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Norman S. Edelcup/Sunny Isles Beach K-8

Public | PK-8 | 1868 students

 

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted August 25, 2014

I love this school. In the last year my daughter had the best teacher ... Mrs. Llanes !!! The Best Teacher I ever met. We are very happy and have a teacher as good and competent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2014

This school is ran very poorly. Only interested in standardizing . Students are treated like prisoners. An teachers are the prison guards. Every activity they have they want money. Money to wear jeans on Fridays, money to have fun day dress up. From kindergarten on kids tests are timed. Do yourself a favor put your kid in a different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2014

We had a horrible experience here. The school Is run like a prison. Kids are yelled at and berated constantly. My kindergartener was terrified to go to school. Her teacher would tell her that if she didn't do well on a test she wouldn't be able to progress to 1st grade and she developed test anxiety as a result. The only thing this school cares about are standardized test scores. They teach the children how to take tests and nothing else. Kindergarten had no art, creativity, play, and little recess time. There was no feedback or communication from the teacher at all. My friend'a daughter who attended this school had to get counseling because she was so traumatized by her teacher who yelled constantly. We moved to another school in the same district and it is such a massive improvement! Avoid this school, I wish I had!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2014

My daughter has attended this school for the last three years. She is very happy at her school. The school is very pleasant and helpful. The office staff have been a pleasure. The teachers are also great. I feel like they work as a team to provide the kids the best learning environment. The principal is also hard working, helping the students reach their full potential. I have met with her many times for various reasons and she has always been helpful and understanding. Also, the assistant principal's which they have three have been a great help in keeping this a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

My son is attending Norman S. Edelcup for 5 years and I moved to Sunny Isles Beach for this reason. I'm happy with the school and also almost with all teacher till now. He is in gifted class. I feel that this is a safe school and this matter for me the most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

THE BEST SCHOOL EVER TEACHERS ARE AMAZING ,MY GIRLS LOVE IT .THANK YOU FOR THE HELP
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

Horrible school. All of the office staff needs to be changed, every individual that works there is rude. The staff has no manners, and have no ethics on behaviors. The principle Dr. Wiseman does nothing to correct their actions, neither does the assistant principal Ms. Tapia. The teachers are horrible, they yell at the children, they have no patience. I see it every day I walk to pick up my son from school, the teachers want all the children to behave like soldiers, they are children and they are going to misbehave regardless. The teachers make the children feel bad, there is no compassion, no love, no respect, no tolerance and no patience at all with the children that attend this school. These teachers need to get fired. The principal is the worse, she does nothing in this school to improve not only the office staff behaviors but the teachers behaviors as well. The children are ok kindergarten, first grade, and probably second grade as well, beyond those grades if your child is timid, shy, or the nerd, they will get bullied! Good thing I'm leaving this area, the parents are rude too. They think they have money but they don't . Parents are not involved as they should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

Like this school and the teachers are very good. School is clean.The food cafeteria needs improvment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2013

My children attended this school for several years. There is rampant uncontrolled bullying, They were constantly HARASSED one day my kid came home bleeding, nothing was done, when I went to the school to report the issue, I was ignored and treated with lack of respect and sympathy. I was completely dissapointed by the way the principal and assistant principal handled the bully ism problem that they have, and the sad thing is that the kids wellbeing is not their priority. " Status " is the most important thing here. It almost feel like the teachers are training kids to become fake, uncaring adults. What a shame! I guess if you are not on the click you will be disrespected and your child mistreated. The principal is extremely snobbish and uncaring. The office staff is the rudest I have ever seen in my life It is a real fake mess at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

My son has been attended during the past 2 years since kindergarten. The K class was great and I really love Mrs. Godoy. He went to first grade and the things were a little different 36 kids at the same class and 2 teachers. The experiment didn't work,... too much kids. But I love the educational level and I think this part is very good. But not enough recess and time to socialize and to play for kids of that age is unacceptable. They are hyper of course!!!, because they don't have enough time to play. Not all the parents have time to pay extra activities for our kids. The teacher's response by e mail and phone calls were the worst. The principal is rude and need a manners' classes by far. I know they are doing things to change but please MORE PLAY TIME is mental and physical need health for the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2013

The Worst 2 years of my life and my children. Have beign HARRASED by teachers, and the Dr. ( principal) Reported them to the Regional. I guess if you are not the right click you would get and your children misstreated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2013

The teachers I have dealt with have been extremely good to work with along with one of the assistant principals. A couple of the front office admin personnel could use coaching on their behavior, but otherwise most of the people in the office are quite easy to deal with. This is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2012

My son attended this school from Kinder thru 2nd grade. I must say, the school is great & very safe! None of the other crazy stuff you see in other schools in Miami. His teachers were great!! Ms. Halvorsen, Mr. Galo & especially Mrs. Abdallah!!! My son loves her, he even cried at the end of the year. However I do think they could do better for activities to reward the kids. Also, maybe some shows for certain Holidays.......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

Please Do Not enroll at this school you will be making a huge mistake. Yes its new, its pretty is has all the "bells & whistles" and even a good state grade but inside its filled with an awful administration, from the principal to the teachers to the office staff. They treat parents like second class citizens and students much worse. Go to the courtyard at any given time & you will hear yelling from teachers at children. The principal or "Dr." as she insists on being called is rude and looks down upon the parents & children. Please read the other parent comments , do your research & look beyond states grade and scores. I wish i had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

The office staff is not very kind, and the school management doesnt do it for me either, however my son went there 3.5 years and all his teachers were great. Espcially Mrs Favata, Mrs F Green and Mrs Jay. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

In this supposedly good school kids are treated like little criminals, they talked down too and they certainly don't feel cherished. Maybe for some it's a foreign concept "to cherish" and "to be cherished", but that's how students flourish. Very rude office staff led by arrogant and unhelpful administration. My kids were in Bay Harbor School before and over there they have completely different atmosphere, welcoming and homey.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

Wow my reviews keep getting deleted too!! Sunny isles beach school is not so sunny. The principal is rude and extremely uncaring. She would be better suited to run a correctional facility than a K-8 school. She only cares about the schools rating and FCAT scores. There is rampant bullying and the majority of the teachers speak so poorly to the children. Communication between parent/teacher is near impossible. Please dont be deceived by this schools high ratings its all smoke & mirrors. Look beneath the surface...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2011

My reviews keep getting deleted, so I'm assuming the schools are now paying this site to keep positive reviews. This school is so pretty on the outside, but horrible on the inside. The principal is a snob. She will only give you the time of day if you're wealthy. The teachers are horrible, yell at kids and act 'ghetto'. They don't command respect at all. The office staff is the rudest I have ever seen in my life. The only thing they care about at this school is keeping their FCAT scores looking good, not about whether or not your child is learning.
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Posted September 4, 2011

My daughter attended the school for the past 2 years, now that she moved to high school do I truly realize how fantastic this school is! The teachers are excellent, the principal Dr. Weisman is a great principal. I did a lot of research before choosing this school and can honestly say that there is no better school in the district or anywhere else in Miami for that matter!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2011

My child attended this school for several years during middle school. She was in an accelerated program and her FCAT scores dropped from her previous school she attended. I was completely dissapointed by the way the principal and assistant principal handled the middle school children. The morale of the students was low, there was rampant cheating, and most of the electives were eliminated. There was uncontrolled bullying and disrespect for the teachers. This school may be good for elemantary school children, however we would encourage parents to look at a traditional middle schools where the faculty is better prepared to handle children and the issues and educational needs that surround them.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

232 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

233 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%
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.

230 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

230 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

229 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

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.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%
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 53% in 2014.

188 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

189 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%
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.

174 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
72%
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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

195 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

196 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

195 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
79%
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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
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 78% in 2012.

189 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

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2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
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U.S. History

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

2014

 
 
n/a
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 53%
White 42%
Black 2%
Asian 1%
Two or more races 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 27%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%58%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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201 182nd Drive
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160
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