My first impression of this school was 'Lord have mercy'. My child has sadly attended this school for three years. She is a straight 'A' student and I've let her stay due to the fact that she is doing well and is about to graduate. However, in my opinion i think this school is a mess. The administrators simply need security to watch over themselves. Students simply have to put up with enough rude teachers that really don't care about their attitudes towards their students. The majority of the teachers just really don't care about the relationship with their students and their parents, just their paychecks at the end of the week.
It has a great honors and A.P. Program. Active and award winning clubs, very spirited atmosphere and clean and diverse student body.
I attended this school and I think it is the best school I have ever been to. The teachers are the best. I feel that for the first time I actually learned. I attended 4 years ago, and I know that things have changed, maybe not for the best. I just hope the teachers are still as good as they where with me. I'm thankful there are schools that still care for the students.
The school needs to do so much more for its AP students. I recently moved to the Doral area (from North Carolina) and my daughter now attends the school and is in the AP classes. Yet back in her North Carolina high school they had special practices for the AP classes, an AP lounge, and the school respected the AP students at a level far beyond the regular students. The outcome was that they had 75-100% passing rates on the AP exams across the board. Out of 600 students, about 20 failed one or more of their AP tests. the statistics were amazing and the school made lots of money. I mean if the Miami Springs high school knows that they have money (literally) walking in and out their doors, they should treat them with lots of respect. One bad example is that my daughter was struggling with all her books and everything and running to make it to her AP class, yet the dimwit security guard and one of the not-so-smart assistant principals just shoved her in the cafeteria during the hall sweep. Thats simply not fair, since she missed an important test, that she was not allowed to make up. I plan to take her out of this drug-ridden school and move her to Miami Palmetto, which I hear is a much better public school for anyone looking for any sort of opportunity.
Principal Rodriguez is making strides, but the years of negelect, sheer number of students, general state of disrepair of the buildings, and numerous other factors make his job almost impossible. The overcrowding is severe. For example, in my son's Algebra II class, the portable is so crowded that an entire row of chairs does not face the board, but a wall. How can a student learn if he/she cannot even see how the problems are worked out? Drug activity, including heroin sales, abound. Football and baseball coaches use language that would make a movie rated 'R', and don't understand that this is a problem. My son is involved in sports, and service clubs. He is an A-B student. Both my husband and I have been invloved in the school, the community, and the baseball team. We are trying, but we all feel that there is no cooperation from most of the teachers, the administration, or the school board. Our son will be attending private school for his Junior and Senior years, at his request.
Mr. Rodriguez is the best principal there has been in a long time. I haven't even heard about the PTA meetings, that's why I don't go and I've asked my daughter, and she hasn't heard about it over the announcements at all. Extracurriculars abound; the swim team and math team are very valuable, but the football team and basketball team need definite improvement. I see a lot of drug activity after school. There are very few terrific teachers.
Miami Springs Senior High School has a lot to offer students, but the education of interested students is being diluted by the lack of discipline and the sheer numbers of students. There is a lot of potential being wasted at this school. Parent involvement is very limited. There are only about 20 people (at most) at the PTA meetings every month. There needs to be a complete revamping of security. Teachers and administrators need to get the guts to stand up to the 'disinterested' and tell them to put out or get out.
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