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Fairway Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 739 students

 

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Posted today

Don't Attend this school. Worst School in Miramar, I went to the meet the teachers meeting and it was a waste of time didn't learn anything. I was told by the teachers they will send the information on the first day of school and i'm still waiting. The school is so disorganized, they had no orientation, don't know whats going on in the school, the teachers didnt know how to send the kids to class or even how to organized drop off and pick up, The main office is the worst, there is no communications between anyone. I was told by the vice principal one thing but nothing was was done about it. the location changes by the day. The staff don't care the parents dont care so there is no improvement. There are no groups for the school no PTA, the school website is out of date since last year. The school supply list is different than what my child gave me so i wasted money on supplies he will not use this year. There should not be a uniform color because i see student come to the school in whatever color. if i can take my kids out of this school i would have so if you can avoid this school please do. They dont deserve that one star!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2014

Fairway Elementary School have improved DRASTICALLY. The second you walk into the front office you are welcomed with a warm smile and greeting by a young lady name Ms. Gilbert. Administration is usually visible before and after school. I would say the teacher there are friendly and will contact parents with any issues they may have. There is a teacher in particular who I appreciate to the maximum and that is Fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Natasha Jean. She is a motivator, team player, talented, oversees mostly EVERY extracurricular activities at Fairway and most importantly an AWESOME teacher. There are times Mrs. Jean would sit down and explain homework assignments with me so I can assist my son at home. Her notes are extremely helpful. My son went from a struggling reader/writer to a proficient reader on the honor roll. She also taught my daughter many years ago who is currently in the 11th grade. Her teaching skills, relationship with students and parents is remarkable. I sure hope that administration knows how awesome she is. I can see Mrs. Jean being a GREAT principal one day. Fairway is a great school that is overlooked by many. I am a proud parent of Fairway Elementary School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2014

Fairway has many outstanding teacher who care about the kids and work very hard but the new administration is horrible. I have seen the way she treats the staff and teachers; very disrespectful often raising her voice. I have also been in the office and heard her speaking badly about her teachers to others in the office. Parent involvement is not sought out at the school either. We are not treated like partners. I have seen many good teachers leave the school in the past few years and I am sure the good teachers will continue to leave. My child has also mentioned that there are many discipline problems at the school. He says the kids misbehave and nothing is done. They are always sent back to class to continue acting up. I DO NOT recommend this school to any parent. There are too many issues that are being overlooked.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

fairway is a very good school on what they have. They need more personal in the school they only have one person in the front desk. you never see the cop that works in the school the only thing you see is the car. what I don't like is that they don't sing you in so that mean that anyone can go in or out if they know your face its a go. I also believe that they need more fixing around the school. They work with what they have and they are nice they do need help with more staff and the police that works there needs to help so the parents can know that there kids stay safe in school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2010

I will admit I was a little hesitant to have to place my daughter at this school, but I was in for a great surprise! I don't know where the renewed interest and determination came in for this school but based on my daughters learned skills throughout the year, I've become a believer. Perhaps it was the new principle, or new teachers there has been a turnaround. I suspect that they will surely be an A school by next year. There were no instances of fighting or bullying--they rule with a (gentle but firm) iron hand. I was involved and participated in numerous outings and classroom functions and was welcomed always to speak with the teachers and check in on my child's progress. I'm really happy with the experience and look forward to an even better year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

I changed my daughter to Fairway thinking that this would be an improvement. I am very disappointed in the office employees and counselors. I learned that the only way to get thru to the office staff and principles, is by being extra tough! I do not recommend this school and regret my decision 100%. However, Mrs. Haxton is a wonderful first grade teacher that was willing to sell her used books to purchase supplies and assist in field trips for her class room.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2008

Fairway Elementary with Ms Hanna was a great school where students, teachers and parents were all treated as though we shared a common goal. The education of our kids. The new principal seems determined to remove motivation from the students, involvment from the parents and desire from the teachers. She closed the campus without notifing us parents and I had tremendous problems picking up my child. She has removed the extracurricular activities that usually do a great job to keep my daughters grades up so she can participate. The teachers are undermined and are not motivated. They regularly volunteered for extra instruction but this year 2007-2008 there have been many cancellations. This prinipal has taken a B school and will make it be a D school. I am very disappointed with her leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2007

Fairway Elementary; This School exceeded my expectation on every level from the level of all the teachers involvement with the students etc. Although there were a few teachers who stood out above all others That was one of the second grade teacher. Ms Camacho it was truely a pleasure for my son being exposed to her at this level of his education when those first few teachers make such a great inpact on wheather a child wold enjoy school or not. So much thanks to you Ms Camacho, there at Fairway Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

The school as a whole seems to be less personal this year than last year. As a parent it concerns me that I am not allowed to visit my student's teaching environment and no contact with the teacher is permitted without a conference. Last school term I had constant contact with the teacher which allowed me to get a daily progress report on my child. This helped me in working with my child as well as it helped my child because she felt there was a personal repor between her mentors which gave her incentive to work harder. This year I have had very little personal contact with her teacher and it has made a difference. The school is very impersonal and it has affected my child. A concerned parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2007

I kindly agreed that the rate for this school is very poorly, the school's administration and some participant seen to occasionally view children as individual and not as their level of age status . I must say that the nurturing, caring, and understanding when dealing with children is very badly not to mention their attitudes and reaction responds when you asked a simple question. On the rank for the teacher I must go with the pros and cons 'quote'. As a mentioned before this school is mark poorly when, it comes to suit a good education for children. It is more like a high school sort dealing with older kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2004

The staff and administration work hard at making this an excellent school. Over the years of FCAT testing, this school progressed from an FCAT grade of 'D' to a present grade of 'B'. Many fantastic teachers at this school; teachers that make the extra effort to ensure your child's success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

Overall I would rate this school poorly. Mainly, because of the school's poor administration, I would have to say that this school has a negative environment and it does not foster the nurturing, caring atmosphere that elementary school children need. On the occassions that I have had to deal with the administraion I have found that they are unwilling to see the children as individuals and treat them accordingly. Instead it seems they have the attitude that because they are adults no matter what's right or wrong their authoritative positions give them the right to talk harshly, or deamean the children. I do like their willingness to allow parents access to the school. In addition to this I must say that my son's teacher attempted to keep her classroom positive and upbeat. However, as I stated I would definitely say this is a poor school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2003

fairway elementary is a great school it has great teacher and staff. i would like to point out one of my favorite teachers and thatis ms. mahoney. she is great with the kids and has a wonderful and great dance team. she knows when to discipline and knows when to have fun with her kids. i was in her class last year and she helped me when i needed help and explained every thing the right way. she is a great teacher.


Posted August 26, 2003

Fairway has a good spirit and the energy that the principal and assistant generate is admirable. There are a few teachers, like Mr Daub, Mrs Raines, and Miss Boothe who are exemplary in their commitment to the education of the children and produce great results. However, there is a sense of mediocrity that prevails in some critical areas and much more needs to be done to bring this to realizing its full potentials. Undoubtedly, there are lots of talented people associated with this school but it is time to take Fairway to a higher level of excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
29%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

113 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

108 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
89%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

119 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
31%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Black 87%
Hispanic 10%
White 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 36%53%61%
Master's degree 59%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. MICHELLE ENGRAM
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7850 Fairway Boulevard
Miramar, FL 33023
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