Felix Varela Senior High School

Felix Varela Senior High School serves 3,024 students in grades 8-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is higher than the FL average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 90% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 57%.
Felix Varela Senior High School operates within the Dade School District.
The school district's 62% graduation rate is lower than the FL state average of 70%.

Overview

The student population of 3024 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The teacher population of 133 teachers has declined by 5% over five years.
School Type Magnet School
Grades Offered Grades 8-12
Total Students 3,024 students
Felix Varela Senior High School Total Students (2001-2013)
Gender % 51% Male / 49%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 133 teachers
Students by Grade Felix Varela Senior High School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has increased from 22:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.33 is less than the state average of 0.45. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (FL) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 23:1 15:1
Asian
2%
2%
Hispanic
81%
28%
Black
5%
23%
White
10%
43%
All Ethnic Groups Felix Varela Senior High School Sch Ethnicity Felix Varela Senior High School Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.33 0.45
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
52%
49%
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
12%
8%

District Comparison

The district's student population of 365,628 students has grown by 5% over five years.
The district's graduation rate of 62% has decreased from 95% over five years.
School District Name Dade School District
Number of Schools
Managed
507
23
Number of Students Managed 365,628 9,989
Dade School District Number of Students Managed (1988-2012)
Graduation Rate 62% 70%
Dade School District Graduation Rate (2001-2009)
District Total Revenue $3,531 MM $138 MM
Dade School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $3,994 MM $159 MM
Dade School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $10,220 $13,793
Dade School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $11,558 $15,882
Dade School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2013 (latest year available) NCES, FL Dept. of Education

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is John A. Ferguson Senior High School (2.6 miles away)
The nearest middle school is Hammocks Middle School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Oliver Hoover Elementary School (0.5 miles away)
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  • MiamiHammocks Middle School
    Magnet School
    9889 Hammocks Blvd
    MiamiFL 33196
    (305)385-0896
    Magnet School

    0.2 mi | 1182 students | Gr. 6-8                      
  • MiamiHonored for National Blue Ribbon Award Oliver Hoover Elementary School
    9050 Hammocks Blvd
    MiamiFL 33196
    (305)385-4382
    0.5 mi | 855 students | Gr. PK-5                      
  • MiamiClaude Pepper Elementary School
    14550 Sw 96th St
    MiamiFL 33186
    (305)386-5244
    0.8 mi | 809 students | Gr. PK-5                      
  • MiamiChristina M. Eve Elementary School
    16251 Sw 99 St
    MiamiFL 33196
    (305)383-9392
    1 mi | 673 students | Gr. PK-5                      
  • MiamiPinecrest Academy (south Campus)
    Charter School
    15130 Sw 80 St
    MiamiFL 33193
    (305)386-0800
    Charter School

    1.1 mi | 750 students | Gr. PK-5                      

School Reviews

  • Recommended July 04, 2011 - As a parent of a daughter who graduated 2006 and another in the 11th grade, I have nothing but praise for Varela. Ms. Connie Navarro the Principal is very approachable as are the VP's. My girls have participated in cheerleading [ coach Kubit ] and the Enchanters dance club [ Ms. Osorio ] and they have wonderful memories to tell their kids of Varela Senior High. Even though I work a fulltime job I have always found the time and effort to participate as an involved parent. It's up to you and your child to make it work. I highly reccomend Felix Varela High School. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended January 25, 2011 - Admin offices are in need of assistance they are terrible - Posted by Administrator
  • Recommended November 17, 2009 - The academic programs are terrible. The grading scales is curved in such away that one F can bring you down from an A to a C. The teachers are all terrible with the execption of Mr. Lorenzo. - Posted by Student/Alumni
  • Recommended November 24, 2008 - The level of dedication by the teachers has improved significantly in this school. In the past four years I've been attending, I noticed the ease of access to clubs, sports, and areas to unleash my creativitity. The communications academy is top knotch; the learning these students do, not only helps them in their career, but also in life. I've blossomed in my writing and knowledge about the global community we live in(and I got into an Ivy League School), and I thank Varela for this. I definately recommend this school! - Posted by Student/Alumni
  • Recommended January 11, 2008 - The communication between teachers, counselors, assistant principles and parents is poor. The quality of teachers and academic programs has declined in the last couple years. My child has felt since she began at Felix Varela that the teachers just do not care. She has had very few good teachers who motivate the students during her 3 1/2 years there. The drop off of students in the morning is dangerous. Very bad traffic flow causing students to be late for class. Students get out of cars in the middle of the street not at crosswalks. - Posted by Parent

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