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8-12
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Miami, FL
Students enrolled: 2,714

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7460 Southwest 118th Street
Miami, FL 33156

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September 02, 2014
TERRIBLE. this school is disgusting. Parents think just because its in a rich neighborhood that its a great school but really its so dirty, grimey, and the authorities are horrible and unhelpful. They used over 30,000 dollars or so to rebuild buildings in 2016 but they cant hire new janitors to clean the 3 week old milk on the seats in the caf. This school is one of the worst. The staff are so rude excepr dr. Harley and a few others. Mr hunter now enforces uniform after being a no uniform school since it started and if you dont wear it then you get a detention FOR UNIFORM. tje securities are so grimey and they do everything BUT secure. the ladies are rude and mean and the men just hang out and act buddy buddy with the students and let them skip. DON'T SEND YOUR KIDS HERE.

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2014
This school is terrible. Please parents do not send your kids here. Everyone at that school is very rude and not welcoming and the school itself is terrible. They steal from their students and treat them like they are nothing. They even called my daughter, who is a very respectful person, a liar. This school is very rude and I do not recommend sending your kids here.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Fair warning, this is a big big school. If you or your child need individualized attention you will not get it here. My time at this school was one of the worst and darkest periods of my life. I'm by no means an idiot, but when I ran into roadblocks in the classroom I received very little help and that seriously tripped me up academically and I fell behind a lot. I fell through the cracks socially as well. I wasn't around healthy people and was the butt of many peoples jokes and remarks. If you need a healthy environment with more attention than a teacher with 150 students can give you don't go here. Size is not something the school can really help. Nor can they help the apathy of some instructors. I can say that my bumpy experience here truly prepared me for higher education. I learned what I liked, more about who I am. I learned to ask questions and that my education was worth getting those answers. I learned to choose better people to be in my life and I learned to love myself more cause no one else is going to do it for me. Thanks for the life-lessons Palmetto.

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2014
Interesting school. Fun band, fun kids. A little bit challenging. Go to this school if you're a easy learner.

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2014
The school is decent. Not the best but not the worst:) So I suppose that's how I feel about this school.

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2013
This is the best comprehensive high school in the County (probably, the state too). With 27 APs, an iPrep Academy, the new Cambridge Magnet, a top-notch Jazz Band and other fine arts offerings, this school should be everyone's first choice. The Principal is dynamic, open-minded and energetic. Her administration is loyal and helpful. We are so fortunate to have Palmetto in our community!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2013
My kids are very happy and I enjoyed being a volunteer and it has been a great experience, havent had any complains.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2013
Palmetto has great academics and a huge slate of clubs, sports and extracurriculars. The facilities will be updated under the new bond. It's great having my kid in my neighborhood school!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2013
As with any school, some things about Palmetto are less than perfect. It's not the cleanest place and there are a lot of students. However, I am currently in my third year at Palmetto and I absolutely love it. If you are a good student, or at least show effort/respect towards your teachers and peers here they will go out of their way to help you. Involved students get the most out of their high school experience - any kids who don't like Palmetto probably wouldn't be happy at almost any school in the area. I chose to go to Palmetto over any private school that was offered to me. I chose Palmetto for their reputation as a competitive school in regards to grades, sports (some more than others) and productions (TVP, Yearbook, and my personal favorite - Newspaper). My teachers love their jobs and want to see students show pride in everything they do. The uniform is casual - your choice of spirit shirt (most every club has one per year so there are tons to choose from) and jeans - it's no big deal/inconvenience. My only issue is that school starts too early, but that's not Palmetto's fault.

- submitted by a student
October 02, 2012
I am potential parent of this school. My son possible will go to this school soon he is studying in Shenzhen, China, but in the international class which is especially preparing the student to study in US at grade 12. For all the information I got from the internet, it is sure a very good school.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2012
I am an alumni, and I have two younger siblings who are alumni. If you are self motivated and have great support at home, you'll do well here, and rise above the filth. If you are from the Pinecrest or Palmetto Bay community, you'll find a culture shock from the disgusting Perrine and Cutler Ridge(Bay.. whatever they call it now) community which invades this school. There are bad students who are bused in, but the reality is the "gang" mentality comes form the administration at the school who are low class. Disgusting security guards and uneducated office staff ruin the school and hurt the student population. They smile and put on a nice face for parents and visitors, but they treat students disrespectfully and show a force of strength comparable to a prison yard. If your child is unprepared for the hard street mentality here, they might be damaged. On positive notes, majority of teachers are intelligent, well mannered and care about the students. Half of the students are also bright and come form good homes. 4/5 stars because sadly this school is better than most of the rest of Miami, but only because of the good families in the area.

- submitted by a community member
February 10, 2012
this school has a lot of hypocracy among girls. also the staff dosn't work like their suppose too. also the school is overcrowded. and the people are rude.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2011
I thought Palmetto was different, I thought it wasn't like southridge, but it is, your better off going to a private school, and if you can't afford it, try getting into Coral Reef, This school is nothing special.

- submitted by a community member
December 03, 2011
The school has gone downhill. There is a uniform, although it is not enforced unless you are wearing shorts. Forget the boys who have their boxers hanging out and girls who show off their bras, but if you're wearing shorts you're in trouble. Some of the teachers don't know how to teach and get annoyed when students ask for help. The school is disgusting. I once had a roach climb out from my locker. All the money is spent on the tv program at school, and I do like to know what is going on in the school, but I would also like to have some toilet paper in the bathroom ("They can't afford any") and would not like to walk into the bathroom and see a soap dispenser in the toilet for a week, even after it's been reported. The office staff do not help parents unless you yell across the desk for them repeatedly. It's a terrible school and really needs to get itself together.

- submitted by a community member
April 03, 2011
Miami Palmetto High School is consistently in the top 100 of "Forbes" best schools in the United States. Children can get the most or the least out of any school. As a 1962 graduate, let me remind you that dress codes back then were very restrictive -- and I'm sure today's standards would both shock and appall me. Go, Miami Palmetto - Go Panthers!

- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2011
The last three reviews are so over exaggerated. I have worked there for 10 years. We are the best comprehensive high school in Dade County and maybe the state. We don't choose our students. The reviewer who spoke of our girls dress is exaggerating. Our "easy" dress code is enforced and there are no pool party dressing. The phone policy is fantastic and yes some teachers are inconsistent, but it is better than the students constantly talking on the phone. Finally, our office staff is the very best. The person who spoke of the rudeness probably did not get what they wanted. Are we perfect...no, but we are very good at what we do.

- submitted by a teacher
February 08, 2011
THIS SCHOOL IS AWfUL DO NOT I INSIST DO NOT GO HERE OR PUT YOUR KIDS HERE !!!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
This school is terrible, the faculty, staff, administrators don't pay attention to the students who need extra help. The office faculty have bad attitudes, they sit around acting like they're doing their jobs when they're reallly not.. The girls walk around and dress in clothes as if they were in a pool party. This school is overcrowded as well, don't put your children in this school, you'll regret it. Staff is rude.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
I'm a senior in this school. All my teachers are nice except one. She is really rude and disrespectful. I walked in the class putting my phone away and she saw me and demanded me to give it to her. I asked her, "Are you gonna give it back after class?" She said "No, I'm gonna give it to the principal and your parents have to come and pick it up." I was really angry when I heard that, because I don't live around the corner, we live really far from the school and my parents work. So the teacher wrote me up and I had to sit in CSI (indoor suspension) for 3 days and supposedly was gonna get my phone back the next day in the afternoon. when I went to pick it up, the receptionist in the front of the office who is also really rude and sarcastic said I am supposed to get it back after 5 days or before if my parents come pick it up. That is not with the admin told me, this school exaggerates with the phone policy. Give me a break.

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2011
i think this school is bad and people are not doing there jobs right, and they are not polite towards the parents that walk in. iv'e witnessed i myself have been treated unproffessionally by the lady that sits in the front office. they have the students running the office while the staff runs there mouth off somebody needs to look in this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
Despite school appearances, the cream of the crop of Miami-Dade seems to find themselves at Palmetto. With a large selection of remarkably challenging AP classes such as Chemistry, Physics, Calculus BC, European History, Biology, etc, the elite students shine. The amount of frighteningly intelligent teenagers at this school is enough to make even your brightest son or daughter seem like any other average joe/jane. Unfortunately, Palmetto's strengths are not unchallenged. Competition in higher level classes is fierce creating demoralized students, the school's facilities, supplies and amazing teachers are in short supply, and the large amount of students who do not care for school bring the safety and quality of Palmetto down, while bringing the average class size up. Another flaw at MPSH is the counselor arrangement. There are FOUR counselors at Palmetto, one dedicated for 9th, and three for 10-12th grade. Do not expect one-on-one time very often. The idea to keep in mind for Palmetto is: if you want a personal experience with the staff, don't look for it here. Go to a private school instead.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 12, 2010
My four kids graduated from Miami-Palmetto High School and I feel they got one of the best educations they could receive in public high school in Miami.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2010
Why wasn't my original review posted? I did not have a favorable post for this school as I see most that have commented don't either. My son started two days ago as a freshman and I am so disgusted with the administration of that school. The pure arrogance of the couselors and principal

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
My sons school is a great school to attend and they keep you informed with pta meetings, activities, the class work and my sons love there school and respect there administrators...

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April 26, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 25, 2010
I graduated in 2009 in the top 5% and am now at UF. The school is filthy and dilapidated but the students are the brightest in Miami. Nearly all of the problems facing the school are due to the fact that it is part of MDCPS. Miami-Dade County is a desperately poor place and so is its huge school district. Most of the teachers are great but unfortunately many of the best are leaving. The school gets its good name from its students. The high test scores have very little to do with the teachers or the school. Put any school in a highly educated, affluent neighborhood and the students will find a way to excel. If you are highly motivated, this school can get you in to the college of your dreams. But, if you are still an immature kid try a daycare i.e. private school. No hand holding here.

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November 03, 2009
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October 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Our mission at Miami Palmetto Senior High is to challenge our students to achieve and demonstrate excellence, integrity, and responsibility. Our Mission statement: VIS PER SCIENTIAM Strength through Knowledge says it all.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 16, 2009
It busses in kids and is a school of have and have nots and does well giving opportunity to those who want it.

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September 06, 2009
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March 07, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 02, 2009
this school is rather over rated. i switched into the school this year as a junior. it is my third high school in three years. and i must add the worst! yes there is no uniforms which is a students dream now-a-days in public school. but the school is very dirty. the locker i have is located in a hallway that is not accessable during lunch so i cant get my stuff for the afternoon unless i carry it all day. the teachers do not focus on individual students who need more help. they have an attitude as if you dont understand then too bad. my parents have tried to come in several times and are always told to make an appointment but when they call to make an appointment they wait forever. my teachers have spoken to my parents and they are rude and demeaning to them.

- submitted by a student
December 17, 2008
My daughter attended Palmetto only three years ago and graduated in 2005 and the school has changed drastically since then. My son now goes there and is finishing up his last year and I'm very concerned with how much this school has depreciated over the past couple years. Weiner has not done anything positive as an administrator and the leadership is diminishing. I was very disappointed when I went in for a counselor appointment last week and they had booked someone else in my place. The school is dirty and the students seem very disenchanted. I can't believe how things are rapidly changing for the worst here. This school definitely needs new administration!

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2008
Good school but you need to be a proactive student to succeed. The large student population will prevent educators from noticing you if you don't make your voice heard.

- submitted by a student
October 16, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2008
My son is new to MPSH this year as a freshman. He attended very reputable private school in Hawaii last year, so this a quite a change. He tells me there are 35-40 students in every class. Unsure how this can happen since a was told Florida a state law restricting classroom size to 25. He has been is school over a week and his schedule is still not right. he flew all the way from hawaii to audition for the comprehensive theater program and it was not on his schedule. The buliding where his locker is located is locked down at lunch, so he is unable to get his books for his afternoon classes. Ona positive note, the curriculum is expansive. He is taking an AP european history course which appears to be topnotch and he loves his honors english, math classes, as well as the Theater Program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 28, 2008
After working for 35 years at Palmetto I can tell you that amount of students attending good universities in our country, our SAT and ACT scores are the highest in Dade county. We have the best AP program in Dade county. But if you don't like it you can try other private schools and pay over $18,000 for a babysitting work we have many educated and caring parents. Why are we an A school if some of you say that we are so bad?

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2008
This school is horrible. It is so overcrowded that the teachers cannot recognize their own students even after being in the class for a year. The main office is unorganized and it is nearly impossible to get an appointment with a counselor. I'm so glad my daughter is in SAS Homestead now!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 16, 2008
great school my daughter attend there now my son is following in her footsteps, a little too overcrowded, also lots of spanish speaking students , other than that the school is great.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2008
What a disappointment. We're misled by the high national ranking and the guidance counselor before we moved here from New York State. We have since learned that the rankings are based on state assessment scores, e.g. FCAT, and all assessments are definitely not equal. We were also distressed to see the lack of parental support in the school activities - evidenced by such things as the extremely poor attendance at school concerts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2008
Good school for the self-motivated student, nice mix of academic (AP courses), sports and other activities. Physical plant is dated. Some excellent teachers. Principal Weiner is not too effective. Needs better leadership.

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March 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 05, 2007
Miami Palmetto is an average high school. The teachers don't contact parents when the student is having difficulties nor do they return phone calls or emails. There is not an effective monitoring system in place to track students having academic problems. The administration is not readily available or supportive of parent needs. Teachers that I spoke with were rude and demeaning.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2007
Miami Palmetto High School is a fine school with the potential for excellence. The talent and dedication of the teaching staff is impressive. The level of academic challenges is incomparable for a non-magnate high school with considerable diversity. Opportunities in sports, art, music and clubs abound. There is however, a lack of pride in the school that emanates from the top. It is embarrassing for a high school in an upscale neighborhood to have such deplorable conditions. Administration must demand that custodians and security personnel perform the jobs for which they are compensated. Parents, residents and taxpayers are stakeholders in ensuring that the Principal and Administrators not only offer a high level of education, but also provide a safe and hygienic environment for our students to succeed. It is incumbent upon the school administrators to maintain a physical structure that promotes academic excellence and preserves property values and community pride.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
My daughter graduated from this school in 2005 and is now in her Junior year at University of California at Berkeley. The AP classes she took at Palmetto gave her a year's worth of college credits. I took her out of a top notch private school to go to Palmetto and that is where she got the best well-rounded education, including all the activities - sports, clubs, etc. in a very challenging environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2006
This school is a great school! Even though I won't be attending my senior year because I am moving out of the state, I do recommend this school..The only problem is that the slow is starting to overcrowd because of the students that are not suppose to be going to that school. Two years ago, we did not have as much students as we do now. But besides that, this school has it all!!

- submitted by a student
May 17, 2006
Outstanding school! The teachers have been my daughter's finest.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
Great school. Concerned with the fact that too many socioeconomically depressed and minority students are moving in greater numbers. Still, as long as this school is predominantly represented by students from within Pinecrest, then it will be safe and will provide a great environment for kids to study. The water polo team is also great, as well as the Math (mu alpha theta) Team.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
Palmetto is well run with great teachers compared to most public schools, however it has become overcrowded! Also the students at the school can be difficult to swallow at times because of their unrelenting spoiled attitudes. All in all if this school is in your district you are very lucky, however private schools offer the small class sizes with which Palmetto (even in their AP classes) cannot compete.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2006
The academic program is fair, they have done away with the gifted program which is a detriment to the system. The availability of acitivities is excellent yet competition his fierce since there are so many students. The level of parent involvement is lacking significantly.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2006
Phenomenal school. Ethnically diverse and great AP program. Would highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
My son has been at this school for two years after transferring from a very good private.I have been very pleased with the school so far,My son has taken very challenging classes and the teachers have been excellent. I think this is an excellent school for motivated students.

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November 24, 2005
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October 12, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 15, 2005
Good academics with many opporunities for AP courses and accelerated/honors courses. Good instruction/challenging homework requirements.

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July 27, 2005
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June 17, 2005
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June 10, 2005
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April 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2004
A great school and has stood the test of time. 3 of the 4 children in our family attended here! Academics, admin.,teachers and parent involvement are great!

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September 23, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
August 12, 2004
This is the best school in all of Miami-Dade county. If you are looking for the only 'acceptable' school, stop looking, because Palmetto High has it all. I recently moved my daughter from Miami Springs High into this wonderful school. Palmetto high is amazing. Parents care so much about the school and are very very involved. The principal (Mrs. Hupp) is amazing. I wish I would have found palmetto high sooner. At least my daughter will be able to finish her school career in such a great school. By the way the teachers are great, classes are highly challenging, the students very competitive, and the athletics and clubs are great and very diverse. I only worry b/c my daughter says that every day she hears more and more spanish in the halls. I can only hope MPHS doesnt become like the other schools in Dade County.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2004
This is the best 'non-magnet' public high school in Miami. The students are taught in a manner that prepares them for admittance to college. The only flaw that I have encountered is that it seems that some teachers are too overwhelmed by their class loads and don't have any time to spend giving extra attention to those students that are having difficulties. It is very difficult to get the teachers to return your phone calls.

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September 04, 2003
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Miami Palmetto Senior High School
7460 Southwest 118th Street, Miami, FL  33156
(305) 235-1360
Last modified Miami Palmetto Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 8-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Miami Palmetto Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 68 reviews. Top