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Coral Reef Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 834 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 11 ratings
2013:
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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted June 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 2, 2014

Its an okay school... great principal!! security is a major issue as parents are allowed to wonder around hallways- you don't know who is a parent and who is not. If you plan to have your kids attend this school look out for the helicopter parents. They are constantly trying to test their kids into the gifted programs even though their child is not gifted. Drop off/ pick-up is a nightmare at this school. The cross walk staff is horrible- constantly blocking intersections when light is on green and making traffic worst than it already is. Teachers are average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 6, 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


Posted April 5, 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


Posted April 4, 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


Posted 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


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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 2014.

141 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

139 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 63% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

135 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
88%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 56% in 2014.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
62%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 48%
White 34%
Black 12%
Asian 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 59%58%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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7955 Southwest 152nd Street
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
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