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Howard Drive Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 638 students

 
 

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Posted November 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 12, 2010

They provide a quality education and kids are thriving!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 14, 2005

Extensive Parental involvement. Extensive selection of academic programs and the arts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted May 23, 2005

For the most part very dedicated teachers. Good parental 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

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
92%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

132 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
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

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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 42%
White 36%
Black 19%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 14%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 58%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 57%58%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Miami, FL 33156
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