School Details

Design & Architecture Senior High School

4001 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137
(305) 573-7135
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 505 students 14 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

98%
52%
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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
52%
54%
99%
88%
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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
100%
83%
84%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
66%
64%
95%
63%
67%
99%
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64%

Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Dade County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Design & Architecture Senior High School is a public high school in Miami. The principal of Design & Architecture Senior High School is Dr. Stacy H Mancuso, who can be contacted at pr7081@dadeschools.net. 505 students go to Design & Architecture Senior High School and are mostly Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Asian. 0.4% of the Design & Architecture Senior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 40% of the 505 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Design & Architecture Senior High School is 14:1. Young Men's Preparatory Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Cheerleading
  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 55% 67%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Asian 3% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 8%
Multiracial 2% 0.5%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 24%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.07%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.03%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40% 73%
Limited English proficiency 0.4% 21%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    As a senior I can very honestly say that DASH is the best school in the world. It has taught me everything I know. I love you DASH.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter has attended this school for two years. The design art and architecture classes are above reproach. The teachers are definitely devoted to the students. The students are the lucky recipients of the teachers' expertise. However... the academics are another story entirely. The math teacher for the gifted/honors program is absolutely below average. His ineptitude is handicapped my child and destroyed her fascination for math. We have resorted to virtual school courses in math to better prepare her for college. The administration refuses to address this issue. Send your child here for a phenomenal arts education but don't expect high SAT scores for math. When we were considering schools one of the selling points for this school was the administration's claim that the majority of the students get accepted to the college of their choice with a full ride. Last year a good portion of the graduating seniors listed the local community college as their future. Far cry from what was touted. After so many years of early mornings and late nights and days of projects over breaks the payoff has to be bigger than community college. Hopeful things improve before my child graduates.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is great especially because it's a small school which allows for a "family like" atmosphere and a lof ot solidarity between students. Also most of the students there have chosen to be there so everybody is working hard and passionate about what they do. My daughter is in her second year there and loves it.She gets a lot of help and advice from some seniors. Academics vary in quality though espcially maths. I wish they would not get all these cuts--but which school does not?--because they have suppressed a lot of clubs and the students will now have to take some classes online which is less efficient than person to person in my opinion.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is a graduate of DASH and in her second year at college. DASH is a magnet school a quarter the size of my son's high school located in the Design District of Miami and is devoted to the visual arts education curriculum. While a student my daughter received the quality education and attention each student at any US school deserves. DASH has prepared my daughter for the challenges and level of excellence that college presents to its students They are truly deserving of this reward money to expand their school and programs and welcome new talented arts-majors.

  • (4 years ago)

    My sister has been going to this school for 3 years and never has come home saying she had a bad day. She loves every teacher she has ever had and her principal is amazing. This school is not only one of the most educational schools it is also a great place to meet new friends. There is no bullying much at all and I would recommend it for anyone who wants to go there.

  • (5 years ago)

    its a great school and i learned alot!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is finishing his second year at DASH and he says it is the best thing that has happened to him to be able to attend such a great school. I knew my son was good in art but his talent has increased since he started going to DASH. I know he will get into a great art college as a result of having attended DASH. My husband and I have attended some school luncheons that they have had at the school and we are impressed with the quality of students that attend this school they all enjoy being at school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Best school ever! I can't say enough about the environment the teachers the curriculum and the preparation for college and the real world. But everyone has already stated that here. so what I would like to add is that they are also coached on how to speak with college reps and how to professionally explain and present their portfolios and works of art so that no stone has gone unturned and a thorough process from inception to completion can be understood; and that their passion and knowledge cannot go unseen.

  • (8 years ago)

    I was very impressed with the talent of the students which was encouraged by an environment that nurtured creativity. The calculus teacher here was so good that my daughter took courses over the summer so she could take another class with this instructor. Never happened before or since. This was a very good school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great for art... academics are great don't get me wrong but it may only appear amazing on the fcat. Otherwise it may be better to consider a more academically focused school. The environment is extremely enriching and the small classes make it excellent to thrive in the subject areas you want.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great school with a great program. Nearly 100% college attendance! Offers best art and design programs in Dade County.

  • (9 years ago)

    great public magnet school; don't send your kids here unless they're really interested in the core curriculum (fashion desing architecture industrial design film or web-based media); very high FCAT scores but that's a little misleading given the low standard the FCAT tests to; SAT scores aren't necessarily that high; to get the most out of this school your kid must be prepared to work very hard and be committed to the art and design classes; some of the teachers in the non-art related classes are not as good as the 'art' teachers who are uniformly great; this school is probably much closer to New World School of the Arts and further away from MAST Academy in terms of magnet schools; that is don't send your kid here just to get out of the neighborhood school for a better education unless your kid is serious about the core curriculum.

  • (11 years ago)

    Only great things to say about DASH. High academics; encourages college level courses challenges students. Great atmosphere for teens small school

  • (11 years ago)

    I cannot say enough great things about DASH! My daughter loves it and I'm hoping my youngest daughter gets in. It is well worth the long days. The teachers are incredible and the work is challenging. I know my daughter is getting the best education possible.

  • (11 years ago)

    My daughter graduated from here in 2000. It was an incredible experience for her and turned her life around (she had been floundering in the low-grade middle schools in the district). Her friends and fellow students were vibrant and creative human beings-going thru all the usual teenage angst-but devoted to their creativity and for the most part looking ahead with a keen understanding of themselves and where they were in their lives at that time and place. DASH is the only reason I kept us in Miami as long as I did.

  • (11 years ago)

    WOW...what an exceptional opportunity for my son! To be able to learn in an environment that is completely in the field he loves is a great gift. The teachers and administration are tops! He loves to go there everyday and missed it during the summer. He says it is well worth the long bus ride and commitment to achieve his artistic goals and would not want it any other way!

  • (11 years ago)

    teachers are excellent very motivational. my kids love the school.

  • (11 years ago)

    great school that encourages students. My daughter loves this school.

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