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Zelda Glazer Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1148 students

 

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Posted November 14, 2013

This school is horrible the principle is always drinking coffee and giving people attitude. I hate this school


Posted March 6, 2013

I am a parent. I do like the school because it's new and modern, it also looks very clean. The office staff are very professional and informative. Most teachers are good with some exceptions, of course... nothing is perfect! The administration is just ok. I have been there many times and i have never seen the Principal around, only the Assistant Principals. When you give a complaint, no one seems to care, they don't even return your calls, you have to keep calling until you get their attention... It feels like they don't want to be bothered with parents. It's a shame!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

I am very pleased with this school. I like that they are very structured, and well, yes strict. Middle school years are when children usually get into trouble with things like peer pressure and raging hormones and bullying. And although the school can't stop this 100%, I do feel my child is in a safe and appropriate environment. The campus is beautiful and well kept. The office staff is very nice and professional-a pleasant change from typical miami public school offices. My child has advanced classes and I believe she is getting a great education. The teachers are very dedicated and my child is happy with all her classes and teachers, despite the fact she gets a lot of homework. Everyday I pick her up she says her day was "Awesome!". You can't beat that. The school has all the latest technology with computers and smart boards in every class and the new Studio Arts program is a great addition to the school. They have after school clubs and sports to keep the kids learning and interacting with their peers and teachers. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

I'm a student currently in Zelda and I could say this school is pretty good. I am in the Studio of The Creative Arts and they are really on top of you. The security guards prowl around looking for students that pick fights and have a uniform malfunction. The administration greets you but, I can say they may treat you like a little child. But, every school has there flaws. I personally love the school but, they do have some teachers with loads of attitude and they do give a lot of homework! I think if you're looking for a school this should be one of your choices.


Posted November 15, 2012

A new school (4 yrs) that conducts itself like an established school. Teachers are strong, administration on task & security top notch. When parents & students complain that it is too strict- well those are the same parents dropping their 12 yr olds at mall unsupervised so they can have a free night. Maybe this is why parent involvement is semi-discouraged.... Children need guidance & consequences 2. How else are we going to raise independent responsible adults. "Thank you" Zelda for supporting my efforts! Zelda has organized sports/clubs- the teacher sponsors r passionate - idk if they get paid xtra for it - but they believe in doing it right! Kudos to those teachers & I hope they hear my resounding "thank you" above the other whiny undisciplined parents who just want the easy way out. Honestly, if u dont like it- there is a "charter" school around the corner & they dont turn anyone away- bad grades, trouble maker.. & they will miraculously change your D student into an A student! Standards lowered to meet the low hanging fruit? I have bigger hopes & dreams for my kids_ when they get into the REAL world, I want them to excel & be responsible & ambitious & well mannered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2012

I graduated from Zelda last year, & let me tell you that school ruined my middle school years. Horrible teachers, with rude attitudes, HORRIBLE students, very rude always making fun of each other in the meanest ways and always trying to make someone feel bad, or unwanted. no fun activities, way to strict, and the Administration think way to high of themselves. If you want to have a good 3 years in middle school, go to any other school that's not Zelda.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

I am very impressed with the quality of teachers at this school and with the level of discipline enforced. I am shocked by parents who complain that the school is too strict - these are middle school children and require structure! This is one of the few schools a parent can feel confident that their child will be most safe. Now I do feel that unless a child is being taught in an advanced or gifted class, their education will be standard - having several children to compare, I see the HUGE difference in the work that one does over the other but I also understand that this has to do more with florida's level of STANDARD education than Zelda's. The teachers who teach AP or Gifted are ambitious and take their job very seriously - they make me very proud. And when you compare Zelda's test scores with that of other reputable and well established schools - well that tells the best picture. They are quite impressive. Add to that their new Arts focused program and their beautiful campus and involved staff- its a regular school that acts like a Magnet School should act. Too many Magnet schools seem to have an element of danger to counterbalance their benefits. this one does not.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2012

i'm a mother of a student that just graduate from Zelda and is going to Braddock, and i need to tell you that i hate this school...the office personnel are rude and so not professional at all. They always have students attending the parents when they arrive and no one take the time to explain the things correctly... Some teachers like Mr. Roche (science teacher) are great but they have lack of good teachers :-( this is very sad because my son was very unhappy for three years in this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

I'm in 6th grade and I think it's a pretty epic school! The teachers are kind of mean but it's because some kids do misbehave. I can't complain because I'm quiet and nice and amazing! So they love me. I must say they pressure us to work so hard that most kids are tired of it! Must say it's exasperating! Principal is tough on us but I don't mind the kids who act like 6 monkeys and 5 bananas are learning discipline slowly. I reccomend this school for those parents who are nice that way.


Posted January 15, 2011

i personally am in 8th grade i hate this school, its too strict and the teachers are not always that nice, and the administration treats us like elementary kids.


Posted January 24, 2010

This school is Ah mazing. i have to say it, I've been very impressed with everything the school has to offer and i must say, that if there were any school i would pick for a child, Zelda. Zelda, Zelda, Zelda!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2010

My daughter didnt make it in the IB program due to me enrolling her late. I didnt know there was a time frame to enroll her by. well there was a new school opening in the neighborhood Zelda Glazer middle school. let me tell you she missed out on IB but she did not miss out on a great school. Zelda Glazer! has well overpassed my expectation wonderful teachers state of the art library top seurity! well run organized.my daughter when asked by friends that went to other school tells them I couldnt have asked for a better school I love it.and I her mother agrees.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2009

Zelda Glacier is an amazing school. So organized and the students are well disciplined. As a parent i strongly Recommend this school. My daughter has gone here and has been getting amazing grades and her discipline has increased too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

I am a student currently attending Zelda Glazer Middle School, and in my opinion this is a great school.I have made many friends and enjoy all of my classes. I recommend this school and hope others would also become part of Zelda Glazer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2009

this school os great with the kids my son comes home each day teling me new things
—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 53% in 2014.

378 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

380 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
72%
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.

270 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

353 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%
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 47% in 2014.

195 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

440 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

442 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

438 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
79%
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 78% in 2012.

509 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
97%

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 "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 66% in 2014.

239 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
72%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
99%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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

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 95%
White 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%58%61%
Master's degree 32%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. MIGUEL BALSERA
Fax number
  • (305) 485-2324

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
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15015 Southwest 24th Street
Miami, FL 33185
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Phone: (305) 485-2323

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