Felix Varela Senior High School

3.20 5 1 (5 reviews)
Tel: (305)752-7900
  • Felix Varela Senior High School serves 2,882 students in grades 8-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 38% (which is lower than the Florida state average of 54%) for the 2015-2016 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 52% (which is equal to the Florida state average of 52%) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Felix Varela Senior High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Florida for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 25:1 is higher than the Florida state level of 16:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 91% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the Florida state average of 61%.
  • Felix Varela Senior High School operates within the Dade School District.
  • Dade School District's 80% graduation rate is lower than the Florida state average of 82%.

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School Overview

  • Felix Varela Senior High School's student population of 2882 students has declined by 8% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 117 teachers has declined by 12% over five school years.
School TypeMagnet School
Grades OfferedGrades 8-12
Total Students2,882 students
Felix Varela Senior High School Total Students (2002-2016)
Gender %Felix Varela Senior High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers117 teachers
Felix Varela Senior High School Total Teachers (2002-2016)
Students by GradeFelix Varela Senior High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

  • Felix Varela Senior High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 3601 schools in Florida (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 25:1 has increased from 24:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Felix Varela Senior High School is 0.24, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.46. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (FL)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
38%
54%
Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
52%
52%
Student : Teacher Ratio25:116:1
Felix Varela Senior High School Student Teacher Ratio (2002-2016)
Asian
1%
3%
Felix Varela Senior High School Asian Students (2002-2016)
Hispanic
87%
32%
Felix Varela Senior High School Black Students (2002-2016)
Black
3%
23%
Felix Varela Senior High School Black Students (2002-2016)
White
9%
39%
Felix Varela Senior High School White Students (2002-2016)
All Ethnic GroupsFelix Varela Senior High School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity BreakdownFL All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.240.46
Felix Varela Senior High School Diversity Score (2002-2016)
Graduation Rate
86%
82%
Felix Varela Senior High School Graduation Rate (2011-2016)
Eligible for Free Lunch
61%
48%
Felix Varela Senior High School Eligible for Free Lunch (2002-2016)
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
9%
4%
Felix Varela Senior High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (2002-2016)

    District Comparison

    • The school district of Felix Varela Senior High School is Dade School District, which is ranked within the top 50% of all 74 school districts in Florida (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-2016 school year.
    • Dade School District's student population of 357,931 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
    • The district's graduation rate of 80% has increased from 71% over five school years.
    • The revenue/student of $9,718 in this district is less than the state average of $12,987. The district revenue/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
    • The district's spending/student of $10,356 is less than the state average of $13,734. The district spending/student has stayed relatively flat over four school years.
    School District NameDade School District
    Number of Schools
    Managed
    524
    22
    Number of Students Managed357,93110,175
    Dade School District Students Managed (1988-2016)
    District Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
    52%
    54%
    District Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
    52%
    52%
    District Graduation Rate
    80%
    82%
    District Total Revenue$3,443 MM$132 MM
    District Spending$3,669 MM$140 MM
    District Revenue / Student$9,718$12,987
    District Spending / Student$10,356$13,734
    School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
    Source: 2015-2016 (latest school year available) NCES, FL Dept. of Education

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    School Reviews

      3.20 out of 5  (5 reviews)
    5  
    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  
    Admin offices are in need of assistance they are terrible
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    2  
    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  
    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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    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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