Schools near Doral see boost in ratings

January 7, 2014 by  

The three high schools in Miami Lakes, near Doral, each received either A or B grades on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) for the first time ever.

Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School made the most progress of the three. In 2011, the school earned a D grade on the FCAT. It was able to raise its grade to a B in 2012. Its A grade, released at the end of 2013, was its first A ever.

Another school, Miami Lakes Educational Center, had earned A grades in the past and was able to maintain its standing. The third school, Barbara Goleman Senior High School, raised its grade from a C in 2012 to a B in 2013.

The town council had set aside $22,500 in the budget for each of the schools to use for tutoring for the FCAT. According to Tony Lama, a councilman, the education advisory board and community members pressed for money for tutoring during budget hearings.

There is a connection between the schools’ ratings and the property values in the town, according to Lama. He believes that more funding for FCAT preparation will provide a benefit to the students, the schools, and the town itself. He added that having three schools earning high ratings makes the town a more desirable place to live in for people with children

The schools could use banner printing to highlight their recent grades. The Miami Lakes Town Council has already put out a press release to draw attention to them.