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Doral Academy Charter Middle School

Charter | 6-8 | 1300 students

 

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Posted May 11, 2014

I do like this school.. but I would change some things. The school lunch is HORRIBLE. Some teachers are lazy Uniform is way too strict Extremely Crowded- should kick out some kids I'm in the 8th grade, I've been here since 6th and the school isn't bad, it's just those few things that aren't so great. In general, it isn't bad and I would recommend the school. I hardly see + i've never been a victim of bullying, but if you do come across bullying or teachers being really rude or what not- I highly suggest seeing the counselors.


Posted April 6, 2014

This school is horrible. They rarely have parent involvement, they have no professionalism anywhere, and the staff is rude and mean. HORRIBLE SCHOOL! The only reason im giving it 2 stars is because its clean.


Posted February 25, 2014

don't like the fact that middle school is mixed with high school students, they don't have any classes together but they do pass each other in the hallways and high schoolers can be mean to the little ones specially the 6th graders as such was my son's experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2014

I hate Ms. Vega, she is super mean i dont even why she hates me


Posted November 3, 2013

BAD school ,BAD principal and assistant principal ( ELEONORA CUESTA AND ELIZABETH SIMON ) have of the staff they don't know nothing and thank god I reported to the school board a lot of think bad think happened and that school !!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

The quality of the academic programs in the honors programs is excellent.. The level of parent involvement, as in most middle schools, is not as prevalent as in the elementary level. Yet, there is a strong pta that assists with the shortfalls. The office's staff are amazing, extremely cooperated. I definitely reccomend this school for all incoming middle students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

This is an amazing institution with a proven success on the development of education and principals. Every single alumni have a very good opportunity of learning the right skills to face the next step on their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2011

I looovvveee this school. I have been attending it for my 3 years of middle school and I've got to say, the piano and music programs are the reason I'm staying for high school. Plenty of variety in electives and performing arts choices. I will be sad to graduate from the middle school this year.


Posted September 25, 2011

I put my son and daughter in the 2010-2011 school year and they were failing compared to other middle school they left and the elementary school they went to! I highly don't recommend this school to any parents!!! The middle schoolers are combined with the high schoolers which is even worse! I reported the school for drug use in the school and it hasn't been solved yet but I immedietly withdrawed them from doral academy and put them in a new school and now they r back on track with good grades!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2011

My daughter attended this school on 2009-2010. Based on my personal experience I do not recommend it to anybody. I put an straight A, President's Award student in their hands and nothing else happened. I had to withdraw her for lack of challenge. All comments apply to 2009-2010, I do not have references for current year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2010

As parents who go out of their way to send their kids to a better school to improve their scholastic experience I have nothing but good things to say about Doral Academy. I have two teenage sons and the EXCELLENT Doral staff does a wonderful job at weeding negative elements out. Their academic curriculum is to my satisfaction and their test scores can attest to this. I don t like the online teaching system called Carnegie. I actually really like the fact that my kids can have some learning time at home besides their time at school and the system itself is good. However, their online teacher was sometimes far ahead of their actual teachers. They were doing homework on work they haven t been taught yet. What I did find to be troubling were, in my opinion, over-inflated fees associated with extra-curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

They love their kids, (Staff) Also they are very good with teaching and learning, folliowing policy as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

I went to this school for 6th grade year and it was amazing. The teachers are dedicated and wiling to help you. I honestly do believe that it'd one of the best middle schools in the worl as well as a high school! Can't wait for 7th grade!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2009

I have attended this school for the past three years, and it has been a great experience. There is a good amount of regulation: students don't get away with everything, but they're not babied either. Despite the fact that some of the teachers don't have great qualifications, don't judge a book by it's cover. A lot of these teachers are great instructors, excellent at keeping the students interested in the material, and working toward higher degrees. The school does lack a variety of good extracurricular activities however, and they have problems with the maintenance of the restrooms (which is primarily the student's faults).
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2009

Doral Academy offers doble enrollment courses to those students that have outstanding scores and want to take clases that gives credits to college, also the advance classes are a good chance to those that want to learn. My daugther is in middle school going to high school this year and I can say I am thankfull with DACMS. This is a great Charter School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2009

As I have tried to express previously, this school is not all what it seems. Lack of organization and administration that doesn't even have a speck of interest in their students. Things are extremely costly in this school - fees for everything! Most teachers are inexperienced, and newbies. Hardly any electives. Library has roughly 200 books. Look elsewhere, my mom and I were once fooled by the lie of Doral Academy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2009

My name is Mariana Rodriguez and I have attended Doral Academy since Kindergarden. I am currently in 8th grade and I'm proud to say this school has indeed helped me mold myself into the young woman I am today. The school does have it's faults, just like any school but it indeed has a lot of advantages. The honors, gifted, and advanced programs are great! They really do push you to strive for your best and nothing less. The amount of students is an eye-opener but I guess it adds to a great enviorment, (a total of about 900 students) I can say that not all of the student body gets along great but they rarely have any issues in that matter. They do have a uniform policy and they excpect you to abide by those rules. Teachers are mostly average but there are a couple of teachers that really top
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 30, 2008

well am a transfer student got there in the ending of school there was only 3 months of school left.but some how some way i past the 7th the teachers are great.but yet the staff and administration are a little bit to stritct hey we are kids but i guess we need displine ;)
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2008

I love the school it is fantastic i recomend it for any child
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 25, 2007

If you are thinking of attending this school I advise against it. This school barely has any selection for extra-curricular activities and/or elective classes. This school is way too strict with the uniform policy. This school spends too much time making rediculos rules where they should be focusing on improving the school overall. The teachers and staff arent the best around and give alot of work but dont teach that much.
—Submitted by a student


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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 53% in 2014.

356 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

362 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%
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.

393 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

465 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%
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.

284 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

485 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

382 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

487 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
92%
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 78% in 2012.

381 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
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.

217 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
99%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
85%
Biology I

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

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
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 1%
Black 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 48%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/AN/A
Female 52%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 76%58%61%
Master's degree 24%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 7%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

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Visual arts
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Media arts
  • Graphics

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. DOUGLAS RODRIGUEZ
Fax number
  • (305) 591-9251

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
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  • Football

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  • Graphics
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Monitor the playground
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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2601 Northwest 112th Avenue
Doral, FL 33172
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