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Southside Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 854 students

 

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 3, 2014

I have two girls who go to this School. I can say that I am completly satisfied with all the school has to offer. A great education, concerned teachers and administrative personal, an excellent principal and vice principal, great programs and a very good antibullying policy. Both my girls have been at Southside since PreK and are now in 2nd & 1st grade I honestly feel this was the perfect choice for my daughters. Plus it's two blocks away from home, it can't get better than that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2014

This school is a great school. The principal is an amazing educator, i have had the opportunity to see him interact with children and always brings the best out of all situations. The VP is also an amazing woman who strives to always have teachers and parents on the same page when it comes to education or any other issue. I have two girls and feel this is the perfect school for both my girls and my famali.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2014

This school is very disappointing to say the least. Bad philosophy, poor teaching methods, and poor leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

I think the Principal and staff are very interested on having a good environment and to give the children good learning experiences, the children have access to programs online ( the school pays for them eg. lexia , mobymath) to help them with their reading and math accordingly to the new standards.Field trips are always free thanks to the PTA , the places are always great and directed to hel the kids think critically and understand the outside world. Parents need to be involved when it comes to their children education to help them take advantages of the opportunities they get and make the best of them. I have been fortunate with the teachers of my child, they were great although I know there not all are as good. I think they should improve the communication channels with parents, especially in logistics. ( Open house, Parent teacher conferences). Again, it always comes to Parent involvement with your children education, because if you are on top of things you wont miss anything. Overall it is a great school with the mentality to thrive and be better each day
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2013

In regards to the posted comment done on April 10th, 2012. My question is the following. Are you referring to the Southside Elementary Museums affiliated School in Brickell Miami, FL? Certainly the bad reviews this school is getting are all TRUE and well deserved. It is one of the most disgusting environments that I have ever experienced. I took my children out and I can honestly say that it was the best decision I've ever made as a responsible parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2012

The school only has 740 students, so how can it be possible to have 1000 students in the cafeteria at the same time? Maybe they just go there for lunch? My son goes to this school, and as in any other school, every classroom goes at a different time. It is called scheduling! By the way there are only 15 students in his classroom. I love this school. Everybody is very friendly, unless you have inadequate demands.....I guess?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2012

I have to say that the school has a great program, but when it comes to safety is the worse I have seen. First let me start with the cafeteria, there is only one lady watching over the entire cafeteria and it is a chaos in there, kids don't respect or listen to her as all she does is scream at them. Second, the lady that serves food to kids is really rude to them she gives them attitude and she picks the food for them, kids tell her they don't want that and she pretends like she didnt hear them plus she doesn't speak any english. Third the assistant principal is so rude, I had made a complain about the cafeteria and she got really defensive with myself. The principal is seen around but doesn't engage with parents. I am really disappointed with this school. If you love your kids please don't even dare to put your kids here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

Run dont walk away from this school. Poor parent communication,Poor organization,Poor security especially the first day of school. This is a school only blocks away from a major city and the people tending to security are not familiar with thier own procedures.This school can lose a child in minutes. One can only assume that poor organization reflects poor leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2011

I love this school, my 5th grader son was very well encouraged and the teachers helped him step to another level, this year he achieved his best FCAT score ever and I have to say it was a team work. the counselor ms. Espinoza is the BEST, always helpful and one can see she really love her job!. unfortunately this is our last year here. i totally recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2011

This is an amazing school with a caring and knowledgeable staff. My daughter has attended since Kindergarten & has flourished in their gifted program. All of her teachers (gifted & regular) are not only amazing at relaying the acedemic material but also very encouraging in enhancing their creativity. Principal Shiavone is wonderful & is obviously deeply passionate about the school, the staff, and all of the students. I am very pleased with the quality of education at Southside as well as the courtesy & attentiveness of the entire staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

This is school is great, my son love his teachers, love the events and the field trips, the teachers are always available and the school staff is very friendly. very good school, excellent environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

very racist teachers at this school, and they have less than a handfull of black american employees on the property. no american office staff for such a diverse community. main good thing about this school is that its in a safe neighborhood and due to it being a museum magnet school, the museum field trips are free
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2011

This is an excellent school. My son has been here for 4 years and he loves it. Teachers are always available and helpfull. Enviroment is very friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2010

My children have been in this school for the past three years and I have been very happy with their progress. The teachers are caring and make an effort to reach out to parents. The principal is proactive and does a decent job in keeping the parents involved. Even though my wife and I work full-time (and aren't as involved in our children's schoolwork as we should be), the teachers are doing an excellent job in educating our children. It has taken some time but the new building is complete and it is excellent facility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

This school and the area it serves have transformed (in a very positive way). Having moved to Miami from Vermont, we were very nervous and anxious about sending our kids to public schools. I am so pleased to say my 5 year old is thriving at Southside. He looks forward to school each and every day, as well as his teachers and new friends. The knowledge he brings home with him is phenominal. You MUST be involved as a parent; but that goes without saying no matter where your child is attending school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

This school really does all it can for the families and children. Most families are low income and full time workers so there is no financial support from parents or even a big PTA like in most schools because the parents just really can't. Even with that big obstacle, they really do great field trips to the local museums (free of charge) and little events to help the busy parents be involved. I appreciate that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

The Academics at this school are excellent, it has been an 'A' school for years, and the third graders just achieved the 2nd highest FCAT scores in the county! While there is always room for improvement, the problems this school has are typical of most schools these days (mainly lack of positive parental involvement) and I don't think you could do better for a public school in Miami. The facilities are not the best, there are too many portables and too much construction around (its downtown Miami!). Dropping off the kids in the morning can be a nightmare. But this does not affect the most important thing -- the academics. I don't know how good the sports and extracurriculars are because my son is just in Kindergarten. But the kids always look happy and busy, it seems to be a positive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2006

This has been the most terribe experience in the school system. Eventhough they are sponsored by Museums, the academic level is the lowest I've experienced. Additionally, the level of teacher preparation is a disaster and there was no way to have communication with the Principal or Assistant Principal despite of e-mails, phone calls and notes through the Teachers. Please run away from this school !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

My son is on this school for four years. At the beggining I was not completely satisfy with it. But after these years and my involvement in the school I have learned that the difference in my child education is made by me. This school started a new program this year. I saw a big difference in the way they teach and in the way my son is learning. The new Museum Magnet School program is the best thing happened in the school since I came. Also they offer a bilingual program that helps all students who speak spanish to learn english in a paused way. It is true that the parents are not involved, but is not the school fault. They comunicate to the parents but they do not have enough time to help. This school has been an 'A' school for more than four years... I will recomend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

This school has a lot of great academic programs, starting with the fact that it is a museums magnet school. Also, I like that it is a bilingual school. However, there is not a lot of parental involvement.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

142 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

143 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
46%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
n/a
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".
  • 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

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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 79%
White 12%
Black 8%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 47%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 70%58%61%
Master's degree 26%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%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 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MR. SALVATORE SCHIAVONE
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  • (305) 381-6237

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