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Somerset Academy Elementary School South Miami Campus

Charter | K-5 | 474 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted April 6, 2014

This a wonderful school. All of the staff members have the best interest of the children at heart. Their education is top notch. The environment of the school focuses on values, academics and doing the right thing. The principle and vice principle are loving and go above and beyond for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2014

2014: SoMi is a great school, but you need to take the bad with the good. The teachers are caring and love what they do, but communication varies and it is hard to find out what is going on in the school unless you make an effort. The school does many activities to keep the children excited about learning, but parent involvement is limited by rules. For the most part the academics are challenging, but there is WAY too much focus on FCAT and SAT with an excessive amount of drills and worksheets. This creates an obstacle for real learning and a frustration for the students and parents. Home work is OUT OF CONTROL! and while I want my child to be challenged, expectations are not grade level appropriate. On the bright side, the families are great and want to be involved. If you are lucky enough to land with an experienced teacher, SoMi is fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

2013: The good: teachers, academics, leadership, much improved PE program. The bad: Poor supervision during the after-care program, way too much homework (no good balance and not following MDCPS guidelines on homework), large class sizes, blatant preferencial treatment of administration's children, who attend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2013

This school provides an excellent environment for my child and has a rigorous curriculum. I am very happy yo have my child attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

I'm lucky my girls got into SoMi before the waiting list. Kim Gilarte Gil does a great job. This school is better than the private schools in South Dade ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2013

ridiculous man okay whatever they are way too slack you know like way too slack


Posted April 16, 2013

My grandson, who is now seven and in his second year at Somerset elementary loves his scchool. Together with his parents we find the school excellent in every respect. The work load is heavy but that's life! The harder one works the more successful the end result .


Posted February 7, 2013

We live nearby and I went in one day last year to find out more about Somerset to see if it would be a good match for our children. I was told I could not see the inside of the facility, or speak with any teacher - - not even on a tour. An admin assistant told me they had stopped doing tours/open houses because the demand was so high that "they didn't need to." I just don't feel comfortable sending my children somewhere 8 hours a day that I have not been allowed to see.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2011

My three children attend Somerset Academy SOMI since it started, 2 are now in elementary and 1 in middle school. I could not be happier with the school. I had come from a private school and was a bit wary about the change to a public school and was extremely surprised by the quality of the teachers, very qualified, loving their profession, enthusiastic, prepared to give their best. The academics are demanding, but I'm all for it. I believe all my children are pushed to their full potential and when the time comes to go into high school they'll be at their individual best. The quality of the principal leadership trickles down throughout the whole faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2011

Our school is a magnificent place to work! Our administration is outstanding and supports our professional decision making abilities. We are constantly encouraged to do our best and make teaching ours. As teachers enjoy learning and providing our students with the most effective and research-based strategies. We differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all students while motivating them to do their absolute best. We believe that in order to succeed you must believe and constantly try. All students can rise to meet higher expectations. I love waking up in the morning and seeing my students and knowing that together we make magic happen in the classroom through innovative technologically enhanced projects and hands on learning experiences. Every day is a wonderful day at SoMi where learning is a pleasure and teaching is from the heart.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 17, 2011

We were lucky to be accepted into Somerset the first year. My child came from a very good gifted program in another school so we were a bit apprehensive over switiching schools. The school we came from lacked parental involvement. This School has been a gem for South Miami, the school is small and located in an industrial section of South Miami, but the leadership in the school is excellent. I was afraid the school would be too easy for my daughter especially coming from a gifted class. She has been excelling in every class. I love the bilingual program and I find that the homework is just enough. The teachers and assistants are fantastic and so is the staff. My only dissappointment is because of it's size, it does not appear that it will have a gifted program for the kids. We do not have a formalized PTA, but we do have a VIP Parent committee that is awesome. The involvement is pretty amazing. They are not equipped to handle special needs at this time. The sports program is among the best for an elementary school offering many sports and teams for the kids. I would recommend this school to anyone and I am so happy we will have a school to call home until 8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2010

90% of students in bilingual Spanish program. We want our child to learn a 2nd language with strong academics, but there is too much negitive reenforcement. 85% of students can speak Spanish, and being taught at college level. Our child kept up with the over-welming amount of home work (2 X other Schools). Adding FCAT Prep with double H.W., our child now in 4th grade feels burned out with no free tme. SOMI needs more accomidation for non-Hispanic students like our child who don't have bilingual parents to help with Spanish. Students can feel alienated from their peers. Student population lacks diversity, and disabled students don't seem welcome. SOMI has no PTA with matriarchal class Mom system. SOMI has good teachers and asst teachers, but with so much H.W., students help grade quizes. SOMI is a good school that needs a PTA and more diversity with the Administration, and student population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2010

This school is Somserset Academy SoMi, a charter school (grades Pre-k 3 to 8). My child attended this school in it's first year for kindergarten/Mandarin program. I am very happy with the school overall and have no major complaints. Academicallly the school is about as good as it gets. It has all of the latest technology available for all students. Third grade and above are each given laptop computers for use at school. Smart boards in all classrooms. The music and arts programs need improvement but I hope with time this will come. PE is a challenge at this school due to it's roof top outdoor play area. There is a nice playground for the young kids on the ground floor outside. Starting next year there will be an all-day gifted program for select grades. The school lacks a large meeting area so most big school events are held off campus.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 58% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

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".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 87%
White 11%
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 15%N/AN/A
Female 49%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 100%58%61%
Master's degree 0%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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5876 Southwest 68th Street
South Miami, FL 33143
Phone: (305) 740-0509

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