Sweetwater Elementary School

Summary:

Sweetwater Elementary School is a public elementary school in Miami, Florida, serving 497 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Miami-Dade school district, which is ranked 24th out of 68 districts in Florida and has a 3-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Sweetwater Elementary School faces several challenges, including a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (99.6%) compared to nearby schools, a higher chronic absenteeism rate (18.8%), and consistently lower proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Math, and Science compared to the Miami-Dade and Florida state averages. Additionally, the school has a very high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (71.43%), indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population.

Interestingly, the nearby charter schools, such as Pinecrest North Preparatory (Fontainebleau Campus), Renaissance Elementary Charter School, and Doral Academy, consistently outperform Sweetwater Elementary School on test scores and have higher rankings from SchoolDigger. These charter schools also have lower chronic absenteeism rates and lower percentages of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch. Sweetwater Elementary School's statewide ranking has also declined over the years, suggesting that the school's performance has been declining relative to other schools in the state.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 10655 SW 4th St
       Miami, FL  33174


(305) 559-1101

District: Miami-Dade

SchoolDigger Rank:
1393rd of 2,256 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,970 Help


Students who attend Sweetwater Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Ruben Dario Middle School
High:    Miami Coral Park Senior High

Student/teacher ratio:  16.5 Help
Number of students:  497

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
99.6%
White:
0.4%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  71.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Sweetwater Elementary School ranks worse than 61.7% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 186th among 281 ranked elementary schools in the Miami-Dade School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2024 the calculated Average Standard Score was 38.12. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (99.6%), White (0.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 71.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Sweetwater Elementary School is 16.5, which is the 144th best among 281 elementary schools in the Miami-Dade School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Sweetwater Elementary School is $12,970. 148 elementary schools in the Miami-Dade School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Sweetwater Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Miami-Dade:

SchoolDigger ranks Miami-Dade 24th of 68 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Sweetwater Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 52.62 825th 1688 51.1%
2007 49.01 968th 1786 45.8%
2008 57.99 783rd 1789 56.2%
2009 48.64 1015th 1847 45.0%
2010 50.08 1028th 1919 46.4%
2011 48.54 1084th 1985 45.4%
2012 42.54 1161st 1984 41.5%
2013 42.62 1165th 2029 42.6%
2014 43.56 1173rd 2064 43.2%
2016 54.67 942nd 2087 54.9%
2017 48.05 1099th 2112 48.0%
2018 62.31 767th 2118 63.8%
2019 59.26 859th 2182 60.6%
2021 41.93 1269th 2247 43.5%
2022 58.95 860th 2219 61.2%
2023 36.76 1422nd 2240 36.5%
2024 38.12 1393rd 2256 38.3%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Sweetwater Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 90 6 1 1325 0 n/a n/a 0 1422
1989 81 2 1 1453 0 n/a n/a 0 1537
1990 58 1 1 1309 0 n/a n/a 0 1369
1991 41 4 4 1070 0 n/a n/a 0 1119
1992 54 2 4 1034 0 n/a n/a 0 1094
1993 67 3 0 1018 0 n/a n/a 0 1088
1994 69 5 0 967 0 n/a n/a 0 1041
1995 56 4 2 1040 0 n/a n/a 0 1102
1996 56 4 2 1040 0 n/a n/a 0 1102
1997 50 4 4 1061 0 n/a n/a 0 1119
1998 48 0 5 1084 0 n/a n/a 0 1137
1999 29 1 2 1113 0 n/a n/a 0 1145
2000 19 1 2 1140 0 n/a n/a 0 1162
2001 12 3 4 1172 1 n/a n/a 0 1192
2002 9 1 3 1037 0 n/a n/a 0 1050
2003 9 1 3 1037 0 n/a n/a 0 1050
2004 10 3 7 970 0 n/a n/a 0 990
2005 10 5 4 968 0 n/a n/a 0 987
2006 5 4 6 950 0 n/a n/a 0 965
2007 6 5 7 933 0 n/a n/a 1 952
2008 10 4 8 952 0 n/a n/a 5 979
2009 6 7 4 982 0 n/a n/a 4 1003
2010 7 6 2 981 0 n/a n/a 1 997
2011 6 4 1 929 0 0 1 0 941
2012 8 3 3 893 0 0 0 0 907
2013 7 4 1 871 0 0 0 0 883
2014 3 2 3 834 0 0 0 0 842
2015 4 4 2 783 0 0 0 0 793
2016 8 4 4 720 0 0 0 0 736
2017 4 2 3 714 0 0 0 0 723
2018 5 3 5 676 0 0 0 0 689
2019 5 4 3 566 0 0 0 0 578
2020 6 2 4 538 0 0 0 0 550
2021 7 1 2 465 0 0 0 0 475
2022 2 2 2 460 0 0 0 0 466
2023 2 0 0 495 0 0 0 0 497

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Sweetwater Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1422 70.0 20.3 52.9
1989 1537 84.0 18.2 65
1990 1369 78.0 17.5 69.5
1991 1119 67.0 16.7 73.5
1992 1094 66.0 16.5 65.1
1993 1088 55.0 19.8 68.2
1994 1041 57.0 18.3 68
1995 1102 61.0 18.1 74.5
1996 1102 61.0 18.1 74.5
1997 1119 58.0 19.3 76.4
1998 1137 63.0 18.0 74
1999 1145 64.0 17.9 89.1
2000 1162 66.0 17.6 89.1
2001 1192 63.0 18.9 90.1
2002 1050 60.0 17.5 88.6
2003 1050 60.0 17.5 88.6
2004 990 59.0 16.8 89.2
2005 987 60.0 16.5 91.2
2006 965 64.0 15.1 87.6
2007 952 62.0 15.4 82.2
2008 979 69.5 14.1 85
2009 1003 67.3 15.0 86.4
2010 997 63.0 15.8 94
2011 941 65.0 14.4 93.7
2012 907 64.0 14.1 94.4
2013 883 61.0 14.4 95.8
2014 842 55.0 15.3 95.8
2015 793 49.0 16.1 93.9
2016 736 47.0 15.6 93.5
2017 723 46.0 15.7 91.6
2018 689 45.0 15.3 84.9
2019 578 38.0 15.2 88.6
2020 550 34.0 16.1 84.7
2021 475 32.0 14.8 90.3
2022 466 33.0 14.1 84.1
2023 497 30.0 16.5 71.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Sweetwater Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1422 70.0 20.3 52.9
1989 1537 84.0 18.2 65
1990 1369 78.0 17.5 69.5
1991 1119 67.0 16.7 73.5
1992 1094 66.0 16.5 65.1
1993 1088 55.0 19.8 68.2
1994 1041 57.0 18.3 68
1995 1102 61.0 18.1 74.5
1996 1102 61.0 18.1 74.5
1997 1119 58.0 19.3 76.4
1998 1137 63.0 18.0 74
1999 1145 64.0 17.9 89.1
2000 1162 66.0 17.6 89.1
2001 1192 63.0 18.9 90.1
2002 1050 60.0 17.5 88.6
2003 1050 60.0 17.5 88.6
2004 990 59.0 16.8 89.2
2005 987 60.0 16.5 91.2
2006 965 64.0 15.1 87.6
2007 952 62.0 15.4 82.2
2008 979 69.5 14.1 85
2009 1003 67.3 15.0 86.4
2010 997 63.0 15.8 94
2011 941 65.0 14.4 93.7
2012 907 64.0 14.1 94.4
2013 883 61.0 14.4 95.8
2014 842 55.0 15.3 95.8
2015 793 49.0 16.1 93.9
2016 736 47.0 15.6 93.5
2017 723 46.0 15.7 91.6
2018 689 45.0 15.3 84.9
2019 578 38.0 15.2 88.6
2020 550 34.0 16.1 84.7
2021 475 32.0 14.8 90.3
2022 466 33.0 14.1 84.1
2023 497 30.0 16.5 71.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Sweetwater Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $813 (8.8%) $8,465 (91.2%) $9,278
2019 $969 (9.9%) $8,820 (90.1%) $9,789
2020 $805 (7.6%) $9,775 (92.4%) $10,581
2021 $2,111 (17.2%) $10,155 (82.8%) $12,266
2022 $2,572 (18.3%) $11,497 (81.7%) $14,068
2023 $2,052 (15.8%) $10,920 (84.2%) $12,970

Data source: Florida Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Sweetwater Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 859th of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 1422nd of 2240 Elementary schools
 24.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Sweetwater Elementary School)7144
 27%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Miami-Dade)6056
 4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Sweetwater Elementary School)6655
 11%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Miami-Dade)6760
 7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Sweetwater Elementary School)5855
 3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Miami-Dade)6462
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Sweetwater Elementary School)5473
 19%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Miami-Dade)6965
 4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Sweetwater Elementary School)5762
 5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Miami-Dade)6059
 1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Sweetwater Elementary School)6760
 7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Miami-Dade)6554
 11%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (Sweetwater Elementary School)5946
 13%
   5th Grade Science (Miami-Dade)5350
 3%
   5th Grade Science (Florida)5351
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students578497
 14%
African American40
 100%
American Indian00
Asian30
 100%
Hispanic566495
 12.5%
Pacific Islander00
White52
 60%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients88.6%71.4%
 17.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Sweetwater Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 497 students attended Sweetwater Elementary School.

Students at Sweetwater Elementary School are 100% Hispanic.

Students who attend Sweetwater Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Ruben Dario Middle School
High : Miami Coral Park Senior High

Sweetwater Elementary School ranks 1393rd of 2256 Florida elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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