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Miami Palmetto Senior High School

Public | 8-12 | 2714 students

 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 8 ratings

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Posted May 17, 2006

Outstanding school! The teachers have been my daughter's finest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted January 16, 2006

Phenomenal school. Ethnically diverse and great AP program. Would highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2005

Good academics with many opporunities for AP courses and accelerated/honors courses. Good instruction/challenging homework requirements.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—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.
Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

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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 84% in 2012.

693 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

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Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

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The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

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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 53% in 2014.

614 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
65%
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.

643 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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67%

2013

 
 
68%

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65%

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

637 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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72%

2013

 
 
93%
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

  • 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 "B".
  • 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 66% in 2014.

344 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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57%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
52%
Biology I

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

549 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
77%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

641 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
76%
U.S. History

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

436 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%
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 43%
White 35%
Black 17%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%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 86%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 48%58%61%
Master's degree 45%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Newsweek Top 100 High Schools (2007)
  • Envirothon National Champions (2004)
  • Top High School in the District for Athletics (2007)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:30 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:30p.m.
School Leader's name
  • DR. ALLISON HARLEY
Fax number
  • (305) 235-7169

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • 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
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Club Lacrosse
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Club Lacrosse
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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7460 Southwest 118th Street
Miami, FL 33156
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Phone: (305) 235-1360

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