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Pinecrest Preparatory Academy

Charter | PK-5 | 650 students

 

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2011:
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Posted January 2, 2014

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


Posted October 29, 2013

PPA the good thing about the school is that is a small school and every one gets to know every one but the classes are very small and sometimes the teachers communication is really poor. PPA does not have open house. Their open house is right before school start. If you need to talk to the teacher you will need to schedule a teacher conference. The staff can sometimes be very cold with the parent and I have to agree that even though at the cove the classes are larger and with more students, at the cove how things are handle are much better and they give you hope at least the thing will be handle how they should be handle when it involves your child. Certain teachers are more concern to let you know about your child conduct then letting you know how your child is really doing in class in case your child might need extra help. I think it will be nice if PPA would give parents a chance to provide feedback about the school and the teachers. Just like teachers get evaluated the parents should be given that opportunity as well to really know how we are parents feel about the school in general.
—Submitted by a parent


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


Posted January 12, 2012

Working at PPA is an experience like no other. As a professional you can be part of an amazing team of people that work together and strive to accomplish the same goal- student success. Students have fun learning and participating in all of our school events. PPA provides its students with a large variety of resources in technology in order to improve on their education AND they can actually use...more than 10 students at a time!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 10, 2012

At Pinecrest Preparatory Academy, student achievement is their priority. As a parent of 2 children that have already graduated from PPA and another one presently enrolled, I believe the teachers and staff at PPA help the students develop extremely strong academic and character skills.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 95% 29%
White 4% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Black N/A 23%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races N/A 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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
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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
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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
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Music
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
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  • Join PTO/PTA
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14301 SW 42nd St
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