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Miami Killian Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 2467 students

 

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Posted June 13, 2013

Killian is a very good school. I'm going to be a junior this upcoming year. I hear many people say Killian is a bad school and that bad kids go there but its not true. Every school is going to have those "bad kids". The school offers so much to its students. The principal Mr. Ennis is amazing. The teachers, for the most part, are great. I recommend Killian to other students. Of course every school has its downsides but overall I love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 15, 2012

This school is everything you can ask for. Everyday when you walk into Killian, everyone welcomes you with open arms. The school spirt is just AMAZING. The AP, Honors, and regular classes are great also. Teachers truley care about you. Over all this school is the best thing you can ask for.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2012

I graduated Killian in'82. Great school at that time. :) Great memories!! The school was open ...not all walled up...off campus lunch...just perfect!


Posted July 4, 2011

Killian has good teachers that have high expectations of us. Most were always willing to lend an extra hand to help you learn before or after school. All schools have their share of bad/ uncaring teachers. I have friends in the other local high schools (magnet and well-established schools with excellent reputations), and each year they've had their complaints about some of their teachers-- Killian is no exception but overall a good school and learning environment. My suggestion: always take the highest level classes you can.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2011

This school has an open communication policy. The principal is accessible as are the APs. The teachers are responsive. Communication is excellent. Killian still provides a great rounded education. Dual enrollment classes are a wonderful asset as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

killian is one of the worst school my kids had been. i seriously don't recomend this school to any one. and good luck for those that are in there.


Posted March 3, 2010

Killian is a great school my kids have great teachers. No complaints..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Principals are very accessible and show concern when you request help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Killian is a great high school both of my kids had great teachers and experiences at Killian.


Posted August 11, 2009

I'm a Junior at Killian and i love this school. Some people always say ohh it's killian all the bad kids go there. Honestly its not. If your are in the ap and advanced classes there so good and you learn alot. the school spirit is outstanding and there are so many after school activities to get involved in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 5, 2009

Weak Spots: - Principal - Getting Contact w/counselors - Emphasis on orchestra - money management I have never seen the principal. It's quite difficult to get in contact with my counselor. Band is supported, but the school ignores the fact that the Orchestra teacher is not as interested in Orchestra as he really should be. Also, they spent all this money on making the school look good, yet they don't have enough money for class sets of textbooks. Strong Points: - Gifted and AP Teachers - Choral and Band program - Sports - Vice Principal I never had any regular teachers whilst in Killian, but I can vouch for the majority of the Gifted, Honors, and AP teachers. The choral and band program are phenomenal. I know most of the Sports teams are always very successful, and the a.p. is willing to talk to all of the students on a personal level.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 27, 2009

Both of my kids graduated from Killian. My opinion is that Killian is a great school. my kids were very well prepared for college. The counselor could have help them a little bit more but I guess they are overwhelmed by the amount of kids rheyneed to attend to. I think the principal, Mr. Rodriguez has done a lot of good things in keeping the school nice looking and clean and a safe enviroment. All the teachers that my kids had where very well prepared and very professional, My experience with this school was a very good one and I was very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

Im a 9th grader in killian, and i think its a pretty good school. Yeah i do know kids that are doing drugs, but youre gonna have those in every school, right? The teachers are good in ap, honor, and regular classes. They actually teach you.I do have to say that killian has a large variety of excurricular activities for every intrest type. I guess i'll say im glad im going to killian.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2008

I have had two children attend this school. I can only assume the complexities involved in running a school of this size so I am certain that the principal has his hands full. Good leadership, however, needs to extend out to the people who are in most contact with the students and parents who are their customers. Both of my children have had very unpleasant experiences with the same counselor (which are assigned by student's last name). The counselor is rude and downright nasty to the students. Perhaps the wonderful principal needs to remind this one counselor why she is there and what her job entails. Aside from this rude woman, the rest of the staff seems dedicated and I am most impressed with the JROTC program. Those gentlemen are most professional. Perhaps they can deal with that counselor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

I am a 9th grader attending killian now, and what can I say but 'wow what a great school'? At first was a bit upset coming so far away from my home to go this school, but after I realized the vast amount of extracurricular activites they have, I was amazed. The teachers are also great! It's quite relaxing to enter into every class and see a teacher with a smile on their face everday! Not to mention the rare fights we see! I feel right at home in killian and I will to stay there until I become a graduate!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2008

I attended Killian for all 4 years and graduated class of 07. I must say Killian is a good school. It offers a vast amount of extracurricular activities as well as AP classes, you dont find that in many schools. The teachers are great, at least the ones who teach honors and AP, from my experience I didnt take any regular ones, so im not the one judge. the counselors are very attentive and understanding as well, it is easy to tell that they honestly care about the well being of the students. Going to Killian was a wonderful experience. I am greatful that I went there I wouldnt have been able to get into such a great university (the best in Florida) if i had gone somewhere else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 1, 2008

My son just started at Killian High School. I like the school, but most of all I am very impressed with the kidness of all the teachers. Everyone at this school is nice and go out of their way try to help you. Starting with Mrs. Palmas, who is very caring person. The Biology teacher Ms. Ireland, the math teacher for 9th grade, the Spanish teacher, the World History teacher, and English teacher among others. Coach Bruce (Tennis) is a friendly and nice person. Thank you for taking the time to talk to my son. I am very grateful and thankful my son goes to Killian High School where kids are always welcome! I almost forgot the securities who always were smiles. Thank you, Gracias, Merci!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

My son is attending Killian for the last 3 yrs he is a Senior now, he love the school and of course the football Team, he had been playing since he stared his High School. I have no problems with the teachers I have never meet the Principal but I know all the football coaches they are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2007

Im a senior at killian and I can honestly say that these past four years have been amazing. Ive had great teachers who have helped me with academic problems as well as personal problems. the band and team sports are awesome. I loved it :]
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2007

I must say, Killian is definitely built up of teachers who don't care about their students, and some who really do take students under their wing. My child has been at Killian for the past two years, and he's had his fare share of good and bad teachers. I've needed to speak to the principal once, and I can assure you, parent's don't lie about how Killian's principal, Mr. Rodriguez, has little or no involvement with the school. I got the same 'He's in a meeting' excuse when I went in. If you're looking for a school that's great for your child, you might want to think of Killian as a last resort when you compare other close by schools.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

590 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
43%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

561 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

563 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

644 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

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

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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.

446 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
35%
Biology I

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

551 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
60%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

562 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
62%
U.S. History

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

567 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%
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 60%
Black 22%
White 15%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 8%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 87%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 59%58%61%
Master's degree 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%2%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
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Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. THOMAS P ENNIS
Fax number
  • (305) 275-5494

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
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10655 Southwest 97th Avenue
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