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Everglades Preparatory Academy High School

Charter | 9-12 | 356 students

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3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
No new ratings

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Posted August 17, 2014

We are ready for a great school year. Our STEM focus will include coding and robotic clubs. We have smartboards in every class room. We invite parent feedback to the administration. We are a B school this year so we must be doing something right.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 3, 2014

This school definitely needs improvement. During the first 3-4 days of school, your child will be sitting in homeroom doing absolutely NOTHING productive until they finish printing out their class schedules. My daughter took the same physical science class for two years in a row, and the same math as well, and she was in the advanced class for these areas. A schedule change request form was filled, and they simply refused to fix the issue, putting her back into regular classes when she was meant to be in advanced. The experienced teachers began resigning, and were replaced with teachers who were unfamiliar with the curriculum. During the FCAT testing periods, several teachers were replaced for MONTHS with substitutes. Good luck trying to transfer your child to another high school once they're here. Teachers are not allowed to sign any recommendation letters for other schools. The principal REFUSED to speak with the parents when this issue was mentioned. I do not recommend that you enroll your child to EPA if you wish for them to receive a proper education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

First time my son is attending this school. I hope this school influence him to follow a positive path. Influence him to get good grades and take his education seriously. I am so glad and proud that he was accepted to be apart of the Everglades family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2014

My personal opinion is that this school is great. The teachers and administrators are outstanding they will always be there to help you the most they can. The students are well behaved and do not disrupt others. This school is excellent I recommend people to come join the EPA panthers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

I am not pleased with this school. I loved my high school years and this school it's not about high school at all. I have to agree with other comments about student and teachers relation, they are fishy!. The counselor is a total mess. I hate to admit that my kids go to the worst high school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

This is my son's 2nd year at Everglades Prep, so far I haven't had any issues with the school or administration. It could just depend on the student and how they handle certain situations. It's really who you know and how you present yourself. Believe me, I am a 100% involved parent with my son's education. I waiting for open house date, so I can have the chance to really get to know those teachers. It is an inconvenience that its the 3rd week of school and we still do not have access to the Edline.net. :(. I rely on that big time! I'm blind without it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

WORST SCHOOL EVER. do not send your child here. it is a waste of your time. if the administration would pay attention to the needs of their students, and would play an active role in engaging their students to learn and to succeed, i might have stayed. the administration has NO clue what they are doing. they fired the best teachers at this school for bs reasons. the counselor is joke, she never replies to emails or makes time for the students who actually need some guidance. there are some fishy relationships between students and teachers which should be investigated. all of the gifted students left everglades. now, the school's test scores are going to plummet, and they have no one to blame but themselves. i feel sorry for the incoming freshman who don't know what's coming to them. if you want your child to have a real high school experience, they will find get one here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2013

I think something is fishy about this school. My child spent weeks selling chocolate for a Key Club that is not nationally registered. Where is that money going?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2013

This is a wonderful school. I would highly recommend it. The teachers, the staff, everyone in the school is very invovled and are all very caring about the students. They make you feel very welcome when you walk into the school and they are extremely helpful in anything you might need.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

178 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
89%
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.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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

This school did not receive a grade in 2011-2012.

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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

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

41 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
53%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
51%
U.S. History

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

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%
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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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 80%
Black 10%
White 10%
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 78%N/AN/A
Female 52%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Charter school at Waterstone
Airbase Elementary
Read more about resources at this school
Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 73%58%61%
Master's degree 18%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 9%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Educational diagnostician
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Scholastic art gold key (2014)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:05 pm
School Leader's name
  • DR. MARGARET FAHRINGER
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (786) 377-5759

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
  • Internships
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Science
  • Social justice
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Business management
  • Computer programming
  • Pre-law

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Educational diagnostician
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Chamber of commerce
  • Rotary Club
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • DECA
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Foreign language club: Spanish
  • Forensics club
  • Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Our school is graded B by the FLDOE.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
600
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
600
Students typically come from these schools
Charter school at Waterstone
Airbase Elementary

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
College prep programs/courses during the year
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2251 East Mowry Drive
Homestead, FL 33033
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Phone: (786) 601-1969

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