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Vineland K-8 Center

Public | PK-8 | 859 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
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Posted yesterday

Not confortable for minority, Some racist :Iincluding school staff doesn't recognize reason de etre of minorities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2014

The person who wrote a comment on Jan. 14th re: ADHD/ADD students needing more help, could you please expand on that? My son has ADHD and I am thinking of transferring him, to Vineland. Your insight would be greatly appreciated!


Posted January 14, 2014

I have two children one with ADHD and one with ADD and possible Asperger syndrome both of them have been seen by a pediatric neurophysiologist and still under his care. Both my kids are Vineland student and unfortunately I had and still having lots of problems with the teachers and even the principle I had to go to the district office to ask for help. Most of the teachers do not have any knowledge how to deal or handle student with learning or attention issues, in fact, the contrary their approach is isolating these kids, single them out and constant punishments. The principle even resembled one of my kids to a mosquito that is always buzzing on her ears because he can't control himself. More than that the teacher asked if I can increase the medication dosage because she thinks that my son still moves a lot and can't finish his assignment on a timely manner, even though I explained to her the bad side effects that my son is experiencing because of the medication like tics, weight loss and losing his appetite.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

My school needs lots of improvement in helping kids with ADHD, ADD, and learning disabilities grow and succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

I am from a small little town in New England where public schools are where you go without hesitation. No one goes to private school because the public schools are so amazing. After so much research and worry about the public schools in Miami I finally agreed to try it before putting my son in a private school. I couldn't be happier!!! Vineland offers a private school atmosphere and a very involved PTA. My son has the most wonderful and supportive teachers this year, Mrs. Burger and Mrs. Rosen. They are stellar at seeing the whole child and trying to understand what makes a child tick. They go out of their way to teach in a way that reaches their interest. They teach by DOING, not WATCHING. Gifted to them is creative and active, not rote and just plain difficult. Mrs. MacLaren and Mrs. Cobo are very hands on with the school functions and the daily ins and outs. They answer emails and calls extremely quickly. The school is bogged down with caring talented teachers like Ms. Vaccaro, Ms. Moreland, Ms. Maley, Ms. Radell & Ms. Garcia to name a few. I am not sure why there were some negative reviews, because I haven't had such experiences and strongly recommend Vineland.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

I could not be more thankful to Vineland, the teachers, administration and staff. My two children have excelled academically at Vineland! The teachers take a very personal stake in ensuring that they have provided the kids with the tools necessary to move forward and build a strong foundation from lesson to lesson. They keep the kids challenged and engaged. My eldest recently started 9th grade and the transition from middle school to high school could not have been better. Vineland prepared my child for what lay ahead. A school that can provide both a strong academia along with a safe, comfortable, accepting social environment for each child to be an individual is a true blessing and Vineland has been able to do this in spades. Congratulations Vineland!!! You a true leader within the public and private school sector!! You will always hold a special place in my families heart!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

As my family enters its 12th year at Vineland, we thank our lucky stars every day that our children have had the opportunity to attend this wonderful school. I couldn't disagree more with some of the negative comments about the Principal. As stated in one of the not so positive reviews, "Vineland runs like a well oiled machine". This is absolutely true, and is evident to any parent who has visited the campus more than once. The office staff continues to be professional, courteous, and most of all, happily efficient at their jobs. One telltale sign of bad administration is an inefficient and unhappy workplace, and this just doesn't exist at Vineland. The Principal deserves high marks for her involvement every day. As a parent volunteer, I have seen her numerous times dealing hands on with issues at the school. She is all over the place, greeting parents in the morning and afternoon, visiting classrooms, and even directing traffic! Vineland K-8 Center is a top notch school with top notch teachers, parents and staff. And by the way, this seems to have rubbed off on the children as well. They're a nice group of kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

Last year I was so nervous about making the right choice in a middle school for my daughter. The more research I did, the more fearful I became. I took a chance on touring Vineland's Upper Academy, and boy did it pay off! The transition they warn you about was so smooth. My daughter has made new friends and is learning every day--not learning how to roll her eyes, resent her parents, and discover every bad influence we fear, but the kind of learning that will open many doors for her in the future. I have seen a healthy balance of academics and support, and my daughter loves going to school. This is exactly the environment I was praying we would find. I challenge anyone to find a better faculty or administration at another local middle school, public or private.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

We moved our two children from private school to Vineland, and both are very happy. I see them learning and am pleased the school is committed to helping them develop according to their needs and abilities. Academics are a major focus, but are balanced with many other offerings such as technology classes, art, Spanish, and a great orchestral strings program. PTA is supportive of the teachers and school. I feel my children are growing into confident and well-rounded students thanks to the entire staff and many volunteers. Not sure why some reviewers need a cheerleader or pig kisser in the office; school in Florida is not a summer camp. Mrs. MacLaren attends all school functions and applauds every accomplishment made by Vineland students. Schools have the responsibility to prepare children for the next level of education, and I prefer that Vineland maintain its focus on preparing my children for success in middle and high school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

We toured at least 4 public "A" schools plus a couple of private ones - coming from private one to begin - and were immediately sold on Vineland. Friends whose children attend the school raved about it, and they are right. Great teachers, great family-friendly environment. Having read other reviews, Mrs MacLaren and her staff, in my view, are very approachable and always professional. Our children are learning and thriving in a close-knit environment private schools can only dream of - and we come to Vineland from a private school in town. No one can be everything to everyone, sorry a couple of you have had a negative experience if you're looking for your kids to receive a solid education, a super PTA, and all around nice atmosphere all the way through K-8, Vineland is it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

This school leaves much room for improvement. Many of the teachers are great, including Ms. Diaz & Ms. Sanchez. However I agree with the other parent in that the principal lacks leadership skills and is actually rude and does not take any corrective action when there are issues with her staff. Believes her teachers are the best even when they are proven to yell, ridicule and even intimidate their students in front of other adults. Thankfully my child is now an A student despite middle school teachers attempts to try to demoralize him. Thank God for involved parents that are willing to stand up for their children. Just stay involved and LISTEN to your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Vineland is the BEST! It's a shame every student in Miami doesn't have a chance to go there. Mr Sharp and Mr Rizzo outstnding programs in music and art! Check it out - better than any private/charter school


Posted August 17, 2013

I have heard some amazing things about this school from strangers and friends but I went to the open house yesterday and the principal did not seem welcoming. She was actually cold and a little rude. That concerns me. I hope she just had a bad morning and that's not the attitude my children or me will experience. She also looked real exhausted and overwhelmed. My child was even like mommy she looks real mean. So I hope this was just a bad day for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

My daughter has been in this schools since Pre-K4 and I have to say that I am so pleased with the teachers, administrative staff and the incredible PTA. There have been a few minor issues but nothing that wouldn't happen any where else. The one thing that we need is an AP for the lower school as I believe the school has just grown a bit much for the Principal to handle on her own. The school is like family and I am so very happy that my child is there and enjoying school and friends!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

Vineland elementary has been superior toward the development and education of my child. When we moved in the are before she was in kindergarten we didn't know what to expect other then that we had heard it was a great school. Not only is it a great school the teachers that she has had have been excellent with their patience and helping my child be come a great student and truly love to learn. I also have been so happy with the type of kids that attend Vineland and the friends she has made just are incredible. I wouldn't choose another school for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2012

I never knew of Vineland when I moved to our new home in 2006, I visited several private schools after enrolling my daughter in kindergarten. Most private school's had an average class size of 32 students and my daughter 19 students a teacher and assistant. It would have been a disservice to my daughter to remove her from this environment. PK 4 was full so I had to enroll my son in Concordia (an excellent private school thru kinder)Long story short both my children have been in Vineland since. My daughter is starting middle school and my son is in fifth grade,. The principle is SO SO involved and accessiable. PTA Amazimg. It's so intimate that every teacher knows your child weather or not they taught them. I consider myself Blessed. Vineland is the best kept SECRET!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2012

excellent!!! the office staff is great! the teachers are great too! I love the school and I wish they will go up to 12th grade!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2012

Vineland is a great school where kids can learn alot of things. In Vineland kids can make many friends. Vineland has excellent teachers, strong principal/school leadership and challenging academic programs.Vineland is the best school ever. I have been in Vineland three years and I wish I never left.


Posted March 24, 2011

i been in vineland since i was in 2ed grade n i left last year in 6th grade & vineland though me alot....... ilove that school and i wish i never left


Posted September 2, 2010

My three children attend Vineland. My older tow are now in the Upper Accademy and I am very pleased with the results. I love the positive enviroment. This is the first year that it is a full K8 and I'm please with the electives, I m pleased with the teachers and the school is enriched with good leadership. It is small compared to a big middle school but to me knowing my children are getting a good education in a safe enviroment is very valuable.
—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.

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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 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 52% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
71%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 51% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
98%

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".
  • 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 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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 State average
Hispanic 60% 29%
White 25% 42%
Black 10% 23%
Asian 3% 3%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 55%58%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 4%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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