School Details

Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School

851 Southwest 117th Court, Miami, FL 33184
(305) 552-7122
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 513 students 14 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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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.
87%
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 2014
  • Dade average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
58%
56%
70%
61%
61%
59%
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 2014
  • Dade average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School is a public elementary school in Sweetwater. The principal of Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School is MS. CECILIA SANCHEZ, who can be contacted at pr5061@dadeschools.net. 513 children attend Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 59% of the Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 87% of the 513 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary School is 14:1. Academir Preschool Learning Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 96% 67%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 23%
Multiracial 0.3% 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.07%
Asian 0% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.03%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87% 74%
Limited English proficiency 59% 21%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is excellent because of its administration its teachers and all the staff. This school is great because of the engaged its students have with all the human being I mentioned above A+++

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school with an incredible program and even more incredible academic culture. I purposely transferred my daughter from private parochial school to this school in order to benefit from the dual language and gifted programs; I am elated how well this choice has panned out. The administrative staff and teachers are involved caring and appropriately demanding. My daughter has flourished under the stern guidance of a gifted teacher who refuses to accept "I can't " or "it's too difficult." Incredibly with this kind of encouragement my daughter has learned to love learning!!! I am so impressed with the program at this school that I enrolled my son in their VPK program starting in the fall 2010 - my little guy is excited about "learning stiff" like his sister! What a delight for a parent to know that their children WANT to learn. Thank you Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary!

  • (5 years ago)

    I think Dr. Carlos J Finlay is a great school! My daughter is now in 4th grade and I believe that the curriculum at Dr. Carlos J Finlay is challenging as it should be. The Principal is very involved and committed as well as all other staff to offering the best education possible. In my experience the teachers that I have dealt with have been excellent. I believe they communicate what is necessary to assist the students to progress. Part of being a parent is participating actively in our child's education. While the teachers are there to teach it is also our responsibility as parents to reinforce the importance of studying and paying attention in class.

  • (6 years ago)

    It's a truly great and skeeterific school!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have 4 kids and they have attended this school since 2004. My oldest son already finished elementary school and the other 3 are still there. I love the environment the teachers are excellent and dedicated they changed the principal recently. Ther previous principal was quite a character she was very energetic and impressed me when I first came because she was always pushing kids to be their best and telling them things like 'When there is a will there is a way' 'We are simply the best' etc etc. As simple as it seems it does a lot to their self steem and spirit of achievement. The new principal has a different style but is a sweet and caring person very professional and kind -- she has different strengths and it is so far doing a great job.

  • (7 years ago)

    I do not like the school. Not all children benefit from the dual language; some have a hard time with the Spanish especially when English is the primary language at home. Most of the time I am the one that teaches my son what the teachers are suppose to teach. All the administration at Finlay care about is the attendance and FCAT to which they put to much emphasis in. They need to worry more about the education they offer the kids and not how much they can get if student go to school everyday. My son has prefect attendance does not learn much at Finlay.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is fantastic. Their bilingual program is the #1 reason why I placed my child in this school. The teachers are great knowledgeable and talented. I look forward to many years with my children at Finlay Elementary.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter has attended the school for 4 years. She loves her school and teachers. The school is great and staff members are caring and always focus on 'reading'.

  • (8 years ago)

    I believe the school is not what you expect from an elementary school. There is no interaction with the teachers & parents. I have to rely on what my 5 year old 'remembers' to tell me.

  • (9 years ago)

    CF Elem offers a top notch bilingual educational program. The program is demanding and moves at a very fast pace! The school has a rigid 'keep up or ship out' disposition. If you can live without that warm and fuzzy feeling and your child is a fast learner the education is second to none. If your child is a littler slower to pick things up he/she will get left in the dust.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school. Very demanding with homework but well worth it.

  • (9 years ago)

    Finlay is an excellent school with a caring supportive staff that encourages and nurtures an environment conducive to learning.

  • (11 years ago)

    I am extremely proud that my children are part of such a wonderful school. My son now in 3rd Grade has been attending this school since Kindergarten and my daughter now in 1st grade has been there since last year. There are no words to describe how pleased I am with the efforts of all the teachers and staff with respect to their education well being and enthusiam towards providing the best possible education for my children. The principal Ms. Gimenez is always accessible to all of the parents and so very pleasant indeed. The office staff are always going far and beyond in order to meet all of the parents and students needs. They are also very pleasant in dealing with all us parents. The Ass't Principal Mr. Lux is so wonderful and always ensuring that all aspects of the school are running smoothly. The librarian Mrs. Tariche is so wonderful as well and not to mention Ms. Mari del Castillo and Ms. Atwell for helping all the students learn how to read and giving all of our children so much kindness and love. What else can I say about this excellent school. It gives me great peace of mind knowing that my children are part of such a wonderful school and are obtaining the best education in Dade County. I am very proactive in my children's school by constantly following up with of all their teachers and I always leave with a smile on my face. They are all so well educated pleasant and are always willing to dedicate time to me to discuss my kids performance. I truly believe this is critical in a child's progress towards a positive and promising future for them. Lastly I highly commend Mrs. Martin (K) Mrs. Zalamea (1st Grade) Mrs. Diaz (1st Grade) Ms. Hamilton(1st Grade) Ms. Lastra (2nd Grade) Mrs. Mederos (2nd Grade) Ms. Pulido (3rd Grade) Ms. Tyson Ms. Morales (Art Teacher) Ms. Fuentes (Music teacher) and the rest of teacher's staff for the wonderful education they have provided and continue to provide to all of our children. God Bless them all! As a graduate of Florida International University it gives me great pleasure that Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary is affiliated and works in conjunction with the University where I graduated and obtained my degree. I feel it is great that the children have this early exposure to a University environment therefore instilling in them the desire to want to continue growing academically. I truly believe this is the best elementary school in Dade County and more elementary schools should be built next to more universities. I feel this type of educational environment provides a sound foundation and is beneficial towards the child's future. Dr. Carlos J. Finlay Elementary Elementary School deserves to be acknowledged as one of the best if not the best public school in Dade County.

  • (11 years ago)

    As an educator in this school system and having a choice of whatever school to send my children my husband and I decided Carlos Finlay. Both my daughters attend there one in kindergarten the other in 3rd grade. It is the best decision I have made. Teachers are very positive make learning fun and more importantly instill a love of learning. This is all driven by the dynamic administrative team that support the teachers' efforts. Have you ever seen a large number of teachers work on a weekend for free to open the school or prepare for an inauguration? I did and collegiality teamwork and a passion for children was their driving force. Test scores are merely one indicator of educational success. When you take into account the low socio economic and poor language acquisition skills that these students bring to school this school's grade A counts for a triple A. Congratulations Skeeters! (the school mascot) You're the best!

  • (12 years ago)

    One of the most important advantage of this school is that at the end of Kindergarten they know how to read in English and Spanish both at the same time.

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