Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Air Base Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 793 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

44 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted April 2, 2014

Our school is an amazing school. The environment is outstanding. My kids have learned so much over the years at ABE. The teachers are Friendly and caring. The principal is so involved and can be seen at the school on a regular basis. Our green team always has fun activities. We have well kept and maintained gardens for growing Herbs, veggies and tomatoes. I am honored to be an ABE parent. Because of the outstanding quality of learning at ABE, I am happy with the success my children have had at the school. Best A school in town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

I just had to take a minute to write about the main office staff at Air Base. Wow! My children have attended since Kindergarten and now are in fourth and fifth grade. I walked in to apply for VPK for next year since I heard that those applications are available through February 27th. I was pleasantly surprised with the office staff. There are two new ladies in the front, Ms. Lockee and Ms. Serrano. Ms. Lockee helped me out with the application. What an amazing lady! I was so pleased with her service. She answered all of my questions and was patient with me. She was so knowledgeable, quick, attentive...I am so happy she is part of the main office staff. I won't leave Ms. Serrano out either. She has helped me in the past and I can tell you, I don't ever mind dealing with her. She's always so nice and willing to help. What a team! Thank you Air Base for finding these two great ladies!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

The webpage is amazing!!! What a wealth of information!! I recently transferred to Florida for work, and I went to their website to learn more about the school, it's programs, staff, and various activities and events. It was visually stunning!! Packed with information!! I filled out my child's application immediately. I look forward to my daughter attending there for years to come, especially now that that I was told it is a kindergarten through eighth grade center.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2014

We missed this school so much!! Me (the parent) and my three children. It's such a diverse well rounded school. We transferred to Tennessee for work and though the school is well staffed by decent teacher where they now attend...(forgive me, but I must tell the truth)...my children have been called the N-word over here three times already since being here. (sobbing)..never in my life have my children been exposed to such racism and such nonsense in their lives...never!! The principle at the school have handled it diligently and was kind enough to called me at home and told me what happen as my little ones went (8 yr old twins) went to the office crying. Miss the diversity, no bullying standards, the curriculum and "second language" this school offered my kids. Should have never left..(but as a supporting wife to the hubby I agreed to pick up and move. Tell you what though...MY FOOT is down, (oh yeah!) and we're moving back! Airbase....here we come!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2013

Recently, I transferred my daughter to Air Base from another top rated elementary school with an IB program. However, I am thrilled with Air Base. The school is extremely diverse and representative of the country. She is in full-time Gifted and the teacher is amazing! As a teacher within the MDCPS system, I am so impressed with her level of compassion and excitement for learning. My only reservation for parents considering this school is the amount of hoomework. It borders on ridiculous. That withstanding, it tops our parochial school and IB school experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

My son recently transferred to Air Base Elementary as part of the first sixth grade class. I have already been so impressed with the caring and professional attitude of the staff and teachers. I am thrilled that this school will now go through eighth grade. The foreign language component is such an asset to my son. I am looking forward to what this year has to offer. Air Base is truly a hidden treasure!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

this school is amazing and the teachers are kind, funny loving towards their students i love air base elementary


Posted August 11, 2013

Air Base Elementary School is now a K-8!! We are currently accepting applications for our Sixth grade for the 2013-2014 school year. Please contact the Magnet Office at 305-258-3676 for further information. Join this award winning Magnet Program in Homestead now known as Air Base K-8 Academy.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 7, 2012

This is the best school in Homestead. Their fulltime gifted program is awesome. I have two kids in gifted and the teachers genuinely care about all their students. They love going to school. The only problem we have with the school is that they are constantly fundraising. Everyday they sell something different. My kids are always asking for money.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2012

My daughter just finished her Pre-Kindergarten year at Air Base Elementary. Such an OUTSTANDING school! I would have never traded it for any other. Ms. Monge, her teacher, is dynamic! My daughter actually wanted to go to school everyday, even on weekends. She looked forward to being at Air Base and...so did I. Everyone there makes you feel comfortable. It is truly an Air Base family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2012

Air Base Elementary is definately a top notch school! When i first toured the school, I was skeptical because the suroundings of the school was not what i expected. I actually went to the school because i was recommended Air Base from someone i believe has great children, very smart. I was especially impressed at how much they knew about China and Africa. I was excited to tour the school, but when i arrived i thought, "nope, not for my child". I talked to my friend about this. In the end, i took my chances. Boy was i glad! I absolutely love this school! My children's teachers TEACH and care about them! My children are happy to go to school and there is always some type of event going on! Kuddos to all of the teachers at Air Base. Kuddos to the leader, Mr. Calzadilla, youre doing something right! I am very pleased with my choice! Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2012

I just called the school about preschools for my son. I had a couple of questions to ask....I was rushed off the phone, abrutly spoken to, told that they don't give school tours, and told to call back in March. Air Base is supposed to be a good school, but my interested sure dropped. If they don't even have time to answer a couple of questions from a potential parent, how are they going to answer my questions when I have them regarding my sons school work. Very disappointed


Posted July 18, 2011

My son has attended both KIndergarten and Pre-K at Air Base Elementary. I think this school is wonderful!! I have enjoyed the opportunities to help out for the past two years in my son's classes. The opportunity to volunteer at Air Base is truly appreciated by both the teachers and administration. I am looking forward to the wonderful years ahead that my son has at this school and I am hoping that my younger daughter's experience at Air Base will be just as great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

Absolutely the worst run school I have ever seen. The Principal plays favorites and if you are not in the "club" you are not listened to nor are any issues addressed. The Principal will immediately take sides with his favorites even if they are breaking every rule in the book (My specific case was a mother - also the PTA treasurer - was bringing her infant daughter into the classroom. Stayed there most of the day and the child was allowed free movement in the classroom and frequently disrupted class). When I brought my issue up the Principal spend 75% of the time talking about how wonderful this woman was and how much she does for the school. He didn't do anything to the parent but went after me about my attitutude. I have never been around so many incompetent individuals in my life. Don't let the A school fool you like I was or make sure you are in the "club". I highly recommend not sending your child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

This is my daughter's first year at this school and she absolutely loves it! She is in 3rd grade gifted and wakes up every morning ready to go! This school has a lot to offer the students and is culturally well-rounded. She takes an hour of Spanish every day, which at first she thought would be too much, but that is not the case at all. The teachers and staff are dedicated to the students and parents. She tells people that going to her school is almost like going to Disney World every day......really!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

I can not stress how much this school goes beyond the call of duty. I see the Principal greeting almost every student by name, former teacehers ask how my child is doing this year, and my child's current teacher is a blessing. She bends over backwards, in order to provide, my husband and I, learning strategies for my child. This school is WONDERFUL!!!! The only area of concern would be the customer service given at the childcare office. I see my child becoming a life long learner, in large part, because of the dedication of the ABE team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

I have had been blessed with having two daughters (one of whom currently attends) in Air Base. Absolutely excellent school and teachers all the way from Kinder through 5th grade. Administrators and teachers both are thir for your child and you as a parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

My daughter started this year in first grade her teacher Ms.Remus Garcia is excellent and the principal is really helpful and always giving more than 100% for the school I think any one who wants their children to suceed in future this is the right school .I wish my daughter had started from kindergarden here.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

Excellent teachers and student to teacher ratio. My children look foward going to school each day. The school has great interaction with parents volunteering and the principal is very hands on and enjoys what he does
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

Our school is special because everyone from the kids and teachers to the parents and janitors take pride in it . We are all a team and we make it great !
—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.

About these ratings

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
99%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%
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 53% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
100%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

40 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
n/a

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

127 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
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

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 64%
Black 17%
White 14%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 60%58%61%
Master's degree 38%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by school officials and community members.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Florida Dept. of Education Accountability A Rated six years in a row (2007)
  • Magnet Schools of America School of Distinction (2007)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

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

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MR. RAUL CALZADILLA, JR
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Fax number
  • (305) 258-7241

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Spanish
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • 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
Note: Data provided by school administrators and community.
School leaders, update and verify information here.

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

12829 Southwest 272nd Street
Homestead, FL 33032
Website: Click here
Phone: (305) 258-3676

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools




Miami Macarthur South
Homestead, FL



Lovely Star Academy
Homestead, FL


ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT