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Miami, FL
Students enrolled: 638
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7750 Southwest 136th Street
Miami, FL 33156

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(305) 235-1412
(305) 256-3105
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November 06, 2013
This is the first year that both of my children have attended Howard Drive (Grade K and 1st) and I have been very pleased with the school so far. The teachers give almost daily updates via email and Shutterfly, and the PTA is very involved.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
Wonderful school, both my children go here and i'm very pleased. Lots of parent involvement, PTA is great also. Principal is very involved. They dont offer spanish program for early grades which is a shame but i guess that has to do with the budget cuts. The after school prog is ok and could use some improv. Music program very good as well as library. I have noticed they dont have honor roll ceremonies. Overall is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
Howard Drive is a wonderful school, I have a second grader there and he has done extremely well so far. The teachers really do care, but I just don't like to whole FCAT because our teachers are focusing more on preparing students for the FCAT and can't really help them with their basics, such as reading and writing. Because of that our students aren't passing the FCAT and being retained a grade level. But, overall its a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
We love Howard drive elementary. Both of are dons go there, have special needs, and are getting all the help they can give them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
It's a great size - not too big. The parents of the kids in this school neighborhood are extremely active, and generous with their volunteer time and donations to various fundraisers in the school to benefit the children. The principal and teachers are superb, and truly care about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
They provide a quality education and kids are thriving!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
Our family as been at Howard Drive since it opened. My daughter was in Kindergarten in 1969 and my son followed the following year. Then their little brother went 3 years later. Now, my grandchildren attend. Howard Drive has always strived for excellence and we are proud to have been affiliated with the school for all these years.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 11, 2010
Great teachers who try very hard to make the best out of what they are given. With very little resourses and overcrowding they do a wonderful job.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
I have had 2 children complete grade school @ Howard without incident. However, I would mention if you have a child withany disability Howard maynot be the right facility for him/her. The school is great aslong as your child is working on grade level . I think it would be fair to say that the main objective @ this school is to cater to there gifted and on level students.. So if your child fits this critiria than it would be a great match.. HOpe this helps parents trying to decide on a school. Don't let the location fool you as it has so many others..

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Our school has a great principal with a great group of parents that really care about our kids and their education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 21, 2008
Howard Drive Elementary tries hard to foster a sense of family and belonging. It is clean and very well organized. Principal Deana Dalby and vice-ppal. Mr. Fox are always available to parenats. The office staff is unbelievably helpful. Students are safe and well-cared for. However, they frown on innovation, creative thinking, logic and anything 'outside the box'. The lessons consist mainly of rote learning, boring worksheets and memorization. It's only partly the school's fault: the system in Florida only really cares about meaningless FCAT scores. They've never heard of best practices, or cooperative learning, or discovery. It is very sad. However, there are many teachers who valiantly try to include hands on work when they are allowed to and to inspire children to learn in what time they have left after the relentless test prep. It is a shame that said teachers have to work in such an unenlightened environment.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
The ESE programs at this school are falling apart and I am seeing a trend towards taking extreme measures for minor incidents. As a mother, I am appalled and outraged.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
Happy with the school so far but, somewhat concerned of students being bussed in that did not qualify for the magnet school.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
We are thrilled with the 5 years our daughter has spent at Howard Drive. I don't think we could have been more pleased with the level of education even if she went to a private school. Classes are relatively small and the teachers don't seem burnt out or overwhelmed. There are many special programs including COSMOS which has advanced science and challanges the kids to think, not just book lessons. Parents are very involved in this area and there is very little turn-over of kids. A+++++++++.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
Overall a great school. Many of the teachers have taught at Howard Drive for several decades and their commitment to quality education shines through. My second grader has had only the best teachers. They have all done their best to encourage personal excellence. Their Cosmos program which is a part-time gifted program is excellent. Parental involvement is highly encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2006
Rated an 'A' school but in the age of FCAT might as well have computers teaching the students since all teachers are required to follow the exact same plan. Your child will read, write and count but its stops there. Geography? History?

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2005
Extensive Parental involvement. Extensive selection of academic programs and the arts.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2005
HDE is a quality school encouraging the well-rounded development of students. It provides an array of extracurricular activities for students to choose from with a policy of maintaining a 'B' average to participate. My daughters are enrolled there, and I am more than please with their development, both academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
The quality of academic programs at this small public school is above average. They have a remarkable gifted program and a great 'Math Superstars' program. The level of parent involvement at this school has always been what sets this school apart from the rest. That along with a dedicated administrative staff and a well respected principal at the head. Both the principal and the asst principal are involved with the children and the parents. There are few extracurricular activities. PE is given daily. Art and spanish are average for public school. This school strives to deter bullying and promotes dicipline. Rules to keep the school safe are enforced. Parents are actively involved in beautification of the school grounds and gardens. The school's website is charming but not actively used as a source of information. Although I am sure this is a work in process as there are always new improvements done.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2005
For the most part very dedicated teachers. Good parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
A very stable learning environment, lots of great parents in the area that participate in school activities. There are many options for various fields of study which allows the kids to gravitate towards what interests them most. I really have no negative comments about Howard Drive Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Howard Drive Elementary is such a wonderful school ,I have watched my daughter for the last two school years beginning with kindergarten excell enormously this is possible only, because of the hard work and devotion all of these teachers and lovely staff, and the safe and happy environment our principal and vice principal work hard to create and sustain every day for our children.I really feel fortunate to be part of this school family. To all of the staff and teachers and principals I would like to say the jobs you do really make a difference in the lives of our children and Id like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the top notch education that you instill every day. I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2005
We transferred from a private school and i have to say i am very impressed. the principle and staff have done an excellent job.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
Howard Drive is a great school. Teachers show they really care about their students' education. It is well-kepted, clean and has great security. Parent involvement is high.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
I attended Howard Drive Elementary as a child and now my son attends the school. His experiences here have been as wonderful as my own. The parents are extremely involved in the activities of the schoole and the teachers seem to go above and beyond the call of duty. I have never encountered a more caring staff that encourages the parents, students and community to work together for the benefit of the children's education.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2004
At HDE, I have enjoyed the family atmosphere and am really happy with the overall experience. I graduated from HDE, and am happy to pass down the torch to my daughter.

- submitted by a former student
January 08, 2004
What school is the commentor from Sept. 16, 2003 talking about? Certainly not Howard Drive. Not only do school officials take an active interest in keeping the school clean, so does PTA's beautification committee. My first-grade son has excelled and grown tremendously with support from a lot of different, well-qualified educators here. I have yet to meet anyone associated with Howard Drive who wasn't happy to work there and do their best for our kids. Great school creatively addressing the large student load that faces all public schools. My son is definitely getting a top quality education there!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2003
Two of my children graduated from Howard Drive and have done exceptional at Palmetto Middle and High School.My third is attending Howard and we are thrilled with the academics,teachers and administration.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2003
Howard Drive is an amazing school! It runs like a private school and is very comfortable for the children.

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2003
The school is dirty, especially the bathrooms. Some of the classrooms have 35 to 36 children. The cafeteria workers do as they please. Union county workers have to be caught commiting a serious crime before they can be fired. I transfered my child to a private school.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2003
I cannot say enough great things about Howard Drive. My son and daughter both attend the school and are very happy there. The parental involvement in the school is outstanding! 100% of the teachers are members of the PTA. It runs like a private school. Your kids will be surrounded by caring and dedicated teachers and parents.

- submitted by a parent

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Howard Drive Elementary School
7750 Southwest 136th Street, Miami, FL  33156
(305) 235-1412
Last modified Howard Drive Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Howard Drive Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top