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South Miami Senior High School

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Posted April 27, 2014

I think South Miami High has offered a better education than my previous private school. Like any school, there are great teachers, good teachers, and those that you wish you did not have to deal with. Overall, I have to say that this is a good school to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 26, 2013

I graduated a couple years back and really it's a great school. It made a MAJOR improvement from my freshman to junior year. I'm pretty sure it was able to go from a D school to a B school in one year. While there are some teachers who probably shouldnt be there (lack of competence, to be honest, and its a shame) there are several who are truly good at what they are doing. They care about the students and want to teach. They offer plenty of AP courses as well! I only wish their Arts program was better. Its also important to note that in my time there I never experienced or witnessed any really bad bullying. South Miami is a good school that I'm sure will keep on getting better!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2013

Going to South Miami Senior High School is depressing. The unpleasant aesthetics of the school (one of the buildings literally has no windows and is completely concrete), the prison like administration (with constant uniform sweeps, tardy tank that sends you to SCSI where one gets sentenced to a day of absolute silence in a tiny room with a barking babysitter, and of course the wonderful security gaurds that are constantly questioning you if you are spotted in the halls), and of course the education which is undoubtedly unsatisfactory. The regular course teachers are only there to prepare their students for the FCAT, so one has to take full AP courses to receive a decent education; there are a very limited selection of APs at that. The math department can be said to have only one good teacher, there are very few academies (the IT academy is deplorable, only very highly motivated students can succeed, as there is no real effort to do any sort of work), and there are even fewer elective choices for educational enrichment. I would not recommend South Miami Senior High School to anyone, even those who want to participate in a magnet program.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 30, 2010

This is an excellent school and excellent teachers with a very good programs go cobras!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

This is an excellent school with a good track record. Go Cobras!!!


Posted September 23, 2008

My son who now is 23 and graduated from SMSH is about to get his Bachelors Degree from Computer Science at FIU and I have a 15 year old girl that attends to SMSH and she is in 10th grade, the Principal Mr. Bonce has improved the quality of teaching and best of all School Uniformed implemented and is showing the difference in the students thank you Mr. Bonce for your perseverance in making this school a better place to study and allowed the student to make better grades. Also the students will be our future so is very important what they learn in High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

I think that SMHS is a good School, i have been a personal experiencie with my daughter which is in Magnet Dance Program.The teachers are great! The only complaint i have is in reference to the personal Office, they always answer the phone in a bad manner and never help parents to resolve a problem. All the time they seem unhappy and with bad mud., it doesn't matter the time of the day. The morning is worst!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2008

I was a student at South Miami and graduated in '06. I was in the gifted, magnet music programs, and took several AP classes. In those three categories, the teachers were excellent, knowledgeable people who took a sincere interest in their students' progress. However, I also took a handful of regular requirement classes with very uninspired teachers. The CAP counselor in particular was terribly uninformed about any issues I had with the college admissions process.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2007

I have a son in S.M.Sr.H.S and he is in the 12th final year and I wished that the conselor were more involve in helping the students for preparation of the SAT test to start qualifying for their college of their choice. I have tried to meet and talk about what could be my involvement to help my son. My son says they every time he goes to see his conselor he gets turned back to his class saying that she/he is busy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

I was a student at south miami and i graduated in 2006. It was a great school. The teachers cared if you learned and helped you as much as they could. They are many extra curriculum activies. The admistration was helpful and never unfair( at least not to me or anyone I knew). It prepared me well for college..( Better than alot of the students I have met from other high schools). But since my class has left the school (class of 2006) things have changed. There are many new teachers and administrators. So Im not sure how the school is now. What I know is that is was an awesome high school and Im glad I attended it.


Posted August 3, 2006

My daughter graduated from South Miami in 2004 and we both loved the school, the teacher's and the counselors. My son is now a sophomore at South Miami and he has nothing but good things to say about it. The parents who are putting down the school are probably the ones who throw their kids out of the car in the morning and tell them, 'go and learn'. I have been involved in my children's education all of their school days and it makes a difference. Sure, there are days they just want to stay in bed but they don't. I have taught them that school is their job and they've got to go and do their job if they want the 'big pay-off'!! My oldest recently graduated from MDC with Highest Honors and will begin FIU in the Fall. Get involved,it's your job! They need you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2006

I'm very pleased with the education my child is receiving at this school. Teachers are always available and willing to help. The school offers a variety of classes and levels.The music magnet program is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2006

Academic programs are very good, there is a fine core group of teachers who care. There are many extracurricular activities and programs. The sports teams are well respected and compete at a very high level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

Its a very nice school. I study there and is one of the best schools that I been too.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 21, 2005

There are a handful of very good teachers who will affect your child ways of thinking and views on the world for the better. They're not the typical teachers who assign bookwork, but the atypical teachers who challenge the students and put to work their thinking and analyzation skills, not their memorization skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2005

Availability of sports and art is very good.They have many differnt activities to keep kids away from trouble.However the quality of their academic programs is very poor . the classes are overcrowded and they focus more on practicing the fCAT Then helping them learn the rudimentary skills needed to apss it. Their staff is also of very low quality, and do not give their kids incentives or patience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2005

I recently graduated from South Miami High as a very active member of the studeny body. I can say that this school is one of the better schools in Miami, even though it is not highly recognized as such. Most of the Magnet Programs are excellent, especially the commercial arts, graphic design, and photography programs. The higher level courses are taught by extremely qualified and knowledgeable teachers, especially the Advanced Placement sections. The regular programs are not great and there are many 'slack' teachers teaching to that level. But for the serious student, South Miami is an excellent choice. In dealing with officials: they will help you out if approached the right way.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 6, 2005

Hello I am an student at this school and I can say that is one of the best ones in mismi-dade county. I came from cuba a year ago and this year I'm going to be a senior. Cinse I came I become a student at this school and I don't have anything bad to say about it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2005

This is really a good school, I can say that the teachers are excellent- especially it's foreign language and AP programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2005

This is school is terrible. My child complained about it constantly.
—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.

568 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
36%
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.

593 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

600 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
83%
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.

519 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
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 "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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.

556 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
33%
Biology I

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

553 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

542 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%
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
Hispanic 89%
Black 6%
White 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 83%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 52%58%61%
Master's degree 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 5%2%1%
Other degree 6%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 10%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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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. GILBERTO D BONCE
Fax number
  • (305) 666-6359

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
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
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6856 Southwest 53rd Street
Miami, FL 33155
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