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Florida Intercultural Academy

Charter | K-5 | 308 students

Intercultural Curriculum

 
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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 5, 2014

Outstanding Academic Teaching skills, My child just finished First grade, and she surpassed my expectations. Her reading and math skills have triple in average.I rate this shool 5 stars for exellent teaching, the most friendliest school, and the most profesional staff in south florida. This year i have transfered all my kids to FIA. Thank you FIA
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2014

FIA is a great school. My daughter is In 2nd grade ( we are in this school since K) and she is doing GREAT.. Everybody is very friendly. Thank you FIA !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2014

FLORIDA INTERCULTURAL IT IS GREAT .MY SON IS IN K, HE IS DOING GOOD. GREAT STAFF
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2014

We are so thankful to all the staff especially Mrs Losieniecki, our daughter is very happy with her. We totally recommend FIA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2014

I cannot say enough about the school, it's administration, office staff & teachers. A truly welcoming family environment. Staff and teachers go above and beyond to ensure your child succeeds. My kids love the school and feel as they are part of a family. Pleasantly welcoming front desk and the parents are friendly and involved as well. Other then at the schools open house I have yet to see the principle involved in any functions or events held at the school. It's a shame he is not around to see the school totally functioning and thriving. Mrs. March and Mrs. Confer really run the show and remain enthused with smiling faces whether it's 7am or 7pm they are available for you. I look forward to being in the school for many years to come and supporting it as it surpasses it's expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

My daughter is in FIA since K and I'm very happy. She finished her 1st grade in High Honer roll! All teachers and FIA staff are amazing! The teachers know all of the children by name and really cares about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2013

I'm very satisfied that my child assist the Florida intercultural academy, the teachers are very well educated and office staff very help full they listen and help as much as they can.Principal Lara always making sure things are well taking care of, Principal Lara teachers and office staff know the children and parents by name, i feel that my child is very much safe and secure at FIA. I wish lots of luck for the coming school years 2013-2014 well deserved. I strongly recommend. what a grate school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2013

My child is a 2nd graderand she has attended FIA since K. When she was struggling with reading she received one-on-one attention and when she had trouble with math, she received free tutoring. I am very thankful to the staff at FIA. My only concern is the open access to the campus and limited security, but this will be resolved when theyh move to the new building this summer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2012

:-( I am looking into other schools. My child's grades are dropping. I don't see that this school is trying to help my child succeed. I thought my child would do well here, I've been asking for help, it's not happening.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

As a former parent, I can honestly say that this school has gone down through the years. The administration office and it's Director no longer have the focus or well being of the children. There is no communication with parents nor administrators. Now with the opening of the new school it is obvious that it's all about the money they can make. I suggest not to be apart of this pyramid that is being created and find other schools to help your child develop the social and educational need that they truly deserve!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2010

My son has been attending this jewel of a school since K. Throughout, our shool experience has been wonderful. The teachers know all of the children by name and they genuinely care for them. When my son struggled, the teachers were there even after hours. The director, principal and teachers have one agenda...giving each child the best education possible. Although some office staff changes have been frowned upon, I still feel very fortunate in having my son educated in this challenging curriculum that FIA offers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

EVERYONE, from the teachers, to the office staff , at this school really cares about the students at this small school. Every teacher knows every child by name . Parents can call the teacher of their child any time with questions. It's a great place for a child .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2008

I am very happy with FIA. As a former homeschooling family, we are very choosy when it comes to education and who we trust with our children. The principal and staff were very welcoming and accomodating and our children assimilated easily. We found the curriculum to be challenging and our children enjoy going to school. The only downside is the fact that there is only one class per grade for most grades, so if you don't care for a teacher--personality differences, teaching style, etc.-- your child is basically stuck with the teacher until the next year. But while this is not good, I also do like the fact that the school is small and everyone pretty much knows everyone. All in all, there are no 'perfect in every way' schools, but FIA by far is much better than anything I've found thus far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2008

I changed my daughter to other school. I don't like the area. My daughter's teacher ( K ) is excellent and the secretary too. Classes are small, it is a church building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

FIA has been the best decision ever! The curriculum is very challenging. Most parents have commented that each grade is taught at a higher level than traditional schooling. If a parent is truly seeking an environment that is creative, challenging, meet state standards, well-disciplined in regards to student behavior, and exposed to International teachers: then FIA is an excellent choice! My children are thriving at FIA. Many have commented that FIA students are getting a quality private education 'free'. The extracurricular activities are supported by community helpers offering services (i.e. piano, dance, P.E.). I took my children out of private schooling and enrolled them in FIA. Enrollment has doubled which speaks for itself.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted April 21, 2007

My daughter is a kindergarten student at FIA. Although she started three months late, I could really see the difference that FIA curriculum has made! My daughter has acquired the necessary skills. If you are a parent who believe that skills are necessary for your child to survive academically and in life, this is the place for you. But the school needs to improve their facilities for physical education. The school encourages parents to be involved but one could see that the same few parents get involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2007

This is the end of my daughter's first year at FIA, and I have to say that I strongly regret that decision. I find no benefit to a program that focuses on 'intercultural' education when we live in multicultural society and daily come into contact with people of all ethincities and cultures. I think that we have come to expect so little from schools and our educational system that we look at small class sizes and a small student body and are grateful. I wish I had enrolled my daughter at a regular public school. The benefits of small class size at this charter school do not outweigh the drawbacks of regular public school. If all you want is a small class size and a small student body then this is the place for you. But if your looking for a challenging but nuturing environment for your child look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2006

My son attends FIA, he is in the 4th grade. This is our 2nd year there and I would highly reccomend the school to anyone. The academic programs are thorough and child specific. The administration and teachers are on a personal level with the parents and promote open communication and collaboration among everyone. The FCAT program is well organized and their scores were extremely high last year. The school advocates for diversity and educating their students regarding cultural differences. Monthly festivals are held in honor of the many countries that the children learn about. However, there is not a vast selection for extracurricular activities (i.e. music, art, sports). The space is rather limited and supplies are in demand. The school is small, therefore the class sizes are adequate. Although, the school will most likely re-locate to another site to add more students/grade levels.
—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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
97%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

45 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
60%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%
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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
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 "C".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 50%
White 23%
Black 22%
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 70%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 100%53%61%
Master's degree 0%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students PE instructor(s)
Music teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Assistant principal(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Gustavo Prats
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (954) 924-8044

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Common Core
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Global
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
310
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
310

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Florida Intercultural Academy Middle School
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1100 Hillcrest Dr.
Hollywood, FL 33021
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Phone: (954) 924-8006

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