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About This School

Morikami Park Elementary School is a public elementary school. The principal of Morikami Park Elementary School is Ms. Stacey Quinones, who can be contacted at morikamiparkes@palmbeachschools.org. 796 children attend Morikami Park Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 5% of the Morikami Park Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 18% of the 796 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Morikami Park Elementary School is 15:1. American Heritage School - Boca/Delray is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 61% 35%
Asian 6% 3%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Hispanic 18% 30%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 29%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18% 55%
Limited English proficiency 5% 11%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Morikami Elementary was described to me as a place everyone wants to be the teachers and faculty the students and parents. I have absolutely found this to be the case. This is my family's fourth year at Morikami. We are extremely satisfied here. My son tested gifted but on some good advice we felt it important to attend to help him be well rounded immersed in the IB program and to experience all we could here. We have never looked back. As we prepare now for the FCAT for my oldest of course there is talk about "teaching to the test" but guess what? The information is real life and an important component of learning math reading and reading comprehension with writing. I'm OK with that! My second child is an average student but struggled with reading and her teacher addressed where we were where we needed to be and put a plan in place to achieve it. And she is doing it. I am thankful for my children's learning experiences friends their teachers and they are safe and happy every day. Further I am very impressed with the level of parent involvement. . People are happy and proud to be here. Apply if you can take it if you get it.

  • (10 months ago)

    For those parents complaining about the school remember that this school is a CHOICE school. You made the choice to be there. You are more than welcome to leave the school and go to your home school.

  • (10 months ago)

    I hate how parents are saying they hate the school it's in my opinion totally rude to put it on the internet!!! Just take your students out of the CHOICE program you put them in and try a different school!!! Now in my opinion I loved morikami!!! I am now in 7th grade but I went to morikami from Kindergarten all the way to 5th grade! I loved all ofmy teachers! Esspecially Ms. Sanford when I had her in 3rd grade!!! She was the BEST!! & all my teachers taught me everything I needed to know for middle school!! When I was in 6th grade all my teachers were surprised with what I knew! While other kids didn't know how to do anything!!!!! So I rate this school a 5 with all my heart!

  • (10 months ago)

    The review below saying they declined a child with ASD sounds like bologna. I have a child on the spectrum there and he has all the necessary accommodations to ensure he does well. I know there are several children on the spectrum there. However depending on how severe your child's condition is this may not be the best school for him or her because it is a very fast paced and demanding school. It is a public school it is indeed a lottery program. I knew nobody at that school when we got in and I don't socialize much with anyone there. I applied via the choice program online and yes it is hard to get in because hundreds of families apply. The teachers are very caring as is the entire administration. I appreciate that the staff communicates with me frequently and via any and all means necessary (text emails calls).

  • (10 months ago)

    This school is very clicky- the parents not the students. It's rediculous if you don't have the time to volunteer like every day and brown nose the teachers and admin then you don't belong here. They made me decline my entrance for my ASD child because THEY don't take THOSE certain TYPE of kids. Is it really they can't accommodate or they're just to lazy with pre-conceived notions of discrimination. They didn't even give my Aspergers child a chance. Shameful... I was in tears so now I have two kids at two different schools. The IB program is great and impressive. You have to work hard or you don't make it. It shows that they only want the cream of crop at this school.

  • (11 months ago)

    This school is for people that have friends in the district so that they can get into the so called "lottery." It is for those parents that are too cheap to pay for or can't afford private school. They use standard textbooks just like every other public school even though in the orientation the principal will say they don't use standard textbooks. They don't use standard tear out workbooks pages either but they are just computer generated workbook pages. Parents are involved but I think it is to the point of being overinvolved at times. Some teachers are nice and some are downright nasty just like at any other school. I just don't see all the "bragging" points that this school is promoted upon. It is a newer school and ok inside. Good test scores but if you pick and choose students that is not a shock. I am just not impressed. School is average overall. You can find the same thing at many schools. It just depends upon your location. I see why Florida has such a large amount of homeschoolers.

  • (11 months ago)

    We are very happy to be at Morikami Park. The fact that the school is part of the IB foundation is great as it ensures that the education provided meets international standards. The 2 languages (Spanish and Mandarin) are a great opportunity for my child to learn. Our kindergarten teacher was wonderful and my child ended the year reading writing adding and subtracting. The parents I have met have been great as have been the kids. I am looking forward to more years at Morikami!

  • (1 year ago)

    i am a 5th grader moving out next year. Morikami park is probably the best school in the state. the teachers are phenomenal!!! i love the playground and the space outside. there are tons of super nice kids to befriend and always the very lovely guidance counsoler to speak with if you need help with things.everything is great except the after care. "saac" (abbrieviation) is not something to enroll your child in. first of all there is the excrusiating noise in the cafeteria. also if you dont bring a book to read and you finish your homework they literaly PUNISH you with note home!! and when we go outside they seriously only let you go 100 feet away from the counsoler. the after care staff always goes where the boys want to go and us poor girls have to sit out in the hot sun doing nothing while sweaty boys jump around play basket ball and have fun. oh and dont forget when they "accidently" drop the ball on your head. i dislike the aftercare only but everything else is fine )

  • (1 year ago)

    Have children in 5th grade and 3rd grade. Both children started in K. MPES is AMAZING!!! The teachers are caring responsive and respectful to parents and students. The PTA is amazing. I wish MPES went through to 8th grade. My son is going into 6th grade after this year and I am sad he has to leave. If you are able to get in.....DO NOT DECLINE.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a grandparent I am so impressed with the progress my grandchildren in kindergarten. And the after care program is amazing.

  • (1 year ago)

    MPES is no better than your average area public middle school and in many respects is a whole lot worse. The teachers are unmotivated and spend incredible amounts of time texting and on Facebook. The IB curriculum is hardly taught. Parents that donate large amounts of money are given preferential treatment including having their kids placed with certain teachers. Cyber bullying is on the rise and the administrators look the other way. This school has really gone downhill big time the last two years. You are better off sending your kid to one of the better private schools if you can afford it.

  • (1 year ago)

    To the parent who ignorantly claimed that the new PE teacher has no PE background or experience you should have done some research first. I did and I found out that she is a certified PE teacher and she has coached sports at both the high school and college level. She also was the waterski director at an upscale sleep-away summer camp. I have heard nothing but great things about her from my kids and other parents. She actually TEACHES the children sports and is up actively working with them. My kids also said that she works with the teachers and the students to have fun sports to play at recess. The only thing my kids learned last year was how to play flag tag. Your comments were rude and not based on fact.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son graduated MPES last year. He got a 5 on his Math Reading and Science FCAT and just missed one question on each section (so it was a nearly perfect FCAT which is probably one of the top scores in Palm Beach County). He got a perfect 4th grade math FCAT (every question correct). He just started middle school at St. Andrews and they placed him in 7th grade honors math and accelerated Spanish). So far he has gotten an A on every single middle school test and middle school is a piece of case. His MPES education rivals that of his peers who all went to the lower school at St Andrews (and paid over $120K for that same education). My daughter is doing equally well in 5th grade. This is an amazing school with incredible teachers who made meaningful and significant contributions to their kids lives. I have no doubt that my kids will go to top colleges and their education started at MPES!

  • (1 year ago)

    Lat school year my child was a first grader at MPES.To the parent who posted Aug 9 2012 I can tell you it isn't the students who are texting during class it's the teachers. My child was in a very large 1st grade classroom with 3 teachers. When the full time teacher did show up to work she spent alot of time texting emailing etc. My daughters end of the year portfolio had 9 pages of work. In kindergarden her portfolio was 6 inches thick!! Her homework was very limited. I can tell you she knows how to spell very diffucult words. She just can't write easy sight words as none of her spelling was ever corrected on paper just on spelling tests. The highlight of the art program was learning who Leoanardo DiVinci was. Never did art projects. PE in classroom or in bus circle.. Advised she be tested for gifted prog. by kindergarden teacher. By the end of kindergarden the school had never tested her. They tested her at the beginnng of 1st grade she missed the gifted program by 1 point. The precentage of gifted students at MPES is 0. This is why FCAT scores continue to be high. MPES doesn't want gifted minds to leave the school. My daughter no longer attends MPES.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school's curriculum and motivation to teach the students is phenomenal. The commitment from parents is high and may become stressful with multiple children enrolled at the same time. unfortunately I also was at the wrong end of the Principal's index finger in the school parking lot; I don't have anything good to say about her. There is a big economical divide between those students yielding iPhones and those who don't but education is the reason they are all there and it is exceptional. The school is large and the children are well behaved enough to not make anyone feel inadequate. On a few occasions my children have cried due to the pressure to complete massive amounts of work - this is a good problem but not necessary. Overall a good school. Their 2 page school list is a bit ridiculous my kids don't even use all the items which I have to pack in a suitcase and deliver each year on Meet the Teacher day.

  • (2 years ago)

    Hey viewers! I'm a student at MPES. I am going into my last year of Morikami park elementary school. All of the kids are soo nice and are always on their best behavior. Ever since I entered the school I have gotten AMAZING teachers. My mother is a first grade teacher at Morikami and she works harder than any average teacher at any school along with all the other teachers at MPES. The principals us students have had are incredible and some of the best things that ever happened to the school. The academic studies given to me are beyond what anybody would think. All of the teachers are incredibly kind. For example my past teacher gave the whole class personal gifts! Without the encouragement and effort of the teachers and staff I wouldn't have gotten a perfect score in reading one Q. wrong in math and a truck load of pride seeping into me when I saw my FCAT scores last year. This is not and average school so put your kid in the lottery for this MPES!

  • (2 years ago)

    Please do us all a favor and leave the school. Apply for financial aid and go to a private school. I'm talking about standardized testing in elementary school and your talking about SAT's in high school. Sadly you have your facts wrong. I know several people that have taking their kids out of Public school because their children can't handle the testing. Don't give your opinion unless you have backup. Standardized testing is a part of every state if you are in a public school. Whether you are in public or private you still have to take the SAT's if you want to go off to college. The FCAT testing is very challenging just take a look at Florida Department of Education and see how poorly all the other schools did compared to Morikami. They must be doing something right! Private schools have total control over the types of testing they give their children. Like all the other schools in Florida the big year for writing is 4th grade and my kids were drilled on grammar and writing. I'm not sure to the comment below if you have a child in 4th grade?

  • (2 years ago)

    The administration (principal vice principal and IB coordinator) personally spent every morning tutoring children to help them pass the FCAT. To call them "hands off" is entirely inaccurate. The teachers spend many hours after school working with students to help them pass the FCAT as well. It is a state mandated test and we are fortunate to have an administrative staff and teachers dedicated to ensuring our children are successful whether we approve of the test or not. To the parents who make copies in the office and anywhere else thank you for donating your valuable time to help the teachers. Since they do not have to make copies they have more time to dedicate for lesson plans grading paper and parent/teacher conferencing. Thank you for providing them with this time to help our children reach their full potential. The IB Foundation has purchased items that directly impact our children additional desktop computers for classrooms laptops software printer cartridges and math and science lab supplies just to name a few items. Thank you to the administration staff of teachers and volunteers who make Morikami a truly special and amazing school.

  • (2 years ago)

    To the prev poster- As one of the "snobby" parents you refer to that volunteers in the front office I take great offense to your comments. I'm always amazed how people like you have the nerve to complain but never offer a solution or implement a plan. I volunteer in the front office because they need the help NOT for special favors. The IB Foundation and PTA work incredibly hard year round to provide our school with funds for items that the District is unable to buy due to lack of funding. The bottom line is that MPES is an amazing school Administration works hard the teachers are fantastic and truly care for the kids our IB program is second to none and we have wonderful parents/grandparents/community members that help make MPES extra special. Our school may not be perfect (no school is) but it's pretty darn close. It really is an insult to our volunteers teachers and staff when you post a comment like this. Remember if you are truly this unhappy at MPES you can always go back to your "home" school. I'm sure they have hundreds of parents waiting that would love to have your spot. Signed M. Combs a past MPES parent that still loves this school )

  • (2 years ago)

    I am curious as a parent of a child who will be starting Kindergarten next year if those that are giving one star to the school can actually comment on the classroom education their child is receiving and what about it is good and what needs improvement. The reason I ask is that the reviews that give one stars are not stating reasons why the school is not a good school for educational purposes (since that is what school is about). The complaints seem more superficial. I have seen a few that have to do with parents being too snobby perceived favoritism from the principal to those who volunteer/contribute a lot of money and one to do with what a PE Teacher wears to school which should be irrelevant (although I do and understand and appreciate the argument of their not being enough time given for the children to have PE) I am more interested in the quality of the teachers and the curriculum taught.

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