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Highland Oaks Middle School

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Posted May 26, 2012

I am in seventh grade and so far it has been a good school.Yes it does have some problems like fights and food fights and some drug problems.But they don't happen often enough to make it unsafe for us to learn there.The principal last year was an amazing principal she always had a good attitude but the one we have now is horrible she canceled field day all because of one food fight and there were 350 kids in that lunch it was during FCAT so we were all jumpy and excited because we finally got a break after testing so a couple kids 4 or 5 thought it would be funny but it wasn't anything major there were 8 security guards and teachers there they were there to make sure that wouldn't happen but they weren't doing their job by catching the students do it.It was not all of our faults it was 5 kids don't punish all 1200.And drugs are barely an issue there are a couple of kids that smoke but they are punished for it.But all in all it's a great school.The gifted program is amazing I love it some of the teachers shouldn't be so hard on us but it's fine.I love this school so much it might not have fancy computers or new desks but its still amazing.


Posted January 12, 2011

We pulled our child out of a brand new K-8 school to send her to HOM. The principal and all of the administrators we so welcoming and had her acclimated in days. The gifted program is outstanding and we couldn't be happier. There are a large variety of electives which to choose from which K-8 centers lack due to funding. The PTSA is incredible and so are the teachers. Yes, the school is a bit older and perhaps not as sparkling as a new school, but a school's merit should be judged by the quality of the teachers and the principal. Our child has told us many times how happy she is at HOM. Her grades are even higher than they were at her former school, where she was a top student. There are no more over crowding issues because state legislature mandated class size. Students also have respect for their peers and the administration. HOM is a great middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

MothersView - This is my fourth year with HOMSI am proud to exclaim "WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!" HATS OFF to most of the staff in the office, with ofcourse one or two exception. HATS OFF to the TEACHERS this year by far the best attitude. Gives my son a smile. Most of the students have good things to say about their teachers. There will always be a negative but this year, this school has reached more on the positive side of things. The security has greatly improved in respects to the treatment of students... Reminder to them you must show Respect to Earn Respect ,for students to Learn Respect for themselves and others, especially adults. And a Special KUDOS for our Principal.... You have made such a wonderful change. FEELS LIKE NEW.. To all you parents - Donate even if it is change. Helps DESK<ART SUPPLIES< ATHLETIC< etc.... GATORADE, ETC: THANKS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2010

My daughter attended HOM 3 years. For us, parents it was like a nightmare. Even though my daughter was in gifted program and grades were not so bad I did not feel she was safe there. Some kids were expelled for the drugs in 6 grade!!! My daughter was also complaining about kids fighting in the bus, before school, and in the hallways during class changes. New principal did try really hard to make it better and I think it turn to be really better. The teachers were very good though even they seemed overwhelmed. The building is very old and does not have windows. Honestly, I was very disappointed to see that this is one of the top rated Miami-Dade schools in Aventura.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2010

I am a student at HOM and I actually advise anyone reading these reviews to disregard them because to be honest it does not take technology, or brand new desks or books, or the 'rich look' to make a good school. It takes good, dedicated studets and a positive attitude. There are not really any 'perfect schools' --that is, there are no schools in Miami-Dade that there is no fighting or all the teachers are awesome. Schools in Miami-Dade don't really get any better than this one. And if you are a good student, getting a 'C' or higher, you can go to field day, which is awesome!!!!!!!! (its like a fair and its free for the whole school) It may be pretty average, but it deserves respect =]
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 22, 2009

I'm a student and see that there are few problems with the school 1. The school is old and I think we need a new one and desks there is alot of gum under them and some are broken. 2. Some teachers always come to work with a non teaching attitude others ar way fun. 3. I also think there should be more career choices 4 all students mostly 4 8th graders like classes that we can take to help us with our future jobs 4. We also need a technology update, I went to my brothers middle school and they have Mac computers in every room. 5. Also some new textbooks because some of them are very torn up pages ripped out of the book and hard covers torn off the book
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2009

My daughter attended last year for 4 months before I took her out of the school even though she was getting straight A's because I did not feel she was safe there. My daughter would complain about kids fighting before school and in the hallways during class changes. My personal experience with the teachers was that they seemed overwhelmed because it was very difficult to reach them to communicate about my child. The building was very old and run down. I am disappointed to see that this is one of the top rated Miami-Dade schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2009

I am a student at Highland Oaks Middle School the school is overcrowed and not very well maintained but there is some really good teachers. some teachers just do notes and you arre just on your own and some teachers explain and loves their sudent and you can see that in their faces. I think the principle is good but has been more pushy then our previous principal. she can cancelled some fun trips but in a way she had to because eit was the pnly way to stop buling and fighting. Although we are not aloud to wear jeans under our team t shirts anymore and before we did that was the basic reason why most of the school wore it. I think we should get more non uniform day For my 5th grade I was in Highland Oaks Elementary School and the people there for example at the administratin
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2009

it is a very average school but it still deserve respect with the curricular activities. the principal however, well according to my son, she is a very mean teacher. She took away field trips. In a news paper he brought home one day it said a field needs to be educational. When i was young a field trip is a time to get out of school and explore other places. It doesn't need to be educational. just fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2009

This is an average school. The principal is great, but a little to pushy. their is alot of fights in the school now, but the teachers are funny, cool, and show you how to learn in a fun way. (:
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2008

the school is very unmaintained. this year they have a new principle and she is working the children to the bone! she is taking away all the fun for the children! she took away the anual fair feld trip! she needs to give these children a break!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2008

My son attends there now, lots of fights, overcrowding. Rude staff, and they are terrible at getting back to you. If this is a top rated school in Miami Dade that's a pretty poor standard to go by.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

Tis schhol is an average school. Wen i went there there were a lot of fights.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2008

Well i'm a student in highland oaks it's like the best school ever you can have a really good education
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2007

I am so disappointed with my daughter's middle school. It's overcrowded and the employees in the main campus, including an assistant principal, are rude and unfriendly. The teachers are not good, even though my child is in the gifted program. The whole school is below average and way under my expectations. I am trying to move to an area where I can find a better school asap.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2007

I have my 4th and last child in this school. All of them excellent (A-B) students, some in gifted. Teachers are excellent!Parents support the teachers! When your child gets reprimanded or a bad grade there is a reason, and it's probabaly not the Teacher :) If you build a front with the teacher standing behind the student, the only way you kid can go is forward! The only pressure I feel are the yearly very expensive school trips. Who can afford them? Yeah to the uniforms, we voted for years
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

This school is wonderful and they are doing a great job. Parents,Students and, Teachers keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2007

The academics are good and the teachers are terrific, but, it does not feel like a family,not much parent involvement and almost no sports accessible to all for kids to develop their social skills and sportsmanship. Extracurricular activities are scarce
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2007

I do not like this school. They do have a couple of extracurricular activities, but they are not that well. The parent involvement is horrible. The teachers do not care for their students, they only care for the money.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 12, 2006

I personally think that Highland Oaks Middle is a great school not only in academics but overall as well.
—Submitted by a student


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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 52% in 2013.

433 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

434 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
59%
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.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
65%
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.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

340 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%
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 78% in 2012.

408 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
96%

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 "B".
  • 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.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%
Biology I

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

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%
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
Black 46% 23%
Hispanic 32% 29%
White 20% 42%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 45%58%61%
Master's degree 53%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Cheryl L Kushi
Fax number
  • (305) 932-0676

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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2375 NE 203rd St
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