Felix Varela Senior High School

  • Felix Varela Senior High School serves 3,021 students in grades 8-12.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the FL average of 16:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 90% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 60%.
  • Felix Varela Senior High School operates within the Dade School District.
  • Dade School District's 68% graduation rate is lower than the FL state average of 71%.

School Overview

  • The student population of 3021 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The teacher population of 122 teachers has declined by 8% over five years.
School Type Magnet School
Grades Offered Grades 8-12
Total Students 3,021 students
Felix Varela Senior High School Total Students (2001-2015)
Gender % Felix Varela Senior High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers 122 teachers
Felix Varela Senior High School Total Teachers (2001-2015)
Students by Grade Felix Varela Senior High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has increased from 23:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.25 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (FL) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 25:1 16:1
Felix Varela Senior High School Student Teacher Ratio (2003-2015)
Asian
1%
3%
Felix Varela Senior High School Asian Students (2001-2015)
Hispanic
86%
31%
Felix Varela Senior High School Black Students (2001-2015)
Black
3%
23%
Felix Varela Senior High School Black Students (2001-2015)
White
10%
40%
Felix Varela Senior High School White Students (2001-2015)
Hawaiian
n/a n/a
Felix Varela Senior High School Hawaiian Students (2009-2010)
All Ethnic Groups Felix Varela Senior High School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown FL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
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.
0.25 0.70
Felix Varela Senior High School Diversity Score (2001-2015)
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.
60%
53%
Felix Varela Senior High School Eligible for Free Lunch (2002-2015)
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.
11%
5%
Felix Varela Senior High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2002-2015)

District Comparison

  • Dade School District's student population of 356,762 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The district's graduation rate of 68% has decreased from 95% over five years.
  • The revenue/student of $9,790 in this district is less than the state average of $12,021. The district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four years.
  • The district's spending/student of $10,082 is less than the state average of $12,230. The district spending/student has declined by 12% over four years.
School District Name Dade School District
Number of Schools
Managed
519
22
Number of Students Managed 356,762 10,184
Dade School District Students Managed (1989-2014)
Graduation Rate 68% 71%
Dade School District Graduation Rate (2001-2010)
District Total Revenue $3,488 MM $122 MM
Dade School District District Total Revenue (1992-2014)
District Spending $3,591 MM $125 MM
Dade School District District Spending (1992-2014)
District Revenue / Student $9,790 $12,021
Dade School District District Revenue / Student (1990-2014)
District Spending / Student $10,082 $12,230
Dade School District District Spending / Student (1990-2014)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2015 (latest year available) NCES, FL Dept. of Education

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School Reviews

  3.20 out of 5  (5 reviews)
5  7/4/2011
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.
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2  1/25/2011
Admin offices are in need of assistance they are terrible
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2  11/17/2009
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.
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5  11/24/2008
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!
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2  1/11/2008
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.
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