Advertisement
Advertisement

GreatSchools Rating

Pinecrest Preparatory Academy

Charter | PK-5 | 650 students

 

Be sure to visit

Take along one of
our checklists:

 
Last modified
Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 16 ratings
2011:
Based on 14 ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
OR
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

66 reviews of this school


Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted July 21, 2014

when it comes to the teacher communication with the parents it can be really bad. the adminstration side when a parent have an issue they just give you the round a round about things and nothing is ever done when is suppose to be done. The assistant princple doesnt really do much to help in the situation . Every parent views and issue are different . There's parents that are super happy and parents that are not. The teachers at PPA are avarage. sometimes they focus on what they want to focus and is not good because every child is different academilcally. even as parents if we put our part and put a tutor to help, if the teacher is not that great and doesnt communicate the things that need to be communicated to a parent on time then that child will be struggling. a charter school suppose to be ahead of a regular public school then teach what needs to be taught correctly. we as parents do not want our child to be behind. as parents if our kids trully match the grades we see the results back at home when we work with them. I know this year ppa with be getting a new principle. I would say to try PPA and see how it goes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2014

I am so disappointed in this school. I regret putting my child here. The teachers inappropriately discuss their personal lives with the students, (seriously no one cares who you are dating,) and then they look the other way when the children are touching & kissing inappropriately. There is no control in that school. The Bullying problem that PPMH has is Huge & it goes largely unaddressed. Not only does the administration do nothing about the bullying, but then it blames the victim & retaliates against them. The Assistant Principal "suggested" I withdraw my child from PPMH because she could not ensure that the bullying would end. The one good thing that the school does have is the Guidance counselor. She truly cares about the children and goes above and beyond to help them. She is great. Unfortunately she works for such a bad administration and has her hands tied. If you want to have your children thrive and enrich their education, PPMH IS NOT THE SCHOOL. Don t make the mistake many parents made & have had to rectify. There is obviously a reason their senior class is so little, it's because everyone leaves the school. Scary to think they will be the biggest charter school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2014

Think twice before sending your children here. This school is all about the MONEY. They can care less about the students nor are the teachers skilled to be teaching. Very unprofessional administration that do not care about what is going on with our children and their education. Teachers do not have nor want communication with parents other than making sure the money asked is brought in. If its about money you definitely have their attention. My 3 children attended PPA for two years and sad to say its not at all what we expected. Do yourself and most importantly your children a favor....DO NOT GO TO PPA. There are numerous schools in the area with much better teachers and administration. This school needs a definite overhaul in order to be and produce what our children seek...AN EDUCATION. There is no passion to teach and the teachers simply don't care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2014

this school is very good and i know because i was once a student here


Posted August 14, 2013

This school is one of the best in the area, even after most of the longtime teachers left to Pinecrest Cove, it is one of the best schools still. And its becoming better everyday! Some people say that it has become worse after they opened Pinecrest Cove, but it's going to get better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

Congratulations on being an A school once again. You are AMAZING! Your hard work and dedication shows!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

This school has changed for the worse in the last couple of years. Some teachers have lost their passion and it shows. Just a major disappointment all around. Teachers are not reaching the kids and the FCAT scores prove that. I will be moving my kids to EKB- one of the top schools in the Kendall area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

PPA is a school for those of us who want our children to be leaders. The teachers and administration have very high expectations for the students, all of which I am in favor. Perhaps the homework load is demanding, and the curriculum demanding, but I prefer that. I know my children are getting a solid foundation that will carry them over to middle school and beyond. Mrs. Santana and Dr. Ferrand have done a superb job preparing my eldest for middle school. She has been placed in advanced classes and keeps up with the load, all thanks to those two wonderful ladies. I highly recommend this school to anyone and everyone who wants their child to be challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

This school has Pros and Cons: Pros: -Good education -Parental Involvement Cons: -Very small classrooms with too many students (tiny classroms overcrowded with 24+ students since Kindergarten) -Some teachers seem not to enjoy teaching and are very cold with their students. -Principal is NEVER available, you'll never see her in the hallways with the students. -Music, Art and PE are always cancelled because if the teacher didn't have time to complete the lesson plan they will cancel special area classes. There are better schools in the area, we are happy that we moved from PPA to a public elementary school with wonderful teachers, great administration, excellent curriculum and special area classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2012

I agree to this message, my daughter also started to the school and she has Mr.Acosta for 4th grade. When she was done with the first week, she told me that she is impressed with the school. If she loves it, I do too. Go panthers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2012

This is the worst charter school in the world. The teachers have little experience and the rooms are crowded with 25+ kids. There are no teacher assistants, two comps per classroom, and special area classes are always canceled. They only care about the supply donations and are always asking for money. I took both my kids from this school and they are happy in a public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2012

It was a good school, but for the past couple of years, it has gotten worse and worse! I pulled out my little one mid-year and registered her at Ethel Koger Beckham Elementary, an A+ School.. What a difference! I had heard of Pinecrest Prep, but after a couple of years there, not impressed at all. Over rated!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2012

This school is like a private school without having to pay $10,000/year in tuition. The teachers are extremely dedicated, working countless hours to make sure their students are well prepared for state exams and meet grade objectives. I have three kids in the school and one child in the middle high. I can tell you that it is a highly academic school. It is not a school for parents who have low expectations for their child. The teachers set high standards because they want their students to succeed. Unfortunately, some parents cannot admit when their child has a learning disability and instead try to force the school to lower their standards for everyone so that their child does not appear to be the low one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2012

Por fin se termino este ano escolar! Mi hija ha estado en esta escuela desde Pre-K y siento decir que este ano fue el peor. Le toco la maestra Mrs. Santana. Es una maestra sin compasion y de personalidad amarga.. Creo que Es tiempo de retirarse. Que se preparen los que le toquen. Tareas hasta las tantas de la noche. Tuve que sacar a mi hija de las clases de baile. La maestra de por la tarde Mrs. Ferran no enseno Estudios Sociales en todo el ano. No le recomiendo a nadie esta escuela, ya que no prepara a los estudiantes tampoco. La directora ni la sub directora estan disponible y se tardan semanas para contestarte. Horrible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2012

After two years in the school, I realized many things I dont like about it. First, security is poor. Anyone can come in in the morning or at dismissal and grab your little child's hand and walk right out. Not safe at all! Try setting up an appointment with the principal or the assistant principal to express a concern. I had to wait two weeks before either one called. The U.S. President is more reachable. Many young teachers without experience and the cuRriculum is just like Dade County Public Schools. No big deal at all!Same books and all! My son tells me that the laptops, which they talk so much about, are missing keys and many broken. There are many A+ schools in our community that don't require the 30 volunteer hours ($150) and have computers in the classrooms. Not impressed at all, so I'm taking both of my children out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2012

PPA is an excellent school. My kids have progressed in a short time. Teachers and staff are very supportive. The curriculum is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2012

PPA is a wonderful school. The administration is very helpful and supportive. My son, has progressed nicely, being taught by exceptional and warmhearted teachers. The teachers are very involved with the students and keep them engaged and challenged. The school provides the latest technology for the students to enjoy. I also enjoy that the parents are highly involved in the school with their children. It's a safe haven and I feel comfortable leaving my son at PPA every morning knowing he's getting a great education with great teachers. We are extremely happy with everything the school shares with all of us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2012

This is an excellent school. The teacher's are extremely dedicated and the students are very nicely mannered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2012

PPA is an amazing school. It is has exceptional teachers and staff. It feels like a private school in the sense of it being small and offering so much, but at no cost to the parents. The kids have top notch materials and have access to the latest technology. The parent involvement is like no other. We give so much and get so much in return as well. I have two children in the school and have no doubts that I have chosen the best school for them. Keep up the good PPA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2012

This school reinforces the traditional values that have long left our public school system; building good moral characters while providing an excellent education. As a vigilant parent of a student at Pinecrest Preparatory Academy Charter School, I attest to a well run, well managed charter school that persistently strides in improving students academic achievements while providing a sound learning environment.
—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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
92%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 96%
White 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 50%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/AN/A
Female 50%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 73%58%61%
Master's degree 16%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 5%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by school community.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • DR. SUSIE DOPICO
Fax number
  • (305) 207-1897

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Sports

Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
Date
Title
  • {{date}}
    {{title}}
Export calendar
Outlook.com
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...
POWERED BY
Tandem

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

Apply

 

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

 
Apply now
Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

14301 Southwest 42nd Street
Miami, FL 33175
Website: Click here
Phone: (305) 207-1027

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »

Compare

Add this school to compare

Nearby schools







ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT