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Ada Merritt K-8 Center

Public | PK-8 | 700 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted February 19, 2011

Teachers are great and the kids learn a ton. The principal is very nice, but the rest of administrative staff could use a better attitude - especially in the after-care office. They can be downright rude. After school options/teachers are excellent, though: karate, yoga, Spanish, guitar, soccer, etc. My kid is very happy there, and we are very pleased with his progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2011

Ada Merritt has slipped to become a lackluster excuse for an IB program. The teachers have a large ego and bitter attitude. The sense of entitlement from the staff make them impossible to work with. I am already looking for options else where due to unfair treatment and belittling in the class room. (7 Years experience with the school and two kids there) Oh, I do most of the teaching at home with about 4 hours a night of work, while wondering why the don't do anything in class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2011

Ada Merritt no longer lives up to its reputation. Some of their best teachers are gone, they do not recognize or treat bullying, security is questionable and parents no longer feel welcome. Administration is very unhelpful and has the rudest, most antagonist and prejudiced office staff. Frequent Lice outbreaks and no paper towel or liquid soap in the bathrooms are out of their control. It has turned into an average school with no consideration for the students and no response to parents concerns. It is still a good school for parents looking to do the teaching, students do not learn in class anyways.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2011

II love this school and its diverse and international community. I feel like we won the lottery getting our son in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

Reception staff are very rude, Principal does not care about the kids, all in all by far one of the worst schools I have ever seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

Why do you love Ada Merritt K-8 Center? Excellent academically and great language program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

I was expecting more too. When students are out, teachers don t allow make up and grade them unfairly. They take students to a public park across the street for PE. There is no way to communicate with the Principal or even see her. After care leaves a lot to be desired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

The teachers and the great language programs! My son has blossomed here over the years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

Trilingual, IB, great kids, involved parents, sense of purpose!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

Its an awesome school with a rigorous curriculum and adept teachers. The parent involvement is also amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

Ada Merritt K-8 School is an A+ School with a Dual Language Program (English/Spanish or English/Portuguese), and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle School Years Programs. A unique school with amazing teachers, a terrific staff and an outstanding and very actively involved PTA!! I highly recommend Ada Merritt K-8 School!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

Ada Merritt is one of the best K-8 public schools in Florida. It is a dual language, I.B. school w/ excellent academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

For an IB school who wants to have an IB image the principal is the "standard. " I was expecting much more.Some of the teachers are amazing, aka Portoguese program; but the core curriculmn teachers are nothing to write home about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

To me it's the best school bacause it has excellent teachers, dedicated to the kids. The kids run the extra mile with all the extra homework they get every day. The kids learn two languages, English and Spanish or English and Portuguese. Ada Merritt is also an A schoo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

All I have to say is looks can be very decieving..... admininistration not that good......organizational skills horrible and safety issues are unacceptable.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

Because it has the best teacher, students, administration and parent support!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 1, 2010

Wonderful and intense IB program that surpasses all else! Students are truly challenged daily by extraordinary Public School teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

Great teachers implementing outstanding IB and bilingual programs. Fantastic parent involvement and support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Top notch educators, curriculum and students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Strong commitment from teachers, parents, and students! AMK8 has a powerful learning program!
—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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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100%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
99%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%
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 53% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%
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 47% in 2014.

14 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
99%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
99%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%
Biology I

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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U.S. History

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

2014

 
 
n/a
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 68%
White 27%
Black 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 53%58%61%
Master's degree 47%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. CARMEN M GARCIA
Fax number
  • (305) 326-0749

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  • German
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660 Southwest 3rd Street
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