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Monarch High School

Public | 9-12 | 2251 students

 

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Posted Monday, July 28, 2014

Overall this is a very good school for the size of the student enrollment. While there were a few teachers, I believe lacked "tact" and a genuine desire to teach, the rest were interested in my children and their progress. Some improvements could be made, especially enforcing dress code policy. (some of these girls look like they were in a nightclub or on the beach rather than at school) Definitely an overall decent school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

I think this is a very good school. My eldest child attends there. I am pleased with their preparation. She gets frequent testings as well as she gets homework every evening. It's a great school to send your high schooler.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

Monarch really isn't a bad school. I'm a freshman there, and i'm taking two Ap classes, and honors classes, the required classes are the only ones that aren't honors or Ap, so I have a lot on my plate, and the teachers help you. They want you to succeed, and they teach very well. Monarch prepares you for the real world by making you learn for your grades. I've seen no magical bumping of grades. If you want to learn, then you will have to work hard, the teachers are there to help, but you have to get involved and ask. It isn't like elementary school where the teachers come over to help you. Monarch prepares you for college, where we all know professors dont care if you fail or not. Teachers at monarch teach, they help you if you ask, but you have to do your part, this school doesnt spoon fed you. The school is really safe, the athletics are all great except the football team, and monarch has a lot of clubs, and Ap/honors classes. The administration is decent, they call you back and respond. Monarch is overall a good school with friendly teacher/administrators that actually know who you are, and care.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2011

Monarch teachers do everything they can to ensure kids pass. They don't do this by teaching, but by providing "magical grade bumping" assignments. I've not seen our child get an honest grade yet. Every quarter it's the same thing - an honestly earned D is magically turned into a C by some magical grade bumping assignment where extra credit worth TONS OF POINTS is given for minuscule amounts of work. All this school is teaching our student is the fine art of doing the bare bones minimum to get by. Our child doesn't believe us that the real world doesn't work this way. The school is constantly fighting our message that you need to work hard and do quality work to get along in the world. The school is teaching him that it will all work out in the end, regardless of individual effort. Getting responses to emails is challenging as well and it's hard to have conversations with them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2011

Awful school. Stay away if you can.The administration does not return your calls and when you are finally able to speak to someone, they send you to a different place and no one seems to help you with your child's performance. Very disorganized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

This school has seen some great improvements since they received a new principal. Mr. Neer. He relates not only to parents but students as well. He tries to put the fun back in learning and gives students the benefits of the doubt. He plays music during lunch which is one of the little things that make a difference. Overall teachers are very caring despite all the hoopla that they have been through with the School Board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

I have a daughter currently in 10th grade at Monarch High. I've visited the school on several occasions and sensed a strong spirit for academic achievement through the unlimited resources they make available to the kids. In my opinion, it is up to the parents and the kids to work together and take advantage of all the offerings. I noticed when I backed off from being as active as I had in the past, my daughter's grades would slip and her attention was directed to more social activities. The socializing, again in my opinion, is poison to our kids and must be intervened by the 'parent'. Although, it's difficult to enforce, the socializing is the only thing I don't like about the school and feel that certain measure should be taken to ensure that parents are aware of what's happening with their kid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

I have two children who attend this school, a freshman and junior. My junior has been constantly in an out of trouble since 10th grade. After getting involved with the wrong crowd, her grades deteriorated. However, the administrators and principal have did everything to assist her in getting on the right track. They were very active in making sure that she did what she was suppose to do, and if not, they would always contact me to let me know of any misbehavior. On the other hand, my son hates the school. He is a well behaved child, very respectful and says that the teachers do not take the time to educate him. There have been many instances where I have had to explain the work because the teacher didn't take the time to. It can be a great school and although it is an A, improvements can be made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

My son is in his Junior year in Monarch and I am happy to say that he Monarch's Honor's Program is more than challenging. His teachers' have a very positive attitude and are willing to go the extra mile for their students. On the other hand, I am disappointed that my son has not received a laptop this school year. I have yet to receive an explanation as to why his grade level hasn't received one this school 2007 year! The laptop was definitely an asset where school homeworks were concerned! If this program has been discontinue for the entire school, I believe this are doing the students a disservice! This pilot program was definitely on advantage Monarch H.S. had over many other high schools. Please bring it back! Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

I moved to Florida from Buffalo,NY a little more than a year ago and was concerned with the overall education system in Florida and in particular Monarch with it's 'c' rating. However I am pleased to be able to say that if your child is genuinely interested in school; the faculty is more than happy to engage the student and get them ready to transition into college. Furthermore there are a variety of tools available for parents to keep track of there childs progress like the pinnacle viewer online. This is in addition to traditional follow up like calling and meeting with teachers. Bottom line is the school rating is not indicative of the quality faculty and staff there and I felt it incumbant upon me to set the record straight being that I have two children attending who I would never subject to sub-standard education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2007

My daughter graduated 05 from there she loved it. I also have my two younger nephews attending Monarch are they don't really like all the rules but they don't get into any trouble. Its a really safe school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2007

Monarch High School is a good school that has the potential to be a great high school with a little work. The academics are solid, there are some extra-curricular activities but not enough activities to promote school unity and spirit. Parents are involved some what but it could be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2007

Monarch HS is a well run well organized school. Academics are challenging. The school seems to have ample opportunities for both girls and boys to participate in sports. Parent involvment appears to be good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2006

My daughter is a Sr at Monarch. I like the school alot. I think the girls athletics needs improvement. While I think education is most important thing, I also feel there should be fun. Like pep raleys during school in football season. The kids need to be more involved. The parents also need to get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2006

I'm a little concerned that my daughter is not getting enough homework. At Lyon Creek she got at least a hours worth each night. Not that homework is the most important thing for students, I just feel it's better for them in the long run with college now on the horizon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2006

Being the parent of a Freshman, what I have observed so far is exciting. I am, however, disappointed, that the principal, Kathy Collins, will not be there after 2006. I believe she is the key to this school. Their AP and Honors programs are challenging - but not out of reach. The extracurricular activities that are offered are quite good - there's something for everyone who is interested. The only types of parent involvement I can speak about are girl's volleyball and band. The girl's volleyball parents could be more involved. The band parents, on the other hand, are very involved. Hope this helps.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2006

The School is ridiculous, the administration is horrendous, and the teaching, horrible. I honestly think that the 'zero' tolerance policy is ridiculous...
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 12, 2006

Monarch has a lot to offer. The teacher's are really involved, there are a lot of extracurricular activities and there are even classes that many other schools in the area don't have such as First Aid. Don't let the C fool you; It's a great school and you can get a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2005

My child attended private school throughout his middle school term. He has never experienced block scheduling, etc. He came home and said he likes the school, which I was happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2005

this school is great, has helped my child excell in all that she does the teachers care and want ALL of the students to excell and be successful the teachers are willing to go that extra mile with 150% of their ability love this school
—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.

576 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
49%
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.

556 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

554 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

510 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "B".

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.

248 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
55%
Biology I

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

492 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
71%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

514 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
65%
U.S. History

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

536 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 41%
Hispanic 32%
Black 19%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%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 88%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 44%53%61%
Master's degree 53%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Reading specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JAMES NEER
Fax number
  • (754) 322-1530

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Reading specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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5050 Wiles Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073
Phone: (754) 322-1400

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