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South Miami K-8 Center

Public | PK-8 | 827 students

 

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Posted August 5, 2013

We love this wonderful school , the staff, teachers and the Principal are amazing! Is the best school in the universe !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

South Miami K-8 Center I'm giving this school a low rating mostly because of the way the administration handles situations. Although I have heard other parents complain, I can only speak for myself and my experience as a parent. My main complaint is the school's administration seemingly unwillingness to listen or validate a parent's concerns. My husband and I just went through quite an unpleasant experience just because we wanted answers as to why our son got hit by another kid during lunch. We made phone calls and sent emails as well as a letter asking for answers, and we were treated with no respect. We were constantly interrupted, and treated with an air of superiority and arrogance. Wow. Our son gets hit on his head hard enough to leave a big bump for a day and when we wanted to know more about the situation and the steps the school would take, we were made to feel like we were a nuisance to them. I find this disheartening and I am totally disappointed in this school's administration. My thoughts on this: if this school's administration doesn't listen and validate parents who are adults, I can only imagine how they treat the kids. A great school is not all about Fcat scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2012

this is my 5th year in this school awesome i started in 3rd and now im in 7th.my little sis has been going here too since kindergarden and now is in 4th really good school.we dont live close but since its such a good school my parents are willing to drive us that far for a good education.I would reccomend this school to anyone in grades k-8.


Posted July 18, 2012

I am sick and tire of parents from other schools who bring their children here. This school has to stop taking in so many kids who do not live in the surrounding area. My taxes are high enough in this community for me to be paying for someone else s kid. PLEASE I AM BEGGING STOP THIS . ENOUGH! Keep the classes small or SM k-8 will lose its status as a great school. Beyond that is a great school for education above average scores in Florida and it is compared alongside Fairchild and Sunset Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

This is my first year at south miami, and i have to say that it has been a wonderful experience. First of all, as a working parent, i have always felt guilty not been able to volunteer more regularly. In our previous school, there was a cliche of parents who would control the few volunteering activities, leaving the rest of us feeling like outsiders. Here at smk-8, the faculty, administration and everyone else welcomes you and appreciates whatever you can do to help; there's always something to do. The administration, in particular the principal, has been phenomenal; doing a lot with the few resources given by the district. The only problem i see is lack of parent involvement outside of the magnet programs. The magnets have great support, but the school's pta doesnt have as much help from parents. On any given pta meeting, you can count 10-15 parents at most. That's sad, considering that this is both an elementary and middle school. That lack of involvement is the parents' fault, not the administration. There are many opportunities to get involved, but it is up to the parents to show interest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2010

This school has been a blessing to me and my daughters. I have had nothing but excellent cooperation from all the teachers and the principal. My older daughter gave me some headaches her first year there but the principal worked with me and heard me out. So rarely do you see such dedication and excellent teachers such as Mrs. Millan, Mrs. Montoya, Mrs. Signori, Mrs. Moreiras, Mrs. Court and all of the others that have been involved in my children's education... This is definitely the cream of the crop when it comes to caring and involved teachers, of course there are always exceptions to the rule but like I said for the most part I couldn't have asked for a better school or staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2010

Even though this year I'm very satisfied so far with my son's 1st grade teacher, I've been really disappointed since last year, when he was Kindergartner at this school. The system could work a lot better in many aspects, but as a parent and member of the PTA I don't agree with many of the procedures the Principal Mrs. Court try to set. Parental participation is not encouraged. Parents' suggestions or complaints are not taking into consideration at all. Several times I tried to talk to her and she turns around and walks away, she is such a busy person, not that we all are. For example: first graders go to lunch at 10:30am and then, AFTER LUNCH, they go to PE class. Call me crazy, but I think that is a little RIDICULOUS... maybe they change it once a kid barfs in the middle of the class...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2010

this is a verry good school for parent that are looking for some excellent teachers for the most part. but the principal/ leadship is thw wrost. we all know here mane the only thing that lady cares about is here 4inch heels and here 90,000 dollar car there could not be a wrost principal that here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

We can not believe that in two months our daughter will have to leave SMk-8 center!!!! This school had been wonderful for our daughter, since she entered at grade 4. Now that she's ending 8th grade, we feel really sad. She had the privilege to be supported by wonderful and very dedicated teachers, and a very efficient administration staff. Now that she bloomed in a confident and successful art student, we are sure that she is ready to go on this successful path. Thanks to the special dedication of Mrs Polin and Mrs Beard the head teachers for the magnet CAT program, our daughter was accepted into DASH after 100% acceptance in all the Magnet high schools she applied to. So thousands thanks to all the teachers and staff. You can be proud of the work and education you bring to all the students of SMK-8!! THANK YOU>>>
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2010

My children attend this school and they do a really good job at blaming parents if the children aren't successful. They seem to be more concerned about their image than about the student's. They make parent's feel like they aren't doing their job's and they rarely give good reports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

Every child should have an opportunity to attend a school similar to South Miami. The diversity is representative of the real world both culturally and economically. My sons are completly excited about school. Ms. Signori, Ms. Montoya, Ms. Gonzalez, Mr. Djurik and Ms. Coscuella and Ms. Gonzalez (5th grade) are very dedicated and attentive to their students. Traveling to South Miami is definetly worth the drive. As for volunteering, I have never encountered any problems. Parents are welcomed and encouraged almost weekly via emails to support the school programs. The assistant principal is professional and knowledgeable. However, my only complaint is that there should be more administrators for such a large school. One rarely sees the principal because she is probably overwhelmed managing both an elementary and middle school. Hopefully, the budget crisis will ease providing more funds for additional administrators. South Miami is a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2010

I feel very blessed to have my daughter attend South Miami K-8 Center.She is in Mrs. Kuentzel's 3rd grade gifted class and I feel as if she won the lottery! Mrs. Kuentzel is extremely caring, listens to the students and parents and truly makes learning fun.She even does educational activities with her class on weekends! My daughter loves her and loves this school.My daughter is also in the theatre magnet program with Mrs. Montoya who does an amazing job in teaching the drama students.She is very creative and energetic.The academics are excellent and so are the arts. Mrs. Pinkcombe (art), Mrs. Harrel (music) and Mr. Whitley (P.E.) are outstanding,as well.The administration is visible throughout the school and I always feel welcome to volunteer and informed thanks to the PTA.I have only great things to say about South Miami, its teachers, administration, parents and students. It gets an A+ from me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2009

This school has a big problem in that parental involvement is discouraged rather than encouraged. The obstacles that are placed upon parents, all in the name of 'school policy,' are ridiculous. The parking situation is impossible, and the parents are truly made to feel as if they are a disturbance. We as parents must be involved in our children's lives and education, but the administration seems not to care about that at all. The shocking part about it is that this is a Title I school! A parent cannot even attend an honor roll assembly without being made to feel as if they were the grade school students that must sit down and shut up. It is sad that such good teachers are not supported by a good administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2009

I personally feel that in lieu of all these 'budget cuts' which is no secret, the administration has done their best to keep parents informed and students motivated. I remember when the dismissal was a disaster! Now it's very safe and orderly. I believe anywhere you send your child there are good and great teachers. I truley believe parents have a responsibility to get to know the staff and teachers and bring the great out of them. Even for adults it's hard not to be discouraged. ($$) I recommend this school because of the commitment the staff has to the safety of these kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2009

There are some really good teachers, especially in the younger grades. However, the administration does a poor job at making it a school where you want to volunteer or help out. The principal is not a good leader, and she does not listen to parental concerns. If you have a problem with something, don't think that she will be part of the solution. I don't recommend this school--because of its administration.


Posted July 10, 2009

This school used to be dirty.Now it has improved a little by adding a new building, but its still not the best school ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

Great after school care, wonderful teachers they really care about childrens educations Great School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

I am a proud parent of my child who is in 1st grade. The teachers are magnificent. The counselors/staff are absolutely are on target. The principal/asst. principals are always available, friendly and expect wonderful results. The school is always clean and well guarded by the securities. The learning environment for the regular classes, the learning disabled classes, amd the gifted have a wonderful and creative approach to learning. There is a wonderful afterschool program with friendly staff. The PTA has brought the school much spirit and has united the gap between teachers and parents. It is a pleasure to be in such a magnificent school. Sincerely, Bettina Hueso
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

I have a kindergartner and 4th grader and both love their teachers and the classes they have. the administration is wonderful and the leadership and professionals there need to be commended. I travel a very long distance to bring my children and it is way worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2008

My child finnished fith grade in South Miami this year. She is going to South Miami Middle for the music program , but she was sad and happy at the same time because the school is really good.The teachers, administrators , and the office staff are wonderful. The music and gifted programs are great. Mrs. Kuentzel , Mrs. Rosales, Mrs Cosculluela, all the music teachers, the PE coach , and the art teachers made an excellent job with my kid.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

129 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
84%
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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

147 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

147 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
58%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
63%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
65%

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 47% in 2014.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
88%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

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2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%
Biology I

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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U.S. History

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

2014

 
 
n/a
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 70%
White 14%
Black 13%
Asian 1%
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 61%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 49%58%61%
Master's degree 44%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%1%
Other degree 5%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 13%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. ANAMARIE G MOREIRAS
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