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Dr. Rolando Espinosa K-8 Center

Public | PK-8 | 1637 students

 

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Posted August 11, 2014

DRE is a great school. I have two kids in this school, the teachers are amazing, the Principal is inspiring. DRE es una excelente escuela, los maestros est n en permanente contacto con los padres, motivan a los ni os. La Directora inspira a los estudiantes y les ense a a dar lo mejor de ellos mismo a diario.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

My son is in Kindergarten and it's my first year in DRE. My experience have been awful. The staff is very rude to the parents. I can't wait to change him to another school. Very disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

DRE IS VERY GOOD SCHOOL!!!! the teacher are fine , the homework its very good , good teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

Es una excelente escuela, me encanta la comunicaci n constante que tienen los maestros con los padres, el PTA es lo m ximo, y creo que es unos de los mejores colegios del Doral. En lo que si creo que deben supervisar en en el tipo de comida que ofrecen el la cafeter a, mis hijos almorzaban alli todos los dias pero me dicen que la comida es muy mala, grasosa y con mal sabor...y mas nunca han vuelto a comer all ,....ojo con esto!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

Es mi escuela favorita,donde mi hija siempre ha sido una exelente estudiante,es una escuela donde lo principal es brindarle a nuestros hijos la mejor educacion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

DRE school is a very good one, teachers are involved in children development supporting parents role
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Estoy muy satisfecha con la educaci n que recibe mi hija en esta escuela. Tiene maestros preocupados y las instalaciones son realmente amplias y c modas. Recomiendo a los inmigrantes latinos esta instituci n donde por la gran cantidad de latinoamericanos que la conforman, los ninos no pierden sus raices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2012

As a 7th grader, I have to say that the teachers are fine. Many times I feel intimidated by them, and I end up stressing over little things. The homework is a good amount, but some teachers do not understand that we have more work assigned from other teachers. I have had to do a big project and we were only given a week to do it, which I found a bit unfair. The National Junior Honor Society meetings have specific dates, but they are cancelled last minute at times. The food is getting better, but is still very unhealthy (although that's the district's fault, I believe). Many teachers assume that I know something already just because I'm in the gifted program, and almost always the whole class is compared to ONE person. Teachers always mention that "we're not in 6th grade anymore; we're not babies." Clearly there is a big change from the steady pace of 6th grade to the stress and intimidation of 7th. Everyday I have been feeling quite uneasy about going to school.


Posted August 12, 2012

basically school needs more resources ($$$) mostly all their faults in staff, cleanliness, etc. is due to shortage of staff and teachers. Also Miami Dade schools should abide by all rules and school structure as the rest of Florida.....a few of the other items is its over crowed, drop off zone is absolutely horrible, no additional support for children who need a secondary teacher not just what ever extra time the main teacher has available during class, which is absolutely ridiculous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2012

Schools are good as the teachers within that school.Good teachers who practice humility, kindness, compassion and care for all human beings surely will make a difference. If parents need one-on-one or group tutoring for their children, please call me: Dr. Debbie Persaud @ 786-302-3263. I am a retired MDCPS teacher with a Doctorate in Education, MSEd in Teaching English as a Second Language, MSABA in Applied Behavior Analysis, and is currently in a PhD Clinical Psychology Program. I work one-on-one with children with learning difficulties, ADHD, ADD, and general homework help. I have flexible hours and work with the children in their home environment


Posted July 3, 2012

I am a student at DRE and I will tell you first hand that that school is just horrible. The first year I was there, I was put into an ESOL class because we marked that we spoke Spanish at home (which we do). But, I've lived in Indiana for seven years, so I'm fluent in English. I was also in an advanced program but the administration put me in a REGULAR class a week after the first day of school. Not all the teachers are bad, but they aren't the best. The school food is just...ew. It's full of grease and fat. I thought the goal was to STOP child obesity. The art and music teachers are completely lost. They don't know what's going on at all. The parent pick up/drop off is horrible. It takes up more than three blocks in the morning and afternoon. The school is way too overcrowded. .The National Junior Honor Society supervisor there is completely lost. She made us stay back, miss our buses, and then said that the meeting was cancelled. My mom had to get out of work to come and get my friends and me. If this is what they insist is an 'A' school, Florida schools are doomed. Sincerely, A seventh grader


Posted December 29, 2011

My daughter goes to Kindergarten here and I have nothing but good things to say about her teacher Ms. Avila. She communicates well with the parents and has done well teaching my daughter. However, there are a few reasons why I scored only 3 stars. First, this school is beyond over crowded. There are just too many students for this school. I don't like that parents are not allowed to take their kids to class. There is zero parking for parents and drop off and pick up is a nightmare (I'm sure many parents will agree with me). Language is a major issue....they have held meetings completely in Spanish. I speak Spanish but this is very offensive since it is not our primary language at home and don't think that any public school meeting should be held in Spanish. Because of the restrictions they have on parents on school premises, it is very difficult to meet other parents and develop relationships. The prinicipal does the bare minimum as far as being known to the parents, but the AP, Ms. Suarez communicates and greets parents very often. Overall, I expect this school to make significant improvements in order to receive higher scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2011

This is the most disorganized school I've seen. The school looks nice yes, but they sure need some help in getting organized, starting from the drop off which is a total mess, I can't believe they can't see that the rules, which they love to say they have to go by, are just not working, besides the kids being lost and wondering around..... The open house meeting was really disappointing, Spanish meetings, is this legal?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2011

Everyone is open to help, the teachers respond the email instantly, the principal and assistant are great professional and proficient in their roles. The ASC is excellent!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2010

I love this school. My child is in kindergarten with Mrs. Rivas. However, Mrs. Rivas is out on Maternity leave and her teacher now is Ms. Diaz. She is amazing!!! She always communicates with the parents and what i love about her is that she e-mails us with ideas and strategies for us to use at home in order to help our children, My daughter Loves her because she is very sweet and nurturing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

This school is excellent. The teachers are smart they teach my son good. The after-care program is perfect. I Love this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2010

My son goes to Kindergarten and we believe the school is very good they teach the children what they need to learn at that age, they have a lot of homework everyday but not too much, enough to keep them learning .His teacher Mrs Lopez is just EXCELLENT. He is learning a lot and we have nothing but positive experiences so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2010

I'm talking in the P-K and Kinder Garden area, they have excellent teachers, one in particular: Mrs. Debra Cabral, extraodinary... to bad I can't say the same for the speech therapist they have there, horrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2010

I am a parent of a special needs child at this school and can say that my child has almost regressed socially at this school. I am convinced that the teachers let my child slide due to the "cute" factor, I have had comments like: "I can't tell your child anything, your child is too cute!" This is unnacceptable. The principal is almost non-existant...if you don't believe me try to schedule a meeting with her. The Drop off/Pick Up procedures are horrible...When the school opened the Drop off was on Southside of the bldg and you were able to drop off your child in under 10-15 min...Apparently this was too efficient so they decided to change it the Northside of the bldg so that it now takes 25-30 min to drop them off. It has not changed since. On a positive not the bldg is really nice!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Excellent school,! Super Principal! The school FCAT scores speaks for itself as it relates to academics..my daughter attends this school and is learning above and beyod at this school....Principal is very fair and by the book, her main priority is the safety of the children, what parent want to drop their child off to school and worry about their childs well being.....(not me) Great school!
—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.

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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.

198 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

198 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

183 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

180 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

204 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
59%
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.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

158 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
70%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

177 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
59%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

189 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

189 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

190 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
82%
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.

178 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
95%

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".
  • 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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n/a

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n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%
Biology I

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

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n/a

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n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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n/a

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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
Hispanic 92%
White 6%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 36%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 59%58%61%
Master's degree 40%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area

Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. MARIE P CACERES
Fax number
  • (305) 889-5758

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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11250 Northwest 86th Street
Doral, FL 33178
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