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Southwest Miami Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 3107 students

 

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Posted May 20, 2013

My child has been in this school since August 2012. Southwest Miami Senior High School is an awesome place for my child, the comunication between teachers and us is excellent. Is like a big family. We going to miss this school because we will move to another county. :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2012

Southwest is an amazing school and the staff there is great although the school does have stupid rules like "no hoodies when it is cold" or "wear school pant during spirit week activities" or " no crocs" they do have a very disciplined program and are know to have an amazing attendance schedule due to the consequences if we are late like detention or Saturday school! We have an amazing athletics department at my school and to play sports you HAVE to have a minimum of a 2.0 gpa and you can't be late more than 26 times or be absent more than 10 which is a great way to keep us students in check. I believe southwest is an amazing school to have your child at because with the eagles, you're in good hands !
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2012

Some teachers are not effective on their students, especially with teaching and discipline. Others are of course but staff should be checking on their teachers, perhaps recieve comments from students and not walk into the class themselves. Whenever staff does that the teacher will naturally be better than they normally are to make sure they have a good show going. The lunch is terrible, I guess some people think its a "improvement," but i doubt any of these people eat like that at home, so why give us this honesrtly disgusting and greasy food? Sometimes i find hair in my food, and others my milk is spoiled. Im not sure thats an "improvement." The dress code is ridiculous. Sometimes as a "reward" they let us wear hoodies, or when its cold they let us wear them, its stupid for them to do that, and crocs? Come on. They're comfortable. I know you probably wear them at home. And also the bathrooms, dont we have janitors for a reason? Cause it really doesn't seems like they are doing their job.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2011

The teachers in this school care very much for the students. I am constantly e-mailing my daughter's teachers regardings anything from grades, homework to absences and they consistently contact me in return. The principal of the school has a handle on everything that is going on and if you need to meet with him, there are no holds barred. I wholeheartedly disagree with the previous review. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2011

This school is terrible, the faculty dosen't care, the students are too worried about being cool and looking their best. And, not to mention the fact that this school is flithy and dilapidated, although there are a few teachers that really care for the students, but most of them are continuing to leave.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2010

This is a great school, it was rated a B school and this year they are an A school. My oldest daughter graduated from there and my other daughter is there now. It is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

My two daughters just started this High School and the office staff is so caring and helpful. They are all so awesome! The counselor is excellent and made my daughters feel so happy to be part of this school. They made the transition for my two daughters so easy and all the teachers are wonderful and are very involved with the students. The mandatory school uniforms were a little difficult at first because they were going to a High School which had no uniforms but they are now getting used to it. This is one of the best High Schools in Florida!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2009

I am very happy with SMSH,they have the best teachers & awsome Head coach in the Football team. all the student's that play are great. Go Eagles
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2009

What an awsome school my childdren go there and are extremely happy.This a very very very good school. Recomend it... Really good academics and teachers. Administration is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

It's an excellent school that really prepares our children and keep them focused on school It's a great pathway for those that plan to attend collegue!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

My Granddaughter goes to S.W. Miami High and she loves it and is doing great. But we would like to see the girls softball team be able to use the base ball field or get a field of their own. They have to run to Tropical Park for practice, it would be nice for them if the school would get behind them and offer the girls the same opportunities the boys have to be able to have a field at their school to play their games
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

Great school. Magnet program is awsome with a lot of benefits. Students are pretty good, but like at any school, it depends on who you hang out with. I recommend it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2005

Like all Public schools, I beleive SWHS has great opportunities for students. It is up to them to take advantages of it. I personally find a little hard to get in touch with teachers and counselors. Every time I call the school, I ended up in a voice mail. I would like to see an improvement in this issue. My older kids graduated from there and I always had the same problem. I also would like to see the uniform implemented. I don't understand why other High schools has it and we don't. It would improve students security in the school and it also will allow them to focus more in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2005

The school isn't as bad as people portray it as, the level of acadmeic programs is great and the teachers are excellent. this year they have made great strides towards security and cleanliness.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2005

This school has a horrible faculty who never listens to the students and could care less about what they are doing. The teachers that actually care in this school are a handful. The theatre program is excellent and extracuricular activities are not hard to find.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 18, 2005

This school is located in a great area and it has top educaters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2005

This school is greatly dissapointing. It is filthy and incredibly small. The student to teacher ratio is greater in students than the average Florida school. According to my children, the air-conditioning is always under repair and leaking. Also, there is not one year that this school is not on the news; and never for anything good. It also seems as if the choice of principles are getting poorer and poorer as the years progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2005

I have been dissapointed with this school. My child was receiving some low grades(F).A letter that she has never received academically. There is no tutoring for the kids who need help.How do they expect them to get good grades! offcourse, tutoring is only offered during the very important, FCAT season.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2005

The quality of academic is very recommended.In baseball,think twice before you make a decision to be in the team, the players they try there best,but remember you are as good as the coach and the coach really in my opinion does not have any willing to win.The level of parent is one of the most highest in high school.This school is a gem.As I student opinion this what I feel for SW.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2005

Good Academic Quality. Neighborhood School. Good Teachers
—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 2013.

765 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
47%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

819 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

809 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 84% in 2012.

722 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
91%

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 "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • 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.

597 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
31%
Biology I

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

752 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

740 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 93% 29%
White 6% 42%
Black 1% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 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 77%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 81%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 62%58%61%
Master's degree 34%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Carlos A Diaz
Fax number
  • (305) 596-7370

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball
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8855 SW 50th Ter
Miami, FL 33165
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Phone: (305) 274-0181

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