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South Dade Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 3281 students

 

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Posted June 27, 2013

Reading all the comments below I am afraid of my daughter attending this school for the first time. I tried to get a transfer but unfortunately the school I want is full. I will pray that all turns out well for my child at this school and get a transfer as soon as I can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2012

to the parent that wrote in on Feb 16, 2011...try grammar classes prior to bashing the teachers and school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2011

Bad school. Dont waste you time. The school board want even follow up on the complaints. Dont even take you dogs there :( Help..................................
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2011

I had my child at a local private school before transferring him to South Dade Senior. The rigor in academics is superb and my child is flourishing taking AP classes. I love South Dade Senior
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2011

My child has done excellent in the AP Courses. The teachers are very helpful, return my calls, go the extra mile in assuring that students get the help they need to understand the course and pass. Their VPA Dance Program is the best, they put on a great show and the director and teacher are wonderful. Parent involvement and support is very important and it works hand in hand, I get involved as much as possible. This school has come a long way, I applaud them and hats off to the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

This school is a joke. none of the teachers never return phone calls(even after I left msgs), I called the school after no returned phone calls (a week and 2 days) and I was put on hold for 20 mins with out no one coming back on and tell me if any one helped me or not. I did get one phone in Spanish but who ever left me the msg didnt leave a name or where to call back they only left the name of the school and said call back. Now that is a SMART TEACHER.... yea right. I even spoke to the principal she tells me I will find out and call you back. She took my name but no phone number.. I am still wondering how this principal will call me back. This school needs help big time....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2010

This school is poorly run and disorganized. It takes many trips to the school to get anything done. The best way you get response to anything is to send an email or make an appointment. My daughter spent one semester there and loathed it. She indicated there were fights at the school on a regular basis. There are some good teachers and counselors but overall the academic quality at the school is very poor. Her AP classes were a joke. They were not taught at that level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

My son is special needs and is in the Project Victory program which is a great program. Also his teacher last year is very special, Ms Mark.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Some of our teachers are awesome and I can really learn from them =] We have a four by four schedule and I think I'm getting my credits faster, an hour and a half is the perfect time. It's just pretty cool.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2009

south dade senior high is great. no doubt. very good academies and great techers. very good school. im currently a junior
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2009

I went to this school for my freshman year. I can honestly say I hated it. I'm in the IB program & the IB program in this school is very poor. I didn't learn anything at all throughout the whole school year.The teacher's didn't teach at all & just gave us work without ever teaching anything. The kids in the IB program are secluded from the rest of the people and it's really bad. I'm a very social person & I like meeting other people but when you're in IB you have the same people for every class. It's so boring.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2008

As with all schools, it's up to parents to make sure your child is getting the education they deserve. Every school has problems so this one is no different. Motivated students and parents can make a difference. Student atheletes isn't an oxymoron. Winning really isn't everything or the only thing. Coaches, parents and the administration are responsible to not just keep kids eligible but to make them just as competitive in the classroom. Mr. Alvin L. McCray
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2008

I understand this school is on it's way to become a magnet school and has recently moved into a brand new state of the art building right next door. I saw it, It's just awesome. A change the students can really appreciate. A beautiful auditorium and outside campus. Mrs. E. Ruiz Homestead
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2008

I had 2 children go through this school. It was extremely difficult sending them there knowing about all the problems. They did okay because of their personalites, I have another that Is NOT going ther becaue of the additional and worsening problems that were not there when my other 2 went or have gotten worse. I would highly recomment that you spend the money for a private school or get you kind in a magnet school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

Having taught in many different schools over the past 40 years, I came to SDHS in 1980 and call it my home school today. Having toured the New building (largest built in Miami Dade County), and having participated in two recent faculty 'retreats' where new visions are taking us much higher, and being 4 years from retirement, I think the staff, students and families that really apply themselves and are willing to work together will find the SDHS experience quite incredible!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 22, 2007

Its all about the students motivation. Just like it is with any other school. I had great teachers out at south dade. Some of the students maturity levels are low...
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 30, 2004

My daughter is a freshman at South Dade Senior. Though, she is excited about attending school, I am concerned about social conflicts she has witnessed. She is bothered by the volume of bickering, and gossipping among the students. I don't think this affects her school performance, but she is withdrawn and do not have many friends for fear of becoming a part of the foolishness. I don't think the school can do too much to reduce most of these conflicts. However, I trust there are provisions made to avoid any serious battles. I am very pleased with the education provided at South Dade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2004

Maybe I have been spoiled by private schools in the past, but it would be nice if the parents had more access (email or something) as well as a better system to get info from the school ie. grades, events, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2004

This school has people with many experience, but seem to lack teachers that want to teach students and plus students are under too much influence with the FCAT(Florida Comprehensive Aplitude Test) and teachers don't understand how to teach students how to pass this test. Also, this school has no money to buy any new books in which why it's a 'd' school. They don't new books to keep up with the subject. I'll rate this school a 4 from a scale of 1-100. I recommend that you try to go Coral Reef Senior if you want all the important information. If you think I'm lying, ask Mr. Morales for proof!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2004

At So. Dade a big problem my child is having is feeling pressured to 'learn' a teacher's bias and not be allowed to voice an opinion different from the popular opinion without criticism and sometimes all out mockery of his/her views. Keeping from being 'in the wrong place at the wrong time' and ending up in trouble is a problem. There is much disrespect paid to the students by staff members as too many adults treat the kids the way the kids treat them. Parents need to communicate with teachers frequently to monitor their child's education.
—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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

812 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
37%
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.

739 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

751 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
86%
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.

874 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "D".

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.

557 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
24%
Biology I

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

753 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

760 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%
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
Hispanic 65%
Black 21%
White 12%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 8%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 3%N/A2%
Graduation rate 71%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 60%58%61%
Master's degree 36%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 15%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Reading specialist(s)
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Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. ALICIA HIDALGO
Fax number
  • (305) 248-3867

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Reading specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

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  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
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28401 Southwest 167th Avenue
Homestead, FL 33030
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