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Aventura City Of Excellence School

Charter | K-8 | 997 students

 

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Posted August 10, 2013

Is not an Excellence School at all, please look for current parents advise before enrolling your child here, Jewish parents rule the school, inaccessible directors, so much homework, kids can not enjoy their afternoons after a long morning journey at school, very poor lunches. Summary: look for another option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

This year my daughter started to struggle in class and once it became a concern the teachers and administration immediately starting working with her and in a very short time her grades started to improve. The teachers at ACES really do care and only want the best for each student. I am so lucky that both of my daughters attend ACES!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2011

The school is good and I am happy with the environment and the communication with the teachers. But I noticed that the students are taking too many tests (my daughter is in second grade and she has had more tests so far than I had in my whole elementary school. The homework is too much too and sometimes confusing with too many papers. Other problem I see is that the school is mainly focused in jewish culture, even the lunch menu is kosher only(and of course expensive) giving the non-jewish parents no other option than packing lunch for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2011

Less rigid demands om homework (mainly at 3rd grade) is requested so that children have more time to play and develop their creativity and entrepreneurship independently. Please note that the playing of children is built in by evolution. It is an activity to develop skills for survival in e very efficient way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

School is smoothly run. There are some teachers who do not belong in the profession. It just appears that they do not care about the students. The students put up with these teachers because they know it will be a one time shot, but it is ashame that the students have to waste that time learning, well nothing. It always amazes me how a student can get all A's and B's and one D. Is it the student or the teacher?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2011

ACES is an amazing school where the administration and the faculty are dedicated to the children. There is a focus on safety that makes me feel safe sending my child to school. The fact that it's a charter school and the number of students per grade is limited, makes for a "family" environment..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

Focused on Values through and through for students and parents.


Posted June 15, 2010

The strength of this school's leadership is greatly overstated. The vast majority of policies and programs practiced today at the school were put in place by previous principal, Dr. Katherine Murphy. While not all programs ran as smoothly as intended over the first few years, the previous administration had a bold vision for ACES which the current leadership seems to lack. Today, creativity and innovation have been sacrificed for short term success and values such as conformity and complacency have become the norm.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 12, 2007

this is an amazing school with a good learning enviroment and there are great and lovable teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

I think this is a great school.The principal is really involved and knows everytrhing about the students. My son's teachers love what they do and are really involved in the educational process.They try to help,if the child has a certain difficulty.I think this is an excellent school.Living values are really something important in the educational process of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2007

You definitely cannot find a better school that ACES. ACES is not your typical public school, not at all. In fact, at first glance, most people mistake the school for being a private school. A warm, nurturing environment, an administration that truly cares and listens to parents' concerns and suggestions, excellent teachers, a SAFE, clean and beautiful campus, small classes, state of the art technology, plenty of extracurricular activities and all the opportunities a parent could want to become involved----this is ACES. I truly believe that it is a privilege to have my children at ACES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2007

ACES has an excellent academic program that targets all level of learners. The teachers and administration show wonderful professionalism and are always open to suggestions. The school just recently changed administration and the school is running much more smoothly and the teachers and students seem happy to be there. The school has several extracurricular activites. There is basketball, volleyball, after school a sports study, After art program and many others. The parents are very involved in the school and must complete 20 volunteer hours per year per child. There are also parent workshops that are held every early release that correlate with the schools Character education program 'Living Values'. This is a great school and my children love it here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2007

This school has done a big turnaround since the new administration took over! The school is now living up to it's name...Aventura City of Excellence is truly excellent! The new principal is doing an outstanding job of keeping the students on track because the teachers now want to work there because of her and the students. Hiring the right teachers is what makes a school a great school. Along with the administration, the teachers work long, hard hours because they care about their students. Safety is outstanding as well. They now have volleyball, basketball, and tennis as extracurricular activities...and all of the Friday clubs for elementary students are outstanding. Parent support and the support of the city is also exceptional. Way to go ACES!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2006

We have been part of the school since it opened, and I have to say it is very disappointing. The administration and staff don't care, and don't receive constructive criticism in a very 'nice' manner. My son is receiving extra help from a private setting so that he can better master skills. This is our last year there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2006

We are very happy in this school! It feels like a private school. The teachers are great, they are always very helpful. My daughter is really happy here and cant think of another place to go to school at. I would like to see more extracurricular activities though. They dont have enough. Other than that, they are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2006

I was very disappointed in the quality of education in this school. The ESE program is still in its infancy and children who have special needs are not helped appropriately. I believe that parents could do better for their children by enrolling them in the excellent public schools in this area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

academic programs are good they need more extracurricular activities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

I consider ACES a great school for my child. The teachers have a high qualified academic level, they treat children with respect and discipline and at the same time are very concerned about teaching values which is very important. From our point of view ACES is an A school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2005

This is a wonderful school. difficult to get into because everyone want to have their child at this school, but well worth living in the area to get a better chance at entering.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2004

I love this school. Like any other new school, they are just starting off and I think the kinks are in the process of getting ironed out. The teachers that I've had contact with are very supportive, encouraging and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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89%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
100%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

85 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
91%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

110 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

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98%

2012

 
 
100%

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100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 57%
Hispanic 40%
Black 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 51%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/AN/A
Female 49%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 70%58%61%
Master's degree 30%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. JULIE ALM
Fax number
  • (305) 466-1339

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
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3333 Northeast 188th Street
Aventura, FL 33180
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