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!
My child is in their third year, gifted program at CRE. My child has been very fortunate because every teacher has been top notch and extremely passionate about their craft. The staff and community of parents are outstanding and never cease to amaze me with their dedication to the children.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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