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
The vision of Kendale Elementary is to instill in our students a respect for oneself, respect
for others and respect for the power of knowledge and learning while providing them the
tools necessary for success in our ever-changing world.
Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Cooperation and Support
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.