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B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Felix Varela Senior High School is a public school located in Miami, FL. It has 2,882 students in grades 8-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 38% of students are at least proficient in math and 52% in reading.
Address
15255 SW 96th St
Miami, FL 33196
Telephone
(305) 752-7900

Felix Varela Senior High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
38%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1080
381 responses
Average ACT
24
124 responses
AP Enrollment
24%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$65,211
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,596
National
$949
Median Home Value
$262,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
77%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.53 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.53 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 267 responses
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  • Grad bash
    17%
  • Prom
    16%
  • Graduation!
    16%
  • Senior luncheon
    12%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Spirit week
    9%
  • Senior movie night
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,882
Free or Reduced Lunch
72%
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.68 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.68 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.68 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,354
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.3%
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.80 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.80 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.80 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,082/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.84 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.84 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.84 responses
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Felix Varela Senior High School Reviews

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Felix Varela is a pretty good public High School. Why? First, rules are follow along. Administration is always caring about people' safety and they are really strict with the rules. Teachers are really nice and they teach pretty well. I have had a pretty good experience in my school, I feel comfortable and safe. Activities are fun with music and games. We have an amazing principle that always checks classes and how people are doing. We receive gifts if we are doing good in school to keep people worrying about their grades. It's a good day to be a viper, Always!
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The AP program is fantastic and our teachers have the highest ap scores in the disctrict as well as rate higher than the average nation-wide average. These teachers use a large porion of dedicated time to help their students with whatever, the need and most teachers in the school seem to appreciate and love their job. However, not all teachers teach their children the same. There are only a few teachers that seem to not care about their jobs, and the school spirit is more or less non-existant. There are a few groups of students that show spirit but these groups can only do so much. The food on the other hand, is terrible not because it is unsanitary, this is more of a county or statewide issue regarding the quality of food. Other than that the school is fantastic and no school is perfect because these problems are easy to solve. I appreciate varela and I am definitley glad I chose to stay in this course.
What I like about Felix Varela Senior High School is the effort put by staff (involving teachers and all workers) to make the school a safe and encouraging environment for students. With all the bad things occurring in the world, everyone is Varela tries to make the school as secure as possible. The staff makes sure to be fair will all students. For the seniors, the staff, specifically the activities committee, tries to plan out fun activities for us to do. Some sports, such as basketball, volleyball, and soccer, are very supported at my school.