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Terra Environmental Research Institute

Public | 9-12 | 1799 students

 

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Posted October 3, 2014

I can tell you. I'm a freshman and I have been here for a little less than 2 months and I absolutely hate it. The algebra 2 teacher is ridiculous and gives pounds of homework even after she had a fight with some parents at open house (including mine.) The counselor Mrs. Miller is very arrogant and likes to make the incoming freshman feel horrible, I know I felt that way. She would not let me take AP World History because I had a 'B' in my U.S History class in the 8th grade. The principal could care less, and administration and staff are incompetent. The BioMedical teacher is the only good teacher. I certainly hope all parents out there realize that TERRA is just a screen. The principal only cares about her precious school. The school lacks the arts and only has a 6 class schedule. I feel that TERRA is okay, not anything special. I should have gone to Coral Reef. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THIS SCHOOL IS NOT WHAT THEY SAY IT IS, RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN AND DON'T LOOK BACK
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2014

We are very pleased with the school, my son is a senior there and was accepted to an Ivy League school, other Seniors have been awarded prestigious scholarships, including every Ivy League school as well as MIT, Georgia Tech. The principal works really hard to keep high standards...if you forget wearing your bell she will make you wear hers. I know some teachers there I wish every kid could have one like them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

A great environment for students filled with countless opportunities that can make any student feel right at home. While coursework is intensive, its all accounts for excellent preparation for future years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2014

I used to attend Terra and I disliked my experience there so much I transferred after 2 years. Honestly the school is all hype. The principal only cares about the image of her precious school and doesn't care about her students. The counselors aren't much help and it's impossible to find a decent teacher.. This school may have excellent academic ratings but the students aren't happy there.


Posted February 25, 2014

My son is currently a Junior at this great school. I can only say good things about the school. My son loves it, he says that he likes the fact that the school has a zero tolerance on bullying. We also had an issues at the end of his sophomore year but the principal and assitant principal were very helpful and rectified their error. I recommend this school to any kid that is interested in the Biomedical, Robotics and Environmental. Kudos to Ms. Carie Montano, the Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

TERRA has exellents programs and good teachers, my son is in Biomedical Academic and he loves the program, also he loves the food!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

Terra is a great school ! I was very reluctant coming from private school to enroll my son. He is a very happy sophomore. The parents are very involved and the Principal is feared !!! I am sooo happy about that ; she runs a tight ship.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

My daughter is new to Terra & the public school system. She couldn't be happier, she states that she feels she is really learning. The teachers have her respect because she feels they really know the material, not having to rely on notes & textbooks to lecture. They present the material in a manner that keeps the students involved. The teachers & policies are strict, which keeps everyone in check. The students are friendly, she made friends the first day. All of her teachers are young & vivacious with a no nonsense attitude, and I am very pleased! I can't give it 5 stars yet because time will tell
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

This school is most likely the best school i have ever been to cosidering my home school is horrible this is like a castle to me. The minute you walk in you can't just go in without a smile on your face it has a learning atmosphere and is great in technology use. My teachers love to teach they are great and they try to do their best in letting you understand the subject. Yes the school is strict but it wouldn't be such a good school if it wasn't. We are a nerd school and im proud. Not only are we nerdy we are athletic and we have enough motivation to move the country. Dont ever doubt that this school is bad we have lots of clubs and sports to choose from. Fun electives and alot more. The teachers love to reach. They we made for it. Dont ever doubt this school and im happy i didn't


Posted September 12, 2013

This is an excellent school. I believe it is one of the best schools in Miami-Dade County. I recently attended open house to meet my daughter's teachers and for the second year in a row, I left the school stunned by the caliber of educators this amazing principle has been able to join together. The teachers are gifted in their ability to connect with the kids, motivate them, and allow their character and self confidence to develop. The kids, themselves, motivate each other to do better. They are students that are interested in learning and doing well; good influences all around. Honestly, this school is a rare gem. Its better than private.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

I've avoided writing an reviews of my school to 3 years because I know things change from year to year. For better or for worse. As a senior now in TERRA I can say that past the occasional kinks and mishaps that you'd expect from any school (especially one that is as new as TERRA) I'd have to say our school is everything a high school SHOULD be. I won't go to the extent to say that 100% of our faculty and staff are incredible, sharp, and experienced people but it wouldn't be any exaggeration if I said 90% of them are. The few teachers and counselors that aren't exactly welcoming and knowledgable are still helpful overall. Quite a few of my teachers over the years have doctorates and nearly all of them have advanced degrees and field experience in their study. I can understand how there's a big gap between positive ratings and negative ratings for this school because either you love it, or you can't handle it! The classes are intense, and the work is challenging but if you're at TERRA you're expected to be the very best you can be. We may not have that "high school experience" but it's something different, new, and ultimately better! The TERRA experience.


Posted June 6, 2013

To those of you doubting the school: Look at the matriculation list posted on the website for the Class of 2013. Multiple students were accepted to the country's top institutions including MIT, Yale, and Dartmouth. That will show you that while the school can be a pain sometimes, there's a reason for the strictness that has actually paid off.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2013

TERRA is probably one of the best schools in the county right now. As a freshman this year, I am honored to be attending this school. The moment you walk into the school, you can tell that it is not your ordinary school. The environment is like nothing I would have ever expected in high school. And for anyone who says that we have a bullying problem, they are TERRIBLY misinformed, Everybody at TERRA looks out for each other. Bullying is definitely not a problem at our school. As for academics, TERRA excels. Courses are rigorous, and challenging, but that is the reason I go to TERRA; to get a good education. If you are not willing to put in the dedication and effort it takes to attend this school, then it is not the school for you. As far as sports, so what if we don't have a football team? If this aspect is THAT important to you, then find a school that has one. I am one month away from becoming a sophomore and I can proudly say that I will not be transferring. I am extremely happy with my accomplishments my freshman year and intend on staying at TERRA until I graduate, Class of 2016!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2013

I refuse to reveal rather or not I'm a parent or a student. What I have experienced in the past four years with the school is a gross level of political strategy only comparable to the gross campaign strategies used by ruthless politicians to gain a government executive position. Don't think that this is bad though....Why? The more politics in this school, the more money the students will get. Grants have been flying into this school sense day one, and with this Principle, I expect them to keep coming. Two stars have been taken off though because of deception, lies, and horrible counselors and policies in the school. Every year the school has had to have a new counselor due to complaints of the previous one. Every year the school hosts an orientation of lies boasting about how amazing the school is and how environmentally based the education is. After year one of its opening, the school gave up the environmental curriculum. The administration simply wanted too much and had too many strict rules to keep everything they wanted. Someone I know has 10 EXCUSED tardies, and got their senior privileges taken away. Tardies for meeting with counselors in the mornings or doctors appointments


Posted April 13, 2013

Im a freshman at TERRA and I have to say that the rules there are exaggerating ,the Principle has to much Pride and cares for her own job and record rather than help the students. There are only two security guards. Many teachers are strict or dont even know how to teach. Ive been struggling in the school, I recommend thinking over and see if your really up to it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 2, 2013

My daughter is very fortunate to be able to go to this school. The teachers are great and they make learning fun. The principal is verry hands on. If you send her an email she responds the same day. I don' t know why some parents ( i believe its the same parent) talks about indocrination. NOthing is further from the truth. I believe this school will very soon become one of the top rated schools in Florida
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2013

There is no room today for political indoctrination of our children. Leave that stuff out of the curriculum, assignments, projects etc. There us no place for bullying, and you get hit by the double-whammy should your child defend himself against such actions. This school is not a nurturing place for gifted minds. Go elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2013

Instead of teaching our kids how to think critically and examine all sides of an issue, this school is indoctrinating our kids and pushing particular social and political agendas on them. Main office staff is overly authoritative, arrogant, overcritical to students and not to mention belligerent-ing and eagerly threatening parents. Suspending and expelling students left and right because their nonsensical rules, mustering up an aura of fascism. Staff shows prejudice against homosexuals and in addition to this schools' infamy in manipulation and exploitiation of teachers and parents. Principal is overly prideful and exaggeratingly claims to have a long waiting list all the meanwhile TERRA is mainly a billboard of false advertisment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2013

My son is currently a senior at Terra. His class opened the school in 2009. Although he had trouble adjusting to the strict atmosphere of the school at first, he can now look back and says he it's an overall good school. He actually transferred out in 10th grade and went back in 11th, so I think that says alot about the school. The fact that the principal welcomed him back says to me that she does care about her students. I also think that she takes alot of pride in her school and won't have students there that give Terra a bad name. My son had a few teachers that were not that good, but this is something you will find at any school. I think the administration can be a bit difficult to work with too. I like the environment of the school and the fact that there are alot fewer students than in many high schools in the area. I think in time Terra can turn out to be one of the better public high schools in Miami. This is the school I would like to send my daughter to in 2014.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2013

This is a great school. The environment around the school is the best I have ever seen, I go jogging around the school before picking my daughter from sports and I don;t even see a kid smoking. My son went to Belen and my daughter which is currently a freshman at Terra, went to private school all her life. The kids at those ritzy private schools have nothing on the kids at Terra when it comes to good behavior. My daughters algebra teacher is mr. Garland which used to be the head of the math department at Belen and my son favorite teacher there. All the people complaining are mediocre students which never went to schools that required discipline. And for those that complain about Mrs. Montalvo, I don't have a problem with a dictator as a principal.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
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

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Arts & music

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Visual arts
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  • 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

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

Resources

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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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11005 Southwest 84th Street
Miami, FL 33173
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