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Westland Hialeah Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 2156 students

 

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Posted January 7, 2014

I honestly am unpleasant with this school they look down on freshmans all the time. Plus there is no diversity everyone is hispanic and the attendance policy is ridiculous. Some teachers have accents and don't know how to teach. The work provided doesn't always contradict the lesson. The teachers also take awhile to grade things, and some have favorite students. They strive to have wonderful extracurricular programs, academics and school spirit. But it only seems like some administrators and students in all dislike freshman being the babies of the school which isn't quite fair.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2013

I am a current student of Westland Hialeah Senior High and I must say that the Math department can really use an improvement. There are only about 3-4 good teachers for Math in general. Currently, I have an Algebra 2 teacher with a horrific accent and doesn't not know how to teach or communicate effectively to us. the only good thing I like about this year (2013-2014) is the school spirit; it has gotten so much better along with the activities. I just wish administration would attend to the students needs rather than tell us "we can't do anything about." Basically, you are stuck with what you get whether you are learning or not.


Posted September 19, 2013

The teachers are horrible. Most of the teachers have an accent and don't even bother to explain the work to the students. One of the worst teachers have to be Ms. Alvarez who teaches geometry. She doesn't bother to pick up the work and doesn't like to explain to the students. I highly recommend not coming to this school! This school has the worst teachers who don't bother teaching at all. Also this school only cares about the money. They don't care at all about the education of the students. Mr. Smith is a very disrespectful and always screams at the students for no apparent reason whatsoever. Once again DO NOT COME TO THIS SCHOOL!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

Westland is the worst school in Miami-Dade county. The administration only cares about getting the school to an A - even if it means forcing a student not capable of taking a dual enrollment class to take that course just because it benefits the school. Forcing students to sell a $10 magazine subscription in order to participate in school activities is probably the most idiotic idea ever constructed by a human being. It is not up to the students to make money for the school, and if they want to, fine, but don't force them. I thought we lived in a democracy?
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2008

Im a student at Westland and I must say the school is excellent! The teachers are very freindly and every single classroom has state of the art equipment. The bandroom has over $1 million in brand new instruments. The buliding is huge and you have a good view of downtown Miami. The teachers arent easy on you but then again help you. This is an excellent school!
—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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

520 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
33%
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.

589 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

593 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
75%
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.

492 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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 66% in 2014.

322 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
27%
Biology I

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

600 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
59%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

652 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
48%
U.S. History

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

365 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%
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 97%
White 2%
Black 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 33%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 90%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 69%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 53%58%61%
Master's degree 44%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%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 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • DR. GUILLERMO A MUNOZ
Fax number
  • (305) 818-3002

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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4000 West 18th Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33012
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