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Aventura Waterways K-8 Center

Public | PK-8 | 1875 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 9 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
Based on 9 ratings

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Posted October 8, 2014

My daughter went to AW for 4 years. K through 4th The staff in the front office is super nice and helpful, not once was anybody rude to me. The principal is also very approachable. Hunted him down once in the lobby with a concern, he listened to me and fixed the issue in less than 30 minutes. Don't get me started on ms.Mitchell., the guidance counselor, she will work tirelessly to solve any problem. Talked to one of my friends for 2 hours on a Friday night !! My problem is that I never knew there was one , until I transferred to a school in Jupiter. From all elementary schools in Florida AW ranks in the 73rd percentile the school in Jupiter is in the 97th percentile. Check out schooldigger ! Couldn't figure out why that was. Now I can. My daughter came home a week ago and stated that for the first time she is actually being taught something. Perhaps she meant effectively. No more tears and endless time spent explaining homework. Everything is now "so easy ". The class notes are in color and neat.However going to Aw she would have so much free time during school, the kids would bring coloring books and other things to keep busy while teachers talked in the hall ways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

The school has a great staff. Even if it is a big school every kid is well known by the teachers. Excellent teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2014

Building looks like a penitenciary. Too much security gives the opposite impression but security (you can not enter the school unless you pass many filters) Assistants do not help much most of the times, They give contradictory advise. Only some teachers are affordable (I must say my 9 year old child was very lucky because her teacher was excellent), others just ignore your child (my 5 five year old was lost in a 40 children class with two young and not very experienced teachers) If you can take your child other do it. I did not like this school much. On a 10 basis si give a 4 to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2013

It is an excellent school. I would recommend it. The principal is very open to suggestions and discussions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

Not very impressed with the teachers, specially 1st grade/gifted. Overcrouded class - impossible to have a environment with quality to teach the kids. Lunch time is crazy - Kids have no control.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

Teachers have been good to great but too many kids in the classroom. Weird lunch times. Front office staff seems stressed and unfriendly. It is difficult to get help from the front office. The principal and vice principals are difficult to contact when questions needs to be addressed. Overall, it is a new school and there is good use of technology but we are disappointed in how the school is run from an administrative level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

My child has been at this school for 3 years and is in her fourth year now. The school is wonderful! The staff is great, the teachers are very motivated in helping the kids. The only reason I gave 4 stars instead of 5 is because of how crowded the school is. But even with that being said, the staff does an amazing job keeping up with the students. My daughter has been very happy here and I would definitely recommend Aventura Waterways to other parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

We rate 3 stars for the school overcrowding; certain rude staff in the registrar's office (esp the heavy set Latina who sits at the front desk) and the fact that they don't have a school nurse (unconscionable - Dade Public schools); 5 stars for her kindergarten teacher! Our child is doing well and loves her teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2013

Incredibly rude staff and ridiculously overcrowded classrooms. Its no wonder more and more parents are turning to home schooling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2013

because this school is new. it used the last technology to teach student. the teachers are very helpful and work hardly to promote the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

I recommended this school. I like teachers, workers and directors. They are accessible, cooperative and respectful to children and parents. They know how to motivate children and have a code of conduct than create the right ambience for learning. Proper facilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

There is no feedback whatsoever. Ive never received a test, so I have no clue how his test taking abilities are. Parent involvement in the absolute minimum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2011

My daughter just started this school and it has been great so far! Her Teacher is awesome, so friendly and very involved with each student and my daughter received an amazing welcome when she first came into the classroom. I am very happy with her new school and her academic progress is getting better. The students make a difference by moving ahead and working together as a team because of the quality and dedication of each teacher and exceptional staff and dynamic principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

We moved to Aventura a couple of months ago and my daughter is currently attending the first grade at Waterways. She comes from a small fantastic school in Miami, in which parents are extremely involved, academics are good, and the teachers and principals were always available. I am happy with her teacher at Waterways who has so far being been great. I had however, the worst experience of my life the other day, when I got delayed at a medical appointment and was half hour late to pick up my daughter. For about 45 minutes after my arrival, the school personnel was unable to find my daughter. Just like that, they could not tell me where she was. They were looking everywhere and NO ONE KNEW WHERE SHE WAS. I eventually found her (with the older kids- during their dismissal). Later I tried to speak with the principal, who was unavailable, so I tried to schedule an appointment. I received a call from his assistant who began the scheduling processed by narrating the events and basically blaming me because I had been late. I don't think this woman is a mother or even begins to realize what they put me through. A school losing a child for even a minute is not acceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2011

My daughter started kindergarten here and so far has had a good experience, thanks to her teacher. The class size is quite large (normal I think for miami-dade county). Her teacher is on top of her academic progress, However, the teacher has had to use a microphone to keep the kids in the class under control. My daughter reports that over half the kids have trouble settling down to learn. I think her teacher has made her experience positive. Otherwise the school is large, impersonal, bare, and quite crowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2011

I find this public school school to be exceptional so far. The teachers are top notch. Kids grow up fast and become confident in no time. The school is fairly new so of course there will always be issues that a school struggles with in the beginning. I can not comment on the 8th grade review because I am not aware of it. My kids are in the lower levels and for now i feel they are receiving a great education. The offer great programs as well!! Its hard to find a school like that. The overcrowded issue will soon be resolved, but for now, it doesn't make a difference because of the extra teachers, and the control they have over them. Security is extremely important to me, and i always see someone when i walk in.. but if they want to be even more on top of it, fine with me, because that's what really matters to avoid unwanted trespassers, fights breaking out, or kids getting lost. Every school has its flaws here and there.. so i give this school 5 stars for the great achievement it has started off with. I'm sure it will soar to perfection with years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2011

I am very happy with what the school has to offer. They have some very strong teachers and the program is great! The school is well equipped with the needed supplies and the parents are ALWAYs willing to provide what's missing. The kids are friendly and happy! They are even coping well with the fact of being overcrowded by providing 2 teachers for the overcrowded calsses. Mother of a 1st grader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2011

This school is an excellent public school that is in the area. The teachers are very receptive and always willing to make time to discuss your child's academic progress. The 5th grade core subjects teachers are a young and progressive group of teachers that are good at what they do. I believe they are LEADERS in Florida education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

the school is the best of all it hasa the best teachers and student i love that school is the best........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

This school is the best is the best one in the miami dade country and have the best benifits for my childs good :)
—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.

238 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

239 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

186 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

183 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
87%
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.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
64%
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 53% in 2014.

189 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

190 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

139 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

181 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

177 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

176 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

176 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

207 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

179 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%

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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
79%
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 51%
White 30%
Black 15%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%58%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 7%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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21101 Northeast 26th Avenue
Miami, FL 33180
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