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Terra Environmental Research Institute

Public | 9-12 | 1799 students

 

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 11, 2012

I am a parent of a sophomore at this school. I have to agree with parts of all previous post. This school has many excellent teachers, however, it is lacking in the arts and other healthy high school experiences. My daughter is in the gifted classes and for the most part she has excellent teachers, however she did have a very rude chemistry teacher her first year, unfortunately that is part of the real world. I was surprised to learn this school has no auditorium and that is extremely poor planing. Even old high schools in less than desirable areas have an auditorium, where students can perform plays, receive awards and perform musical recitals, etc. On a different note I have to say my daughter hasn't experienced any bullies or any type of social problem, she isn't popular girl, but still hasn't had a altercations. The reason I haven't removed my child from this is school is because it is small and I don't want her to have to start over somewhere else. Advice to principal and staff reading this, remember this is the time for these kids to get prepared but also to have some fun and special moments through high school years. Life is already stressful, let them enjoy themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2012

It's the TERRA in TERRABLE (I know its spelt wrong) anyways I feel so dumb for not leaving freshman year because its been the worse experience of my life. Terra is a prison. The teachers are rude and have no intention of helping any students. They are fake and act like the sweetest people to the parents but in class its completely different. They like to make cruel jokes and humiliate the students for things that they can't control. They also assign pounds of homework and excpect us to have time to complete it all after school. Students are bombarded it is quite pathetic. Another thing is the students that do attend this school are rude and unwelcoming. Bullies and no trude friends exists here. Everyone at Terra thinks they are so amazing and so smart when in reality they are just selfish and impolite. Lastly, where is the high school experience? Where is the homecoming game/dance? Where are the energetic pep rallies? Where is the fun? All the good things that people say about Terra is just a show, No one is happy! THERE IS NOTHING GOOD ABOUT TERRA. IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING THIS SCHOOL DONT DO IT OR SUFFER WITH THE CONSEQUNECES!!! IF YOU ARE THERE NOW LEAVE BEOFRE IT IS TOO LATE!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 16, 2011

If im lucky hopefully my child would attend this school. This is the time to prepare for a career. Study , learn and grow to become a proffesional. I Will have to disagree with any parent whom is not content with a school that focuses in Science and a proud parent of " A NERD ." There is always time to dance,sing, play sports, music, etc...... out of school. Kids should be pushed academically to there limit, and hopefully use all they have learned to become a proffessional. Not the next contender of X-Factor tv show. If you want amusement, theres always a school out there with a Magnet program that offers (dancing,singing, arts ) waiting for the next lucky entertainer. We have a brain people, lets use it !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2011

TERRA has many Arts and Humanitys classes. Their art program is exceptional. They have done shows and it is truly fascinating. Their music and choir programs are to die for. The kids put on two or three shows a year and it is very professional. Few schools have the teachers and facilities to do what the TERRA kids do. they have special rooms, that are sound special and for the drama, full stages. Truly a very well rounded school. My daughter loves it. GO WOLVES CLASS 2014
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2011

Come here if you don't want a social life. Sure, this schools academically offers amazing courses, but the arts, athletics, real HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE is not here. I'm currently a sophomore and I graduate in 2014, and I hate this school. This is HIGH SCHOOL, not Elementary. Where's the Homecoming Game? Prom? Homecoming? Not here. If you want to go to a football game from YOUR school, have a positive environment and fun, you are better off at Sunset. I haven't left yet but I am trying my best to get out of here and keeping my record clean. The principal is a Saleswoman for her school, her plan is to attract the parents by forcing the students to act happy and show a positive environment when actually there are some kids that cry before coming to school (like me sometimes) because of how bad this school is. NOW, if you don't want school spirit, amazing sport programs, a social life, then TERRA is for you!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2011

The school's self proclaimed identity is to produce students who are "proud to be nerds". While this may sound noble to a parent desperate to find an academic offering more challenging that the regular high school curriculum or magnet program, in effect it is lamentable. Terra's "academies" are geared only to the sciences . Look at the lack of any (Arts, Athletics, Music et al) courses where creativity or humanity can be learned. This omission of leads to a void of spirit that extends from the curriculum into the sports teams the dances. It is sad to see children preoccupied with science while neglecting humanities studies that can feed a truly balanced student's soul. Unfortunately, this mindset has another manifestation. As a Terra nerd, expect to subordinated and humiliated into conformance by some of the teachers and most of the professional staff. Individual expression is not welcome here, instead rigidity rules from the top dog down to the parking police..... If you are truly exceptional or aspire to be well rounded in the Arts & Sciences, I suggest you find another school which can meet your needs. Otherwise, you will conform to the TERRA norm or be reformed.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2011

My son is lucky enough to be part of the Class of 2013 at Terra. The school is exceptional. Even before the school opened, the principal, her staff and the parents were at work full force. The personal attention the principal and her staff give the students and their parents is excellent. While other schools are shunning and cutting ties with parents this school goes beyond their duties in establishing a relationship with its students and their families. I am grateful every day that my son is lucky enough to have been chosen to be part of TERRA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

Great things start with great leadership and this school is fortunate enough to have the best.. From its Pricipal to it's Educators, to it's Student; even the Secretaries, Cafeteria Staff, Custodians, Guards and the assighned Police Officer are the best.. This school is second to absolutely none!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

TERRA ROCKS!!!!!! IT SIMPLY DOES NOT GET BETTER THAN THIS. Great Principle, Educators, Students, Coaches, Cafeteria Staff, Secretaries, Assistants, Guards, they are all really, really great. The PTSA is super involved and is shows, I am one happy parent, GO WOLVES!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2010

My son started at this school this year, and I cannot be happier! His teachers are true caring professionals, and the staff and administration are top notch. One great advantage is that it only has 9th and 10th grades this year, which keeps student population to about 900. Amazing for a public high school. My son has learned more these first few weeks than in many years in public school, primarily because they don't "teach to the test"- the philosophy is to teach what they need to learn and they will do well come FCAT. Last year they scored 86% and 76% respectively and earned an "A" their first year - obviously they are doing it right! GO WOLVES!
—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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

457 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

520 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

519 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
98%
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 84% in 2012.

438 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

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".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%
Biology I

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

386 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

402 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
99%
U.S. History

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

275 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%
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 75%
White 17%
Asian 4%
Black 3%
Two or more races 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 47%58%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 7%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. CARIDAD H MONTANO
Fax number
  • (305) 412-5801

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Environmental
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School leaders, update and verify information here.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
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11005 Southwest 84th Street
Miami, FL 33173
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Phone: (305) 412-5800

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