School Details

Miami Palmetto Senior High School

7460 Southwest 118th Street, Miami, FL 33156
(305) 235-1360
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 8-12 2714 students 21 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Dade average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
86%
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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 2014
  • Dade average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

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.
  • This school in 2014
  • Dade average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Miami Palmetto Senior High School is a public high school in Coral Gables. The principal of Miami Palmetto Senior High School is DR. ALLISON HARLEY, whose e-mail is pr7431@dadeschools.net. 2,714 children attend Miami Palmetto Senior High School and identify as Asian/Pacific Islander, Asian, and Hispanic. 2% of the Miami Palmetto Senior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 35% of the 2,714 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Miami Palmetto Senior High School is 21:1. Westminster Christian School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Asian 5% 1%
Hispanic 43% 67%
White, non-Hispanic 35% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 23%
Multiracial 0.8% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.07%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 74%
Limited English proficiency 2% 21%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    The school is great so far. My son loves it and is getting excellent grades. He is a freshman and he only has 8 students in his algebra class. He says it's basically like tutoring. I don't find it to be dirty but it is a large public school. Large is a relative term though when you consider other schools such as Ferguson have almost 5000 kids enrolled. This school is half the size.

  • (11 months ago)

    TERRIBLE. this school is disgusting. Parents think just because its in a rich neighborhood that its a great school but really its so dirty grimey and the authorities are horrible and unhelpful. They used over 30 000 dollars or so to rebuild buildings in 2016 but they cant hire new janitors to clean the 3 week old milk on the seats in the caf. This school is one of the worst. The staff are so rude excepr dr. Harley and a few others. Mr hunter now enforces uniform after being a no uniform school since it started and if you dont wear it then you get a detention FOR UNIFORM. tje securities are so grimey and they do everything BUT secure. the ladies are rude and mean and the men just hang out and act buddy buddy with the students and let them skip. DON'T SEND YOUR KIDS HERE.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is terrible. Please parents do not send your kids here. Everyone at that school is very rude and not welcoming and the school itself is terrible. They steal from their students and treat them like they are nothing. They even called my daughter who is a very respectful person a liar. This school is very rude and I do not recommend sending your kids here.

  • (1 year ago)

    Fair warning this is a big big school. If you or your child need individualized attention you will not get it here. My time at this school was one of the worst and darkest periods of my life. I'm by no means an idiot but when I ran into roadblocks in the classroom I received very little help and that seriously tripped me up academically and I fell behind a lot. I fell through the cracks socially as well. I wasn't around healthy people and was the butt of many peoples jokes and remarks. If you need a healthy environment with more attention than a teacher with 150 students can give you don't go here. Size is not something the school can really help. Nor can they help the apathy of some instructors. I can say that my bumpy experience here truly prepared me for higher education. I learned what I liked more about who I am. I learned to ask questions and that my education was worth getting those answers. I learned to choose better people to be in my life and I learned to love myself more cause no one else is going to do it for me. Thanks for the life-lessons Palmetto.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is decent. Not the best but not the worst ) So I suppose that's how I feel about this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Interesting school. Fun band fun kids. A little bit challenging. Go to this school if you're a easy learner.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the best comprehensive high school in the County (probably the state too). With 27 APs an iPrep Academy the new Cambridge Magnet a top-notch Jazz Band and other fine arts offerings this school should be everyone's first choice. The Principal is dynamic open-minded and energetic. Her administration is loyal and helpful. We are so fortunate to have Palmetto in our community!

  • (2 years ago)

    My kids are very happy and I enjoyed being a volunteer and it has been a great experience havent had any complains.

  • (2 years ago)

    Palmetto has great academics and a huge slate of clubs sports and extracurriculars. The facilities will be updated under the new bond. It's great having my kid in my neighborhood school!

  • (2 years ago)

    As with any school some things about Palmetto are less than perfect. It's not the cleanest place and there are a lot of students. However I am currently in my third year at Palmetto and I absolutely love it. If you are a good student or at least show effort/respect towards your teachers and peers here they will go out of their way to help you. Involved students get the most out of their high school experience - any kids who don't like Palmetto probably wouldn't be happy at almost any school in the area. I chose to go to Palmetto over any private school that was offered to me. I chose Palmetto for their reputation as a competitive school in regards to grades sports (some more than others) and productions (TVP Yearbook and my personal favorite - Newspaper). My teachers love their jobs and want to see students show pride in everything they do. The uniform is casual - your choice of spirit shirt (most every club has one per year so there are tons to choose from) and jeans - it's no big deal/inconvenience. My only issue is that school starts too early but that's not Palmetto's fault.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am potential parent of this school. My son possible will go to this school soon he is studying in Shenzhen China but in the international class which is especially preparing the student to study in US at grade 12. For all the information I got from the internet it is sure a very good school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am an alumni and I have two younger siblings who are alumni. If you are self motivated and have great support at home you'll do well here and rise above the filth. If you are from the Pinecrest or Palmetto Bay community you'll find a culture shock from the disgusting Perrine and Cutler Ridge(Bay.. whatever they call it now) community which invades this school. There are bad students who are bused in but the reality is the "gang" mentality comes form the administration at the school who are low class. Disgusting security guards and uneducated office staff ruin the school and hurt the student population. They smile and put on a nice face for parents and visitors but they treat students disrespectfully and show a force of strength comparable to a prison yard. If your child is unprepared for the hard street mentality here they might be damaged. On positive notes majority of teachers are intelligent well mannered and care about the students. Half of the students are also bright and come form good homes. 4/5 stars because sadly this school is better than most of the rest of Miami but only because of the good families in the area.

  • (3 years ago)

    this school has a lot of hypocracy among girls. also the staff dosn't work like their suppose too. also the school is overcrowded. and the people are rude.

  • (3 years ago)

    I thought Palmetto was different I thought it wasn't like southridge but it is your better off going to a private school and if you can't afford it try getting into Coral Reef This school is nothing special.

  • (3 years ago)

    The school has gone downhill. There is a uniform although it is not enforced unless you are wearing shorts. Forget the boys who have their boxers hanging out and girls who show off their bras but if you're wearing shorts you're in trouble. Some of the teachers don't know how to teach and get annoyed when students ask for help. The school is disgusting. I once had a roach climb out from my locker. All the money is spent on the tv program at school and I do like to know what is going on in the school but I would also like to have some toilet paper in the bathroom ("They can't afford any") and would not like to walk into the bathroom and see a soap dispenser in the toilet for a week even after it's been reported. The office staff do not help parents unless you yell across the desk for them repeatedly. It's a terrible school and really needs to get itself together.

  • (4 years ago)

    Miami Palmetto High School is consistently in the top 100 of "Forbes" best schools in the United States. Children can get the most or the least out of any school. As a 1962 graduate let me remind you that dress codes back then were very restrictive -- and I'm sure today's standards would both shock and appall me. Go Miami Palmetto - Go Panthers!

  • (4 years ago)

    The last three reviews are so over exaggerated. I have worked there for 10 years. We are the best comprehensive high school in Dade County and maybe the state. We don't choose our students. The reviewer who spoke of our girls dress is exaggerating. Our "easy" dress code is enforced and there are no pool party dressing. The phone policy is fantastic and yes some teachers are inconsistent but it is better than the students constantly talking on the phone. Finally our office staff is the very best. The person who spoke of the rudeness probably did not get what they wanted. Are we perfect...no but we are very good at what we do.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is terrible the faculty staff administrators don't pay attention to the students who need extra help. The office faculty have bad attitudes they sit around acting like they're doing their jobs when they're reallly not.. The girls walk around and dress in clothes as if they were in a pool party. This school is overcrowded as well don't put your children in this school you'll regret it. Staff is rude.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm a senior in this school. All my teachers are nice except one. She is really rude and disrespectful. I walked in the class putting my phone away and she saw me and demanded me to give it to her. I asked her "Are you gonna give it back after class?" She said "No I'm gonna give it to the principal and your parents have to come and pick it up." I was really angry when I heard that because I don't live around the corner we live really far from the school and my parents work. So the teacher wrote me up and I had to sit in CSI (indoor suspension) for 3 days and supposedly was gonna get my phone back the next day in the afternoon. when I went to pick it up the receptionist in the front of the office who is also really rude and sarcastic said I am supposed to get it back after 5 days or before if my parents come pick it up. That is not with the admin told me this school exaggerates with the phone policy. Give me a break.

  • (4 years ago)

    THIS SCHOOL IS AWfUL DO NOT I INSIST DO NOT GO HERE OR PUT YOUR KIDS HERE !!!

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