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Doral Academy Charter High School

Charter | 9-12 | 1390 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted March 25, 2014

I'm a current student at Doral Academy and I must say that overall my experience here has been...meh. Over the years the school has been improving but recently I feel like it's lost what it means to be a school. The library was made smaller last year, and in order to stay, you either do 30 volunteer hours or pay $100. Not to mention how the school will often prevent student from going to class's all day for a simple uniform violation as having black and white shoes or shoes with a single white stripe at the sole. Not ideal. Honestly the only thing keeping me here are the multitude of friends I've managed to acquire. The curriculum is also meh. The teachers, at least mine, are alright. Great even. But sadly they don't get to shine as bright because the school is only focused on getting a higher test score on the EOC. If that weren't the main focus, then perhaps learning would be more fun. Ah well. Also, it's incredible how difficult it is for a smaller club at the school to get any recognition or respect. Similar to the real world I guess. If you do go here, you better hope you have some sort of connection or you won't get very far. It's alright but far from great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 20, 2014

My son doesn't attend the school waiting on raffle to get in but i have freinds that go to the school and i've been their the teachers are great,principal is very respectful and teaching wise it is a very good school my son is looking foward in attending the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

This is my third year at this school. i can't say its amazing, but is better than average in education. but the teachers.. most don't care, some don't even give you the right material to study, the halls are too small, and the lunch is terrible in my opinion. So i guess you can say it s best for middle school students but high school these days is too important to spend here. I've heard they are trying to become one of the best, but for now its not there yet.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2013

I am an ex-student of Doral Academy, I now attend Belen Jesuit, and my god this school is terrible. The curriculum is horrific, most of the teachers don't even speak English. The teachers don't teach they just expect the students to learn, on top of this there is so much favoritism. Overall it is a terrible school and I think of you want a mediocre child, then put him/her in this school, but if you don't then at least put them in Ronald Reagan's Cambridge program.


Posted August 4, 2012

There are a great variety of programs to choose from at this school including the multiple performing arts opportunities (which will then be subdivided into doral academy performing arts and entertainment academy), the scholars program (which is dual enrollment payed for by the school should one qualify), multiple AP class choices (Such as AP Spanish Language and Literature, AP Biology, AP World History, etc.), expanding campus, huge outdoor sport space, and great benefits for students who truly try. Those who graduate saying that they have learned nothing, is because they got through school with no effort and no interest. Doral Academy is a great middle, high, and performing arts school, with a newly constructed and expanding Performing Arts/ College building.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2011

I have attended this school for a year. To be honest they are very disorganized and the staff regularly disrupts classes.We lose games all the time. The school is really crowded and we shared classes with middle schoolers who are very immature. The good thing is that SOME teachers really do care about our education but that's about it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2011

I have three children, the oldest is graduating this year in 2012. All of them have been in Doral Academy since their 6th grade. The old principal was nice but the new principal is phenomenal. They are a strict school with their uniform policy and their late policy but it definitely appeased the traffic in the morning. I couldn't be happier! My son will now be graduating at the top of his class and he has almost completed his first two years of college with their Scholars program. They love the school and the teachers are marvelous. I've never had a problem with any of them. Administration is also very helpful and communicative. GREAT JOB DORAL!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2009

I am a buisness owner in the Doral area and my kids attend the school. It has come a long way from when we first started and the teachers have come a long way. One thing that I have noticed is if you don't do the work, you cannot be prepared for anything. This happens at all schools. If you don't do the work you cannot be prepared for anything. Doral does a great job at educating its students and the communication and information has gone through the roof. Congrats Doral and keep the vision going. There are always going to be dissatisfied people. Maybe they should of pushed themselves during thier time there and they would of been prepared like my children are. GO FIREBIRDS......


Posted August 5, 2009

As a recent graduate of Doral, I have come o the sad realization that I dod not learn much at the school. While I was there, I was happy and thought I was learning. Now that I have just started my first semester at college, I realize that Doral did not prepare me at all for the future. I never learned how to take notes, how to write a research paper, or how to understand, rather then memorize, the material. I am very dissappointed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2009

The curriculum is a joke. There are barely any activities. The principal plays favorites and only helps those he likes. Terrible school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

Two years I had to endure the nightmares of attending Doral Academy High School. As if lack of resources and space wasn't, this school simply does not have it's priorities straight. Administrators seem to focus on test scores and uniform policy rather than the actual curriculum and education given to their students. Why you ask? Simply for an extra buck. The school is so poorly funded since they have the privilege of being a 'charter' school which means funds come from (or do they come at all?) from Academica. In addition, teachers that actually did motivate me those past two years decided to pack up and leave to pursue better opportunities in 'real' high schools and other careers simply because they are treated like punching bags by the lovely administration. Don't make the mistake I did and go to a real school suchas Ferguson. You'll be amazed of the genuine experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2009

I currently attend Doral Academy Charter High School. First of all, the lack of space won't be an issue any longer. It is currently under construction and they are expanding it and making new buildings. I am an honors student. Yes, some teachers are extremely hard to understand but if you study from the book, your perfectly fine. Its not like there is a lack of resources. It is not disorganized. The principal checks the uniform policy on a daily basis and its very strict.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2009

I'm very proud of my daughter, she is her first year at Doral Academy and she is very motivated from her teacher, really I don't have words to say thanks to the teachers, they are outstanding.....Congrats!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

this school is outstanding, i go to it and there programs are the best. The sports and academics are equally extrordinary
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2008

im a student in doral acadamy im a 6th grader i think it's alright. A bigger school will help a lot and more teachers. I have music piano and when im in class i have 8th graders 7th and 6th graders in the same class oh and we have a binder for each class and binders so my bookbag is really heavy, i carry some in my hand but still but i love it because it has sprots and competitions so it's cool
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2008

Lack of parent involment. No programs for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2008

It is unfair to compare a small charter school of 1000 students with a public H.S. of 3, 500 students, as Coral Gables H.S. My daughter was attending Doral Academy( she has always been an honor student), Doral was not providing my daughter with the competitive classes to exploit her potential. Coral Gables H.S. is, with their IB Magnet Program. Parents should not be fooled by just test scores alone, do your homework first. As a parent of honor student, I do not recommend Doral Academy. It will not prepare your child for the acceptance/competitiveness of pretigious universities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2008

My child is graduating from Doral Academy Charter this year I am super happy with the school and the staff she has recieved a full paid scholarship and all the teachers and staff have been great and have comunicated great with us throughout the four years. We would like to say thanks to all the teachers and the Staff. Thank you and I wish the very best for the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

I moved my kids from Miami Springs to Doral since middle school. I love the school, teachers, and the education. Both my kids are honor kids and they also love the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

This school has failed my expectations being rated A. Academically it is a joke. Principal is never available and is very condescending. School is Very disorganized. Your child's motivation to learn will be destroyed. Terrible school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

428 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

360 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

363 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
96%
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.

279 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
99%

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.

226 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%
Biology I

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

334 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
80%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

373 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
83%
U.S. History

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

263 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%
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 91%
White 7%
Black 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 50%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59%N/AN/A
Female 50%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 97%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 71%58%61%
Master's degree 23%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%2%1%
Other degree 2%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

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11100 Northwest 27th Street
Doral, FL 33172
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