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Felix Varela Senior High School

Public | 8-12 | 3169 students

 

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Posted June 18, 2014

I was apprehensive at first about sending my daughter here. She is our oldest and we didn't know much about the highschools in the area. I will say that we DEFINITELY made the right decision. She is in the I-Prep program and absolutely loves it. The administraion is top notch! I remember sitting at a softball game and the assistant principal knew the majority if not all of the girls on the team. Just shows they really do care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2014

As a parent of three former I can attest to the quality of instruction at this school. The Veterinary Acadmy is the best in town. My youngest daughter completed her FVMA CVA certification in the program and worked at a veterinary office during her undergraduate studies. She will be attending medical school in the fall. She attributes her success to Ms. Escobar and her love of animals. This lady bent over backwards to help my daughter and all of her students. Mr. Escobar, Mrs. Garneff and principal Ms. Fins were amazing too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2013

Felix Varela is full of patient, dedicated teachers, who are passionate about their subjects and students. They offer more AP classes than many private schools, have a long and extremely diverse list of electives, and great extracurriculars. I graduated from the school in 2010, and since then, 2 of my younger sisters have attended the school. Because of the hard work of my teachers at Varela, I made it to an Ivy League school. As long as you can take advantage of available resources, this school can take you far.


Posted October 8, 2013

Unfortunately there lots of unhappy people everywhere, I think the parent that talk bad about their child school or teacher, not doing any favor to their kid and if they feel so bad about their kid being in this school why don t they home school their kids. My child is a student in Varela and love the school. The teachers are fear and yes there lots of home work but that come with the grade. I being in the school a couple of times, the staff and teachers I meet where very professional and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

Terrible Ms.Suarez the english teacher is a bully, shes been bulling my child since day one . she needs to be FIRED!!!! A$AP no Rocky
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2012

Unfortunately, I've had to deal with the staff at this school too many times. Ms. Escobar was the worst of all. Not only doesn't she disrespect students who politely apporach her but has the same attitude toward parents. She measures every student with one stick. She doesn't allow you to speak and only sees her point of view. It's a shame we still have teachers of this caliber in our education system. If she can't handle the workload, then she should allow someone else to do her job. I don't need to listen to her rambling about how irresponsible students are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2011

I am a former student of this school, I graduated in 2006. I came from a private school into Varela and honestly this is a pretty good school it may not be the best but it is pretty high up there compared to all the other high schools in the area. they have AP and honors classes and have many different clubs, so they definitely try and make opportunities happen for those students who try.


Posted September 24, 2011

Anyone who writes a poor review on this school is out of their mind. The Principal Mrs. Fins has been extremely helpful and my children are facinated with their magnet programs. The school is clean and the staff member are warm and welcoming. My children are getting a rigorous curriculum and are being challenged. The Vet Science and IPREP magnet teachers are fantastic. If your child is gifted this is the place for them to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2011

I feel bad for my children. They are on a waiting for Florida Christian, turn ASTRAY from this school. I brought them in for freshman year since they are in a waiting list in FCS. I have one son, and two daughters they all three have been bullied in that school. I do not understand why. I have very good looking children and now they have become different people that I do not even recognize. They have become depressed and my daughter's have been bullied. Surprisingly my son has been able to avoid problems. It seems that if you have good looking children they will be unsocially accepted and be bullied even online. I have contacted the school and they act as if bullying is not an issue on my children. I have called on several occasions and they do not have time to make a meeting with me and talk about this issue. My children have come out possitive on drug tests from people smoking weed in the bathroom. They have not learned anything I am sad to say this has stressed me and all of my children out. My child got kicked out of class for talking about Jesus. I think this is enough said why you should never put your children here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2011

The school overall is a pretty good school. I can not say much for regular or remedial courses, but most of the AP courses are absolutely wonderful, the teachers really know what they are teaching and as a student that makes all the difference. The theatre department is over looked by many who attend the school and many middle school students deciding where to go concerning theatre departments. There are two extraordinary teachers who deal with the drama department each with qualities and talents to balance each other out. Both are well rounded in technical theatre (lights, sound, set), improvisation, and acting. Professionalism in the theatre is instilled in each student who participates. In regards to a previous comment, students involved in drama club are by all means welcome to participate in productions providing they audition or sign up for crew and attend rehearsals and do their jobs. The Thespian Troupe at Varela does very well at district and state competitions, the troupe has received a good number of Critic's Choices for categories such as pantomime, solo musical, student directed scenes, sound design, etc. To sum it up, Varela is a great school especially for theatre.


Posted April 9, 2011

felix varela is a great school . I can't believe we are an A+ school. They have great academies like health science ,J.R.O.T.C, art program ,and an awsome vet program. I recomend this for any student who are going to those kind of careers. we have a great principal and teachers/staff !!!!!!:)


Posted November 1, 2010

Felix V. has not enough teachers, so my daughter is not able to get good courses, Mrs.Diaz is a very nice math.teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

As a graduate this school ranks extremely low. The students have a poor handle on the English language upon graduation and can barely pass the F-Cat.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2010

i find it fun and interesting and a great learning environment for students if you do not think so then you are just a hater ... :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2010

Horrible school...forget about trying to solve any problems, you wont even get past the voicemail when you call.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2010

This is a great school! The teachers are always willing to help and the school itself is clean and now with the new assistant principal, the students are more disciplined. The veterinary magnet program is the BEST there is. Nowhere else will you find such a great career experience!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2010

All I have to say, is that I give this school two thumbs down! >:-S
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2009

This school is probably the best for my children and maybe for yours. Teachers are helpful and the students are great and funny. The school is so high spirited. They come up with great ways to collect money for people in need. Also the academies are great too. Especially J.R.O.T.C and vereteran science.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2009

I really like his school. All the teachers are nice and so are the people that go here. Even though this school is a 'C' school you still notice not to judge your child on the Fcat scores the school recieves. Im an honors gifted student and the gifted department is filled with amazing fun teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2009

this school is by far the best ive ever been to
—Submitted by a student


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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.
Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

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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 84% in 2012.

746 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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82%

2011

 
 
96%

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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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

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The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

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The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

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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 53% in 2014.

755 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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55%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
47%
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.

773 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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57%

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62%

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50%

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58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

783 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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65%

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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

  • 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 "C".

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 64% in 2013.

594 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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48%

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45%

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35%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

818 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

810 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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58%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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 84%
White 9%
Black 4%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 83%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Hammocks Middle School
Doolin Middle School
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Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 52%58%61%
Master's degree 40%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%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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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30am
School end time
  • 2:30pm
School Leader's name
  • MS. NERY P FINS
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (305) 386-8987

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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15255 Southwest 96th Street
Miami, FL 33196
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