because everyone in the county speaks Spanglish doesn't mean anyone has any idea of how to teach a foreign language

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2011
This school has excellent teachers. My children have been at the school for several years and are doing great. The school has higher test schools than all the neighbor schools and lots of parents that really care. I think CRE is a great place to be.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
The main problem with CRE is the students that are transferred in using the No Child Left Behind Act, there are 6 buses full every day, these students are not contected to the school in any way, the parents do not show for PTA meeting or school functions. The school has 48% of it's enrollment from out of district, may parent that live in district chose to send their children to other schools, i.e. Howard Drive elementary. CRE was once a neighbor school it no longer is and I do not see it ever returning to what it once was, which was a wonderful neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2011
Very disappointing. Faculty and Staff are honestly horrible. I am a very involved parent and from conversations with Principal, Staff, and teachers, I came to realize that this is not a school that puts students first and is not concerned about them. I have a Bachelors degree and working on my Masters and Dade County should definitely hire employees that are better qualified to work with children! I would rate this school a negative!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2010
My children have been at CRE for 2 years now. They transferred in using the No Child Left Behind Act. The academics at this school are on par with the other A schools however, the principal and some of the teachers are far below average. The principal is extremely inaccessible. If you call you will receive a call back from his secretary asking for an e-mail with your concerns. This is just so he can forward it to the Assistant Principal who will then just dismiss the problems as parental concerns without merit. Some of the teachers are wonderful, and some leave a lot to be desired. My daughter s teacher is known for yelling at students and refusing to answer questions from the students because she is e-mailing on her cell phone during lessons. Attempts were made for contact and she has refused all correspondence. On a plus side, CRE is an A school and is in a wonderful neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2010
CRE is a great neighborhood school which has provided my children an excellent education. It has a small town feel in a big city. I am very happy with the school and highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2010
Ensuring kids safety is a priority. Like every school, there are good teachers who teach because it comes from their HEART & BAD teachers, who only CARE about receiving a PAY CHECK. Yelling at the kids SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED, it causes fear in them NOT respect contrary to what some think. Cafeteria NEEDS A lot of Help, kids throw food, run, hit & do as they please. the blinds in the cafeteria shouldn't have any string to pull up or down, kids play with them!! I have seen it early morning during breakfast! SAFETY should be a Priority! NOT GOOD AT ALL!! I DO NOT RECOMMEND THE SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2010
Security is a big issue here, anyone can walk right in, they need a security guard. My son's teacher speaks loud when explaining tasks, BUT she yells at them, specially when they make a mistake. What ever happened to RESPECT ?? teacher had an intern who needed extra spelling lessons herself! teacher doesn't like you telling her anything about your child being bullied by another kids, she always has an excuse, Principal delegates these issues to the assistant Principal who dismisses them AS MERE ALLEGATIONS, there is NO RESPECT or consideration shown here. PRINCIPAL is never available to discuss important issues, overall, I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
It's a great school that helps the children learn, grow and thrive.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
I had to register my dauther in CRE this year because we moved to the area, she was in an excellent charter school all her life and this has been quite the adjustment. The security is a joke, there's no afterschool programs not even homework assistance! The way math is taught it's ridiculous and uniforms? kids wear whatever and it just looks horrible..

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2009
my child loves the school its the change ive ever done its so great my child even wakes me up early get get to school

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- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2008
Great school, great students, and now a new principal! I've had kids here for 8 years now, and it is a wonderful school with dedicated and caring teachers, wonderful kids, and involved parents. The only problem has been the principal, whom many parents mentioned in their reviews. She was unfriendly and unresponsive to parents, seeming to resent the parent involvement and consider us something she has to 'deal with,' sometimes with threats. The AP has been little better. This has been the reason for many of the mixed or negative reviews posted here. Well, now, Coral Reef has a new principal and AP, and I expect it will be even better!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2008
We moved our children from private school to Coral Reef last year and have not regretted the decision once. While there were some new security measures that created an uproar earlier in the year, I have yet to feel personally unwelcome... quite the contrary. The teachers are dedicated and easy to communicate with, and they welcome parent involvement whole-heartedly. While I still am unhappy about my children eating 'brunch' at 10 am, I am hopeful that the school's infrastructure will soon be able to comfortably accommodate the now 900 strong student body. There are so many opportunities for students at every level to succeed, excel and grow; we are profoundly impressed by the enthusiasm of the teachers in the gifted program and the environment that they create for learning. Every encounter with office staff has been pleasant and productive, as they always go the extra mile to help out.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2008
My daughter is now in her 3rd year at Coral Reef Elementary School and I have to say I am more then happy with the school, staff and activities the school has. My daughter is in the gifted program and has accelerated so much in the program. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2007
I am very disappointed in the 'militant' policy concerning security at Coral Reef. A parent should be able to see their child at any time during the school day with prudent security measures in place. However, the Coral Reef principal makes this impossible. My child has had three teachers since the beginning of school.

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September 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
I have been a Coral Reef parent since 1997. This years security issues and rules have gone a little over board in my opinion. Parent involvement is the key to success,to shut them out is just wrong. I will nolonger contribute my time to a place who makes parents feel isolated from their children's golden years. The new changes are ridiculous and shows that the principal has no regard for the parents and their feelings. There should not be a lack of communication between parents and teachers.The school is not an A school because of our principal it is due to our very hard working teachers, students and parents. I believe that the children should benefit from the proceeds more, that come with this rating and less to the teachers and none to the school staff. After all it's about the children and their needs to success in school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
New so-called security procedures at this school effectively banish parents, and has created strong sense of ill-will between parents and admnistration. Ability to meet and interact with teachers is almost non-existent. Leadership skills of administration are limited and communication is just as poor. Staff morale seems to be deteriorating. Instruction is by the books with little creativity especially where special programs and classes are concerned. Parental interest in enhancing academic quality is disregarded. Much alienation and frustration at what used to be one of the finer schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2007
Our child attended Coral Reef Elementary from PK through 5th grade and we have nothing but the highest praise for the dedication of the wonderful staff. All of teachers were excellent when communicating progress, or the lack thereof. We felt that the administration was fair in the way they handled decisions for the benefit of all children as a whole. The school has recently acquired a new 20 classroom building and the school seems to be a place where parents, teachers, and administrators work toward excellence in education.

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January 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2006
Although this school is not a 'magnet' school, the gifted kids are grouped together in the same classes. Therefore if your child is an average student she will be seperated from the 'smarter' kids. I have a problem with this. The principal is indifferent to the students and parents. The parent involvement is great. The library and AR program are fantastic. Afterschool program is a below average. The Spanish cirriculum isnt that great. We have had some great teachers at this school. Hopeful for a new principal.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2006
ilove that school beacause my 2 children went there. there at the school they have different activities such as music, art, sports and many other things. The school is very big and every one threr is nice, intelligent and talentin.The class rooms are alway clean, the bathroom as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2006
I think it is great. My 3 kids are there now, and my oldest has special needs and is mainstreamed in the regular population. The administration and teaching staff have been incredibly supportive and well trained as to my 'special' child's needs, and they are wonderful with my other kids as well. Recently class sizes have come down, now we don't have a class above 24 students--with 22 in my daughter's kindergarten class. The parents (in general) are super involved and extremely welcoming to newcomers. We love it!

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March 11, 2006
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January 11, 2006
I was not impressed with my first year at Coral Reef. My child's teacher got surplussed without even an explanation. This was his first experience in school and it hasn't been a great one. The principal didn't stand behind the teacher and a different teacher was put in his class that was less qualified. This teacher is a wonderful person but nothing like the previous teacher. It's about politics instead of what is best for the child.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
The first of our four children started in the CRE Pre-K program in 1996 and we have been a satisfied CRE family ever since. All four kids have thrived academically and socially on both the personal and community levels and in the broader context of state and national stanines as well. CRE is a well-run school with a caring and dedicated community of educators, staff, parents, and students. The CRE administrators and teachers set the tone with high expectations for themselves and for the students. The parents and the surrounding community back that up with a high level of support and involvement. That positive and powerful combination is what any school needs in order to be strong and successful - and CRE has it.

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- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
Caring staff and great community.

- submitted by a teacher
May 17, 2005
Too much stress for the kids, excesive homework, no time for playing, no kids time, no life.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
No complaints at all. Class size was a bit large at first but the kids ajusted well.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2005
Exellent neighborhood with great learning environment. In a beautiful residential area so you can walk to school with your child! Positive feedback from great teachers and staff. Many advanced programs. Very involved families, staff encourages them to work in classroom.

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Coral Reef Elementary School
7955 Southwest 152nd Street, Palmetto Bay, FL  33157
(305) 235-1464
Last modified Coral Reef Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Coral Reef Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top