Coral Reef High School
Coral Reef Senior High School is a secondary school located at 10101 S.W. 152nd Street in Miami, Florida; its principal is currently Mrs. Adrianne F. Leal. Coral Reef is locally known as "Miami's Mega Magnet School" since it offers six different magnet programs.

According to Newsweek
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's List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools (2008), the school is ranked at 19th in the nation, making it 4th in the state of Florida. In 2007, 2006 and 2005, it had ranked 22nd, 29th and 13th, respectively. This ranking is based on a ratio devised by Jay Mathews, which takes the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school in that school year and divides it by the number of graduating seniors. Coral Reef is currently ranked No. 95 in the top 100 high schools in the nation.

The school does not primarily serve the surrounding neighborhoods, but instead takes applications from middle school students all over the county. Selection is done via a lottery system for all magnet programs except for Visual & Performing Arts, for which acceptance is based on ability; students must audition for this program. Most students living around the Coral Reef area attend Miami Palmetto Senior High School or Miami Killian Senior High School.

Coral Reef has received an "A" grade for its performance on the FCAT
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test
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 examination on ten occasions since the annual test was first administered in 1998. Because of this, the school receives higher funding than most other schools in the district.

Coral Reef has three publications: the newspaper, Baitline, their yearbook, Tsunami, and the school's literary magazine, Elysium. The newspaper is published monthly while the yearbook and literary magazine are both published annually. The daily morning newscast, CRTV Live (originally known as Cudavision, and later adapted to include the channel number as Cudavision 21), airs on closed-circuit channel 21.

Coral Reef has six different magnets: International Baccalaureate, Leisure Medicine & Health Science, Business & Finance, Legal & Public Affairs, Agriscience & Engineering Technology, and Visual & Performing Arts.


The boys' varsity basketball team won the state championship in the 2008–2009 season.


Coral Reef is 51% Hispanic (of any race), 21% White non-Hispanic, 19% Black, 5% Asian, and 5% other races.

Magnet programs / academies

Agriscience & Engineering Technology: students in this strand explore and study agronomy, horticulture, forestry, entomology, aquatics, environmental science, and mechanical technology.

Business & Finance: this strand introduces students to the broad career opportunities in the business and financial services industry.

Legal & Public Affairs: This Academy is designed for students who are interested in law enforcement, forensics, and the criminal justice system.

Leisure Medicine and Health Sciences: the Leisure Medicine and Health Science Academy provides students the opportunity to pursue careers in the health care field by offering themes such as nursing assistance, pharmacy techniques, and first responder (emergency medicine) training.

Visual & Performing Arts: the Visual & Performing Arts Academy at Coral Reef Senior High School offers seven strands of specialization: Band, Chorus, Dance, Orchestra, Piano, Drama, and Visual Arts. Art, sculpture and photography labs, dance and music studios, and a black-box theatre serve as settings for the students to learn the craft of their respective field.

International Baccalaureate: the International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a rigorous course of study linking humanities, the sciences, mathematics, languages and community service. The curriculum of the IB diploma program incorporates standards that assume a high level of aptitude and achievement.

Notable alumni

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  • Brandon Bryant, runner-up on the fifth season
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     of So You Think You Can Dance
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  • Candace Craig, member of The Velvet Angels
  • Patricia Delgado, principal dancer for the Miami City Ballet

See also

  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
    Miami-Dade County Public Schools
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  • Magnet school
    Magnet school
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  • Education in the United States
    Education in the United States
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