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Banyan Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 370 students

 

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Posted June 6, 2014

Hope the Principal and Teachers actually read These reviews. Well first off my Mans child was pulled out a horrible school. Hopefully this one is better and the principals and teachers Must Get involved on all their Students work, Thats their Job. Not let a child fail & only care about the ones that are "Smarter" than others that's absurd & irresponsible. Every child deserves a chance and the ones that struggle more than Others HELP them dont let them Fail. Thats careless and wrong. Well.im happy hes going to Banyan this year coming up. He deserves A good teacher that cares and will help him in his struggle & help him PASS. I heard this school Great. Lets hope so.


Posted October 1, 2013

I'm an FIU student. I've been doing field experience hours and observations at Banyan Elementary. It has been a pleasant and great experience for me. Overall, the class sizes are small, and the teachers are excellent. Banyan is a wonderful school! I highly recommend it.


Posted June 12, 2013

My son was in 1st grade this year he started with 28 kids in his class to then 3 weeks into school start be moved into another class with now 26 kids "because the teacher couldn't handle so many kids" . Communication between the school and parents were horrible no calendar with event dates or no letters from the administration nothing. If you ever tried to speak with the principal or asst principal they would just shrug you off like if you ment nothing. The PE teacher was mean to all the kids and parents screaming at them and snapping his fingers at you like if you were some kind of animal. No supervision in the mornings in the halls that kids were running wild I guess the staff was having there morning coffee. As for some of the teachers that actually cared I was greateful for. Oh yea lets not mention the office staff totally useless .. If they stop worrying about themselves and worry about the kids more the school would be a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2012

My sister, brother and I all went to Banyan, now my daughter is in the 1st grade there and LOVES it! Its an amazing school an the teachers love what they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2009

very good and safe keeps in touch with the parents and teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2008

The Principle and Assist Principle are not and advocate for the children of the shcool. I had a horrific experience with them and acturally had to remove my child from the shcool
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2007

When the academic year started I was very concern, because at that point I preferred my only one kid be attending to a private school. Now I am pleased to have her at Banyan. The staff is very helpful, teachers are concern about your child and their progress, and I believe that Banyan has been a good election. My seven years old daughter loves her school because 'they take good care of everybody, it is fun to be there, and they are loving people'. The only 'but' for me is the poor extracurricular activities Banyan offers. I hope we can count with a 'complete school' by next year. Regarding discipline I think the school is great, yet I think that safety (during classes time)is easy vulnerable. We as Banyan Elementary School must have special care about this sensitive matter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2007

My 2 kids have been in this school and I think this is an awesome school. The teachers are great, the school is great, parents are very involved. My son's 5th great prom was coordinated by the parents. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

I had my kids in Banyan and with 3 months into the school year I pulled them out and put them in private school. The principal, asst. principal and school counselor don't want to help parents with problems with teacher. All they want to do is put kids in ESE classes to get more 'funding' for the school. Thats one big word for them. 'Funding'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2007

I have 3 children, 2 of them already left Banyan. I am very happy with my child's teacher.The staff is very envolved. Academic and Safety are very important in Banyan. Thanks to the programs that Banyan has offer thru the years to all my children have taken advantage of it.The key is get involved. Be always on top.Communicate with your teachers. Banyan has a great Parent Academy, those are tools to help our child. I just would like them to have other hours for parents who work and can not attend in
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2006

When my son started, the teacher was caring and helpful. The next year, the teacher did not want to be bothered going the extra mile. This school is terrible. The principal is not involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

This school is an excellent school that provides great attention to all their students. Teachers are highly involved with their students and they are greatly dedicated in all their work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2006

When my child started, I was very happy with the quality of education she seemed to be receiving. As the years have progressed, the school has regressed in their caring for the students' wellbeing and parent involvement. The current administration is all about them and how they look, not to the parents, but to their 'VIPS'. Concerned parents are a nuissance to them and are pushed aside for the most part if they voice real concerns. While I was happy when my daughter started, I (along with many other parents) can't wait for to my child to finish and be done. It's a shame because the school was once one of the best Elementaries in the area... current school administration has managed to ruin that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2005

My three children have attended banyan since they were 5 years old. The teachers are well qualified and show a true interest in their students' academic and social growth. The classes are not too crowded with only about 350 students total in the entire school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2005

I think this school is great, the teacher are amazing and the education here is outstanding. Kids are very well prepeared when they end the school year. The gifted program was a very strong point for this school, that is the reason our kid was transfered there. Saddly in recent years changes were made and now the gifted center is not as stronge as it used to be. We hope it returns were it belongs, at the top of the the Miami Gifted Programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2004

The gifted program which what I was in, is top notch, one of the first in Miami. The professors are knowledgeable, make you feel part of the community and teach you very advanced things. The program tries to make students know that learning is important, teaches them how to be a good citizen and teaches them values and strategies for their future setting up an effective base for their life. The administration though seemed a bit lost and bit disorganized. Mr. Veber is a man of great character and Mrs.Summers is a great motivator.
—Submitted by a former 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.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "B".
  • 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 94%
White 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 80%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 70%58%61%
Master's degree 26%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 4%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

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  • MS. CHERI A DAVIS
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3060 Southwest 85th Avenue
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