CORAL REEF SENIOR HIGH
German I.S. Program Since: 1987
Grade Levels: 9th through 12th
Total Students at School: 3,213
German IS/IE Students: 88 (plus 18 elective German students)
- US News and World Report: #185 National Rank (Gold Medal), #19 Best Florida High School, #47 National Magnet High School
- Niche.com (2018): A+ Grade, #5 Magnet High School in Florida, #12 Best Public High School in Florida, #17 Best College Prep Public High School in Florida
Coral Reef Senior High School was founded in August 1997 and has an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students. Led by Principal Thomas Ennis, the school is known locally as “Miami’s Mega Magnet School” as it offers six different magnet programs. Coral Reef is lauded for its academic excellence and consistently ranks as one of the top public high schools in Florida; in 2008, the school was ranked 19th in the nation by Newsweek. The school accepts applications from eighth grade students all over the county for admission to one of its ninth grade programs.
Coral Reef’s German International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a rigorous course of study linking humanities, the sciences, mathematics, languages and community service while furthering students’ fluency in the German language. The IB curriculum incorporates standards that assume a high level of aptitude and achievement. IB students also take Advanced Placement (AP) classes in History, Science and English during their four years and therefore may earn additional college credits. The full IB Diploma requires advanced international examinations in the core subject areas plus: a required Theory of Knowledge course and paper; a 4,000 word research paper titled the Extended Essay; and 150 hours of community service and extracurricular activities called Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS).
Currently, there are 92 students enrolled in Coral Reef’s German program. They are split into six different periods based on their level of language proficiency. The more advanced ninth and tenth grade students take a language and literature class plus an elective Humanities class taught in German.
Approximately 95% of Coral Reef IB students successfully pass the IB requirements. Many of those students go on to attend competitive colleges and universities, including those of the Ivy League.
Coral Reef’s German teachers sponsor the German Honor Society. The German Honor Society’s student members focus on activities that showcase and promote the German culture both at school and in the broader community. Additionally, they participate at GIPA’s annual Oktoberfest celebration as well as at other local events like the German Christmas Market.
IMPORTANT NOTE: German IS students enrolled at GW Carver Middle School have direct matriculation into the German IB program at Coral Reef High School. However, to ensure they meet the minimum requirements, Miami-Dade County requires all incoming ninth grade students to submit an application to Coral Reef through the regular Magnet Schools application process.
Coral Reef Senior High School German IB program alumnus Connor George discusses college life with current CRHS students. (Photo by Stephan Eberhagen.) By Stephan Eberhagen GIPA VP Coral Reef Senior High School There may be no better proof of success of the German...read more
By Stephan Eberhagen GIPA VP Coral Reef Senior High School November and December were busy months at Coral Reef High School! Many thanks to Stephan Eberhagen, GIPA VP Coral Reef, for organizing these great activities for our students. GIPA is happy to provide...read more
By Stephan Eberhagen GIPA VP Coral Reef Senior High School On Friday, November 8, 2019 at Coral Reef Senior High School, our German program students participated in the third International Baccalaureate (IB) Gesprächskreis (loosely translated, a Gesprächkreis is a...read more
By Stephan Eberhagen GIPA VP Coral Reef Senior High School As part of the IB curriculum and the “Deutsches Brauchtum” initiative, on October 7, 2019 students of the German program at Coral Reef Senior High School enjoyed an “Erntedank” breakfast. What is...read more
As part of the IB Gesprächskreis and the “Meet A German" initiative, a Fulbright Scholar visited the German language program of Coral Reef Senior High School on October 3, 2019, the day of German unity. “Meet A German” is organized by Fulbright Germany in cooperation...read more
On Friday, September 6th, Vice Consul Mr. Axel Zeissig of the German Consulate General Miami, together with GIPA President Milli Metzker, awarded Deutsches-Sprachdiplom (DSD) I Certificates to seven Coral Reef Senior High School students. The DSD I exam, which...read more
Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 GIPA Scholarship! Paula Garcia - 1st place ($1,000) Valentin Eisfeldt - 2nd place ($750) Connor George - 3rd place ($500) Paola, Valentin and Connor are seniors in the IB German program at Coral Reef Senior High School and...read more
This school year, GIPA was pleased to welcome Ms. Steffi Klose to the German program at Coral Reef Senior High School. Ms. Klose joins Ms. Veronica Valdes, head of the German Department at CRHS. GIPA's Coral Reef VP, Stephan Eberhagen, had an opportunity to sit down...read more
Congratulations Coral Reef DSD I Diploma Recipients! by Anna Q – Giegeling, Public Relations Chair of the Coral Reef National German Honor Society On Thursday, September 20, 2018, two tenth grade Coral Reef Senior High School students, Rebecca...read more
On Thursday, November 18, 2018 at 12:00pm, GIPA Board Member Michaela Garcia gave a presentation on Coral Reef Senior High School to GW Carver Middle School's eighth grade German International Studies (IS) and International Education (IE) students who are...read more
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