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International Studies Preparatory Academy

Public | 9-12 | 261 students

 

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Posted September 13, 2014

I have suffered more at this school than anywhere I have ever been. I am now a a Senior. I couldn't go places because I could not afford it. So I had to stay here. The majority of the teachers strongly dislike students and make them feel bad. The principal is not compliant at all in dealing with parents and students. There are no sports teams and no prom, just a dinner with the parents. Im sick of it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 29, 2014

this is a horrible school. teachers are incompetent and the administration is even worse. there are no sports, no prom, nothing at all. the advertised curriculum is a joke. there is one math facilitator who is horrible. he made my life and that of my classmates impossible last year. stay as far away as you can from this building. i'm starting my second year and trying to talk my parents into sending me to my home school. don't make the mistake of going here. you will regret it for the rest of your life. it is a miserable place.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2014

I strongly dislike this school. I wrote a 5 star review towards the beginning of my freshman year, I want to take that review back. I am beginning my Sophomore year and I will be applying to various schools to leave. The first month it seems pretty good, but it is all an illusion, they have inexperienced teachers who love to fail students and make them miserable, they have no sports or prom which is odd, there is one particular teacher who enjoys the misery of students and does not belong in a classroom. The principal does not comply whatsoever with people trying to reason with him. This school had plenty of potential at the beginning but incompetence and bad leadership ruined the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2014

This school is probably one of the most disappointing establishments in miami-dade. Their advertisements do not demonstrate the true quality of the school. Some teachers, such as one of the math "facilitators" set up students for failure and are overall horrible teachers. The curriculum may be good but if the school wants to have a 5 star rating the teachers need to be either replaced or they have to change themselves. Their is also an apparent lack of extracurricular activities, which will likely continue to turn students away from a school with alot of potential, but wasted on certain bad teachers. The parents complain and so do other visitors, but nothing is ever done. This school could be so much better if it only changed certain things.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2014

I'll keep it brief, it is the most hypocritical school in miami dade. Down the hall ways you hear kids saying "i hate this school" or " I want to transfer" It is really sad to see students turn down such an advantage because of the teachers fault or administrators. I understand their trying to make things happen but with everything they announce they never go through with it. Incoming freshmen... Pick a different school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2014

This establishment is an abomination. school The Principal does not know how to run the school and they do not have real teachers they have "facilitators" My daughter has to teach her self!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2014

This school has been an extreme disappointment. My child is completing their sophomore year there and it has been a horrible experience. There are a few good teachers, primarily in the foreign language [Spanish and French], and in the English department. The math and science areas are very deficient. This is especially true in the math area. There is a particular problem with a male teacher who teaches 9th grade Algebra and 10th grade Geometry. This individual continually sets up students for failure and seems to dislike teenagers in general. I have complained to the administration and particularly the principal and nothing is done. Despite numerous complaints the same problems persist and nothing is done. The only sure thing is that students continue to suffer. I deeply regret sending my child to this school and now having to look for another high school after two wasted years. Think twice, three or four times before sending your child to this place. You will regret it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2014

This school is fantastic with a great location in Sunset. We can go out and study in the Barnes and Nobles next door.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2013

This school has a very wholesome atmosphere, an excellent principal, and some good teachers; however, not all of them are good, and one in particular seems to be there for the soul purpose of impeding student success. Every so often, educators should asks themselves, "Why do I teach?" and if the answer does not include: a love of the subject, liking kids, and caring about the student's success and/or failure, then they're in the wrong profession, and are doing more harm than good. ISPA will not reach it's tremendous potential, until its teachers do some self-reflection.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
67%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

24 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2010-2011.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
86%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
86%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 84%
White 12%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 16%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 6%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%58%61%
Master's degree 36%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 22%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ALEJANDRO PEREZ
Fax number
  • (305) 661-0196

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College preparatory
Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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1570 Madruga Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: (305) 663-7200

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