Maggie Dokic

Ponce De Leon Middle School6

Coral Gables, FL | Miami-Dade County

September 14, 2014


Ponce is a great school by any measure. The Principal, Ms. Chang, is an amazing leader and has beautified the grounds and atmosphere enormously. There are not a lot of involved parents but the ones who do show up to help out are great. The IB Program has a lot of solid teachers and the staff at Ponce is second to none. Don't hesitate to send you child to school here- it is a really great school.

Submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013


Whenever you walk into the school, the staff has a smile on the face. They are very helpful and care for their students. The director is incredible and met the challenge of transforming a school catering a very diverse student population, teaching kids from any disadvantaged neighborhood together with gifted children in an IB middle school program. Yes, there is way to improve on the organization, but the most important is that the heart of the staff is on the right place. Students get a hug when they need it but they are also taught discipline and self confidence. Students that get kicked out of neighboring schools, such as Carver, tend to regain confidence and growth at Ponce de Leon. This is not because Ponce de Leon is an easier school, it is just because the school philosophy is warm and welcoming, valuing each student at a fundamental level. This is what encourages students to give their best and regain confidence in themselves. I appreciate the individual approach to counseling, which high school is best for your child.

Submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013


I remember sitting at the classroom and learning through multiple lectures. Meeting teachers and students alike in which are peculiar and yet cunning. I remember meeting friends and friends of friends that have multiple characteristics. Some per say can be a bit annoying. Others are what you can say a wisecrack. Some are shy and others are outspoken. I remember the memories we shared. Through thick and thin, we stand our ground. I remembered the trouble makers and the happy go lucky people. (ei. Fieldtripper, point dexter, skipper, vultures, chicken foot gang, g the loudest, Einstein, et cetera) All I can say is that there are times when you are paired up with people whom can be a great asset and others not so much. There are times when you are pit into real life situations and such which can prepare you for the future. To the kiddos going to the school, let me give you and advice. Whenever you get the chance to do something, do it. Do not procrastinate! Do not belittle things. Always do your best so in the end you would never regret your actions. Balance your academics, extracurricular, and community services. Whatever you do, face your consequences head on and never complain.

September 11, 2013


Ponce is a great School for all types of students. I am an 8th grader and this is my third and last year at Ponce. I have enjoyed every year I have spent here, I have learned and grown so much.

September 10, 2013


My son started school this year and absolutely loves it. He loves getting up and ready for school now. He cant wait for the chess club to start so he can learn how to master the game. I found the principal to be very knowledgeable and friendly during the craziness of orientation. The school grounds are lovely and well kept. I love the fact that they have maintained the authenticity of the historic buildings but yet are able to provide a great environment for a school.

Submitted by a parent

September 10, 2013


im very happy with the progress that ,my duagjhter has acquired here at ponce. I pleased with her teachers and class schedule. I will defeneletly will be returning next year.

Submitted by a parent

September 10, 2013


My daughter is a 7th grade gifted student in the IB program.She's had a great experience so far at Ponce. Last year i was worried about her entering a big school campus after a fairly cozy elementary program, but her teachers did a great job reaching out to her and made themselves available via email from the beginning of the year, and were great at responding, whenever there were concerns or questions. The lead teacher in the IB program is FABULOUS!!!!!! She is like a mom to the kids: nurturing them, but also giving them the kind of advice they need to navigate middle school. She really knows the kids. Academically, teachers have challenged her with interesting, cross-disciplinary projects, which is what the IB program is all about. Her science teacher last year was amazing and committed - she led a group of kids on a fabulous camping trip to learn about the Everglades! Her Language Arts teacher was a fiercely dedicated burst of energy and creativity. The French program won first place in the county for middle school for I think the 2nd or 3rd year! Math was a great experience too, and she was well prepared to enter the Algebra (for those who qualify). Ask to meet a current parent

Submitted by a parent

May 3, 2013


My son is a student at the IB program of Ponce de Leon Middle. The administrators and teachers of the program are phenomenal. The curriculum is challenging and very globally-oriented. My son is studying hard and very motivated, and I have the school to thank.

Submitted by a parent

October 11, 2011


This is our 3rd year at Ponce and we continue to be impressed by not only the curriculum of the IB Program but the quality of the Ponce teachers and administrators. They are a team of motivated and dedicated academics striving to ensure our kids succeed. Our son is very proud of his school, as are we. We highly recommend Ponce to any family looking for an excellent education, administered by a highly professional team.

Submitted by a parent

October 10, 2011


Great school. I would not want to work anywhere else. It is a true representation of the excellence that can be produced when everyone works together.

Submitted by a teacher

October 10, 2011


My son has excelled at Ponce De Leon Middle School. The teachers are professional, attentive nd serious about teaching. The teachers earnthe respect of the students because it is apparent that they care. The principal is energetic, motivated and positive about the future of the students. The PTSA is envolved and has made great strides in bring community to this schoold. The IB program is challenging and is providing a well rounded view of the world, politics and economics that the students need to be sucessful in the future. I would recommend Ponce De Leon Middle school to any student that is serious about their acedemic future.u

Submitted by a parent

October 9, 2011


An excellent education by a caring teacher group; and advanced curriculum which will be respected when my child applies for college; the chance to play sports, make friends, perform music in concerts; all of this and more is what Ponce offers. My 7th grader has advanced tremendously in the program, and is learning more than I could have imagined. As a result of the excellent teaching in this advanced program (the IB program), my child will complete high school (yes, they plan ahead that far ahead) with much of his first year of college credits completed, saving costs for us, and giving him greater opportunities to advance there, as well. They took a field trip to the Everglades, learn languages, and study guitar. There are art programs and other great opportunities. If you are looking for a school program that can help your child have a well rounded education, and social network building, this school is a wonderful choice. As for the test scores, consider that the school is only partial magnet, so the scores are for the entire school. The magnet only program would have awesome scores, if they could be shown alone. What would I change? More parents getting involved more often.

Submitted by a parent

October 9, 2011


I am so proud to say that my daughter chose Ponce, out if her many choices for middle school. I am extremely happy with her performance and mostly for the performance of her teachers! I was concerned about where Skylar would go to middle school and was very confused by our choices. Skylar was very interested in going to South Miami and was accepted but after weighing her options and all the benefits of the IB program she chose Ponce. I wad extremely happy with her decision and really feel she made the right choice! I think Ponce has so much more to offer her than any other option we had and she has had the best two years of het life there! She has amazing, well rounded respectable friends that I am so happy for her to have as piers! I find the program challenging for my intelligent child but also a place where she has made friends for life! I give her experience an "a" and will recommend this school to everyone !

Submitted by a parent

August 5, 2011


As a parent of an incoming seventh grader I give Ponce de Leon Middle an excellent rating. My son excelled academically and made lots of new friends during his sixth grade year. The IB teachers are caring, involved, and responsive. The IB coordinator and all the administrators are hands on professionals who will strive to help your child on an individual basis. Ponce is a great school!

Submitted by a parent

August 5, 2011


Ponce is an exceptional school. The teachers are caring and proactive. The leadership team is also exceptional and extremely student and parent centered. It is one of the finest schools in teh area. The IB programme is a notch above all the rest.

Submitted by a parent

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