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Santa Fe Advantage Academy

Charter | K-5 | 288 students

Our school is best known for our rigorous Math and Science programs
 
 

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
No new ratings

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Posted March 15, 2014

I love working at Santa Fe Advantage Academy!! Mrs. Cantillo, the principal is so considerate, helpful, and understanding! By far one of the best principals I have ever met! The school staff is a family, we all care for each other and everyone's classes. The teachers look out for other students that aren't even theirs, which in my opinion is fabulous! Whether it's tying a shoe, getting a band-aid, or just simply offering a hug when a student is having a bad day. I can't wait to have my own children to bring them to a school I trust for education! This school is a safe and welcoming place for children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 19, 2014

So far pretty good. The school is small and I was concerned with the grade the school received but after some issues at Bridgepoint I decided to give santa fe a chance. I must say the school is like a family everyone pretty much knows my child's name. The school really tries to come together and they have a lot of school activities. Ms.Perez is a kindergarten teacher who is needles to say great with the kids and really knows how to approach parents when there is an issue. Yes it is true that at times they'll inform the parents with little notice but as a parent I am always asking if anything is coming up and I must say the ptso is great with this. My daughter has come a long way and has improved significantly since she started here. Small school but each kid is recognized and isn't just a number! The principal is strong but loves the kids ad if they were her own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2014

Poor school. Negative comments have nothing to do with a parent being scorn. "Check again, your child may be in a lower grade level without your knowledge. My son has been at this school since 1st grade and if it wasn't for the serious of issues that occurred I may never had know this schools methods. I recently dis enrolled my son and he is now at another school. I now see all the disadvantages Santa Fe has. I am just Sorry I had to find out the hard way but things happen for a reason. So much happier now. Beware principal only works a one way mind. Her way or the highway !!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2013

Santa Fe is so disorganized. My son was told to bring in supplies for a science project. Several weeks later a note was sent for more supplies. Several weeks later SOME of these supplies were sent home so he could "complete" the project that was barely started. No instructions. Art class alternates with music every other week. No consistency. Sometimes the class is cancelled. Why bother? He is supposed to do "Reading Plus" on line daily. No instructions were given on how to sign in or even what it was. Last week was career day. At 4:38 PM the day before, I received a text from his teacher to dress as what you would like to do for your career for the next day. I did not have time to find an outfit for this. He went without. He told me that only 1 child dressed up in his class. Why bother? I knew career day was coming 2 months prior but they waited until a few hours before the event to let us know about dressing up. These ideas are great but not if they are not communicated properly. I could go on but I'm sure you get the idea.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

Overcrowded classrooms, no PE field, art and music room taken away, Spanish class horrible, should I says more???? Test scores very low
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2013

My son has been enrolled in the school since it opened and is super happy with the school. The principal knows each and every parent and is always accessible. The teachers are outstanding and respond to any concerns in a very timely manner. There is a wonderful energy that is within the school and the children feel very good about learning. there are PTA meetings, clubs for students, and community activities. Being a parent of a happy Principal Honor student at Santa Fe is peace of mind. No worries
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2013

We love SFA! The staff and teachers are amazing, my kids are excited about the upcoming new school year. Go Mustangs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2013

My husband & I recently took a tour of this school. We heard about Santa Fe from a friend who raves about the school & staff, & recommended it to us for our son who will be entering Kinder in the fall. The first thing we noticed upon our arrival was the sense of "family". The tour was conducted by Ms. Hernandez, the principal's assistant. We have attended other school's tours/parent meetings, & this is the only one where we experienced such a warm welcome, extreme professionalism, & an overall passion for the students & the school. While on the tour, everytime a student walked by, Ms. Hernandez greeted them by name, & even excused herself to tie their shoes! Needless to say we were IMPRESSED! This was not just a simple tour, she answered all of our questions in detail. She was awesome! We were not able to meet the principal, she was in a meeting, but we feel like we know her already,by how highly Ms. Hernandez spoke about her! At no point in time did she even "bash" another school to make Santa Fe look good. At another school tour given by that principal, it seemed the only way to make their school look "good" was to talk bad about others. Santa Fe is our #1 choice for our son.


Posted February 5, 2013

Couldn't disagree more with some of these parents and their negative comments. The school has a library, they have I-pods, new computers. Team teaching is only done in a couple of lower grades and is not the general norm at the school. Some benefit from this system because you have two teachers who are specialized in their subject matter teaching your kid. The principal is very approchable and the kids in general, respect her and are always hugging her. The fact that a parent may have a problem with her, might be because her/his child may have gotten into trouble at school. The school has different clubs going on all year long. These clubs are all done by teachers that volunteer their time and effort to make the school better for all the kids. Every month there is one or more activities for the kids, such as Trunk or Treat, Book fairs, dances, etc. The school entered the county science fair competition and won awards. Last year they also won an award from Fairchild Tropical Gardens and they are trying to do it again this year. Also they will be entering the Youth Fair competition as they did last year. This is a school of choice! To me and many other parents it's the best choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2013

I'm a mom of 2 children in this school. Proud to say this. Obviously the bad comments are due to a scorned mom and child not getting their way. The principle is approachable, open door always and the children love her. My children have excelled and are honor roll!! The teachers are amazing. The ones have left are for a good reason. The principle did not tell us about team teaching until last minute which is wrong as I wanted a small class as well BUT it works out because while one teaches , one teacher can go around and help others falling behind. So it works out great! Do I love so many little ones in one class? No but it has its benefits. No large PE FIELD but what's more important large play area, or great teachers/school. You will love this school as my husband and children do too!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2012

3 months ago, I would agree with the ratings this school has. Unfortunately, that's not the case today. Yes, the teachers that so far I've dealt with are wonderful! They have been extremely caring and you can tell that they care about ALL students. No parent will have a problem with the school and will always be in great terms with the principal until a parent feels that the principal did not take appropriate action to deal with a situation. Once that happens, the principal turns into a total different person, not the one we all have known since the school opened last year. She is arrogant and intimidates the children. She forgets that outside the school she's just another woman, another mother, another human being who should give the respect she expects from others. And give the same respect to the children as she would like respect for her own child who attends the school. She is practically another bully because of her power, because of her position. It's disappointing to know that. You will love the school, the principal will love you, until you have a problem with the way she's handled a situation. Everything changes then. Her leadership should change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2012

This school has been nothing but a positive environment for my child. The school definitely allows parents and student feel comfortable and safe. Plus, my child has much improved in all subject areas. I am very proud of Santa Fe Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

I have three children who have attemded Devon Aire, and after some SERIOUS issues regarding safety, I went on a school hunt... and I selected Santa Fe Advantage Academy. Santa Fe is like a diamond in the ruff! After 4 years of my children attending Devon Aire, and several meetings throughout, the Principal still didn't know who I was or who my children were! The Principal and Vice Principal at Santa Fe KNOW us, always greet us with a genuine and affectionate smile, and have been so loving and encouraging towards my children. The first day we went on a tour, it was refreshing to see that the VP knew every child by his or her name! Each grade level has their own garden in the back that they must take care of, the lunch is exceptionally well supervised, and the field trips are relevent, and very well organized. Great, young and energetic teachers! Highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2012

My son is super happy with the school. The principal is very involved, and ALWAYS available to all the parents. The teachers are amazing:) It feels like a big family. I couldn't be happier with the school.
—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 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
n/a
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
59%
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.

22 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

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

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2010-2011.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 83% 29%
White 12% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Black N/A 23%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races N/A 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 88%58%61%
Master's degree 12%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 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Fairchild Tropical Gardens Award (2012)
  • Fairchild Tropical Gardents Award (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Clubs
  • Drama club

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Yesenia Cantillo
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (786) 718-1921

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • Santa Fe Advantage Academy is a K-5 Public Charter School located in the heart of Kendall. With a focus on Math and Science, our school strives to make learning fun and interactive. Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Academy, offers students a hands on approach to learning with real world life experiences. We are a family oriented school, where parents and their extended families are an integral part of our community. For further information or a tour please contact us.
School leaders can update this information here.

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Ammons Middle
Arvida Middle
Jorge Mas Canosa
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9790 SW 107th Avenue
Kendall, FL 33176
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Phone: (786) 228-5309

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