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Calusa Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 909 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted September 23, 2013

Continued from above. Are they just rushing through some ambitious curriculum and blaming 'attention deficits' on the kids that aren't up to pace? Because I'm a 32 year old scientist who is having trouble keeping up with his work so I can't even imagine the pressure on my son. Above all I just want my son to like his teacher and enjoy going to school. Is that so much to ask and expect? Apparently so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

Great school.Both of my grandsons totally enjoyed it . A Childs school years should be full of wonderful memories and they have many great ones from Calusa.BUT there is always that "one person" who probably should not be a teacher....like the one named Yanya who went out of her way to make my grandson feel bad, inadequate. Why would an educated person act in such an uneducated way? Why would you intentionally hurt the feelings of a child and leave that imprinted in his mind forever? He left your school last year for middle school....he's doing very well and had since encountered nurturing teachers umpire Ms. Yanya.....maybe she needs A revaluation?????


Posted September 17, 2013

My School Is so amazing. The teachers take their time to make sure students understand everything! My school literally cant improve. We have a great Gifted program with one of the most talented teachers ive ever met. Caulas is a great school that all children should attend!


Posted September 1, 2013

I have to say that thus far I am yet to be impressed with Calusa. With such a wonderful reputation I was hoping for a great experience but to date it has been anything but. It is significantly over enrolled and limited on space. The students are packed into classes of 30-35 kids but they get around the class sized amendment by implementing co teaching. It seems overall very disorganized and their website provides no information and is updated every 4-5 months. There are few/no extracurricular activities and there are few learning field trips if any. Extremely traditional and no outside of the box thinking. My daughter just started second grade and I am hoping that this will be our last year here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

Calusa Elementary is the very best!! One of my sons just completed 5th grade, and the other has 2 more yrs. in this school. I have to say Ms. Barreiro and Ms. Vargas are the best teachers. Ms. Fuentes is an amazing principal. I love the office staff. Everyone is very caring and involved with the students. I could only wish this was a K-8 center!! Excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2013

From front office administrative, to cafeteria and in between you could never find a better elementary school. We moved to south Florida from central Florida while in school over there they had A's&B's here they started struggling D's&F's I panic after Christmas tutoring. they pullout and finish even the Fcat was a breeze! I still disagree with all the days off they have every ridiculous holiday! I feel for single moms who work and have no family and more than one child days off are very difficult.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2012

School has a strong academic program. Teachers really care about their students. Each year has been better than the precvious one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2012

The school is great and we have had a good experience so far. We love the fact that headmaster excells in discipline and that it is organized.You will find that the parents complaining are the ones with the badly mannered rugrats who think that their little Johnny is above the law. Nice teachers , great setting and the assistant principal is a gem. Car lane can get a bit frustrating , but so what , everything else makes up for it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2012

Lots have changed in Calusa Elementary. My third grader has had a horrible year because of his teacher and her sidekick. She has the nerve to recommend a ADHA or ADD evaluation to any parent of any student that she can't teach. My son has been seen by various doctors and No Sign of any ADHA nor ADD has been found. Her lack of patience with certain students should concern parents. My son has been taught nothing and has failed the FCAT and entire school year because of her and her sidekick. Its not what you teach is how you teach. And also in this case its not what you know its who you know that makes a diffrence. Parents be aware.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2012

This is my twelfth year working at Calusa and the first three reviews on this page are not for our school! The teachers specifically named do not work at Calusa Elementary in Miami! (Your guidelines specify that names will not be published, but that is obviously not the case!) We have an outstanding and dedicated faculty and staff, including administrators who care deeply about the students. Our PTA works tirelessly to assist teachers in maintaining an exceptional level of academic achievement and positive behavior, despite the severe budget cuts that threaten public education. The office staff warmly receives parents and guests and the calibre of our school is evident at the front door. Several of our teachers are National Board Certified, including myself. There's a reason why Calusa has been recognized as a National School of Excellence.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 10, 2011

I'm a 6th grader that used to go to Calusa and I miss it already. I'm so glad I went to that school! I went there K-5 and all my teachers cared for me and teached well. I was a saftey patrol and it was amazing! We got to go to Washington D.C. for two nights and it was really fun. My fifth grade teachers prepared me for middle school (Mr. Lewert and Ms. Or'ourke) I also liked Mr. Fisher (Was my 3rd rade teacher now teaches 5th grade) And for our 5th grade field trip we went to epcot! Over all it is an amazing school and i wish they taught middle school.


Posted May 31, 2011

Our son attained kindergarten this year and we were very fortunate to have Ms. Martin she really cares for her students....Always kept us informed and helped us get involved in helping our son in school..Truly a fantastic teacher and the best part is our son loved being in her class...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2010

My son goes to kindergarden and his teacher is Ms Cammack. I am so happy because she has a lot of patience and she knows her job very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2010

Not impressed. School moved my daughter to another classroom the second wk. Her first teacher was really nice & now her teacher she has now is an mean old women. Asked to have her moved back as my child is going through allot of stressful personl issues & principal refuses telling me they are issues at home & she knows whats best for my child. She dont know my child. With her situation she dont need the added stress. I told her shes crying when she gets home stressed out more now. Prinicipal dont care. Not only that my daughter gets 2 1/2 hrs of home work daily and no recess time to speak of. None on days they have gym. Teacher wonders why shes having prob. concentrating? Duh NO RECESS. Kids are still supposed to play. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND another school if you have a choice!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

Calusa teacher's and staff are top notch! Extremely caring, familiy enviorment. The truly want the kids to suceed and do all possible to ensure that they do. I am very happy that my children have been blessed with such a great school. It is a true relief for any parent to know their kids are in the best hands when they are not with them and that they are learning as they should - at their level or above.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

If your child suffers from adhd or any learning disability then you should think twice about enrolling your child in Calusa.. Not enough patients or enough creativity on reaching these children that are gifted in there own way...They are an 'A' school but they dont mean children with adhd or learning disabilities... and yes i am a very involved parent and volunteer when possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

My son has been in Calusa since Kindergarten I must say its been a good school eventhough this school does not provide any activities afterschool. Being that its his last year there I thought it would be a memorable year. I must say so far out of all years at Calusa this has been the most dissappointing year as a parent at Calusa.... What a shame....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

I'm retired from 25 years of teaching at Calusa Elementary. It's one Miami Dade County's top Elementary Schools. It was an honor to be a member of one of the best staffs in Miami Dade County schools.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 28, 2009

Calusa is a great school with a wonderful staff, great students, helpful and involved parents.


Posted April 30, 2009

Excellent improvement with the new Principal (Mrs. Fuentes) Mrs. Palomo was never available. Great Gifted program. But there are no after school activities.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
84%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
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 81% in 2012.

158 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "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

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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 83% 29%
White 11% 42%
Black 4% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian N/A 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 52%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 55%58%61%
Master's degree 45%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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9580 W Calusa Club Dr
Miami, FL 33186
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Phone: (305) 385-0589

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