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.
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!
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.
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..
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Too much stress for the kids, excesive homework, no time for playing, no kids time, no life.
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