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Brucie Ball Educational Center

Public | PK-12 | 405 students

 

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Posted February 7, 2013

The teachers are great! They go above and beyond what is required of them. However, the administration is sub-par, and unprofessional. I called the office for five days, leaving a message concerning transcripts every day. No one returned my call. Even after a detailed message explaining the urgency of obtaining the transcripts for an approval for a scholarship...no call back. very unprofessional, no decent courtesy. What a pity to represent a great school so poorly! Shame!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

This is a very special school which helps children with disabilities. My child participated last year and I found the teachers and administrators to be very supportive of my childs progress. I found this to be a very special school in our community that helps more children than we realize. Mary M
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

I went to this school for 4 years, and i love it this school has great teachers, teachers who are very professional. i love this school i miss this school a whole lot. the teachers and every one else put the students first they are caring and understanding.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2006

The teachers at Merrick were wonderful when my daughter was placed on 'homebound', due to an illness, in her Junior year of high school. She finished high school through Merrick's program and graduated with her senior class of 2004. We made it a point to go in to the school to meet her teachers and we were greeted with hugs and smiles. I feel that if it weren't for the patience and understaning of my daughter's teachers, she wouldn't be where she is today. She graduated with an Associates In Arts Degree from MDC in April, with highest honors, and will attend FIU in the Fall where she will pursue a career in Child Psychology. We were so pleased with Merrick that we tell everyone we know about their programs. We stop by, on occasion, with a chocolate cake and yogurt pie (now past due!).
—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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
67%
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.

11 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

11 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
18%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

11 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
0%

2013

 
 
n/a
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
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 53% in 2014.

16 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
29%
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.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

18 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
39%
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 47% in 2014.

24 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

22 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
23%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
19%

2013

 
 
37%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
39%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

37 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
82%
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.

10 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
10%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
53%
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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
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 84% in 2012.

34 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
87%
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 "F".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2010-2011.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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 66% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 74%
Black 18%
White 7%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 9%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 7%N/A2%
Graduation rate 4%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 46%56%65%
Master's degree 35%N/A32%
Doctorate degree 9%2%1%
Other degree 11%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2009-2010

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School start time
  • 8:00
School end time
  • 1:45
School Leader's name
  • MS. DEBORAH C WEHKING
Fax number
  • (305) 447-3761
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11001 Sw 76th St, Homebound
Miami, FL 33173
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