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Miami Lakes Educational Center

Public | 9-12 | 1511 students

 

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18 reviews of this school


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Posted June 11, 2013

The best school I have ever been to! I moved here and was very nervous about going to a new school but still my first year in the Cambridge Academy was just fabulous. Everyone here is just so nice and welcoming, it is actually kind of scary. All the other academies HATE Cambridge, because they think we get special treatment, but the truth is, were all treated the same... Just so ya' know :).
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2013

Speaking to the adult program. What's the point of going to this school when they do nothing for you after you graduate? Want your transcripts to advance your studies at another institution? Try again the staff here doesn't care about you. They just want to use you and your money when your attending and once you graduate their done with you. People need to be fired and this school needs to be shut down.


Posted August 18, 2012

DON'T GO HERE! The office service is slow, the schools needs to be painted and CLEANED, they need more electives and academies, It's mixed with adult ed who causally flirt with the high school girls, They don't even have sports. I suggest to not come here and if you're already in SWITCH OUT! The school is terrible and the administrators treat you with no respect!


Posted August 3, 2010

The office staff never answers their phones at this high school. On the rare occasion that I am able to actually reach a live person to speak with, they do admit that there is an issue with parents not being able to reach anyone who works at the high school. This has been an ongoing problem for years. Since students have to turn their cell phones off, what if there is a family emergency and a parent needs to reach his or her child? An operator does answer when you first call the phone number if you press 0, but once he transfers you over to the high school, no one answers. I've also tried different extensions hoping to reach someone, but I just get voicemails which are full, so you can't leave a message anyway. HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE STAFF: PLEASE ANSWER YOUR PHONES!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2009

MLEC is the best school around the Miami Lakes area. It has academies that you can study hands on. I am currently in the Cambridge Academy in Journalism and you have to get ready for AP classes and Dual Enrollment. the school is great overall just that it doesnt have sports to brag about against other schools and the teachers really do care about your education here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2009

dont make the mistake i did getting into this school because is not for the gifted. even the camridge academy is not worth it, for that go to school for advanced studies. the school brags about the A status ut does very little for extracurricular activities and the training is mediocre. not many AP either
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2008

Ive been in this school all my life since kinder. There are many great teachers. Currently my little brother is in this school!! i love it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2008

I am currently enrolled in the newly founded Cambridge Academy, in the Engineering strand. Being in a new academy, it has it's pro's but overall it isn't that well thought out (But being the second 'generation' of the academy it has some room to improve). The teachers that I have are top notch, from English to Science, I have teachers that care about my future and help when they see something is wrong. The standard district given food is crap to say the most. They have a 'C cafeteria' where the culinary arts students, supervised by a head chef, make food from everyday hotdogs to spaghetti and stew (among other foods). My engineering class is the best I have ever seen. We are exposed to so many things, it's hard to fit into 3 years. Sorry for the lengthy review but knowledge if power! 'Please keep your review under ...'
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2008

Every time you call to ask a question, they always transfer you to a machine. You never get an answer right there. The rest is Perfect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2008

Great school but needs more electives
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 30, 2007

This is an excellent school that have excellent educational programs.My daughter is enrolled in Forensics..Excellent is the word that defines MLEC.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2007

Recently, I graduated from MLEC's Practical Nursing Program. I am a high school student transitioned to the post-secondary level. Within few months of finishing high school, I earned a degree in nursing. MLEC is one of the three tech. centers in the state that offers a Practical Nursing Certificate upon completion, and high school students get a head start during Junior Year. I highly recommend this school to any undergraduate (HS) student interested in a nursing/health career.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 8, 2007

While the teaching is good, there are problems with substitutes. Disorganization is everywhere at the school, with students unable to get admits for their absences, and administrators who never return calls. It is difficult to keep communication open between parents and teachers as calls are often neglected. It's really just like any other school nearby.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 4, 2007

As a student in Miami Lakes Educational Center I truly believe it is the best school. I am currently enrolled in the Health academy studying the Paramedic strand, and I have learned so much that I can have a actual conversation with a certified Paramedic that has had 15 years of experience. We actually have hands on experience. For example, when a teacher fell at a peprally we administered first aid with the supervision of out Emergency Medical Technician teacher. In a high schoolers word the school is awesome and I recommend it to any one who cares about there education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2006

This school is just GREAT. The office needs a little organization but they getting there. My son is in the entertainment program and he loves it...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2004

This school is an Excellent program for anyone. but it isn't a great school for sports lovers because they have no sports at all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2004

Miami Lakes Educational Center is an excellent school for those students that are truly dedicated to their academic studies. The school embraces diversity, inviting students to learn in an environment rich in culture and knowledge. It is not for everyone, however; insolence and misconduct will not be tolerated.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 18, 2003

My son has been attending since the school opened (his freshman year). It's been a great school in all ways and I'll highly recommend it. Kids get a diploma while studying the career of their choice. It's a win-win situation!


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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 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
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 84% in 2012.

407 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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 64% in 2013.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
41%
Biology I

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

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%
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 68% 29%
Black 26% 23%
White 3% 42%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 77%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 94%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 48%58%61%
Master's degree 48%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. James V Parker
Fax number
  • (305) 827-9317

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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5780 NW 158th St
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
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