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Ada Merritt K-8 Center

Public | PK-8 | 728 students

 

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2011:
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Posted Thursday, April 17, 2014

School has gone downhill in past few years. Office staff are nasty, rude & too busy on their cellphone to help people who walk in. Most great teachers have left thanks to the horrible working environment & a principal who doesn't care. Admin staff is just as bad as office staff. Their response to bullying is to blame the victim & call them liars. All they care about is aappearances!! They don't acknowledge honor roll students even after 8 years of being model students! Horrible place, extremely dirty, no toilet paper in bathrooms, no more butterfly gardens, no more award ceremonies because they rather spend money on extra security staff although they do nothing productive. Principal & Asst principal are both too busy to meet w/parents when there's an issue. This is not a place that "nurtures every child's mind". Its laughable but truly disheartening! Also, school is against technology! What a joke! They bought smart boards but some teachers are so anti-technology they don't use them. Those teachers don't even post homework on class websites! Get with it Ada Merritt! Your school has fallen behind to better schools like Iprep who know how important tech is for education!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

This school is amazing! My son is in the Portuguese program. After his 2nd month of Kindergarten, he was reading and writing portuguese just as good as his english. In addition, he is already writing in cursive. The values and attention they give to the students successfull in every aspect. I am proud to be a part of the Ada Merritt Family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying bullying. Principal and high staff only concern is school ratings and image...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2013

I'm pulling my child out of this school. My child was hesitant to tell me but I soon found out why she was so hesitant. THERE HAD BEEN DRUG ISSUES THIS YEAR. Since MOST were doing it outside of the school they didn't even penalize them. No detentions, no nothing due to the fact that they had been doing it outside of the school. My child told me that at least one of the students did it in the school, but my child didn't want to 'snitch' because he was afraid that the bullies would target him. I tried to persuade him to tell me, but he didn't. What type of school is this where the students are afraid to tell the staff the problem because their scared of the other children? Like I mentioned before, this school has bullying issues. Now I HIGHLY suggest to take your children out of this school. I tried to speak to the principal but yet again she is 'unavailable'. I have had it with this school and I am transferring my kid to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2013

Ada Merritt not living up to the expectations I had, very dirty staff indifference, poor communication, dodging broken glass on the sidewalks surrounding to school it must be really bad at other places if this is considered good.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

Ada Merritt is a wonderful school for my child since she has an american father and a Brazilian mother. I am very pleased with the curriculum and the dedication of the teachers and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2013

I am in the seventh grade and i personally love the school probably because it has been the only school i have been to. I am in the purtugese program and i am hispanic and i speak pourtugese very fluently and understand it as well so i woul recomne dthis t any student wanting to come to adamerritt.


Posted April 5, 2013

All in all school is very good. Is there a school where parent do not have complains at all? Private are sometimes not worth the money because you do not get what you are paying, public have their issues and we go from there....this school has good teacher, again we can always complain, after care is not great but at least they offer after care until 7 and is not bad, you can not pretend much for an after care in a public school, let's be honest. Lastly, academically is what it is, the scores show this not the parents comments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2013

This school is impossible to get into. I don't understand why they even request applications when 9/10'th of the students will not get in. They are at max capacity. Children with siblings, spanish nationals and a zillion other preferences have priority whereas my american born only son WHO LIVES ACROSS THE STREET has been denied access to a better education. Ive spoken to the adminitration, to the school board, to everyone under the sun, and apparently my son's education only matters to me. My only option now is to blast them online to see if their prejudice "lottery" that really isn't a lottery because other factors play into their "preferences", gets publicized. My son is now forced to go to the neighborhood school that the highest grade obtained in the last 4 years has been a "C". But of course, the adminitration's students, won the "random selection", everyone comes out winning except people like me in these "lotteries"...


Posted March 17, 2013

Attention parents of children in the Portuguese program be aware of Shark Tutors. They charge somewhat between 20 or 25 dollars an hour BUT they have 4 or more kids at the same time. On top of that they usually tutor in the cafeteria or library when other children from after care are using the computers so imagine on top of being tutored 4 children at the same time, the noise and distractions are unbearable. Most of the tutors are just mom that help with the homework none of them have any type of certificate and of course are unwilling to really teach the children to learn the language. They limit themselves to do homework. Come on parents dont feed the shark tutors and ask for your kid to be tutored by himself or herself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2013

My daughter is in 8th Grade....Once thing that concerns me is that all the teachers should not be allowed to use the cellular and texting while giving classes....students constantly complain that the teachers do not dedicated themselves 100% because they were more concern in texting...however the student are scare to complain :(....Also they Portuguese students complain that many teachers don't like them...I am very disappointed with the middle school program. Also the coordinator for the MYP never response e-mails.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2012

Great school overall! Teachers really care about their students. Staff is very nice. Never had a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2012

The school if amazing my son loves it and he has an 4.0 GPA. All the teachers are great and friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2012

This school has gone down hill every year. I love the second language opportunity but they are mostly focused on what the school looks like to others than the students I do not recommend this school I have two daughters and it used to be better but they raised prices in everything and took out all student activities!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

FOCUS - BILINGUAL - ALL ACADEMICS The teachers here are wonderful,the students are well behaved and no real problems to deal with.The teachers and staff are the role models.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2012

Ada Merritt is an excellent school. I had my 2 daughters (one from kinder to 7th grade) and the experience was superb. I had to move back to Argentina and my kids were advanced up to 2yrs from the local curricula and the american school in Argentina as well. From an academic point of view, Ada Merritt is an excellent school. It is true that kids have a lot of extra work at home but it is worth the effort. I would recommend the school to any parent willing to give the best education to his children. I wish my kids were back at Ada Merritt.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2011

I was an ada merritt graduate an. you do not know how happy i was to leave this school it may have been great in the past but from what i experienced it was terrible


Posted July 8, 2011

Still an excellent school. I agree with some constructive criticisms, ie the fact that the school has become less parent-friendly, especially the library, which does not adequately meet the needs of the Kinder and first grade students. I also agree that the administration does not warmly embrace the IB curriculum, esp its interdisciplinary focus, The failure to display student artwork throughout the school is a lost opportunty and creates a stuffiniess that is downright Un-IB as is the lack of musical performances. Additionally, many hardworking teachers seem to be underappreciated for their extraordinary efforts. However, ALL-IN-ALL, it is an excellent school and one where I am proud to send my chldren.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2011

Check it they spend a whole lot of money remodeling the entire school for a visit yet they tell students there inst enough money for new books or learning supplies which is what is needed not buffed floors or new grass i have head many complaints with the security staff , they do not do any thing but stand around and talk to each other when two people get in a fight nothing is done either also agree that the principle is not around most of the time and she is not very good at her job i miss the old Ada Merritt when they had the other principle and the better teachers some of the teachers are good now but they can be better the staff is also not very welcoming parents literally run this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2011

a lot of propaganda, inexistent administration, no communication, principal is another kid, parents and kids run the school, go anywhere else
—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 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%
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 52% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%
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 51% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%
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.

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 64% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%
Biology I

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

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n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
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

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 State average
Hispanic 63% 29%
White 29% 42%
Black 6% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian N/A 3%
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 31%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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 SW 3rd St
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