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Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School

Public | 7-12 | 1164 students

 

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Posted November 20, 2013

7th grade was fine but in 8th grade the IEP and 504 plan got thrown out the window as my daughter was placed in an advanced literature class. After weeks of endless emails and few phone calls to inform the quidance counselor it was too difficult for her and to take her out of that class - it took my husband to go in and finally get the counselor to actually view the previous FCAT scores when she realized there was a serious mistake. My daughter now has an F in that class and the rest of her grades went downhill as well since she felt overwhelemed and gave up. Now that she is out of that class - her mood and grades have ALL improved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2013

I am a Cocoa Beach High School graduate with an MBA. My daughter, 2 nieces and nephew recently graduated from this school. Thanks to the IB program and the fact that the teachers challenged my daughter she has a patent on one of her science fair projects. Her cousin along with a couple of her friends proposed the dog park for the city of Cocoa Beach as one of their projects. After presenting their class project to the city commissioners of CB the Lori Wilson dog park is always packed with puppy's (thank you CBHS). My nephew has sportsmanship awards & fond memories of many special moments on the football field. This show receives an A+ in my grade book!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2011

Wonderful school and great IB program! Principle Cool and all the faculty from the office to the Jr/Sr teachers along with the IB teachers are wonderful. There is nothing more important than "Beach Pride" and the principle facilitates this high integrity moral attitude in everything the children do. I am very thrilled that my daughter is fortunate to be attending the MYP program and look forward to her graduating from such a prestigious High School. What a rare opportunity to attend the same school for both Junior and Senior High. Go Minutemen!!!! Woo Hoo for Beach Pride!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Until Mr. Cool took over, CBHS used to be a great school. Because of the way he runs the school & doesn't support the faculty, many of the best teachers left for other schools. He doesn't care about the students, just himself & his blonde deans. Discipline is a joke now & the kids know it. There are some beautiful science labs at the school but students aren't allowed to use them. At graduation, the Minuteman Award used to go to someone who did a lot to help the students. Now it goes to people who give money to the athletic program. Because the IB & AP students are smart, Mr. Cool and the blondes are always putting them down. Ms. Vahn was a great principal. The teachers are great & really want the kids to succeed. Most of them arrive early & stay late to tutor students who need help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2009

my child is enrolled in the IB program.. I am not that impressed. when our family was going to move to another state they actually said my child was behind and would have to retake a couple of classes, particularly the sciences since CBHS did not utilize the beautiful science labs they have at the school. i was dumbfounded that my child is in the IB and behind.. I also found that the administration is unorganized on the volunteer hours and the different projects are a joke. My child worked all year on his project in the 10th grade while some of his friends did it at the last minute with the same outcome which frustrated him. wouldnt do it again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2009

i cant stand this school. I've been to six different schools this being my seventh and i hate it. A lot of the teachers are not very good at teaching the right things.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2008

I go to cocoa beach! its a truley amazing school! im in the IB program and in 8th grade. its alot of extra time put in but its worth it! the teachers are so great! they go out of there way to make you feel like you have learned something new every time you walk out of their classroom! all i want to say is cocoa beach is the best school any one could ever attend!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2006

The broad specturm of activities available in this school is unbelievable compare to other public & private schools. Music, art, and athletics are easily available. The parents are very active giving it more of a family environment a place where everyone knows your name. The teachers also tend to know a lot of the kids even if they are not in their class and they encourage (with some genlte nudging & pushing to not take the easy road-take the road that meet your potential. The kids describe it as pushy for a purpose.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2006

My son goes there in is in the JROTC program and it has done wonders for my son. His grades and his attitude and everything about him is just great. Great program. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

I'm not parent at this school, im a student. I just arrived here for 7th grade and let me tell you, your first few weeks are a crazy experience... Yes I do like the school, I feel that simply the way teachers teach here makes learning easier, and suprisingly fun! They all understand the fact that were still children, so they put us into consideration when making lesson plans, teaching ect. Other than the older kids being immature, I really do love this school. It gives me a new perspective of clenliness, and independence.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2006

CBHS has a lot going for it. Most importantly the high caliber of teachers it attracts. The assigned work challenges and raises student's achievement level. More is expected of the students and more is provided to them through discussion/interaction. Also, the school is not too highly populated, which directly corresponds to the quality of everything a student experiences on a day to day basis. One area of improvement is in one-on-one attention. Teachers will sometimes take the student's self-sufficiency for granted and the 'culture' of the classroom may not 'invite' a struggling student to ask for help. Teachers should be willing to reach out and offer whenever they see weak areas that could be improved with an after-hours meeting with the student. Teachers don't take the initiative to do this and students are embarrassed to seek them out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2005

Great school, excellent academics, athletic facilities could be upgraded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2005

My daughetrs both attend Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School. We will be relocating in 2 weeks and they hate to leave. Overall it has been a good school for my girls.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2004

My daughter has attended Cocoa Beach for 2 years and is enrolled in the IB program. The quality of the education she is receiving far exceeded my expectations. She is involved in many extracurricular activities with both IB and non-IB students. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2004

Okay, so I'm not a parent, but I do attend Cocoa Beach High. Its a perfectly safe environment where I feel I can learn what I need to succeed in life. We have the prestigious IB program for exceptional students which attracts people from all over the county, and I have lots of friends who are part of it, although I choose to take advanced placement classes. My father, cousin and brother all attended CBJSHS and they never had any complaints, and neither do I. The teachers are nice and offer help in the mornings/afternoon if I am having trouble in their classes, dress code is enforced for both students and faculty (despite a prior post) and there are a wide variety of extracurricular activities. I am by no means very enthusiastic about school in general, but I feel that this is really the best school. And lets just say that when I have kids, I won t hesitate to send them there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2004

The school is challenging academically but it certainly prepares students for higher education. Unlike other schools we looked at, nearly all of the graduates go on to college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2004

We have three sons who have attended CBHS. Two of them are at the United States Naval Academy. The third is a senior. Cocoa Beach High School thoroghly prepared them to attend the best colleges/universities in this nation. The I.B. program brings the highest level course to the school and whether your child is officially in the program or not they can still take the classes. That is a definate perk. The leadership from the students as well as the administration is awesome. Many Christians - the school is very open to people of faith. Mrs. Vann runs a tight ship and we were thankful for that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2004

After reading some of the reviews I asked my daughter about the girls restroom. She said they are gross. I plan to visit them next time I'm there. My daughter is in 9th grade at Cocoa Bch Jr.Sr. High coming from private school in So. Fl. I didn't realize there would be no homework given or very little. She is use to homework every night from the past years. I did find out that if you don't get on the email list through the library to get the updates then you have to wait till the news letter comes in the mail. The email list is the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2003

Our child has gone to Cocoa Beach for over three years now and we are very happy with the school. In fact, we moved out of the school district and he still attends. I understand there is a problem with the dress code and restroom quality. Other than that, I wouldn't want my kids to go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

As a past Alumni of this school, I would just like to say that I think Cocoa Beach is an excellent school. The administration and teachers go out of their way to make this school a better place. This school maintains a great laid back setting while providing an excellent education and superb athletics and extra-curricular activities.
—Submitted by a former student


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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 56% in 2014.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

188 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
83%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

179 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

178 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

177 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
92%
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.

209 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%
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.

175 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

171 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

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 78% in 2012.

219 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
98%

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.

224 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
98%

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

  • 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 "B".
  • 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 64% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
87%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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 77%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 3%
Black 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 1%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%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 92%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 49%58%61%
Master's degree 48%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. TIMOTHY P COOL
Fax number
  • (321) 868-6602

Resources

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Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Music
  • Band
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1500 Minutemen Causeway
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
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