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Somerset Academy Charter High

Charter | 9-12 | 1042 students

 

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Posted Sunday, September 14, 2014

Somerset is the worst school in the world i promose you it is horrible do not go
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2014

This school has a very faulty administration. There are four that are set to run the high school and they constantly contradict one another. This leaves both the teachers and students confused at times. Discipline at this school is either handled in an uneducated manner or the students are treated like they are members of a country club.To elaborate on the schools inefficiency some teachers are given extreme sums of power over others. The bad mouthing of teachers is something that constantly goes on and petty vendettas that higher ranked teachers have can be used to terminate the employment of another teacher who does not hold a high position. Somerset also underpays teachers who have a specialiazation in an area. Those who have obtained masters do not get their well deserved pay if one who has a say in their payment does not like them. This is one of the most unprofessional schools that I have seen over the years. I am appalled at what I have seen at this school. The fact that there is even more to go on regarding the administration is extremely horrifying in my eyes.


Posted December 8, 2013

All the lower ratings are CORRECT. This is my 4th year (I'm a Senior) and it's honestly a bad school. The only reason it's even rated so high is because the close-knit families among the students and parents(like the people below me pointed out). The school IS bad. Last year I had a chemistry teacher who was very knowledgeable on the subject - but just COULDN'T teach, or control the students. I barely learned a thing, and honestly I was trying to learn. The academic rigor is terrible, and pretty much the school as a whole is -- few programs offered - no sports such as lacrosse, or hockey like most high schools have. The student body as a whole is very unreserved and contributes to the poor academic rigor. PLEASE understand my review that this is (very honestly) not a good school. Ignore the biased positive ratings. They are only rated so, because of the close knit communities - who contribute to the terrible academics, and lack of programs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2013

I didn't like this school at all... I was super excited when I got accepted but after, I regretted even going. I went for 9th grade and left in the beginning of 10th grade, I'm now online schooled until I find a better school for myself because I didn't want to go to this school anymore. The teachers act like they care about our educations but they really don't because they do a very bad job at teaching and then they'll give you a quiz with little information on the lesson. They have a very strict policy on uniform which I hate and its ridiculous how they don't have a nurse or a nurse office, they also make you take these bathroom passes every time you go to the bathroom which basically, if you go to the wrong bathroom then you get into trouble which is horrible because its like elementary all over again. They'll give you a detention for anything you do and the school doesn't even give you textbooks.. they put the textbooks on the USB which isn't good because I like to use a textbook. The only good thing that I like about the school was the lunch food, that was honestly the only good thing that they had...


Posted July 25, 2013

I understand why many people are giving this school a high rating due to the close-knit community and the friendliness of the teachers. I can't say that is not true. But if you're looking for an academically rigorous school, look somewhere else. The teachers do not know what they are doing (well, most of them... there are some diamonds in there somewhere). If your student actually wants to learn, they will suffer and have to teach themselves. My student (son) literally has stayed home because he will learn more by himself that with the teachers. The teachers are NOT prepared. The administrators do not care about fixing these problems: as long as the school is growing, who cares if the kids learn or not?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2013

Honestly, due to it high ratings by others, I expected it to be a good school,yet that changed when I started as a new student in 9th grade last year. It is a terrible school, the staff is not very friendly, and most of the staff speaks broken English and mostly Spanish. The teachers are mostly young, and have no experience or caring about us. My Algebra 1 teacher, was horrendous, he would mostly talk about how great Jamiaca is more than math, he would also, not inform us when we had our chapter tests. I barely learned in there. My mother had to straighten him out a few times. He still was stubborn and kept talking about the benefits of being a teacher,(insurance, paid during summer,etc.). The students are not very welcoming. I swear, I was lucky that I made 3 friends there. They are just rude and not very including. The only good thing about the school, is that they have a dance program. That is the only reason I sort of wanted to go there. The dance teacher is amazing, and all that. My English teacher wa okay, but she was really nice am she actually taught, except she spoke REALLY broken English. I mean, she could barely pronounce the words on our spelling bee.


Posted June 28, 2011

Principal works out with the teacher exercising which makes it harder to communicate with either some of the teachers or the principal. Teacher leave when they find a better job that is part of the Florida Retirement System (Pines Charter). Thus, a high turnover rate, lots of students take public transportation from North Dade County to attend school here. Some teachers are dictators and can not teach. They are fresh out of college and give lots of busy work, but do not teach!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2011

An abundant of overachieving students, teachers, and administrators! We feel extremely fortunate to have three children attending Somerset Academy. This school exemplifies what a school can achieve under superior leadership. Principal extraordinaire,Mr. Bernardo Montero, is by far the most impressive principal I have witnessed, yielding tremendous accolades for this school. My husband is an Attorney and I am a former teacher and we feel the school is affording our children top notch academics in superb environment. The parental involvement is incredible as are the amenities and facilities. They have award-winning programs including: a Pre-Law Academy complete with a real Mock court room, a Pre-Med Academy, a Fine Arts Conservatory complete with a Dance Studio and a professional Martial Arts program. The school is constantly triumphant in all kinds of competitions...From debate events to athletics events. They strive to excel in ALL endeavors and activities, big or small. Prior to Somerset, our children attended an excellent charter school and private school in Weston. Somerset has undoubtedly surpassed both of these schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2011

Somerset is not for the mediocre! If you or your child are driven to aspire to be the best, then this school is for you. The excellence begins from the administration and infused into teachers and curriculum. Head Principal, Mr. Montero aspires to be the best and it shows. He is involved in all aspects of the school and knows every family. It is a unique charter school with Elementary, Middle, and High School in separate buildings but on the same campus. Our children look forward to attending school and we are confident they are receiving an accelerated education second to none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2010

I am the parent of two children who have been attending Somerset since elementary school. Sticking with Somerset as they went through their growing pains was well worth it for me. My daughters have grown both socially and academically with the help of Mr. Montero (the school's principal) and his staff at Somerset. Mr. Montero knows all of his students by names and faces, not by numbers or statistics. The students don't get lost in the shuffle as they do in larger public schools where they could easily even leave campus and never be missed. All who leave Somerset, whether they care to admit it or not, do well in whatever their endeavors are. The desire to do well is contagious at Somerset, and this is what the students take with them. The friendly competition and desire for success among the students at Somerset is very impressive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

This school is excellent mainly because of the involvement of the Grand Master Mr. Montero and his Principal Ms Kaye. It is wonderful to see them walking around the school they have a watchful eye, all the kid know and 'LIKE' them which is even more astonishing. IT Programs like Cognitive Tutor, Accelerated Reader, STI, School notes closes the loop between parent, student, teacher, administrators, school and home. I had 3 older children before my 2 youngest attended Somerset I can only compare it to other Prep Schools I attended and my olders attended. With one exception the administrators and teachers.!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

I am a parent of an elementary student and a highschool student. Both of my children love the school and would not consider going any where else. The schools sports teams are solely funded by the parents or the childs sponsor. The school does not get funding for sports from the school system, despite this set back, I have to say Somerset has the BEST teams! 2008-2009 District champions JV Base ball! My son this year chose to play foot ball and loves it. Sports gives the student a feeling of belonging. The students respect each other and staff. The principals in both the Elementary and Middle/High are TOP NOTCH! This is not a JOB for them, this is their family, they care about their family, their home and ALL of the kids! Check them out at the next foot ball game sporting school jerseys! I love Somerset!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

Mr. Montero and Ms. Bernal have truly made Somerset Academy great for us. They are always so visible and not only answer all questions, but follow up as promised. Mr. Montero is at every event and they are both so approachable. I am also impressed with the teachers quick responses to any concern that I may have regarding my daughter. Just being able to communicate with the Principal, Vice Principal and staff at Somerset makes all the difference in the world. That Mr. Montero - he does not pass the buck. If you address him with a problem or a concern, you can bet your life that HE will be the one to get back to you. That too has impressed me tremendously. My daughter loves the school - a happy child is a motivated child. The academics, the schedule, the clubs - so far - Love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

I think this is an awesome school, my son has been in Somerset since 1st grade and is now in 9th, it is a small school with an awesome headmaster that know all the students by their names, excellent in academics, and the best thing is I have an elementary student and a high school student and they are both in the same school, same location but different buildings. they are very strick with uniforms, no earrings, no long hairs, shirts have to be tucked in at all times. It's like having a private school but free, all we need to do is give 30 volunteer hours wich is nothing. I LOVE SOMERSET...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

I was extremely dismayed after reading the former valedictorian's input. In contrast to her libelous words, I feel the need to stress that I give this school credit for everything that I've become. My teachers, such as Dr. Allen or Harvard Graduate Mr. Meyer, were unparrallelable in the education they offered to me, even now at the University level. Our Principal, Mr. Montero, served as a personal mentor for several students, including myself, and made of us the great people we are today. Of the 7 AP classes I took at Somerset, I passed 6 of them, with 4's and 5's, an achievment I owe dearly to the staff. Classrooms and clubs were more than well resourced, as I recall frequent and well done labs in my science classes and a large scope of resources for the SGA to exploit as well. Without question, this is an amazing school.


Posted October 14, 2009

My child has been attending this school for many years and I have seen her become a wonderful young lady. She loves school and her teachers. The school does not have all the bells and whistles that large public schools have but it has something more important things; administration that cares, teachers that actually teach and most importantly an environment that allows open and honest dialogue. I am proud to be the parent of Somerset Panther!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

I am a parent of two students at Somerset Academy. As a professional in the medical field this school offers their students the opportunity to analyze, create and problem solve in all areas of studies. Their staff and parent involvement in the everyday activity of the students is outstanding. This school continues to improve its' standard of education yearly and their staff is readily available. I challenge ever alumni with this quote'If everyone gives back a little we will have enough for everyone'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

I am a student at this school and I have been here since 1st grade. No, it doesn't have a huge audotorium or several sports fields, but it feels like home. I can't see myself going anywhere else. There are tons of good teachers, and let me tell you, this school has improved. I love the administration. They mean business, but they care. You get to actually interact with teachers and administration. Lots of clubs; I am in many. It's really a great school and I like it alot. The academics are great. I really do love Somerset.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

there is big family working together to help students achive their goals.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 22, 2008

I am a recent graduate from this school. (I was valedictorian and I am now attending Duke University). Unfortunately, I cannot give credit to this school for anything that I accomplished during my years in it. The teachers were not prepared at all, the administration did not care about solving any of the problems, and we did not have enough resources in the class room. Take it from an AP student who had to teach herself everything because the teachers couldn't, put your child in a public school instead.


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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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

291 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
63%
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.

297 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

297 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
95%
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.

205 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

204 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
55%
Biology I

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

283 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
77%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

251 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
65%
U.S. History

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

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%
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
Hispanic 59%
Black 22%
White 13%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 51%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/AN/A
Female 49%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 95%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 55%53%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 3%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

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  • Spanish
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School Leader's name
  • MR. BERNARDO MONTERO
Fax number
  • (954) 442-1762

Programs

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  • French
  • Spanish
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
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