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Ojus Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 950 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2013

My daugther is 6 years old! She is on first grade and her teacher helps me a lot with my little one's behavior improvement. I am very happy! Their spelling words program is very helpfull !!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

My son attended Ojus from K to 5th grade and now is in a Magnet program with success. My daughter still in Ojus and is very satisfied. I really like the decision of maintain the school locked with no access to anybody without report to main office. I feel that my kids are safer then before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2013

My daughter is now going to 5th grade and my son to second grade..overall this is an excellent school if parents were involved then they would understand the outcome AND the reason they put extreme focus on FCAT. They always have other fun activities for the kids and for parents to get involved!! So this is school is excellent because they make education fun and worthwhile!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2013

please sent me some work to reading and math to work with my kid for the summer. he will be on the 2nd grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2013

Ok, i have been at this school for four years and I can say this is a decent school. I graduated 3 years ago (i know a long time ago), but decided to write a review. The teaching staff was pretty friendly for the time i was there, however i found some teachers to be very annoying, un-inspiring and un-motivational, such as the PE coach. The ESOL program did actually teach me something, for the year I was in it. The school, behavior wise, wasnt bad, i rarely saw fight over the four uears i was there, however it was the education that gave me a bad opinion. The budget was REALLY tight. Teachers always nagged about FCAT, all the "learning" was in the form of worksheets. Overall, the staff is very kind and like-able, ojus is really a school you will probably remember even when you are an adult, it is a school with good memories, but educaton-wise, not really.


Posted November 8, 2012

I have to agree with the February 12th review. This school only focus on ttest scores so much that they teach very little to the children. They place a lot of pressure also on the kids and have taken a lot of their activities away so they can maintain their "A" status. A major complaint that I hear from many parents is that the majority of the staff starting from the administration down to the teachers are very rude to the children and scream at them on a constant basis. They act like they do not like their jobs and when parents complain they get nowhere with them, they don't follow up on anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

The teachers and staff are friendly and helpful overall, but there are distinct problems in regards to the quality and monitoring of the teaching staff. My child's 1st grade teacher is not a native speaker of English (I know this is Miami, OK be realistic) but when I see 4 spelling and grammatical errors on my child's REPORT CARD...I am horrified. This person is teaching my child grammar and doesn t understand it herself! WOW! These are mistakes that exhibit a fundamental lack of understanding of grammar that no elementary teacher should make (and this person makes them all the time). The report card is now an official part of my child s record, and no one else in the school noticed it! Their budget is tight, so the children basically stay in their homeroom all day, every day. No art, no music, etc. All work is in the form of standardized worksheets. The focus of the curriculum is upon getting a good grade on the Florida state tests, so the kids learn very little, except how to excel on these tests. Beware! A GS rating of 7 in S. Florida may be comparable to a 2 or 3 in other parts of the country. We moved to this district because of it, and now will move to get away from it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

the teachers are so helpful and really care about each student, the resourses the school has is amazing and everyone is very helpful
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2010

I Was so Happy with this School, my son Was attending just for 1 year. because we moving.but i'am so happy. His teacher in 3th grade was Ms. Hirsch. She is wonderfull teacher and person and all the kids love her.my son have succeed and have reached the stars I would recommend this school and all I can say I would highly recommends the teacher Ms.Hirsch.for any student. Thank you Ms:Hirsch.Brian Ladron de Guevara. Mom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

Ojus is an excellent school! My son is happy with his teacher and his friends. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

My son graduated Ojus Elementary in 2008 after attending it for 3 years. This is excellent school with great teachers. His teacher in 5th grade was Ms. Morosco. She is wonderfull teacher and person and all the kids love her. Ojus put my son on the gifted programm at the beginning of the 4th grade and it gave him a great start for outstanding Charter school that he is going to and later in life. Thank you to Ojus Elementary and its great teachers for my son's bright future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2006

I am a graduated student at ojus elementary school and I have succeed and have reached the stars I would highly recommend this school this is a very uptight school and all I can say is it is awesome I would highly recommends the teacher ms.macartney and ms.morrosco for fifth grade and Ojus has brought me all the way up to reach the stars!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 3, 2006

My child has been attending Ojus for the past three years and each year his experince has been positive. The principal has created a cultlure for the school that focuses on learning and family values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2005

great school, needs more parent participation!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 23, 2005

academic program is very good they do not have enough extracurricular activities they do not have enough activities that include parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2005

I'd say the quality of academic programs is high and this helps the child to learn to be responsible and to be always ready to work hard. This is a preparation for the children for the future when they will be in High School and College; it's really important that they learn at young age how to deal with homework, science projects and how to get ready for tests such as FCAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2005

Ojus has great gifted and advanced classes. the physical ed classes are about average and the musical aspect in the lower grades are also average. parent membership in the pta is high. extracurricular activities are good. my child is doing very well in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2004

I was a student who graduated last year at Ojus, and I was very sad to leave Ojus because it was a fantastic school, where I achieved so many great things! The teachers are good to work with, and give a lot of praise. The school has many programs which your child can excel in. At Ojus, your child will become a true superstar!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2004

I'm a student, and I just graduated Ojus. Ojus is a very well rounded school. I, myself have done well there. I came not knowing one word of English, and the ESOL program has taught me English. Students get a lot of praise, and are encouraged to do their best. The teachers are fun and multi-cultural. I would recommend this school to any parent who wants their child to succeed. One of my teachers, Mrs. Morosco (5th grade) quoted 'Shoot for the moon, and if you don't get there, you'll still be by the stars.' I would like to thank Ojus.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 14, 2004

This school has shown me that they really care about their students. The teachers are excellent and are constantly having the kids striving for achievement. I would like to send special thank you to Mrs. Llanes and Mrs Tapia who cared to make a difference in my child. Thank you to all the staff for making this school an A school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

148 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
68%

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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
42%
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.

151 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
98%

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 "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 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 63%
Black 20%
White 13%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 30%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%58%61%
Master's degree 32%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 3%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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School Leader's name
  • DR. MARTA M MEJIA
Fax number
  • (305) 933-8592

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18600 West Dixie Highway
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