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Sweetwater Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 842 students

 

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Posted January 15, 2014

That school doesn't have the resources available for kids with learning and attention issues, either have individual learning needs. I think one way could be that School Board give necessary funds to have the resources to help kids with learning needs or refer to kids to another schools that have tha appropriate aid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2007

Excellent school! The staff is exceptionally helpful and friendly. The teachers my daughter has had are dedicated and committed to a child's education. This made our move from another state much easier on my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

parent involvement is excellent .
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Posted December 11, 2005

Sweetwater Elementary is a good little school that recently made it to the A list. The education is good although there seems to be a bullying problem in the school. The administration does not provide acceptable discipline and therefore the bullying worsens. The education although not exceptional is pretty good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2004

My daughter has attended this school since k. She is in 4th grade and is in 'The Explorers' gifted program with Ms.Esteva. I have never met such a dedicated, motivative and caring teacher as Ms. Esteva in my life. If any parent wants their child to develop a wonderfull vocabulary and knowledge of the world join the explorer program. Watching my daughter speak about different countries with the knowledge she has is amazing.
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Posted September 14, 2003

Los profesores en este colegio son muy buenos. Mis hijos no hablan nada de Ingles, pero con la ayuda de sus maestros ellos estan aprendiendo la idioma Americana muy bien. La unica problema que hay con esta escuela es que algunos de los ninos gringos son muy racista con los Latinos, y eso no me calle muy bien a mi.
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Posted August 20, 2003

My 2 sons are entering 2nd and 4th grade this year and my experience with the school and specially the teachers have been exceptional. The teachers my sons have had through-out the years have been the best, they have all been 'hands on teachers' not only have they put 100% into their learning progress, but also have managed to add a personal side to their relationship with all students in the class. What I love must about the school, besides their professional teaching experience is the fact that they also have a communication with the parents about their child/children's learning progress and will advice right away if there are any problems with a perticular subject and give you advise on how you can help the child at home to improve. But I also need to stress that as wonderful as the teachers are, the winning combination for your child to get the best education possible is the 'teacher-parent involvement' in the child's everyday education!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

147 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

147 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

131 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
79%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

137 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
41%
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 81% in 2012.

146 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
97%

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 "B".
  • 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
Hispanic 99%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 189%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 258%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 54%58%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 5%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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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MRS. JANET P OLIVERA
Fax number
  • (305) 485-9396

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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10655 Southwest 4th Street
Miami, FL 33174
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