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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

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 15 ratings
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
No new ratings

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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


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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

49 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
52%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
59%
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.

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 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 83%
White 11%
Black 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 50%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/AN/A
Female 50%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

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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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
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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