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Tropical Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 479 students

 

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Posted May 9, 2014

If you are looking for a school that encourages children and parents to work together with the teachers, this is not the place for you. Unfortunately, this school year has taken a horrible turn for the worse. Parents have been alienated away from the school, some of the activities such as Muffins with Mom have been cancelled without any notice, the only activities that seem to not be affected are those by the PTA to collect money. It is a shame to see the school's morale deteriorate in front our your own eyes and have no help as it is management that is responsible...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

This school is good in spite of the horrible lack of leadership on the part of the school principal, Mrs. Miah. Were it not for the outstanding teachers at this school it would be a horrible failure. The principal has managed to chase off some of her BEST teachers over the past few years and has replaced them with new teachers that won't stand up to her horrible decision making. Beginning this school year, she has enacted numerous draconian policies aimed at inconveniencing parents and excluding them from the educational process. She has refused to allow access to the school to even parents who have registered as volunteers, refused to allow parents to park in the open parking spaces to walk their children to the front door. In other words she has displayed a pattern of behavior aimed at alienating parents from this school. Don' t let her polite sweet demeanor fool you, she is a very calculated and conniving person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2012

Has anyone had problems with the office staff? Are they helpful, friendly? I need to ensure so I can be mentally prepared for when my child starts school. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2012

Too bad that the principal Yubeda Miah has no social skills whatsoever. She is rude and unprofessional. Parents watch out. Other than that some teachers are great , the really good teachers left. Not a surprise considering how "great" the administration is.


Posted March 4, 2010

The school itself is great. The faculty is amazing. The staff workstogether as a unit. Unfortunately, I have noticed a decline in teacher participation and enthusiasm. I am also not happy with the administration this year. I think the teachers are a little different this year because of the administration. Hopefully the teachers don't change too much! But other than the administration I truly love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

I am so happy with this school and the teachers.My daughter is in third grade in Ms.Medinas class.Wao what an excellent teacher,very organize,sweet and commited to see her students do well. My daugther is so happy she wants to be a teacher like Ms.Medina. The principal and all personal are very good .Iam so happy my daugther and son are in this school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2008

My 2 kids went to Tropical since Pre-K and they loved it. Teachers are great and even custodians are very good. They had a lot of activities where everyone at school got involved and kids enjoyed. The new assistant principal is very helpful and fun. We love u all! My kids wouldn't be at a better school. They just graduated this year and didn't want to leave. There is a lot of good memories. Gelma Morejon-
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2008

My daughter has beenin this school since kinder, she wil be graduating this year, the teachers are very good, the staff in general is good, the only exeption is the new principal, unfortunately she could not care less about the kids or the school, going to her with a problem it is a waste of time, it is a shame Dr. Irons is no longer there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2006

My son has gone to Tropical for four years. He is developmentally delayed. His teachers have been uniformly excellent. For the most part they have used an inclusionary program that has been very helpful to my son. The school has an excellent Principal and staff and is very well run. I will miss Tropical a lot when my son graduates this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Tropical Elementary develops a social and academic climate that gives students a strong feeling of belonging; students feel proud of their school, feel they belong;feel they are wanted and nurtured by the school. They have high morale due to the cooperation of teachers, staff and parents who work closely together to provide the best school environment for their students. Tropical offers appropriate supervision so that only those persons eligible are found on the school grounds. Students are given, on a continuous basis,instructions as to how to respond to visitors on the school grounds.It is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2004

Excellent school. Staff is very professional. My child is blind and was treated equally among the other students. Her teacher worked hard and very patiently with my child. School is very highly recommended.
—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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
48%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
80%
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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
100%

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 95%
White 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 136%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 263%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 58%58%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%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 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. YUBEDA MIAH
Fax number
  • (305) 220-4902

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4545 Southwest 104th Avenue
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