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David Fairchild Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 662 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 10, 2014

This School is awesome! It has a very nice family feeling.The Principal is "on duty" 24/7. The teachers are great, very caring and well prepared. The PTA is amazing! All the Staff is great, except for one lady at the Cafeteria. (She is always yelling at the kids and blowing a whistle as mad) It hard at the beginning, but at the end of the day, most kids learn to ignore her Thanks David Fairchild for being a nice place for our kids to grow!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

We love this school! My daughter is thriving as a new 2nd grader. The principal is very hands on, faculty and staff across the board are professional and very caring. It has a private school feel at a public school cost, small so tight knit community, organized and active PTA and overall a wonderful place for children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2013

Best school in the United States. An "A" school for 14 years. Terrific staff, very involved parents, great community involvement. Located near the University of Miami and Miami Children's Hospital.


Posted January 14, 2013

I went to David Fairchild in the early seventies. Back when us kids where droped off right in front of the school. No fences, no cops. just a beautiful little school. If anyone remembers Mrs. Hammond as the principal. Very classy lady. Even I as a kid noticed that. Fond memories. Will live in me for a life time.


Posted May 9, 2011

Fantastic school. I went there as a kid and i had such fond memories. My kids were struggling at Ludlam with fights, bullying and lack of learning. I got fed up and we moved specifically to this area because of David Fairchild Elementry. My Daughter has excelled and is now going to a magnet program next year for 6th grade and my son (3rd grade)who was reading at a first grade level at the start of the year has caught up. Best school in Miami. A private school environment w/o the cost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

I've had 2 kids go to the school and cannot wait for the 3rd to start next year. Principal and teachers are excellent. 100% parent involvement. Best kept secret of the public school system. Should be rated a 10
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I am very happy with this rate the principal,parents,teachers and students have work really hard.I believe
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2009

My son is learning so much in this school. The teachers and leadership are outstanding. Parents are very involved in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

The Leardeship of this school is very active, competent. The parent involvement is excellent. The teachers are competent, caring and involved in the cild'd learning. The principal is wonderful and hard working. I just love it, its my daughter's home away from home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

Excellent and friendly staff. Exceptional parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2006

This is a 'great little school.' With a student body of only about 500, this school has managed to keep an A rating for over 5 years consecutively. The principal is great, very approachable and attentive to the needs of the students. The academic programs are solid R-R-R, no nonsense newfangled stuff, just solid basic educational material. There are many educational enrichment programs though such as chess, martial arts, ballet and acting offered as extra-curricular activities for a nominal fee. Some of the buildings are getting a little old, however, new buildings are being erected, and the older one are kept neat and clean. The student body has a good mix consistent with the surrounding community. Our son has enjoyed going to school there. We only hope that his middle school is as good as his elementary school was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2006

This is a wonderful school to place your child in. The teachers are very qualified and prepare students for the world!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2006

The sweet little school that could
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2005

David Fairchild is an excellent small town style school. What's great about FAirchild is the level of parental involvement. They also have a program where there is one class per grade that gets additional spanish instruction per day. This class is limited to students who show academic abilities that will allow them to keep up with an accelerated curriculum as well as the spanish add on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2005

David Fairchild Elementary is a rare gem in the maze of todays public schools. Small in size but big on quality this school under the leadership of its present priciplal, Mr. Kinney, has achieved a degree of quality only barely matched by some of the more expensive local private schools. The emphasis is on basic academics. The 3 R's are greatly stressed without sacrificing other subjects like science, social studies, music and the arts. The school offers many extra curricular activities from chess classes, ballet, karate etc. The campus is safe and well kept. This little school was a God send to us for our son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2005

I love this school! It is a welcoming environment where parents are encouraged to be part of the learning process. The administration is as helpful as can be and it's obvious their main concern is the safety and education of our children. I would recommend it to anyone, without a doubt!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2005

Excellent parent participation Efficient and caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2004

So far, so good! We are not very far into the school year, but so far I have been very impressed with my child's teacher, and the programs offered at David Fairchild. There also seems to be a lot of parent involvement.
—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 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
94%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
71%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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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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 74%
White 19%
Black 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 25%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%58%61%
Master's degree 34%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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5757 Southwest 45th Street
Miami, FL 33155
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