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View Poll Results: Should the 620 Key Biscayne kids in high school age have the option to attend a public high school
Yes 17 73.91%
No 5 21.74%
Other (Please explain) 1 4.35%
Voters: 23. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-01-2007, 01:22 PM
 
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Key Biscayne enjoys a population of approximately 2,200 kids in school age (5 years - 17 years of age). 620 of these kids are in high school age.

Key Biscayne K-8 Center, located in Key Biscayne, provides an excellent public Elementary and Middle education to 949 students from Key Biscayne. The school has received the Blue-Ribbon award and has consistently been graded an "A" school.

Coral Gables Senior High, located at 11 miles from Key Biscayne, is the public high school allocated to Key Biscayne students. Besides the distance issue, which requires about 2 1/2 hours of commuting time each day, the school is operating at 130% of capacity.

In addition to the overcapacity and commuting time issue, a significant number of Key Biscayne parents feel the public high school option available to their kids removes them from the community they live in, negatively impacting their social development and after school activities.

A group of parents are reaching out to Key Biscayne residents, elected representatives and Miami-Dade County Public Schools administration to find a solution. This group of parents firmly believe Key Biscayne should have its own public high school, where their kids can be educated without being removed from the community they live in.

Additional information on the issue can be found at hs4kb.com. Please add www at the beginning.

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Last edited by angmarti; 12-01-2007 at 01:34 PM.. Reason: correction
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Old 12-01-2007, 02:05 PM
 
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We are considering a move to Key Biscayne in a few years as our tennis daughter wants to train at Crandon Tennis center. Since the island is pretty built out, where are they thinking about putting the high school?
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Old 12-01-2007, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Orlando Florida
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We are considering a move to Key Biscayne in a few years as our tennis daughter wants to train at Crandon Tennis center. Since the island is pretty built out, where are they thinking about putting the high school?
I really dont think its built out all the way.....there are lots of trees still and a giant park......
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:18 PM
 
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Default High School in Key Biscayne

[COLOR=black][FONT=Arial]There is plenty of room for a high school in Key Biscayne. Our town council has just hired Fielding Nair, the leading designer of top rated schools in the world, to provide data and location suggestions in order for Key Biscayne to establish a high school that creates a new standard of excellence in education within an innovative community school campus available for use by all residents by school year 2009-2010[/FONT][/COLOR][COLOR=black][FONT=Verdana]. [/FONT][/COLOR]
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:26 PM
 
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I think this could happen if the high school boundaries were adjusted to not only allow Key Biscayne kids to attend the new school, but also kids from eastern Coral Gables, Coconute Grove, and maybe even coastal Brickell. Though it would be nice to a have a little high school with 620 students (many schools in NJ/NY towns are this size because each town generally has its own school system), I think it would be more politically feasible in South Florida to make the school about 2000-2500 students in size.
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Old 05-30-2008, 03:28 PM
 
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Operate a charter school like Pembroke Pines does. IMO that would be the most feasible, fiscally efficient solution to a city problem in a county school system.
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Old 05-31-2008, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Miami
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I'd be best if they opened a high school in Brickell instead for Key Biscayne, Brickell, Downtown and Grove kids to attend. Key Biscayne is too far, whereas Brickell is growing very fast and will soon need a high school.
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Old 06-16-2008, 07:35 AM
 
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One of the reasons KB wants it's own high school is so the students who live in KB can stay in their own community. Just as kids who live in the Brickell, Downtown and Coconut Grove areas should attend a school in their own communities.
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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620 kids is not large enough to make it worth the cost to build a high school. Most high schools have over 3,000 students. I think the suggestion of one downtown in Brickell is a good compromise.
I also don't know why it takes 2.5 hours to travel 11 miles. If teh kids all live close together then it shouldn't take more than 20-30 minutes for the buses to round them all up and transportation time for teh 11 miles shouldn't be more than 22 minutes. That's nowhere near 2.5 hours.
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Old 06-17-2008, 10:14 AM
 
Location: North Dade
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If anything, they should do what Miami Shores did and build a charter school.
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