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Hialeah Gardens Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 914 students

 

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Posted May 1, 2014

Wonderful school, wonderful staff, I have nothing but great things to say about this school. I have twins in 1st grade one with autism and this school is so caring and sensitive to all kids. People have a lot of negative comments to say about Hialeah, but I for one am grateful for how wrong most are. It's a wonderful community with many wonderful people. The educators here really care about the students and the Principal Mr. Y is awesome, very approachable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

The Hialeah Gardens Elementary school is the example of the excellent and quality in education. From director and teacher like all the staff and workers in this school always are there to be the best for our childrens. I'm a grandparent of 2 children. Thank oyu to be best school in Miami dade Ciunty Puiblic and Private School.


Posted May 28, 2013

Hialeah Gardens Elementary - This is a wonderful school. My son is graduating from 5th grade this year 2013 and I am looking forward for my little one to attend to the school also. This school is one of the reason I will not move from Hialeah Gardens. Mr. Yaghdjian the principal makes this school an A+++ school along with the great staff. I will also have to mention Mr Valdes, as the most unique teacher that my son ever had, he is an exceptional professional and educator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

This is a wonderful school my son has been going since Kinder and the special program for children with desability is great. The teachers are wonderful and always ready to help you. I would like to thank all of them, Specially Mrs. Drago, Mrs. Werner, Mrs. Navarro and Mrs. Rodriguez they are wonderful. Great Job ladies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

I want to thank Mr. Staton for not only being an excellent p.e. teacher but also a wonderful role model for my son. My son has blossomed this year and for the first time interested in sports. My son has always been an intovert but now is a social butterfly. Mr. Staton has gone beyond his job description by always talking and interacting with my son. He's all he talks about when he gets home every day. Thank you VERY much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

A new school year and I have no complaints, however my family and I have to take the opportunity not only to say how grateful we are to have such a wonderful school in our community, but to praise the staff at Hialeah Gardens for their great work and especially a big THANK YOU to all the wonderful teachers that were part of my son and daughter's school year. Thank you to each of you for caring and for being wonderful teachers I hope the principal at Hialeah Gardens Elementary knows the quality of teachers he has. Thank you to Mrs.Bedoya, Mrs. Ramirez, Mrs. I. Perez you are truly amazing. God Bless you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2011

my son is currently attending this school. ms puentes and ms velasquez are both great! he has learned so much! i have no words to describe the job they have done with him. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

My son is currently attending Hialeah Garden Elementry and we as parents can not feel more happy and bless to have such a great school in our neighborhood. My son has had incredible teachers each of them helping my son out in their own unique way and for that we are truly greatful, so from our family we would like to take this oppurtunity to thank all the teachers who have given my son a great education, oppurtunities and have seen in him great potential. Thank you Ms. Bedoya, Mrs.Chislom, Mrs. Holand and of course Mr.Long. Thank you for offering me as a parent great communication. I would also like to thank someone who helped my son a lot Ms. Pazo (tutor) she was a great help and a great person. We would also like to thank Blanquita for her hard work Hialeah Garden good work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

It's amazing how the newest review is dated in the year 2005, when Mr. Dotres was the Principal! Since he left the school has changed dramatically for the worst! The Principal, Ms. Bernal is horrible. She has no people skills at all. Does not know how to treat children not parents. Diciplines by intimidation. It truly amazes me that someone like this could hold such a position! School morale is at an all-time LOW! Teacher morale is on the floor. Many children habben removed from the school since Ms. Bernal became the principal. I pulled both of my children out and transferred them to another school. I could not stand another year with her administration or should I say lack of. Great teachers but most are unhappy! Right now, the rating I would give this school is '0'. It's a shame! Many many parents are unhappy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2008

I am very pleased with the academics, discipline, and security. Classrooms are large and kept clean. My daughter is in the bilingual program and this is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2008

This school is very safe, the staff are nice. The campus is clean and organized. Afterschool care program is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2006

Me and my daughter absolutely love Hialeah Gardens elementary school, her first teacher was Mrs. Ricardo, a kindergarten teacher that did so much for her, she will remember Msr Ricardo for ever, 1st grade Ms Chisolm an excellent and very dedicated teacher and her actual 2nd grade teacher is Ms Valdez an incredible sweet and exceptional teacher. My daughter today is an a student with 'principal honor roll' since 1st grade and 100% attendance since 1st garde as well. 'However, the after care program is in control in my opinion by one or 2 persons that do not really cooperate with parents, I still in the waiting list, which is affecting my job and home stability and economy.This should be improved and more coordinated'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

I have experienced only but the best at Hialeah Gardens Elementary School. The teachers as well as the staff have exceeded my expectations. Unfortunately Mr. Dotres is not here anymore to continue the marvelous job he did, but we trust that Ms. Bernal follows in his footsteps. My youngest child started Kindergarten this year and had a wonderful first day of school. Ms. Bedoya made an excellent first impression and he was thrilled by all the activities that went on. Both my boys are very happy. The only negative aspect that I hope they work on a little harder is that I feel that our kids are not getting the incentives that they strive so hard to achieve. I have noticed that they are not rewarded nearly as often as they should be. Other than that this is A-1-A school that is highly recommended by me all around!! C.C.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2005

Hialeah gardens elementary is a great school, both of my children are currently attending this school and they are very happy, the teachers are great, when my daughter was below grade level in reading they placed her in a tutoring class evey saturday from 9 A.M. To 12 P.M. for several weeks at no cost to me. The talent shows that they have are great, and the pta is very involved with raising money for school events, the aftercare that they provide is the best, they make sure children have the homework done before the end of the day and give them the help they need with homework, I am a happy parent knowing my kids are attending such an attentive school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2005

My son Adrian attended this school for five years. He first went there unable to form sentences and a very limited vocabulary. His first grade teacher Mrs. Werner performed miracles with him. He learned his name, phone#, alphabets, math and I could go on. She was truly a Godsend for me. Throughout his attendance there, he continued to progress but Mrs. Werner was his stepping stone to cognitive and social awareness to the world. I could never be more grateful and thankful to this school and their ESE program and the wonderful people there who touched our lives so positively. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2004

I love this school! My daughter was lucky enough to participate in the Pre-K program that it offers. The teachers Ms. Chaviano and Mrs. Pacheco were incredible, my daughter loved the enviroment they created. The classroom is always impeccable, classes are varied and the teachers really show they care. Security at the school is top notch and at this day and age that is very important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2004

This is the type of example of how a great principal can make a diference in the entire system. Discipline, not only for children, parents and teachers included, High moral values and dedication has made this school an example to any other school in the State. The autistic program is superior. Mr. Dotres you have done a great job, please keep it up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

This school has done a complete turn around since our new Principal, Jos Dotres, came on board a couple of years ago. It's clean, secure, safe, & family friendly. The teachers are A-1! After having children in this school since 1996, I can honestly say that now, I feel tranquil and relaxed when I leave my children there in the morning. Mr. Dotres has done an excellent job of taking this school from a Principal that ran it into the ground and turning it into a fun place for learning for all students. Thank you Mr. Dotres for putting our children first!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2004

This is a wonderful school. Its a big family, where everyone knows who belongs on the premises and who doesn't. I feel confident knowing that my daughter is in a safe school. Its a shame that middle school has not been added, since we have no good middle schools in the area. Thank you Mr. Dotres for doing a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2003

Hialeah Gardens Elementary is an excellent school. The Principal, Mr. Dotres does a marvelous job keeping this school safe and rewarding for our children. All the security rules being implemented at the school are great. The teachers and the security team at Hialeah Gardens let us feel at ease when we leave our children in the morning. Thanks Mr. Dotres for a wonderful job!!
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

127 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
59%
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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

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.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
48%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
96%

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 "A".
  • 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 "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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 97%
White 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 8%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 79%58%61%
Master's degree 20%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MR. ROUBEN J YAGHDJIAN
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  • (305) 818-7970

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9702 Northwest 130th Street
Hialeah, FL 33018
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