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Miramar High School

Public | 9-12 | 2606 students

 

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Posted September 17, 2013

Me, my son, and daughter all moved to Miami due to a job transfer. I had no choice due to this home school mumbo jumbo. We used to live in Fort Myers,Fl. I must say Ft. Myers wasnt much...it had amazing schools. They have no type of clubs that are interseting to join. I prefer my kids to go back to Fort Myers High School.Ft. Myers wasnt much.it had amazing schools. Miramar High school is for no student to attend. Theirs constant fights, Drug test, The staff is full of bad teachers, and dont listen to them about that they have gotten reopened and their better then they were befor.if you ask me no their not. They have no type of clubs that are interseting to join.They also don't respond to anything they always have these arrogant senior students in the front doing stuff even the teachers act like they dont want your child their. My son and daughter were great kids A+ students. Now they are terrified of even going to school. This school/district should be ashamed of themselves..they deserve ZERO stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

Miramar IB/AP program is a joke. The teachers do a horrible job in preparing the students for the AP test. Most of these teachers are lecturing instead of teaching and care more about just surviving the year rather than caring if the students pass. The whole program needs a make over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2013

The school needs to hold teacher's and adminstrators responsible for their poor academics The majority of the AP teachers are very poor and the administration does nothing about it. They support the inept teachers. If your child is bright and IB or AP material do yourself a big favor and go somewhere else to learn. Do not meet with the prinicpal until you have your discussion with the superintendent. Be PERSISTENT with the superintendent. This school needs NEW LEADERSHIP. The "A" is because of the AP students who would succeed whereever they attend school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2013

If the public only knew what this school really has to offer, they would be horrified. All of the good teacher are running out of the school in droves. The school has extremely poor leadership and the current state definitely reflects that.


Posted February 19, 2013

As a former student of Miramar high school I must say the school has improved a lot. When I was their I was a sophomore 2006-2007, but after that year I transferred to Everglades to complete my high school years. Anyways the learning their was sub-par, I wasn't in IB or magnet programs but I heard those were tough as well. At times I'd here people comparing Miramar and Everglades, but honestly they're about the same. Now Miramar is an A school for two years straight. So I just wanna say Miramar is a great place for students to learn. Yes you do have the bad apples in the tree but that's at any school, so the best thing to do is ignore them. Lastly parents must keep up with their children's school work. At this school if your waiting for a teacher to call you he/she won't unless it's something bad, then again that was back then and since then the school has seen so much growth


Posted February 13, 2013

I currently attend Miramar High, and I must say, if your child is not planning to be in the IB program, do not bother going out of your way to send them here. Our principal constantly boasts about our being an "A" school, but never gives credit to whom the credit belongs to. Never have I heard him once congratulate the AP/IB students who are the reason behind that letter grade. Seriously, the teachers are so poor in quality. You can just tell which teachers care about the students, and which teachers only care about the test scores. It's pathetic. Not to mention the horrible condition of the school. Walking through the hallways, all you can smell is mold. The environment is just daunting. I'm taking 3 AP classes, 2 Pre-IB classes (I'm a sophomore) and an honors. If not for the type of student and person that I am, I would be getting into horrid things with horrid people. The good thing, however, is that everyone in IB is like one big culturally diverse family. I love it :) Unfortunately the program is so challenging, that this year, students have been dropping out of IB like flies. The school deserves rate of 3. Nothing more, nothing less.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2012

First and foremost, As a student I must say that the school has definitely improved since Faso became principal. I like to see how active he is around the campus and really makes an effort to communicate with the student body. It's also nice to see something other than football getting attention too. We finally made an "A" school this year and I'm pretty confident it's because of the Ap/IB students. My only complaints are that I'd like to see a greater emphasis on SAT/ACT prep in class. After all, the point in high school is getting to college. FCAT is rather basic and holds no merit outside of Florida. We should focus on more real world applications of our knowledge. This school has made so many improvements. The kids inside of the programs are very accepting of all cultures and form strong connections with each other. Of course you have the bad eggs of the campus, but you hardly encounter them if you're doing what your supposed to do.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2011

A former student of miramar high's IB program the school it's self is really good has improved much since a decade ago. My only complaint is that the ap teachers throw too much work at you assuming that you can do it because you're an IB student. Most of the students themselves are open minded and diverse room for just about everyone to fit in. My only complaint is security guards are biased and drugs are the only problem.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 8, 2011

I am a parent of an IB student at this school. I think the administration is incredible and the teachers are great. They have given my son an opportunity to succeed and with determination and much hard work, he is doing just that. I think this school is wonderfully diverse and appreciate all of the student involvement in band, chorus, athletics, etc. Iam proud to be a Patriot parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

The IB program is nothing but a stressful mess. I attend this school and I am an honors IB student. Taking 2 ap classes. The teachers constantly vote off anything useful because they think IB kkids can handle everything thrown at them. Too much work that teaches nothing. They barely prepare you for exams with the notes or anything. If you really want to pass buy an AP review book ASAP. The teachers don't understand that you need to study since they find it necessary to throw a load of work at you. And by the time you finish the work you are dead tired. By senior ear only about 35% of the frshman starters will still be there. You're better off somewhere else. Sure the IB title is great to have. But it really isn't that prestigious. A very flawed program.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 21, 2009

I have two students that have attended Miramar High school and my third daughter presently attends the school. I find that the school has a good balance of academics and sport with the focus on the academics. I find the administration willing to work with parents to resolve issues that arise and that the school provides extra resources and assistance for the students. The school provides a positive learning environment for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Miramar High School is structured to help and encourage all children to learn and to prepare the young adults to reach for the stars. Miramar High School was named in the TOP 6% of high school in the nation for the last school year. I am proud to be the parent of two young adults are are contributing to the very positive environment at our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Miramar High is a great school of diversity, unity, and athletics! We all have a common goal, and that is to succeed not only in school, but in life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2009

I attend Miramar High School. I commend Principal Davey because my brother who went there during the early 2000s said 'the School has changed before Principal Davey was there he said people could sell drugs there, people were getting stabbed and shot over there and the Fighting has decreased'. The main building is not as clean as the freshmen buliding, the bathrooms are disgusting. The education in this school revolves all around FCAT, I have not learned anything in Reading, but my Math comprehension has enhanced.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2009

I have an ESE child that attends Miramar High School, and I couldn't be more pleased with the support that the teachers and administration have given both me and my child. He has flourished during his years at Miramar and I can rest assured knowing that he is well prepared for his future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2009

The school's ESE department is a disappointment - not the best place for a child with autism or low to medium functioning. Program leaves much to be desired. My advice: If your child finds himself/herself there, start trying to get out immediately!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2009

A terrible school - no respect or regard for parents; don't see parents as partners. They need to re-read IDEA and NCLB. Very defensive staff - poor environment with a very poor ESE program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2009

The current principal at Miramar High lacks the requisite leadership skills for her position. Her focus is mainly on coercing her staff to perform to her autocratic dictates. She needs to learn to listen to the teachers in the subject areas as to what methodologies they should implement to teach the children. The school has the potential to be an 'A' school. However this goal cannot be achieved given the existing hostile work enviroment that the current principal has created for her staff which has in turn has filtered down into how the children are taught by their teachers. I believe this principal's focus is not on educating our children but rather on rote drilling the children to 'pass the FCAT.' I believe if we educate our children first then passing the FCAT will become a non-challenge to them as education equips them with the necessary skills to master the FCAT.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2009

the IB program is the best when you are up for a challange. The teachers are great, though some students hate them because of the work given to them and the student enviroment is calm. after being in another school (Somerset Academy) this school has my every need to prepare for college and graduate successfully.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2008

I moved to Miramar and I can say I'm actually kind of suprised because people may have heard bad comments about this school, but to me it actually has alot of good activities and the teachers are doing their jobs at their best. I don't know alot of students at the school, but I feel comfortable and I know that I'm motivated for a great future here.
—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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

682 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
48%
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.

618 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

627 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
88%
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 84% in 2012.

671 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

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 "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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.

488 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
44%
Biology I

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

637 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
52%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

633 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
45%
U.S. History

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

581 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%
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 78%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 5%
White 3%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%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 90%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 46%53%61%
Master's degree 49%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%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 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. BRIAN FASO
Fax number
  • (754) 323-1480

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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3601 Southwest 89th Avenue
Miramar, FL 33025
Phone: (754) 323-1350

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