About Our School

Welcome to Key Biscayne K-8 Center’s website. Most of the information and resources you require should be contained in these pages. If you have any further questions, our friendly staff will be happy to help at the school.

Vision

We are committed to being a community of life-long learners and caring individuals. Key Biscayne K-8 Center emphasizes the importance of community. In essence, the focus is on building a community of learners, where the students’ teachers, staff members, parents, and the entire community take the responsibility for the students’ education. Every adult who works with the students at Key Biscayne K-8 Center has the highest expectations for the students and the belief that each and every child can and will realize his or her potential. Staff members endeavor to make each child feel safe, secure, and special by providing a nurturing environment.

Mission

We provide a nurturing, respectful, and safe environment where all students have opportunities to achieve academic excellence and attain social-emotional well-being. Key Biscayne K-8 Center is committed to developing critical thinkers and life-long learners who make responsible decisions and embrace global citizenship.

The mission statement developed for the school focuses on building a community of learners and addressing each child’s unique intellectual and affective needs through innovative, dynamic, and relevant approaches to teaching and learning. Students are immersed in a learning environment that infuses reading and writing, critical and creating thinking, problem solving, cooperative learning, research skills, and technology into an integrated program, which focuses in actualizing each student’s potential. Thus learning becomes relevant, meaningful, and applicable to each student’s life. This approach affords students the opportunity to become active and responsible participants within their community by providing them the tools and skills to become life-long learners who make responsible decisions and embrace global citizenship.

Key Biscayne K-8 Center is proud to be an “A” school for the last 11 years. The Florida Department of Education has rated Key Biscayne K-8 Center an “A” school for the 2010-2011 school year. 2011 FCAT scores can be found at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org/default.asp.

In 2006, Key Biscayne K-8 Center was awarded the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are high performing and have improved student achievement to high levels. The program is part of the Department of Education efforts to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices. Representatives from the school attended a ceremony in Washington to receive the plaque and flag to signify our status as a National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Key Biscayne K-8 Center was built in l952 and is located on six acres of land that lie on a barrier island. The school serves 1,336 students, grades pre-K through eighth grade, from the community and is part of the Coral Gables Feeder Pattern.

Located on the island of Key Biscayne, it is eight miles from downtown Miami. The island's warm climate, wealth of business opportunities, close proximity to Miami and small town flavor attract residents from all over the globe.

The educational program at Key Biscayne K-8 Center fosters a nurturing, respectful, and safe environment where all students have opportunities to achieve academic excellence and attain social-emotional well- being. The administration and staff at this school have high expectations for student achievement. The school follows the K-12 Comprehensive Research-based Reading Plan (CRRP), the Comprehensive Mathematics and Science Plan and the Competency Based Curriculum (CBC), supplementing these with their own innovative programs. An Exceptional Student Education Program is offered to students who have met the criteria. In addition, the Center for Academically Talented Students (CATS), our gifted content based program, incorporates critical thinking, higher-order skills, and creative activities that promote horizontal as well as vertical growth. We offer an Extended Foreign Language Program (EFL) to students who are interested in becoming bilingual/biliterate.

A recent $2,000 grant awarded is the Healthy Schools Program, which supports schools with starter resources needed to implement and sustain a healthier school environment with the goal to halt the increase of childhood obesity. Additionally, The Rotary Club of Key Biscayne has awarded our school a $1,000 grant towards our technology fund to help increase the development and enhancement of learning opportunities through the use of technology. Key Biscayne K-8 Center and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) continue to join efforts to provide a myriad of activities, workshops, and volunteer programs to support our educational programs.

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