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American Senior High School

Public | 8-12 | 2151 students

 

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Posted June 28, 2006

This school has the potential to be very good. There is great need for organization of extracurricular activities and involving students. The leadership for most clubs is very poor and a lack of commitment. Timeliness of handing out progress reperts andreport cards is poor. Trying to communicate with teachers and counselors is near to impossible. Should invest in e-mail for all teachers and make communication more parent and student friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2006

As an alumni of american senior high, I believe that the school strives to keep all students involved in the extra curricular activities of the school. The school gives students the opportunity to succeed while offering them a caring and safe enviroment to explore the opportunities of bettering themselves as individuals. The teachers at the school try to keep the parents aware of the different opportunities there child will have as a student. I am now finishing up my masters and I know that if it weren't for the individuals that helped me along the way while at American I would not be as successful as I am today.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 15, 2006

Quality of academic programs is not so good. Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities is to little. Level of parent involvement is too low.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted November 3, 2005

I believe this school is a great school...I am not a parent, or a teacher, but I am a student who's been to this school. Now I go to Miami Lakes tech, and let me tell you Im going back to American, because American beats Miami Lakes Tech by a long shot..Trust me!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2005

AP and Honors classes in American High School are outstanding.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 30, 2005

The academic programs are okay. The extracurricular activites needs more organization and the level of parent involvement is very poor.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2005

This school is great!! Go Chris Acosta!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2005

I LOVE AMERICAN SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. This school has great teachers, a great mix of races and alot of extra curricular activies. I recommend this school 100%.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 19, 2005

I believe that the school should have more programs for students in order for them to stay out of trouble. I also think that the school should add more academies because most of their future students are going to Miami Lakes Tech instead.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2004

American high school is a great school and has a great learning atmosphere it has a history of exceling in academics and sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2004

This school should have only intelgent children . because those whild children are given this school a bad rating (d's ) I was going to let my children go there but because of the rating NO NO AND NO!! BECAUSE OF THE RATING .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2004

There are many extracurricular activities, but not enough focus on curriculum. More attention should be paid to helping students become motivated in their educational life and less in sports. This is why the school has scored so poorly in the FCAT & as an educational institution overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2004

The biggest problem with our school system is communication. The work load is heavey for everyone but we need to think about our future and how our we going to help shape it. Now my son has come home with two progress report that were borderline. As a parnet I look at myself first to see what I can do to improve his grades the first time around. The second time I requested a parnet teacher conference and the respons was the teachers will call you. It took about a week for 3 to 4 teachers to speack with me and they didn't have alot time (lunch break). My solution to this problem is to get in a medeator one who handles the red flags of grades and attendence because the Kids get home before the parnets. We want to wipe out the stero type that were just to busy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2004

No way is the average class size less then 30 students. Unless you include special education classes which are about 10 students per teacher and required by law. Classes have at least 40 students and many of them have much more then that. Halls are way to croweded and because of the massive number of students lunch is also an issue.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 15, 2003

There is too much vilence in this school teachers don't seem to care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2003

Great Programs and A.P courses.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 28, 2003

Administration needs to get their act together and worry less about 'code of conduct' and more about curriculum.


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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.
Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

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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 84% in 2012.

506 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

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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 53% in 2014.

530 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
34%
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.

499 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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41%

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43%

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38%

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40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

498 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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60%

2013

 
 
87%
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

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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 64% in 2013.

417 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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49%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
23%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

458 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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 67%
Black 28%
White 4%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 14%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 86%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 52%58%61%
Master's degree 43%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%2%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Special education coordinator
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Ranked in top 3% of Newsweek Magazine’s List of America’s Top High Schools (2006)
  • Ranked in top 5% of Newsweek Magazine’s List of America’s Top High Schools (2005)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30
School end time
  • 2:30
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MR. LUIS E DIAZ
Fax number
  • (305) 828-7380

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Orthopedic impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
  • Visual impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

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  • Uniforms
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18350 Northwest 67th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33015
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