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Hollywood Academy of Arts and Science Middle School

Charter | 6-8 | 440 students

 
 

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Posted June 11, 2014

I have to Kids in this school and we are very pleased with the education system, the teachers and all the staff in general, the only complaint I have is that the playground is so limited, kids need bigger open area to play.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2014

1. They don' t have an open area. . Kids need an open area with air/ A place to run and do exercise. They have a very small playground for more than 1000 kids. 2. The principal is very rude. ( at least the one at the after care is the one I know) 3. When I saw an incident a few months ago when I saw kids hitting each other and kicking on their faces at the playground, I told the staff in charge and they don't even care about. They answered: " oh.. that's the way they play " 4. Teachers can't handle the kids and they send email every day instead of do their job 5. Her teacher has not experience at all and she doesn't know how to handle kids. That's why she has to send emails every day. Instead of do her job and control the situation. 6.Impossible to talk with the teacher. Is like her time is more important that the issues itself. Not only that: when she set what they call "a conference", she didn't made it for a third time. I was like an idiot waiting for the phone to ring with my notebook ready to say what I wanted to say and she never call and never said she sorry ( she didn't).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2013

I pulled both of my kids out of this HORRIBLE school. Both of my kids are A honor students, quiet, and respectful of adults, but this place had them both coming home either depressed or angry. The teachers are miserable and have no teaching skills. My son's teacher had one of those "online" teaching degrees and had no clue how to teach. The Principal is a joke as other parents have stated and their entire staff is rude. Do not send your kids here! Both of my kids are in a new school that has an exceptional Principal and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2013

After many years at HAAS, I have pulled my two girls. The Principal retaliated against us after I met with her last year. I was told I was lucky that she was meeting with me because she didn't meet with parents. She wasn't happy with any of the points I brought up, arguing against all of them. In retaliation, she put my kids in the lowest 8th grade class she had. My kids were in class with kids who were 15 in the 8th grade due to time in juvenile detention, who threw kids up against the wall demanding money, and kids who were known to be "low". When I asked her to move my girls back, she told me they could do Florida Virtual School. My kids got tested on how they could get demerits. There was more emphasis on discipline than creative and interesting teaching. The kids have to walk on a line in the halls. The Principal's emphasis on "saving" lower income children at the expense of other types of families, has caused an implosion of kids whose families don't care. This is a downtown Hollywood school, and almost no one from the surrounding neighborhood attends it. You can't complain to Charter Schools USA, because you are labeled a "problem parent." We love the new school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2013

I have been attending HAAS in general for 8 years (6 years in the elementary and this is the 4th quarter of my second year in the middle school), so basically 7th grade. I loved the old school, except it had bad facilities. Charter Schools USA generally provides a safe and higher-quality education environment than the typical public school. Unfortunately, the teachers and staff are a little obsessed with giving demerits and punishing/threatening kids. Most of the staff, including the principal and vice principals are under the age of 40. It would be nice if the facilities and extra-curricular opportunities were a little bit better, even in the new school, which is about 1/3 the size of a normal school when it comes to grade sizes. Also, if there were a few teachers that were not there, you know, the aloof, cranky, lazy, and mean ones, we'd be an excellent school, not just a great one. Oh yeah! A few more school-sanctioned social events would be nice.


Posted February 26, 2013

My kids hate this school, my daughter has always been in gifted classes but since attending this school she was not accepted into the program and they have her in 2 different tutoring programs, I just really don't understand this school, When we first came to this school we had high hopes and expectations what a big disappointment. Also some of the staff members are very rude and disrespectful especially in the cafeteria and they never let the kids finish eating, one or two bites and then they have to through out there food. I'm so sick of this school already and this is there first year there, I can't wait to get them into a better environment....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

I attended the information session for parents prior to enrolling my child. I was not too thrilled. They say first impressions mean a lot. A parent hurt himself walking to the entrance and injured his knee. He could not walk so an ambulance was called. Not one teacher showed up to assist. Glad it was not a child who needed help. To top things off, I was scolded by another parent for parking in line with all of the other cars. Really? Time to find another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2012

The Pricipal and her assistant are so angry why?the school staff need to stop showing favoritsm to privilidge kids and please cafeteria lady stop being so mean to the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

I'm shocked. I thought this was going to be a great school but what a huge disappointment. I understand the fact that it was a hard transition into the new school but you can only use that excuse for so long. I can't believe how unorganized the staff is and how rude. Nobody takes responsibility for anything and nobody can give you a straight answer. My child was so excited and couldn't wait to start school. Now we might be transferring. I'm just not willing to let my child s education suffer because they can't get it together. I've spoke to several parents that feel the same way and it's not fair. We all work very hard to make sure our children are able to succeed in life. I really feel that the head staff at this school doesn t really care. They set a bunch of rules but fail to set an example for our children. I can t believe the things that have been going on and I feel like I ve wasted valuable time for nothing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

This school is HORRIBLE. Most of the teachers are angry and inequipt to deal with children. They do nothing but yell and hand out demerits. Kids are not allowed to speak. If you an LD or gifted child they will make sure you leave. Emails to the principal are not answered. The vp is the gatekeeper to not addressing issues parents attempt to discuss. No clubs. No sports. No positive reinforcement. Just whats wrong with your child. Never homework in what they call "AP" classes? And the school board states they do not deal with issues regarding charter schools so good luck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2011

my son has been going for 3 months now .it's Great ,A little strict but great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

My child has attended this school since they started and has succeeded academically extreme well. I've always felt that the principal,teachers and staff truly care for the children. As a charter school, the parents involvement is required by volunteering 20-30 hours yearly, which makes everyone, including parents to get involved with school and to get to know the students and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Hollywood Academy of Arts & Science is an educational institution which strives to educate and nurture each individual. Through the academic health and emotional health of everyone, from student to staff. HAAS goes outside of the school to introduce and incorporate the community as well. Fundraisers go on to feed the community and provide assistance to others at need. CSUSA Charter equally supports their school system through multiple methods. As a teacher who has known private, public and charter schools, Hollywood Academy of Arts and Science has prooven itself to be superior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2009

Well, I am a student of this school, and I pretty much like it. The only thing I don't like is that they don't focus on middle school, only on elementary. They also don't let us wear our own style, only uniforms.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2009

The school is small, but some teachers have no clue how to teach. They are not nice to the kids and The principal is on her little world she does not even care about the welfare of the kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

it so good for my child to come to this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2008

Think twice and really do your research before sending your child here. Its pluses are small, close knit community but the disadvantages are larger class sizes (25-28 on average, there was a 1st grade class with 29), no extra curricular sports. The teachers are always leaving and those that stay are brand new to teachng and therefore don't have a clue about teaching. This school is great if you want your kid to live in a bubble. It does not prepare them for the real world. I pulled my children out before they even finished their first year there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2007

this is my second year at this school. i hate it. there is nothing to do after school exept detention. the only reason im still at that school is because of my friends. the teachers are horrible(exept for mr.amon, mrs.rogers, and ms.martin) this school is very unorganized. the idea of having a school under an apartment is a very bad idea. you feel like your in jail, not school. the closest you get to seeing outside is the windows, and in most classes the windows are covered. during lunch we can`t get a little loud or we will be put on silent lunch. i am 15 years old and get treated like a baby or like a did something wrong and is being punished for it so i got put in this school. they do not prepare us at all for the real world or even high school.field trips are rare
—Submitted by a student


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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 53% in 2014.

153 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

153 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

166 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
68%
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 47% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
66%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
83%
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 78% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

50 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%
Biology I

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

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

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

2014

 
 
n/a
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 40%
White 35%
Black 20%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 48%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/AN/A
Female 52%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 81%53%61%
Master's degree 19%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

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1705 Van Buren Street
Hollywood, FL 33020
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