We provide a world class education for every student.
We are devoted to producing successful, well-rounded citizens who will excel in a diverse, global society, equipped to meet the challenges of tomorrow. We will prepare our students to succeed in middle school and beyond, by equipping them with a rigorous academic foundation, while instilling the core values of respect, responsibility, kindness, cooperation and support.
- Excellence – We pursue the highest standards in academic achievement and organizational performance.
- Equity – We foster an environment that serves all students and aspires to eliminate the achievement gap.
- Student Focus – We foster an environment that serves all students and aspires to eliminate the achievement gap.
- Innovation – We encourage creativity and adaptability to new ideas and methods that will support and improve student learning.
- Accountability – We accept responsibility for our successes and challenges and seek to transparently share our work in an ethical manner, as we strive towards continuous improvement.
Kendale Elementary Executive Summary
Kendale Elementary is located in suburban Miami and is part of the fourth largest school system in the country. Founded in 1969, the school is situated on eight acres in a middle- class, predominantly Hispanic community. The school currently serves Prekindergarten through 5th grade children and has an enrollment of about 520 students. The proximity of the school to nearby Baptist Hospital and Miami-Dade College has resulted in working parents from the hospital requesting their children attend Kendale Elementary. As a consequence, almost 30% of the students attending Kendale do not reside in the community, but are attending by their parents’ choice. Additionally, Kendale has a full-time self-contained Gifted program called Quest, which results in many students from outside the school boundaries attending the school. The ethnicity of children at Kendale is: 17% Caucasian, 76% Hispanic, 4% Black and 3% other. Approximately 15% have limited English proficiency (ELL); 15% are Special Education students (SPED). Kendale Elementary has a staff of 91 full and part-time employees, including 42 instructional classroom and resource teachers. Before and after school care services are provided for more than 225 students of working parents.
The Kendale family is committed to providing education in a caring, nurturing atmosphere. Through the hard work and support of our students, staff, parents, and community, the school has been the recipient of numerous awards acknowledging its many achievements, including the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the Florida Governor’s Sterling Award (the first school in the county to be recognized), the Intel/Scholastic’s 21st Century School of Distinction Award (one of only 20 schools recognized nationwide), and the Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School Award (one of 23 in the nation recognized that year).Kendale participated in the International Center for Leadership in Education’s Successful Practices Network and was recognized as a Model School. Kendale Elementary was recognized by the Florida Department of Education with the Five Star School Award. This recognition of excellence for exemplary parental and community involvement was a testament to all of its stakeholders.
The many prestigious awards that Kendale has earned exemplify the school’s quest for continuous improvement and the result of the school family’s commitment to providing the best possible educational experiences for those who attend the school. The school’s focus is on continued high academic expectations and fostering excellence in all that it strives to do. The staff has achieved close cooperation between the home and school which is essential to providing quality education. The involvement of the entire school community cultivates a harmonious and productive learning environment.