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Somerset Academy (Silver Palms)

Charter | PK-8 | 640 students

 

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Posted August 22, 2013

Best Charter in town! Love the rules! Love the disipline and the way how the staff support all kind of krasy parents, lol... My kids and my housband love everything in there too. Nice activities and nice advanced classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

WORST SCHOOL EVER ! Not recommended for high school. No scholorships and the electives suck. Don't come here for high school. The rules are super ridiculous, as in you get in trouble for everything. Teachers expect respect from students when they disrespect them themselves. Few teachers are great. Most of the staff is rude, don't know what their doing, and they lie a lot. I'm very disappointed in Somerset. They were so great when they started a few years ago and now things are going down hill.


Posted September 9, 2012

My husband and I are very happy with the school. My kids are happier! Parking in the morning is good as well in the afternoon better than other schools. They update their website very often which I love that. Teachers are very caring and organize. After school care my kids like it a lot! I don't understand the bad comments that parents made of the school before. The school is very secure. Something I believe they should have is a gym or an auditorium. I see the school getting better every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

My child is new at this school. The people leading the school are amazing. The Principal is so caring and so Is the new young counselor, Mrs. Zuckerman. My daughter was upset the first day and the counselor calmed her down and made her feel so Much better. I'm so happy I found a school that cares.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2012

Great school amazing teachers... Read previous reviews and disagree parents complain about a change in administration and new rules... All the rules are for the better... We need to teach children take account for their actions and the new policies do that. Having to get off the car to sign a student in because they are tardy happens in every school, and I promise the first time it happened was the last... My son made sure to set his alarm earlier to avoid the embarrassment.. Job well done.. So glad to see positive change
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

I am disappointed with this school they changed the administration and not much improvement. I call the school and people never seem to have any information and cant communicate with you in english. They have a lot of ridiculous rules and dont worry about the most important thing which is education. The middle and high schools students dont have motivation. All they do is ask for money for everything. And speaking to an administrator is like asking to speak to the president of the United States. Think twice about removing your student from a public school to this they dont have the Gifted program.This school leaves a lot to be desired. The Elementary is amazing runs smoothly great administrator and amazing teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2012

This is the 4th year of my daughter in this school. the first two years were great!! Everything started to go down the last two years: crowded classrooms, screaming teachers, of course behavioral problems as a consequence and very poor communication with the teachers. Now this year with the new elementary school building and the EXTREME DISORGANIZATION, especially during drop off, is bordering the absurd. Everyday I have to literally exercise my patience with staff who don't reinforce their own rules, parents who are very rude and at the end I don't know if its even worthy...honestly the school is not such a great school for my daughter or me to bear this stress every morning. The new building has MAJOR parking issues, they don't accommodate the parents and students who are ultimately the reason why the school is functioning. Please, look for a better solution in regards to the above mentioned problem, otherwise you'll see the enrollment numbers dropping dramatically...there are other very good and better planned schools around the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2011

I used to be very satisfied with this school until recently. My son who was recently diagnosed with ADHD has been attending this school for two years. In the last six months he has had numerous incidents and I have asked the school to work with him and I (since they are certified teachers). I have been told to put him on medication, and everything. I was also told by the principal (whom I have NEVER met) that maybe he is having outbursts because I work too much and don't spend enough time with him. I was super ticked off because my husband is disabled and I have to work long hours to support my family. I cannot wait to transfer him to another school because they are a bunch of two faced liars. There is one assistant principal (female) that is amazing....the rest of the staff needs to retrain!!!1
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2011

This school tries hard to work with the children and the parents. They offer a good program and they have an excellent principal and teachers. Its a bit crowded but all the Homestead area charters are crowded and all have long waiting list. This one is so close to the base and lots of military children that get moved around the nation. I think the school get an A in effort.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

I have to say that even though they are over crowded in the classroom, the teachers, staff and Asst. principle Ms. Mongeotti-Greer is the best. They really care about the students. They are finally building the second building and wll be moving K-5 to the new location, which will better furnish the youngsters. I am so happy with the staff and how they care for both my children. I do feel they need to improve on the quality of food and give more variety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2011

Excellent teachers Strong principal/school leadership Challenging academic programs You name it this school will bend over backwards for it's students. The only complaint is that the lunch could taste better and have more variety
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2010

I think the school is asking for too much money they ask for money almost every day with three kids is imposible,everything for this school is about money.Also they have too many student in the same classrooms they dont have enough classrooms for the amount of sudents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2010

ok ok so many ppl hate the school or really like it..big whoop why not ask if your child likes the school. most of these parents dont ask how their child feels about the school and etc. school is good and bad..the bad thing is this tacky uniform i mean its so out of style . we have to pay for our children to wear jeans thats just whack..and they are to strict with the jackets ..about thirty kids got in trouble for wearing a diff jacket..its just a dumb jacket...and some teachers are nice bt some of them are to mean..they have favoritism and thats nt fair we should be all treated fairly..the principal should give us better lunches man were paying three dollars for this nasty food they should have more varieties and better healtheir lunches..a
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Posted January 17, 2010

if you want a good education for your child you has to pay, i love the school because the uniform its great and the rules are excelent for parent and student because the student learn responsability. i would recomend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

I think the school is a great school there will always be room to improve things that we can do to suport the school and the studants which I am willing to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2009

This school is just beginning it's 3rd year. My kids have been there since the beginning. At first, I thought I was paying for everything, book deposit, jean day, field day, etc. It bothered me. I know charter schools require a certain amount of volunteer hours our monetary dontaion, so I was ok with that, but the other stuff, come on. But as the years have progressed, I have seen the changes the principal has made at the school, and now I don't mind. She has made very positive changes within in the school. I don't mind giving the money when I see all the good it is doing for the school. Especially now, with the economic crunch, the schools are taking the cuts, but this school is still moving forward. My kids are so happy here. My now 8th grader, has had perfect attendance for the past two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

This is a grteat shcoll .Am a student at the school an teacher are really nice and freindly. it kinnda expensive for my parents.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2009

if you want to go to this school you dont just have to be accepted but you also need lots and lots of $$$$$.Whatever you do involving the school you better bring your wallet.You have to pay for you childs books and its not only the money but also the ridiculous rules.For example if you have to miss class for some reason like a death in your family you must bring the cirtificate of death!!!I mean what do they care who it was that is personel they dont need to see that.And the only reason that the parent participation is so high is because all of the money coming out of our pockets.And the uniforms are so old fashioned.I mean what child of this century would want to wear a white button shirt with a tie(girls and boys) and no kakkies or capries and all black shoes, laces, and socks.I wouldnotrecomendthisscooltoanyone
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

this school is to much money and all it does is tell you to more and more things i dont recamend
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2009

Cah Ching! Make sure that you bring your wallet to this school! Everything costs $$. Students must pay for any priviledge. For example: Participation in Field Day costs $5.00 per student (they are required to buy a t-shirt to play or can pay to watch!) The principal is nearly unknown to the students, most probably couldn't pick her out of a line up of photos. However, Assistant Principals are very well known, professional, and popular. The uniform policy is extremely strict with harsh penalty for minor indiscretions. Faculty at this school is mostly outstanding, but constantly interrupted by intercom, and jaded by excessive requirements. Class size is pushed to the limits, hovering around 30+ students per class for lower grades. My child, an 8th grader was in a class with 38 other students. The constant issue is that academics take a back seat to money in the eyes of the administration.
—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 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
55%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
36%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 52% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
69%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
69%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 51% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

141 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
99%

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 "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
94%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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 State average
Hispanic 84% 29%
Black 8% 23%
White 6% 42%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 91%58%61%
Master's degree 9%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 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • Ms. Kerri Maysonet
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