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Spanish River Community High School

Public | 9-12 | 2369 students

 

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 17, 2014

Zero tolerance to bad behaviors , wide range of AP classes,Excellent teachers specially for APs .....We couldn't ask for a better school. For ounce I feel I'm getting my tax money's worth when it comes to education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

My son transferred from Boca High, which is also a good school. He has had a good year so far. If you are lucky enough to get Jill Rockwell as a Guidance Counselor, your child is in good hands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2013

This is a great school. Most teachers are excellent and care about their students. They all offer to help before or after class and during lunch. You can even email them anytime with a question. The PTSA and the school websites have all the answers a new student might have. As for the nasty creatures they could crawl into your house and this will not make it a horrible house. Most students are nice some are mean. SORRY MATE our school IS NOT HORRIBLE.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2013

This is a horrible school. Most of the teachers and staff do not care about anyone and they're pretty unhelpful. The students here are horrible. The don't care about others and don't like to welcome new students into their "cliques." So, if you are considering moving here, I reccomened that you don't, you will regret it. Not to mention the gross campus and the nasty creatures like rats and cockroaches.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2013

We can't be happier that our kids attend such an excellent school where they can be challenged in a real competitive environment. The Biotech Academy along with the Science and math departments are sure to prep our kids to take on any discipline anywhere they choose. Excellent caring teachers Dybas,Tuffo,Leeds,Lori Eaton ...to name a few.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2013

spanish river is a great school. there is a zero tolerance policy that cuts down on bullying and bad behavior. the staff are very nice and are always watching the hallways. the teachers want to help you succeed and will help students in anyway.if your child wants to do journalism this is the right school. mr delaney teaches journalism and is very knowledgebul about it
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2013

Having a great experience at this school! One child in 11th grade and one in 9th... they are both receiving a fantastic education and i know they are getting the best at Spanish River. Academics come first, the school is competive in the futures market, there is fantastic parent/student involvement with many great programs offered, and for the most part students seem happy to be there! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Spanish River is a well rounded school from the teachers and Administration to the parent volunteers...this is the place to be. They look at the whole student and make sure that each student has what is needed to succeed both in and out of the classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

This is probably the most honest and straightforward review of the school that is unbiased. If you are the parent of a child that you would consider average, or demanding extra attention, this is probably not the school for you The school has amazing teachers but they are mostly in the AP and honors level classes so any regular student is not going to experience them. They have amazing teachers in that area and we boast the best AP exam scores in the area beating all the specialized schools with IB and magnet programs. On other notes our school spirit from what I have observed is lacking. Students are very involved in leadership and such but it is for academic advancement more than for spirit. The school is very very competitive in nature and any bright kid here can easily be ranked in the hundreds. Intelligence here is remarkable and the school always has students in the best Ivy league schools. On another note athletics are good except for football which is almost like a joke to watch now (almost all games from the schools entire existence has ended with scores such as 0-57). The guidance department is great the PTSA is amazing clubs are great and sanitation not so much.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2013

I have a kid , can I join him to this school next year 2013/2014 Big one will be in grade 12 , SAT 1350 last January that is before May & June exams , GPA about 3 , last certification in grade 11 term 3 " straight A " . How can I make applications for both , I have to inform you that we live now in Egypt & we all be in Florida next July 2013 Pls provide me the fees and when & how can I pay Finally I want to know required documents Thanks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2013

I just watched the video of this schools administrators throwing out BradLee Dean from a scheduled speaking engagement. The statement that no one has first amendment rights in a public school is ludicris! These are supposedly educated people that are lying to our children, and not teaching them about our country. I'll bet none of the teachers know what our constitution says about the right to assemble and the right of religious freedom. None of them have been taught american history or civics. This is an example of a poorly ran school with poor education standards.


Posted February 14, 2013

Yesterday, February 13, 2013 the principal without cause or reason removed from the premises nationally known Christian speaker/musician Bradlee Dean after his having been invited by the student group, The American Club. This is in direct violation of the Policy and Procedures of the district and of the student's civil rights to operate their club on school property. Why would an educated, professional behave in such an irrational manner? Why would he violate his oath of office to uphold and protect the Constitution?; and by that oath he should honor our students Constitutional rights of assembly and of religious freedom. Instead he violated them. Does this make him non-professional? Has he violated the DOE's regulation of Professional Conduct? This would not be the leadership that I would want our future citizens to emulate. He owes everyone an apology for his bad behavior.


Posted January 16, 2013

I am a student here and I dropped out right after freshman year. I transfered to North Broward and now back on A-B level. My sister spent all four years at this school and now attends the University of Miami. Saying that, she could have done a lot better. The teachers are good, but the staff is horrid. Campus is gross (for the most part) and the school is way to over populated. I've gotten countless detentions for just trying to get through the hallways. After all of this the senior classes get into only state schools and the school can't even afford to have enough honors and AP classes. Please take my advice and consider another school like North Broward or Pine Crest.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2012

To get an idea of how this school is run, go to the website and look for current and helpful information. The staff is unfriendly and unhelpful. The left hand doesn't even seem to know it HAS a right hand. That said, the teachers generally are very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2012

Mrs. Carter is a gem and makes her classes interesting but some of the better teachers have retired. As a parent I have been disturbed with the amount of cheating that takes place at this school. It seems students from wealthy families are favored. There are several well versed guidance counselors all though more preparation and education regarding college prep should be done junior year instead of senior year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2012

Entrepreneurial Academy offers priceless business education and opportunities. Mrs. Carter is a GEM. The new principal, Mr. Latson CARES. He is a wonderful addition. Student body is not what one would expect in central Boca Raton. Plenty of diversity - kids bus in from near and far. Very competitive school academically. Kids here want to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2012

im going to this school next year so i have much to learn. but my sister is a senior there this year, her thoughts about this school have been mixed. freshman and sophmore year she loved it but due to fitting in, teachers, clubs ect. she has changed her mind her last two years.


Posted September 22, 2011

Spanish River is like a private school education with a public school price. My daughter has been in the Biotech Academy for three years and all of her teachers have been wonderful. The kids are really encouraged to do their best and challenge themselves. The administration and guidance are always helpful and there is a tremendous amount of parent involvement/support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

We bought a house in that boundary just because of this school and turn out this school was a big disappointment, unimpressed teachers with dysfunctional students behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2011

I'm very proud to be a parent of a student's in Spanish River Community High School. Teachers are good and social activities are very satisfactory.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

555 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
73%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

545 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

551 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
99%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

574 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

374 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
47%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

528 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
91%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

456 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
84%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

574 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 67%
Hispanic 22%
Black 6%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 95%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%73%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%1%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Music
  • Band
Media arts
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. WILLIAM LATSON
Fax number
  • (561) 241-2236

Resources

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Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

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  • Band
Media arts
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