The best of Miami-Dade: Top elementary schools

by James McClister

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Good schools are a grace to real estate agents, because every home buyer with kids wants to be near one, and many are willing to pay a premium for the convenience.

In Miami-Dade County alone there are over 400 elementary, middle, high and combination schools. Some are good, some are okay, and the rest probably aren’t going to help you sell a neighborhood.

We’ve combed through pages of rating data from Florida’s Department of Education, and in a multi-part series, we’ll be publishing the county’s top 100 elementary schools as well as the top 50 middle schools, high schools and combination schools.

For the first part of our series, we give you Miami-Dade’s best elementary schools, starting with Downtown Doral Charter Elementary School, which received strong marks in English and mathematics achievement.

See the rest below:

1-33

School Name English Achievement Mathematics Achievement Science Achievement Total Achievement
DOWNTOWN DORAL CHARTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 85 85 85
SOMERSET PREPARATORY ACADEMY SUNSET 74 96 85
HENRY S. WEST LABORATORY SCHOOL 94 91 84 83
ARCHIMEDEAN ACADEMY 88 95 77 82
SOMERSET GABLES ACADEMY 85 90 59 82
TRUE NORTH CLASSICAL ACADEMY 84 82 75 80
CALUSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 83 89 87 79
SOMERSET ACADEMY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOUTH MIAMI CAMPUS 89 93 86 79
DORAL ACADEMY 85 91 82 78
MATER GARDENS ACADEMY 70 88 69 76
RENAISSANCE ELEMENTARY CHARTER SCHOOL 86 89 83 76
PINECREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 87 89 84 76
WILLIAM H. LEHMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 80 82 67 74
N DADE CENTER FOR MODERN LANGUAGE 80 86 74 74
ETHEL KOGER BECKHAM ELEMENTARY 85 88 69 73
PINECREST ACADEMY (SOUTH CAMPUS) 79 87 82 73
DANTE B. FASCELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 75 78 76 72
COCONUT GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 79 82 70 71
FLAGAMI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 64 76 60 71
SOMERSET ACADEMY BAY 88 77 84 71
JOELLA GOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 61 75 72 70
CLAUDE PEPPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 68 81 73 69
ROYAL PALM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 65 71 57 69
MATER ACADEMY 75 79 76 68
OLIVER HOOVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 78 77 68 68
KENDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 74 73 59 68
BANYAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 67 71 68 67
BENT TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 67 80 46 67
CORAL REEF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 76 79 79 67
PALMETTO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 77 79 76 67
WESLEY MATTHEWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 81 77 60 66
SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 66 72 78 66
SOMERSET ACADEMY CHARTER 74 83 57 65

34-66

School Name English Achievement Mathematics Achievement Science Achievement Total Achievement
ISAAC: INTEGRATED SCIENCE AND ASIAN CULTURE ACADEMY 70 60 65
JOE HALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 63 75 60 65
MIAMI SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 66 70 66 65
NORTH BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 80 81 78 65
ACADEMIR CHARTER SCHOOL WEST 77 80 80 64
MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS ELEM 63 76 61 64
GULFSTREAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 67 72 68 64
ADVANTAGE ACADEMY SANTA FE 79 67 61 64
SPRINGVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 69 76 68 64
SPANISH LAKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 59 75 56 63
NORTH TWIN LAKES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 65 72 57 63
SOMERSET ACADEMY AT SILVER PALMS 70 79 60 63
PALM SPRINGS NORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 63 77 58 63
ROYAL GREEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 61 73 47 63
SUNSET PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 76 75 66 63
NORMA BUTLER BOSSARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 72 73 66 62
DR. MANUEL C. BARREIRO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 68 75 59 61
PINECREST PREPARATORY ACADEMY 70 78 67 61
HIALEAH GARDENS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 67 72 54 61
ZORA NEALE HURSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 66 71 54 61
KENDALE LAKES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 67 72 64 61
SYLVANIA HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 58 64 37 61
SOMERSET ACADEMY CHARTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (SOUTH HOMESTEAD) 59 72 59 60
EMERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 69 75 48 60
HIALEAH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 50 59 62 60
MADIE IVES COMMUNITY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 53 61 66 60
REDONDO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 43 76 60
DR. CARLOS J. FINLAY ELEMENTARY 68 79 63 60
GEORGE W. CARVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 63 65 58 59
CUTLER RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 54 61 59 59
GREENGLADE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 62 70 54 59
HOWARD DRIVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 65 68 56 59
PALM LAKES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 55 54 63 59

67-100

School Name English Achievement Mathematics Achievement Science Achievement Total Achievement
SEMINOLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 61 74 64 59
SOUTH POINTE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 73 75 65 59
SOUTH MIAMI HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY 58 66 56 59
E.W.F. STIRRUP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 62 65 51 59
TWIN LAKES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 64 63 62 59
CHRISTINA M. EVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 71 72 55 58
DAVID FAIRCHILD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 74 75 74 58
HENRY M. FLAGLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 52 58 46 58
GLORIA FLOYD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 70 68 51 58
GREYNOLDS PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 50 65 55 58
DR. HENRY E. PERRINE ACADEMY OF THE ARTS 64 69 51 58
SHADOWLAWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 38 59 38 58
SNAPPER CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 56 59 54 58
FLAMINGO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 54 54 59 57
KINLOCH PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 60 57 61 57
DOWNTOWN MIAMI CHARTER SCHOOL 52 61 51 57
MAE M. WALTERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 55 66 55 57
AMELIA EARHART ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 51 55 57 56
CHARLES R HADLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 63 67 48 56
WEST HIALEAH GARDENS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 55 60 51 56
LAKE STEVENS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 41 48 45 56
NORTH MIAMI ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 44 68 44 56
BRIDGEPREP ACADEMY INTERAMERICAN CAMPUS 57 65 43 56
CORAL TERRACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 57 62 53 55
ACADEMIR PREPARATORY ACADEMY 42 62 55
JACK DAVID GORDON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 71 73 53 55
LAKEVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 31 58 49 55
LUDLAM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 59 74 47 55
OJUS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 65 67 39 55
PALM SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 49 57 57 55
KELSEY L. PHARR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 42 52 48 55
VIRGINIA A BOONE-HIGHLAND OAKS SCHOOL 70 62 60 54
KENSINGTON PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 48 58 60 54
NORTH HIALEAH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 46 59 59 54
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  • Frank says:

    So proud of my wife principal of Calusa love yo

  • Joe Granda says:

    Interesting that all the charters that have ties to real estate moguls made the top pages.

  • Carol Reiter says:

    So proud of one of my former students who teaches now at Doral Charter (Karla Llera) and also bursting with pride that my firmer school Flagsmi Elementary, ” the little school that could” ( also where my own daughter is a teacher Joy Reiter Dailey) and where I was the Region 5 Teacher of the year in 1996. Great news! We try very hard in Dade !

  • Sandra Avila says:

    we love Claude Pepper Elementary

  • Janet Perez says:

    Feeling very proud for Kensington Park Elementary as I see they made it on the list

  • Concerned Parent says:

    Kensington Elementary is not allowing ABA therapists come see their patients anymore. That’s horrible. A school that preaches how they help esl students yet won’t allow therapists to come. They allowed it last year and the assistant principal tells the parents it’s the schools choice and they say no.
    This school should not be on this list.

    • Janet Mayers says:

      Any school that has the access to ABA Therapy for any child should roll out the red carpet to accommodate them for their students who need it. My grandsons in Virginia have been on a wait list for this therapy for years. Even if I paid out of pocket I can’t get it for them due to a lack of ABA certified therapists. Shame on Kensington Park! ALL STUDENTS MATTER!!

  • Alejandro murcia says:

    God job Bent tree elementary

  • Informed Citizen says:

    A great percentage of these schools are charter schools that accept students regardless of the real estate their parents own. I would love to hear more information as to how these schools were rated given that some of them aren’t A schools, while other A schools were left out. Furthermore, a great unit of measurement would be teacher retention. Something that I know for a fact some of schools have failed miserably at.

  • Elie says:

    Calusa #7!

    • Chris says:

      My children have been part of the charter school system for 8 years. They have grown with their teachers. May teachers have been there through the our years. One teacher has worked her way through school. She has been a receptionist, then an assistant now my son’s teacher after receiving her degree. We are blessed to be a part of SOMI.

  • Proud teacher says:

    This is foolish. I noticed that many schools have high data points yet the Charter schools with lower data are ranked higher. Goes to show you you can’t always trust everything you see on the internet…