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Doral Academy

Charter | PK-5 | 1137 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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Posted August 12, 2014

Doral Academy is an amazing school. My daughter started at DA in Kindergarten and I could be any happier that she got accepted! The Teachers have been incredible!! for Kinder she had Mrs. Miguel; an amazing, knowledgeable and caring teacher and for First Grade she had Mrs. Davalos; Lead Teacher, again, knowledgeable and most importantly had great communication with the parents. The staff is wonderful. they are all soooo sweet, even the cafeteria ladies and gents are amazing. The principal and Vice Principle greet your children every now and then in the front of the school. Which is awesome for them to take the time to do so. The ONLY complaint i have is that they should have more sports in the Elementary. Soccer Team, Flag Football, Cheerleading and a Dance team. other than that I give it a 10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2014

Worst PK4 in Doral. If you love your child and want a great and complete education, this is not the place! bad manners and aggressive environment is what you can expect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2014

This school is amazing, of course do be great depends that everybody working together, the involvement with the parents, kids teacher, i am happy to be part of Doral academy family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

I 've been trying to get spot in Doral Academy since 2010 , but it is almost iimpssible. They never give me the feed back about my application. They never call me back. They never inform the exactly day that gonna be the lottery. I really don't know how they have no respect with others and they are A Schools. They are a very close community.


Posted November 4, 2013

the principal have preference helping some friend people... The school more organization in the mornings with the traffic school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

My daughter is in 5th grade now and has had a wonderful experience. They prepare her academically as well as socially. She has received a 5 in reading and math every year. The administrators, counselor and teachers are all very approachable. Any time I've had a concern they've been able to help. The families that attend Doral Academy are also very friendly. My daughter has made wonderful friendships that I hope last forever. I would recommend this school to any family. It is hard to find a school with this many caring yet academically rigorous teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

My daughter joined in PreK 4 and I only wish I had enrolled her since Pre K 3. the Pre K program is exceptional! The kids love the school and after the first week of crying (separation anxiety) my daughter now cant wait to get to school. She is 4 and can now read only after about 5 months at school. Yes, as a parent you have to put in the time to read 15 minutes every day to your child as homework, and you have to practice sight words and family words at home, but it pays off!!! My only wish is that the Principal could smile more and get more involved with all the parents, she looks super stressed out all the time. The teachers are FANTASTIC however and the kids are happy and learning, so smile or no smile they must be doing something right! i just hope the elementary school environment is similar so that it will be smooth transition. My work colleague is encouraging me to move my daughter to the Renniassance which is a 9/10 rating, but perhaps we will stay where my daughter has already developed freindships. Hope this helped you choose....and yes there is a lot of Spanish Spoken, but instruction is 70% in English, it is a good thing to get the kids exposed anyway right?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2010

this school does little to prepare for the fcat, unless your child is put in their special program, where they have the student do 2nd and 3rd at the same time, and then when the student repeats the 3rd grade, they take the 3rd grade fcat and their grades are fantastic, it makes the school look good. they do this until 5th grade.the rest of the students are just fillers. to reassure the parents of the fillers, they concentrate on a group of children and the rest? they tell them that the fcat is not that important?? As for the girl bullies. there is little or no punishment, and they are free to continue with their bad behavior.!as for parent involvement, your not going to hear anything truthful, because 90% are illegal aliens, and don't want to draw attention to themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2010

This is a good school, my son started in pre-k and now is going into first grade. The only thing is am concerned about is the use of proper English in and out of the class room, by the teachers and the administration. I listen to some of the teachers speak grammaticaly incorrect english, and concern that my son will develop such habbits and think its the correct way to speak. I also don't think there is proper facilities for sports i.e football, track and field, basketball, proper Gym with equipment. I give the school average, because other than the few issues academically they do a good job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

My son is in Kindergarten and completing his second year at Doral Academy. My experience has been excellent, wonderful teachers, administration and school employees. I'm pleased with the overall educational program and looking forward to having my other children attend the school as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

Our daughter is in the early elementary years. She just completed her second year at the DA. We are thrilled with the school and the personal attention our daughter receives in terms of academic and social development. The environment is extremely supportive for the kids, and almost all the kids I see at the school love being there. The after-school programs are superb and offer a wide array activities such as swimming, dance, music, mandarin, guitar lessons,art, sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

My daughter attends pre-k and i can say from experience i was a little bit concerned at the beginning with the educational program, field trips and extracurricular activities. However, the teachers have worked with me in all the areas. I always ask questions. As a parent am very much involved in all the areas my child is involved. Bottom line, excellent school so far, excellent educational program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

P-K is good academically. The kids will be reading and writing well before the end of the school year. However, there is a high price to pay for that! It is not a place if you want a great foundation. The facilities are inadequate and kids do not have enough time playing or doing arts, music or activities that a little one enjoys most! There are so many irregularities that they must to keep parents out. Too many kids in each classroom (34:2) so they have to adopt military discipline. All the staff is a joke! There is not a possibility to accommodate any simple needs for your child (they are not really interest about it! They told me that!). Tons of homework. Parents normally register their kids in P-K, which it is private, to make sure they will get a place in kindergarten. Mistake! Too little space for write more...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

it's very academical and familiar school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Because my grandson is going there and I am very happy with it, is a wonderfull school


Posted August 26, 2009

This is a grat school!!!!. My daughter is there since pre K, now she is in 7th grade . I have no complain. This is an A+ school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2009

This is a great school! teachers are awesome and the new principal is so great! The school had a great score on Fcat again last year. The 5th grade teachers do prepare the kids to Middle school. The art teacher is 100% dedicated, Music teacher is excellent, spanish teachers are very nice... Cant complain at all. Its a great choice, specially if you start early with them in Prek for example
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2009

this is an awesome school and ms.rodriguez(4th grade) is a great teacher
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2009

Outstanding teachers!!! Unlike many comments I've read my experience volunteering at this school has been great. All parents are involved and that is the way it should be. Overall the school has exceeded my expectations in every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2009

I am a teacher at this school and coming from a public school that was not a charter school which also had an A rating, I can say the difference is night and day. There is a high degree of accountability for the teachers, students and parents alike. The administration at the school expects a lot from the teachers and in turn the students; the students are given a lot of material to learn, above and beyond what Dade County public schools requires; their is Prometheium boards in all of the classrooms as well as computers. It is a safe, clean school, which offers free tutoring to students who need it. I feel fortunate to work at a school with such a high degree of parent involvement; the only down side is that the school is lacking in extra curricular activities and the building itself is not too kid friendly.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%
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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

154 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
91%
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.

151 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

151 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

151 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%
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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

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

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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 6%
Asian 2%
Black 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 49%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/AN/A
Female 51%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%58%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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2450 Northwest 97th Avenue
Doral, FL 33172
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Phone: (305) 597-9999

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