School Details

Palmetto Elementary School

12401 Southwest 74th Avenue, Miami, FL 33156
(305) 238-4306
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 623 students 13 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

75%
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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 2012
  • Dade average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
66%
63%
86%
63%
61%
88%
53%
53%

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.
83%
81%
81%

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 average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
58%
56%
80%
61%
61%
76%
51%
54%

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 2012
  • Dade average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Palmetto Elementary School is a public elementary school in Pinecrest. The principal of Palmetto Elementary School is MR. ERIC TORRESS and can be contacted at pr4221@dadeschools.net. 623 students go to Palmetto Elementary School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 5% of the Palmetto Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 24% of the 623 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Palmetto Elementary School is 13:1. St Louis Covenant School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 23%
Asian 5% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 43% 8%
Hispanic 42% 67%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
Multiracial 3% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.07%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24% 74%
Limited English proficiency 5% 21%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    We transferred to Palmetto from a private school in our old neighborhood because of the reputation. Yes parents seem to be involved but that is about it. We originally thought the school was disorganized and that communication was poor. We thought to give it a chance but yesterdays open house was a disaster. Teachers had zero preparation did not know the curriculum communicated nothing about our children are not trained in classroom technology and did not know the room mom's name (who seems to be the only good thing) and made sarcastic remarks about programs encouraging parent involvement during lunch and boy do we miss recess. Yes we are disappointed. We hope to see improvements as the school year evolves but are not ruling out a change of school for next year. On a positive note our child enjoys this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    THIS IS AN AWESOME SCHOOL. My children are involved with the many drama and arts programs including band and chorus. The school also offers orchestra and cheerleading. We are very happy with the PTA and its involvement in supplementing the programs and teachers. The teachers are also very dedicated and the principal has been a good leader. The school is focused on reading and the joy of the kids who go over the Rainbow or who have perfect attendance or birthdays is tremendous. It is a community school and we have never wanted to go to the other school close by that has a "higher" rating. This school is smaller and we believe better than other schools especially since the kids in the school are also in the community. My children have made lots of friends and are involved in many activities after-school as well. There is a sense of working together and we really appreciate the school and its administration.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school teachers are very dedicated and all staff is involved with the parents and community. My 4 kids have attended PES and we are very happy with their academic and school environment experience.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school! The PTA/parental involvement is phenomenal. My children are both happy here which is most important.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our first grade teacher was great! we are looking forward to the gifted program for second grade. I was able to meet with a few teacher from second to fifth grade and the are great teachers. As for the principal He need to be more involve.

  • (2 years ago)

    The academic program is good. Lots of parental involvement which leads to better students. I am very pleased with this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I just withdrew my son from this school. along with 2 more kids in his class. Palmetto is great if you get the "right" teacher. We unfortunately did not. we left to another school after being in Palmetto for 2 yrs it was sad to leave but we had to. it was getting to stressful. The teachers we had for 1 and 2nd grade were not good teachers and the next teacher didn't care to teach so we left and 2 kids followed suit. no one listened to us teacher principal no one. Good luck to all of you.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter attends the ESE Program at Palmetto Elementary as she suffers from hyperactivity. As such I expected the teachers and staff to care for the well being and safety of the students in the program. However my daughter has been bullied by classmates (both verbally and physically). I have complained numerous times but instead of dealing with the situation the school has turned a blind eye and the bullying continues. The issue has gotten to the point where my daughter had to verbally defend herself from her attackers and she was written up for her actions (But her attackers were not). The staff needs to do a much better job in making sure the students (especially in the ESE Program) are under control. As a parent I am fearful for the well being of my daughter. I cannot comment on the regular school and attention provided by teachers and staff members but as it relates to the ESE Program the school gets a failing grade from this parent.

  • (4 years ago)

    The dedicated teachers are great the kids are taught to love to learn and parents are involved what more do you want?

  • (4 years ago)

    Parents are very involved in their kids lives as well as the activities in the school. This makes all the difference in the world

  • (4 years ago)

    Palmetto Elementary has a terrific group of teachers who work together to ensure that our kids consistently perform above standards. I am amazed at their passion and how many of them are always trying to improve the learning experience for our children.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Palmetto because of the dedication that the teachers have for student learning.

  • (5 years ago)

    If your child is within the ASD & moving from Special Ed.& into a Gen Ed class this is not the school they lack specialized teachers who know how to deal with any type of autism spectrum disorders they are ok on the other disabilities only because they are visible & kids can see the difference not the same within the autism spectrum disorder since they are just as any other kid except for minor issues. Parents play a big role here always donating time & supplies as well as collecting funds for the school. Office personnel aren't friendly. Security is excellent. Academics are ok. The Spanish class is too crowded.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children in the VPK program at Palmetto Elementary and am very impressed with everyone I have met there. Their teacher is awesome and the children love to go to school. The other kids are great and the parents are wonderful. All of the staff members at the school have been great to work with. We have absolutely no complaints and look forward to staying there.

  • (7 years ago)

    Good school my son has been there for 3 years now

  • (7 years ago)

    This is my son's second year attending Palmetto Elementary School. I could not be happier. He has had the best teachers ever imaginable.

  • (7 years ago)

    Love it...wow Parent involvement is very good and the teacher experience is excellent. I'm very proud to have my son in this school. The safety is excellent. Now my son enjoy to go to school and is having fun learning.

  • (9 years ago)

    I had 2 children at leewood. the process of learning was stressed by the princple and staff. in the early years my children were taught how to learn. the early training has made it much easier for the kids to continue that process of learning throughout their path of higher education. music and art were part of all 6 years of the kids learning at school. their was also foreign languages and of course recess which was more organized excersice with a bit of free play throw in. parent involvement was extremely high and their were many fundraising programs to aid the kids learning

  • (9 years ago)

    Every year I think my daughter has the best teacher she can possibly get and then a new year starts and she gets an even better one. The tremendous parent involvement really allows for the school growth.

  • (9 years ago)

    Just one parent's viewpoint - underwhelming. Palmetto has coasted on a good reputation for several years but may not live up to its own public relations. Students expected to learn and have fun definitely a good neighborhood school if you live down the street but it 'aspires to mediocrity' to borrow a term the media has recently used when critiquing public schools. Expectations are not very high weak enforcement of rules. Children are not required to wear a school uniform (although the school has a mandatory uniform policy which allows for many different options) - what does this teach students? Certainly it's an above average school for Miami and Florida. I attribute this to affluence of the neighborhood and families rather than school excellence. It's not hard to be an A-rated school with affluent involved parents and few underprivileged or minority students. Plus most have attended preschool and have head start.

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