Felix Varela Senior High School

  • 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 2015-16 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 2015-16 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 2015-16 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%.

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Felix Varela Senior High School places among the top 20% of public schools in Florida for:

School Overview

  • Felix Varela Senior High School's student population of 2,882 students has declined by 9% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 117 teachers has declined by 11% over five school years.
School TypeMagnet School
Grades OfferedGrades 8-12
Total Students2,882 students
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Total Classroom Teachers117 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Felix Varela Senior High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 3,601 schools in Florida (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-16 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%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
52%
52%
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Student : Teacher Ratio25:116:1
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Asian
1%
3%
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Hispanic
87%
32%
This chart display the percentage of Hispanic students in Felix Varela Senior High School and the percentage of Hispanic public school students in Florida by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
Black
3%
23%
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White
9%
39%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Felix Varela Senior High School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in FL.
Diversity Score0.240.46
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Graduation Rate
86%
82%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
61%
48%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
9%
4%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Felix Varela Senior High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Florida by year, with the latest 2015-16 school year data.
School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameDade School District
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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Admin offices are in need of assistance they are terrible
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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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