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Doctors Charter School Of Miami Shores

Charter | 6-12 | 581 students

 
 

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Posted August 26, 2014

I am a parent of a child, who just started in Doctors Charter, although it has only been one week, I am extremely happy with what I have seen. The teachers are all enthusiastic and passionate about teaching. The new principal has a lot of plans for this school and its future. I am so very excited for me and my family to be part of this school. Please take a look at this school. It is a Gem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

As much as I use to love this school I must urge you to reconsider sending your child here at this time period. I have been involved in the PTSA for many years and I have had multiple children who have attended this school, but due to recent actions taken by an Interim Principle I am in pure disbelief. However, the teachers are simply phenomenal my little girl always talks about how much she learns in Science class. Also the school has a garden which gives the kids hands on biology experience which I think is something very few schools are able to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

The school's name is Doctor's Charters of Miami Dade, florida. And we are aware that my son is not the only kid that has been bullied at that school. The principal is not at the school because he doesn't even live in florida, and the active principal is the viceprincipal Douglas Garber, whom we told innumerable times about my son's problem. We consider ourselves lucky for the simple reason that our son is strong. I quote my son, "Mr. Garber thinks that kids sometimes are mean but it doesn't mean it is bullying, papi, i don't think he understand" and i agree. I think that until schools accept that they have a problem with bullying they will keep using denial as a solution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2012

I go to DCS and I really like it here, the teachers are really nice and so are the kids. I'm glad to be at this school


Posted November 18, 2011

A lot had changed since my last post. The school has attained the Florida Gold Seal of Excellence and it has been named on Newsweek's "America's Best High Schools in 2011". Homework load still heavy and the amount of projects for several teachers at the same time are still a lot. But the atmosphere in the school is excellent and students and parents work together with the administration to continue bringing the best for all. Administration is paying more attention to parent s concerns and tries to resolve issues where all parties benefit from the solution. The amount of school related activities continue high. Congratulations to DCS for an excellent work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2011

it is great I love it. I am applying for admissions. I can't wait til' me 2011-2012 school year. So EXCITED!!


Posted September 13, 2011

This school is great. It has a great staff, excellent administration and a very accommodating, knowledgeable and professional Principal-Mr. Meredith. We have our 2 children there since Jr HS and I believe that the education, guidance and preparation for college is SECOND to NONE when it comes to the MDCPS system. Kudos to DCS!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2010

i have two children there. one with math issues. the teacher tutored students that were willing to stay a bit longer every afternoon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

A very good school. Has high standards and ethical disparity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

My son has been a part of DCS since 8th grade, he has major issues before coming to DCS. DCS acdemically, work through these issues. They did their jobs, TEACHING, DISCLIPINE, AND CARING. My son will graduate next year. Thanks to the determined and hard working teachers at DCS. The administration works hard to maintain the best for DCS Mr. Meredith, Mrs. Brown, Mr. Garber and now the new counselor Ms. Chairge. The TEACHERS are hard workers and they give their all. Everyone past and present at DCS has done their part to make this maintain DCS' 'A' rating and to keep DCS a top notch educational institution, keep up the good work DCS you are great! Thank you for caring and making my son a success!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2010

It has perfect academic classes. It has classes that my child loves. It allows her to pick her own classes for ellectives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

It is an excellent school with strong accademic course work. Like many public schools could have a better annual budget and better teacher salaries. Lacks an athletic field and gym equipment. There is only one professionall built combination basketball-Volleyball-tennis court. The school could have more support with the art department.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2009

My child came to DCS from a tough, under-achieving school, having mastered looking like a thug and acting like he didn't care. He was accepted because his grades were acceptable but only as a result of his previous schools low standards. Not surprisingly, his transition was a difficult one. He was suddenly in a setting where high grades and good manners were cool. By the end of his first marking period it seemed sure that he would fail-out. Happily MS. Sullivan and his teachers saw the light he had hidden inside. They let us know that all wasn't lost and worked with him. Believe me he struggled but never under-estimate the power of caring tachers and staff to inspire your child. The 2nd marking period he just made his required GPA. The following year he made the honor role. When he graduates this year we will miss DCS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

A top notch scholastic enviroment. I've always felt that an organization's 'tone' and quality filter from the top down. This school is no exception. The principal, Mr. Gary Meredith, is very 'hands on'; so much so, I wouldn't be surprised to find out he lived at the school. He is very dedicated to his work and always strives for excellence--thereby setting an example which permeates the entire school. Mr. Meredith has an 'open door' policy for parents and is very receptive to their concerns. In short, he's a good guy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

Doctors Charter School is the best game in town. MAST has lowered it's standards and does not have the quality of students that you will find at Doctors. You can't beat the language arts department!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2008

We are so thankful for such a wonderful school here in Miami Shores. My son has excelled in every area of his education. He loves the school and the teachers. Yes they are strict and have lots of rules but I think at this stage its good. The teachers are great. Ms Charles, Ms Tennison and Ms Martinez are excellent. Students are well behaved and very talented. Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2008

A preparatory academy in one of the best-kept secret neighborhoods in America, a true gem. Great kids, great staff, great parents, in an amazing area that you would never believe is in the middle of a major metropolis. Once you find Miami Shores, you never want to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2008

Very good acadamically, but policies are often unfair and too strict. Many teachers have left this year, but the others are great! the lunches and school activities do not seem to be met with much enthusiasm from anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2008

This School has many teachers and faculty that harass the students with threats of detentions and demerits for ridiculous reasons. They seem to prey on average and below average academic students instead of teaching and helping them so they can cleanse their school to keep their test scores up at the expense of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2007

Most of the teachers are very determined and intelligent. I came from Miami Shores Barry University Charter School and all of the teachers who came from there are excellent. Ms. Tennison, Ms. Charles, Ms. Sanders, Ms. Anderson, Ms. Mosher, Ms. Jadallah are all wonderful teachers. Though some of the rules and policies are too strict.
—Submitted by a student


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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 53% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%
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 47% in 2014.

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
99%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

79 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
100%
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 78% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 "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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%
Biology I

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

102 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
91%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
84%
U.S. History

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

48 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%
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
Black 54%
Hispanic 26%
White 16%
Asian 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 43%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21%N/AN/A
Female 57%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 97%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 35%58%61%
Master's degree 65%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 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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11301 Northwest 5th Avenue
Miami, FL 33168
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