Gulliver Schools

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Gulliver Schools
Location
Coral Gables, Florida, USA (Miami, Florida)
Information
Type Private, Independent
Opened 1926 (Gulliver Academy)
1975 (Gulliver Preparatory School)
Grades PreK3 to 12
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Royal Blue and Gray (alternate uniforms in Black)
Mascot Raider
Rival Ransom Everglades School
Website

Gulliver Schools is a group of private co-educational schools. Its management offices are in Coral Gables, Florida.[1] Its campuses are across Miami-Dade County.[2]

Gulliver Academy

Campuses[edit]

Campuses operated by Gulliver schools include:

School's history[edit]

Established in 1926 by Arthur Gulliver in the residential section of Coconut Grove, Gulliver Academy initially enrolled students from New England who were wintering in South Florida.

The school was purchased by Marian Krutulis in late 1953. In 1967, Mrs. Krutulis moved the school to South Dade. Centered in Coral Gables, there are four campuses today, each serving a specific age group or targeting a particular student interest or need.

Gulliver Academy serves students in Grades PreK3 - 8. Gulliver South Miami Campus, which began operations in 1994, provided a gymnastic program for Grades Sr.K - 4. After 17 years of operation, the South Miami Campus closed its doors in June 2011. Gulliver Preparatory School, opened in 1975 for advanced students in Grades 9 - 12. Gulliver’s Montgomery Drive and Miller Drive campuses offer smaller classes and alternative teaching and learning styles to students in Grades 5 - 8 and 9 - 12, respectively.

With an enrollment of more than 2,200, Gulliver Schools offers academic and extracurricular programs. Middle and high school students who require close attention spend the morning at the Montgomery Drive and Miller Drive campuses, and are transported to the Academy or the Preparatory main campuses for lunch, afternoon courses, and extracurricular activities.

In 2000, Gulliver Schools became a 501(c) (3) non-profit institution. The Board has contracted School Management Systems, Inc., a Florida corporation owned and operated by John Krutulis, which is responsible for the full and complete administration and day-to-day operations of the school.

In the spring of 2008, the position of provost was added, and the school was reorganized into six functional areas – academics, human resources, finance, facilities and construction, risk management and operations, and advancement – with a senior director overseeing each area. Collectively, this group, under John Krutulis’ direction, forms the school’s senior management team.

Accreditation[edit]

Gulliver is accredited by five agencies: the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC), and the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA). Accreditation, or certification, by these five agencies assure the Gulliver community and the college and university network that Gulliver Schools meets rigorous standards regarding curriculum, teacher credentials, safety, health, governance and finances.

Student life[edit]

More than 2,200 students are enrolled at Gulliver’s four campuses.

Academics[edit]

Gulliver Schools prepares students for future success, and 100 percent of graduating seniors are accepted to college. The academic programs at Gulliver Schools take students from the first years of essential learning to signature programs, opportunities for honors, IB, and AP work, and extracurricular experiences. The average class size at Gulliver is 16 students; the student/teacher ratio is approximately 8-to-1. Sixty percent of Gulliver Schools administrators and 50 percent of Gulliver teachers hold advanced degrees.

In addition to honors and college preparatory courses, Gulliver offers more than 30 Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Gulliver Schools also offers an internship program and dual enrollment opportunities at the University of Miami, Florida International University and Miami Dade College.

Gulliver Preparatory awards the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma and has had an overall 100 percent pass rate over the last decade. Gulliver Middle School offers the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IBMYP) for middle school students and IB Programme for high schools students.

Signature Academic Programs are offered at the Academy and Preparatory campuses. The Academy offers middle school students Gateway to Technology and Gateway to Technology for Girls. The Preparatory Signature Academic Programs include Architecture, Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, International Business and Law & Litigation.

A sample of the prestigious universities to which Gulliver Schools graduates are accepted includes: Duke University, Emory University, Harvard University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, University of Chicago, Rice University, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, and Yale University.

Notable alumni[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Gulliver Preparatory's sports program consists of thirty-five teams. Over the years, Gulliver's teams have won district, regional, sectional, state runner-up and state championships, as well as numerous conference championships.

Gulliver currently competes in the 4A classification. The Miami Herald awarded Gulliver the All Sports Award for having the top program for small schools in Miami-Dade County, and the Florida High School Activities Association ranked Gulliver Schools 2nd in the state in the 2A and 3A classifications dependent upon sport.

The football field was renamed Sean Taylor Memorial Field on September 5, 2009 in honor of the late football player.

FHSAA Team Championships by Sport[edit]

Sport Gender Championships Years Runner-up Years Notes
Baseball 1 2004 2 1998, 2010
Basketball Boys 0 0
Girls 1 2004 0
Cross Country Boys 3 1998, 1999, 2001 0 (1)
Girls 2 1990, 1997 1 1996
Football 1 2000 1 2008 (2)
Golf Boys 0 0
Girls 0 0
Lacrosse Boys 0 0
Soccer Boys 5 1992, 1999, 2000, 2006, 2014 1 2013
Girls 1 2011 4 1997, 1999, 2001, 2013
Softball 6 1998, 2001, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 1 2007
Swimming Boys 0 4 1981, 1982s, 1982f, 1983
Girls 0 2 2003, 2005
Tennis Boys 7 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 2 2002, 2004
Girls 4 1994, 1997, 2006, 2007 3 1999, 2002, 2003
Track & Field Boys 0 0
Girls 1 1998 0
Volleyball Girls 0 0
Water Polo Boys 2 2007, 2012 2 2006, 2011
Girls 4 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 0 (3)
Total 38 23

Source: FHSAA.org [7]

(1) In 1999, the men's cross-country team became the first team to win back to back state titles in Miami-Dade County.

(2) The 2000 Football team featured future NFL players Sean Taylor and Buck Ortega.

(3) The girl's water polo team also won state championships (although not FHSAA sanctioned) in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004.

Age discrimination[edit]

In 2010, Gulliver did not renew the contract of longtime headmaster Patrick Snay, who promptly sued for age discrimination. Gulliver settled out of court in 2011, only to have the Third District Court of Appeal toss out the settlement after details of the settlement became public due to Snay's daughter bragging about her father winning the settlement on Facebook. The case is currently being appealed to the state supreme court.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "[1]." Gulliver Schools. Retrieved on September 28, 2009.
  2. ^ "[2]." Gulliver Schools. Retrieved on September 28, 2009.
  3. ^ "[3]." Gulliver Schools. Retrieved on September 28, 2009.
  4. ^ "[4]." Gulliver Schools. Retrieved on September 28, 2009.
  5. ^ "Gulliver Preparatory School." Gulliver Schools. Retrieved on September 28, 2009.
  6. ^ "Gulliver Preparatory School's Miller Drive Campus." Gulliver Schools. Retrieved on September 28, 2009.
  7. ^ http://www.fhsaa.org/records
  8. ^ http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/26/3961605/daughters-facebook-boast-costs.html

External links[edit]

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