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A.D. Henderson University School & Fau High School

Public | K-12 | 943 students

 

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Posted September 22, 2010

We aren't just a school - we are one big FAMILY! Very disciplined, challenging, this school takes learning SERIOUSLY! The instructors go out of their way to know my children and are always willing to help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2010

We started in the middle of the school year, because some other child was asked to leave. I was so excited to have my kindergartner start this because I had heard and read such wonderful things. Only to get a teacher who apparent does not like boys. We have been at Henderson a while now , with the hopes that things would get better. I have to agree with some of the other Parents, Henderson is all Hype. There is a very high turnover for teachers and most of the teacher coming in are new , some have never taught before and honestly, do you want teacher learning to be teachers while trying to teach your child EVERY YEAR.. I am sorry to say we are leaving Henderson at the end of the year. I don t feel my child is getting anything out of being there and there are much better
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

I have gone to this school since kindergarten and I'm in 5th grade, almost in 6th and I just love every day and year of this school. It's amazing and I hope we will not be leaving anytime soon.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2010

We love this school. The teachers are very rigourous, caring, and professional. My child came over from Boca Middle. What a difference. My child is getting an amazing education, and she is friends with all the children, not just the ones that look like she does. This is b/c the school is so small, the kids all get along, and there aren't alot of cliques. I am thrilled with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

This is our second year at Henderson and my children are flourishing. I have seen a tremendous improvement in my son's learning experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

ADHUS is by far better than any public school in the area. Smaller than most gives a more nurturing atmosphere. ADHUS goes through is K-12 grades, which is nice not to have to go change schools for Middle School is you so choose. The teachers are highly qualified most have their masters degree and the teachers that don't are working towards theirs. Over all it has been a good experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

We waited and looked forward for years to have our children picked from the lottery to attend Henderson, only to find it doesn't stand up to the reputation it once had. There is a high turnover of middle school teachers, lack of organization in the office staff, and the current principal's focus is not on improving and maintaining academics which creates negative relations with both students and parents. Henderson has been a huge disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2006

Henderson remains the choice public school in the area. A 50% expansion required to meet the Fla. class-size amendment presented 'challenges' but the core of great staff, teachers and committed parents means that this school remains 5-star. It is racially and economically balanced, but only with children whose parents cared enough to sign up for the lottery almost one year before entry. The middle school is arguably the best in the State. That is huge. The downsides are that it is not a neighborhood school, students disburse to probably a dozen different high schools. The new Henderson High is really a very limited educational experiment. The 'laboratory/FAU' aspect is otherwise a positive. My personal distaste was obeisance to high acedemics through testing, but that is the way of NCLB, etc. After relocation, our ex-henderson kids find their current (high quality northern US suburban) schools easier. Beware of negative Henderson old timers. Apply.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

The quality of academic is good, but the organization is messy in some degree.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2005

Two children graduated with scholarships to private schools speaks volumes as to the academic rigor of the school. The community feel of the school has been diluted with the expansions over the last few years, but a third child is thriving and hopefully a scholarship candidate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2005

This once outstanding school has become mediocre. The expansion of the school and increase in numbers have weakened the once superior education offered at Henderson. Experienced teachers energetic and enthusiastic to teach eager students have been replaced by inexperienced teachers that are only there for a paycheck. This school provided challenges and discipline encouraging students to rise above their abilities and succeed. Music was encouraged and available in the form of theory, chorus, band, and dance but no longer. Art is offered sparingly. This school had a wonderful PE and swimming program for all students now numbers and lack of trained teachers have eliminated all but a few PE classes. The saddest commentary is seen in the ignoring of bright students and the focus on making this school less than average. The mission of ruining a successful school producing successful students has been accomplished. The dumbing down of school children is successful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2005

Great school. the difficulty is to enter. To have one child in does not guaranty that the siblings will enter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2004

We have been very disappointed at Henderson. They appear to value discipline above all else and our children live in a state of constant intimidation. And we have two excellent students who are not discipline problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2004

The teachers are very good at working with students of all learning levels. The teachers have been very open to parental assistance in the classroom and throughout the school. The principal is very dedicated to making Henderson a top school. She is very easy to talk to about any situation you might have with your child or with the school. She is a good listener and a good problem solver. I feel that this school is truly dedicated to its students and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2004

Henderson is well on its way to becoming a great school. It is a very good school that is always looking for ways to improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2004

The School is a great school with a great sense of community. School and classes sizes are low making everyone feel like part of a family. Education is also one of the best in Florida.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2004

The school has undergone administrative changes which resulted in the loss of the entire middle school faculty. since this occurred the quality of education and the discipline at the school have suffered greatly. Th administration is weak and does not support teachers or education... they seem interested in $$ not students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2003

The school is very good in education and teaches the students many fundementals about life.


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

54 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
97%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
90%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

53 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

33 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
100%
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 53% in 2014.

122 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
98%

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
95%
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
96%
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 81% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 "A".
  • 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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
98%
Biology I

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

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
99%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

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

2014

 
 
n/a
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 42%
Hispanic 29%
Black 17%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 100%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 33%52%61%
Master's degree 59%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 6%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 11%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • DR. TAMMY FERGUSON
Fax number
  • (561) 297-3939

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
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Phone: (561) 297-3970

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