Felix Varela Senior High School (FVHS) currently has approximately 3,154 students enrolled in grades nine through twelve with an instructional and non-instructional staff of 187. FVHS is located at 15255 SW 96 Street, the school sits on 45 acres and serves the Hammocks and West Kendall communities. Varela’s students are from predominantly Hispanic families who have migrated to Miami from countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. The majority of the ninth grade students attended Hammocks, Howard A. Doolin, and Lamar Louise Curry middle schools; with the three elementary schools being Christina M. Eve, Gilbert Porter, and Oliver Hoover. In order to facilitate teaching and learning, the school operates on an alternating block schedule with students attending three 115-minute periods daily. On “A” days, students attend periods one, three, and five while on “B” days they attend periods two, four, and six. The block schedule allows greater exploration of subject matter, hands-on simulations, and flexibility in meeting student learning styles. VisionWe, the Felix Varela community, are committed to the belief that all students can learn. It is the community’s shared responsibility to createan equitable and diverse environment that fosters life-long learning and respect for others.Teaching and learning are an interactive process where high expectations are held for all students and it is through relevant, meaningful, andempathetic teaching that learning takes place. MissionAt Felix Varela Senior High, all students can learn and achieve. By challenging them with a student-centered, relevant, and rigorous curriculum, students will perform at high levels and become life-long learners who will succeed in an ever-changing, multicultural world. By fostering respect for diverse thought and innovation within a safe, nurturing and equitable environment, we enable our students to become productive and responsible citizens. Core ValuesExcellenceWe pursue the highest standards in academic achievement and organizational performance.IntegrityWe build positive relationships through honesty, respect and compassion, which enhance the self-esteem, safety, and well-being of ourstudents, families and staff.EquityWe foster an environment that serves all students and aspires to eliminate the achievement gap.CitizenshipWe honor the diversity of our community by working as a team to ensure the educational success of all of our students and recognize thatour obligations go beyond our professional responsibilities to promote democratic principles.Tone of DecencyWe foster a tone of decency within the school that explicitly stresses values of trust and decency. For more important information about us please read the AdvancED Executive Summary Attached.