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Dr. Edward L. Whigham Elementary School

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Posted February 25, 2014

This school is one of the worst I have ever had to deal with. We recently moved to the area at the begining of the school year and had read all of the negative reviews about this school. Against our better judgement and on the advise of the staff that this school had recently been revamped and to please please give it a chance, we enrolled our son here. Being new to the school disttrict and state, there was no welcome arms from the school. There was no information or advise shares with us on how to make this transition easy on our child. The staff is rude, the teachers teach by intimedation and my chid has come home in tears on many occasions. They greatly lack communication with the parents and it takes an act of congress to set up an appointment to see an administrator. I am so upset that I have taken this to the school board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2014

I'm not pleased with this school at all. Ready to puts my kids out and enrolled them at a private school. Administration is horrendous and so is the office staff. Take you kids out. Thought new administration would change things, but has not. As a matter of fact it's worst.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2013

I just moved to this location and both my kids are attending this school for the 2013/2014 year, and so far I really like it, from my kid's teachers Mr. Rey and Ms. Richardson, the afterschool staff Ms. Mckham, Ms. Harris and the very nice people in the library, and not to forget the office staff like Ms. Vivi . I always get smiles and greetings and a positive motivations they give to the children like Ms. Richardson is always promoting "never say you cant" , very organized. They are always assisting me and giving me the correct information and honetly they go the extra mile which to me that is very important "and a good attitude goes a long way", it is easy to get in contact with them in case I have any questions. I dont need to make appointments because they've been avaliable when I have needed updates about my children, and most important my kids LOVE IT which that make me super happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I'm writing this review because last year I wrote one regarding the principal & I'd like to say we have a new principal and things seem to be getting more organized and in my opinion they're better. You can really tell the difference in the office personnel since Mrs Suarez has joined the school. I like the changes she's made so far regarding entering /exiting school grounds & healthier choices for snack sales. Hoping they'll have some FCAT tutoring for the children since last year scores weren't great. Especially in 3rd & 5th grade. The teachers at Whigham have always been great & are easy to approach. My children are happy at the school & this year mom is happy , too. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

Overall I am pleased with this school, I am very happy with all that my child has learned in Kindergarten. She has made tremendous progress. The teacher(s) were very approachable and friendly. I have found the office staff to be friendly and very helpful as well. I'm curious about how the new principal will do this coming year, I've met her once and she was very kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

SCHOOL YEAR 3013-2014 THEY HAVE A NEW PRINCIPAL. SHE SEEMS NICE . HOPEFULLY, SHE'LL DO AN EXCELLENT JOB. SO, THEY ARE WORKING HARD FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, AND MY KIDS SEEM HAPPY WITH THE SCHOOL AND TEACHERS. A LOT OF IMPROVEMENTS SO FAR. VERY GOOD FOR THEM. THE OTHER PRINCIPAL JUST RETIRED, FOR THAT REASON THEY HAVE A NEW ONE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

All I can say is that I'm very impressed with the school so far. I'm very happy with my son's kindergarten teacher Mrs. Reyes. I must say I was a bit scared to have my kids go to Whigham after reading all the bad reviews. I transferred them from a private school and I thought it would be a big shock for them but they are adjusting very well. I actually find the curriculum more challenging than the private school were at. Now they are also a Cambridge school. I wish more parents with good experiences would rate the school. It is usually parents that are unhappy that take the time to write bad reviews. This is an A/B School I don't know why the Great Schools Rating is so low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2013

Please talk to your children if they get Mrs. Tarboush. Please ask them about the way she treats them to make sure she's not putting them down or yelling at them. I had problems with her because she was yelling and putting down my kid. My kid was scared to go to school. I'm writing this as a tip and to open some eyes. I really hope my advice is taken seriously.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2013

Whigham Elementary School has grown in the last three years. With a change in administration, the climate and culture of the school changed. The administration was totally engaged in every aspect of the school; encouraged teachers to take students on field trips; expose students to life outside of the school. The students gained self worth, self respect, worked toward goals and were encouraged every day to do the best that they could. PTA supported the activities of the school and the students actually enjoyed coming to school. Something positive was always going on. The teachers worked to make their students the best they could be. Now there has been a change in administration again. I hope the new principal will continue the positive energy that has been established at the school. Time will tell.


Posted March 4, 2013

I can not complain about the way in which the teachers are instructing the childeren at this school. I have seen my child improve drastically from the school she attended before this one. With that being said, I do have an issue with the staff in that they are extremely rude. On several occasions, I have been met with negative attitudes from the administration and some teachers. For example, my child made the Honor Roll and was not ackowledged until after I inquired about it. My child observed other children being recognized for their accomplishments as she was over looked. I teach my children that they should be rewarded for their hard work and being overlooked really hurt my daughters feelings. On top of that they held a ceremony that I did not find out about until the day of because my child inquired about making the honor roll for a second time. After checking they discovered that she had in fact achieved the Honor Roll. I could not attend because of the short notice. I am very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2012

My son is in Kindergarten and has Mrs Perez as a teacher. Everytime I try to talk to her she gave me attitude instead of being proactive. My son is smart but love to talk, he is only 5, I think the teacher needs a little improvement on her communication skill and I find extremely unprofessional that she has that negative behavior in front of the kid, it doesn't set a good example.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2012

My oldest child just turned 8 and entering into the 3rd grade. I moved to Florida last year and I am not familiar with the school system here. When my child first started school there I told them how I was new to the state and not sure how things work here. No open arm of welcome were giving to me, no information or help was ever offered so that I may know just how much different Florida's schools are. One night at an event I just so happen to sit at the same table as the princpal and not once did she even look in my direction not so much as a smile was giving. Not to mention the shortness and unfriendly attitude that is giving when I come into the office it make me feel like they don't want me or my child to be there. I have never felt so unwanted and it would have been nice to know that inorder to get my childs final report card I needed to provide the school with and envelope and stamp. I can go on and on about my unpleasant dealings but after reading some of the other parents reviews its clear that they pick and choose who they treat well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2012

Dr. EL Whigam is one of the worst schools, from a standpoint of leadership, in which I have ever had my childrent enrolled. I have 5 children, but as a military family only 1 of my children have been enrolled with this school because my other children are too old to attend this school. I would like to state that the vast majority of teachers at the school are awesome. They are caring and genuinely are focused on wanting their students to be successrul. However, the leadership and administration in this school is unsatisfactory. The lack of follow up with family. Questions regarding various programs are one word answers or they shift blame to anyone but the school itself. I called Miami Dade school district on a couple of issues thorughout this last school year because I was told the district was the problem. Come to find out from the district, in both cases, had provided all data to the school a week or two earlier. If the information was made available on the website it would not be an issue but even the school's website lacks information besides a school calendar and supply list. Parents are outsiders, not partners, in child's education with the leadership of the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2012

I was hesitating in enrolling my son at Whigham, because my neighbors have made negative comments about the school, but I feel that I'm a Leader and not a follower and should make my own judgement. Come to find out that my neighbors never gave Whigham an opportunity to prove them wrong and have enrolled their kids at other school. Well, I must say that the teachers and staff are great and so is the administration. I'm glad I gave the school an opportunity to convince me that it's a great school and would not hesitate one minute to recommend this school to friends and family. Maybe in the past the school was not that great, but there is always change and improvements and this school has all the qualities I look for in a schoo, for my childl. I would like to mention and congratulate the school for achieving in receiving an "A". KUDOS TO ALL THE STAFF AT WHIGHAM. This school is what I expected it to be.
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Posted April 28, 2012

I transferred my child to Whigham after being unhappy with his progress at another local "A" school. Since he's being at Whigham he's received caring personal attention from all of his teachers. I'm very pleased with the school and the committment of the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2011

FCAT is required in all schools. The teachers make learning fun and meaningful at this school. As a parent it is our job to reinforce what they learn at school at home.
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Posted August 13, 2011

As a military member and parent my family and I travel quite a bit. My son has been to a lot of different schools and I've dealt with many different issues personally just in schools alone. But being in Whigham this year was easy. The staff and principal made it there business to know both my son and myself. They made us feel welcome, and the new principal there is just a breath of life for these kids. She's always available and always puts the kids first. There was always something new to build school pride and unity. I would recommend this school to anyone who wants there children to learn both in the class room and out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2011

I strongly disagree with some of the negative comments made regarding Whigham. Based on last experience with this school, I must say that with the new principal there's been dramatic changes. The new principal is very involved in the school & ALWAYS has time to meet with parents regarding any concerns,not like the previous principal who was NEVER there or NEVER had time. This principal is always available & makes this school VERY WELCOMING. As a parent, I appreciate it when a principal introduces herself & is interest about my opinions or any concerns I might have. I HIGHLY recommend this school, because I feel that this school is just as great as the other schools. I would not hesitate one second in keeping my children at Whigham. I love the school, the administration, PTA & the teachers. All parents need to make their own judgement & not based it on what she said and he said. Also, when it comes to safety, I recommend Whigham verses the other schools, because of the various entrances those schools have, anybody can enter those schools, whereas Whigham, there's only one entrance for any visitor to enter. Ultimately, the school is great and so is the new administration.
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Posted February 1, 2011

Last year this school was okay, but this year it is absolutely terrible. It's supposed to be an elementary school but the children are treated as if they were in middle or high school. Most of the children are unhappy and I know this because my own child and the children of our neighbors no longer want to go to thsi school. I have trouble daily just to get my child to go to school. I want to transfer mt child to a better school There are some very good teachers there, but the administration of the school is not good. and both my child and I are very dissatisfied. Plus due to that stupid FCAT they rush the children through everything and as a consequence they aren't really learning so the children require the parents to teach them. I am a working parent and don't have the time to teach my child during the week, so I do it on the weekend. What child wants that? So either you teach our child or put the child in tutoring either private or school sponsored if you qualify. As I see it this is not education. FCAT must go. This school needs a total overhaul.
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Posted November 16, 2010

Last year I hated this school, I still can't believe how bad it was. But now there is a new principle and in a short amount of time she has truly turned this school around. Every week there is something new going on that is uplifting and encouraging for the students there is a real sense of pride from the faculty and the students now. This is a great school for any child to attend.
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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
52%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
55%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
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 "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 61% 29%
Black 27% 23%
White 10% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races N/A 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 52%58%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 6%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Susan J Lyle
Fax number
  • (305) 234-4837

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
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21545 SW 87th Ave
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
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