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Miami Springs Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 552 students

 

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Posted April 8, 2014

I am very disappointed with this school. Teachers do not do their job: teaching the kids. My daughter comes home with almost no knowledge, I have to teach her and give her helpful tips for her to understand the lesson; she is in second grade. At first they made me believe my daughter had a hyperactivity problem because they want them to be static. From her two teachers, she always complain about one of them of being mean and screaming all the time which that of course is not helpful either. I am not having a pleasant experience in this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

At first it was a good school but has it's challenges. I am very disappointed at the work load the teachers give the children since it is now time for the FCAT. Every Holiday or "Break" is spent buying supplies and doing projects and "work packets" bringing undue stress onto the students and parents. There is no time to truly have a Christmas or Spring break with family and friends. The principal responds with school policy and that the teachers have the right to do this. Instead of making sure the teachers do their job during the year to prepare for FCAT they lay it on the parent. It is sadistic to put children in such a stressful situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

It's a great school! Compare to others it's small and perfect to get to know the staffs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

We recently moved to the area this past March in the middle of the school year. The principal, Sally Hutchings was so helpful and genuinely interested in the proper attention my girls needed to get into the groove of things. She even found some uniforms for the girls to get them started. The teachers have been hands on and open to answering any questions I may have. They are attentive to the students and their needs and provide such in a positive environment. We couldn't be more pleased with Miami Springs Elementary Community School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2013

This School is Horrible.. The Teacher's do not have the patience to deal with the students... Very bad experience with this school and the staff HORRIBLE ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2011

In the first grading period my child has had 3 different teachers, the principal says it's because class size, well class size has been around now for about 5 years. I was told by Ms. Hutching that maybe I as parent should call the governor and him to repel class size. Also, the homework policy is a joke many teachers DO NOT follow district rules, on many day my child spends up to 3.5 hours doing homework and to top it off sometimes it not even checked, but if a child missed 3 homework they are fast to give a Detention - how about when the teacher does not check 3 homework does she a get a Detention? "No" Take a look at the school rule 6Gx13- 6A-1.23 and you will be surprised what the school board rule is about homework. Get ready for the overload of homework from this school and no one at this school is on the side page from what I have been able to see. Specially the admin with teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

Love this school! The staff is amazing and always willing to help. Everyone involved is very well rounded. I must disagree with the negative comments left by others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

My children have attended this school since kindergarten. I find the school to be a great school. The administration has always been helpful and quick to respond to my questions. The teachers are excellent and could not ask for better teachers for my children. There is a sense of community in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2010

Overall the school is okay. I am tired of asking a simple question and being shuffled around and finally being told by everyone to contact Miami-Dade Public School Administration. From the principal, vice-principal, etc., no one has a straight answer for you. Properly train your staff to answer questions. I called to find out why the time change was occurring in the school and was told to contact the Super-Intendant and ask him. This school lacks appropriate staff professionalism.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2008

One Star.Overcrowded and a very bad learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

Definite improvement has begun at the school but still a looong way to go in regaining control of a handful of teachers who have had their misguided way in the past with our previous principals lack of control and leadership! The aftercare program really needs a lot of work too. Looking forward to more improvements! The
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 27, 2008

There has been such a breath of fresh air since the past administrator left. With the exception of a few the staff appears to be in a more comfortable place. The music department is doing wonder things and once again is flurishing after the lack of attention with the previous administration. The PTA is still stong and will continue to do all they can and what is in the best interest of the students and the school. My hat off to the PTA volunteers, no one appreciates the time and effort that is put in freely.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2007

The last two years were horrible. But we are here to see brighter days. We have a new wonderful Principal, Ms. Hutchings! She knows what she is doing, is open for new suggestions, likes parent imput, stands by her staff and has a complete open door policy. The grounds are beautiful and the staff is happy. As far as the furniture and boxes, this is the mess left by the last Principal. The custodial staff has been working day and night and has found new homes for these boxes and what-nots. The school is much better today and will only get better under the Principal, Ms. Hutchings and our equally as great Assistant Principal, Ms. Simon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

During the past two years, I may not have agreed with everything the principal, Ms. Fernandez was implementing. Apparently, she knew what she was doing and I regret that she is not here to continue. I am not sure if this move was in the best interest of the whole school, time will tell. One thing I can say is that the school never opened in such disarray. I was appalled to see the school in such deplorable conditions on the first day of school when I took my children. Furniture in the hallways and stacked in the after-care office area. It was not out of sight for those of us who have our school in after care. The verdict is still out on this new principal, so far, it does not look promising. The teachers aren't so sure themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2007

Very sad, the school atmosphere/instruction is plummeting&disappointing. Apparently the teachers are unhappy w the principal but the students are the ones paying the high price of their dissatisfaction. Only a few very enthusiastic teachers seem to still be giving their best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2006

The teachers at the school are wonderful and given the present enviroment are doing a great job. The current lack of leadership continues to be of great concern. Luckily the parents that are involved at the school refuse to allow it to totally fall apart. Through all the termoil the programs continue only with the hard work of the teachers. We have an excellent art and music department. Unfortunately, under the current leadership the schools grading has fallen. We can only hope that with the needed changes we will once again be the pride of Miami Springs. We would hate to loose any of our wonderful teachers...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

This school has enormous potential with several strong, dedicated, and veteran teachers combined with several young willing staff who joined the school in the recent years. The problem is lack of leadership and focus on educating the students rather than test prep like the endless FCAT practice that consumed this year's entire focus. What happened to classical education and the realization that children learn quickly and easily when the subject matter is interesting, challenging, and multisensory rather than just drills and worksheets for a test that will be obsoleted soon. With new leadership this school has the teaching staff to challenge the students and prepare them for the competitive future college courses and careers. Assistant Principal Wilson is leaving the school as of summer 2006 and hopefully a strong, perceptive, and motivating AP comes in to harness the potential and get this school back on track!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2006

I am happy with this school. My son and daughter have great teachers and ample opportunities to learn different things. The environment is friendly and many parents are involved. The gifted program is especially good. There are lots of after school programs such as tutoring, music, and tae kwon do. My daughter has discovered a passion for the violin through the strings program. I would definately recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2006

After several attempt to have things changed back to the way they were in this school, I've come to the conclusion that the Principal is just not getting the job done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2005

Since the new principal took over (C. Fernandez); the school has taken a nose-dive. The staff is less friendly, and there was an unnecessary turn-over with the teaching staff. C. Fernandez is pushing parents away from being involved in their childs education A negative attitude towards parents leaves much to be desired. ....thinking about changing to Springview Elementary.
—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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

98 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

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
53%
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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
98%

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 "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

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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 84% 29%
White 9% 42%
Black 6% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian N/A 3%
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 74%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%58%61%
Master's degree 26%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 5%2%1%
Other degree 5%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Ms. Sally M Hutchings
Fax number
  • (305) 882-0521

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