My son's school is amazing. He needed some extra help and they were there without making him feel embarrassed. He is graduating and going on to the Aviation Mechanic program at BC South Campus. Honors courses really helped him with his average.
My best friend and I have been planning to go to this school for what seems to be forever.I am currently in my freshman year and let me just say.. I don't plan on finishing my high school education here. All parents love the school because yeah it has good opportunities but not until you get to your 11th and 12th grade year in your technical program. Half of the time, the school smells like garbage so good luck stomaching your lunch. They say you get more one on one with the teacher but I seem to find that statement invalid. Half of the teachers don't even seem like they want to teach. you'd think with four classes and one of them being planning they'd be more "happy" but this doesn't seem to be the case. Some kids love the school some kids hate it. It all depends on your social skills and academic wants to be honest. Its a really small school so if you love to socialize and get to know a lot of new people, this is probably not the school for you. They choose your classes and all of the same kids are in it like middle school. By the way, there's no sports. good luck!
(CORRECTION)There are many students who are NOT interested in sports and other athletic activity, some call them geeks and nerds, I call them academically inclined students. McFatter is for those students. It makes up for the lack of sports in the clubs, appetizing school lunch choices and the college like atmosphere. I love the school. It prepares your child richly for college and many of the students go off to some of the best in this country. My straight A daughter came from one of those "sports school" in grade 9 as first in her class and was 35th in her class at McFatter. That's what you call RIGOR. She's now a senior who has passed three AP subjects, 2 dual enrollment and is about to take another AP and is just 33 in her class with a 3.8 unweighted. It is not the school for you if you are not willing to work hard.
As a parent I Highly recommemnded McFatter for a student who wants to learn and walk away with a good education and a start in a career of their choice
It's great school , for futures profesials , I recommend all serios estudents, if estudents like party out activities during the eschool calendar go same we're els. Macfater is "A" school all the time
Let me just start by saying this school is not for everyone. Some people love the school while others hate it! If you're social and love to go to parties and hang out with a bunch of different people every single day... McFatter is NOT for you I mean there are cool kids but the school has about 500 students in total so you always see the same people everyday plus they pick your classes and you have the same people in all of them. Clubs and extracurricular activities; there are a lot of clubs but they get together during lunch and there are like 10 people... the school has NO sports or teams or anything! This year they decided that they were going to do a Spirit Week or something like that (Seniors Idea) and it was Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshman against each other during lunch. They played football and soccer in a space that's less than 20 yards, and basketball in the gym but the final was in a parking lot, same place where you run the mile in P.E. and bus drivers get tested at the back of Becon. I just finished freshman year and I already registered in another school for next year. To finish let me just say the mascot is an ATOM! So yeah... Good Bye & have a good life.
-c- are more for social hangout more than anything (w/ the exception of Teen Trendsetters, reason being it is run by an actual teacher). People go the the clubs to eat lunch and hangout privately with their friends while the President of the Club (a student) tries to make the club, an actual club. Considering that having extracurricular activities are very important for college admissions, take that into consideration. Anyway, I am extremely disappointed with this school. I expected so much from McFatter since I have been dreaming of going here since 7th grade. Needless to say, I will be transferring next year.
To the parent that posted the issue with the staff, it would help of you meant the teachers, counselors or school administration. Also, I would suggest to check the school's website, get the email to the principal and send her your concerns. It would not be fair to give the school a low rating when the issue has to do with the administration and not the teaching or the curriculum. Everyone else has given the school five starts, me included.
Many of the staff here seems unhappy, unhelpful, disinterested, and downright angry and rude. Not all, of course, but quite a few. The staff need to get it together and realize that they are making the school look bad and unappealing to present and future potential students. Some teachers are outstanding, others downright make me wonder how they can get, muchless keep a job!!
My son is going to graduate in 2012. We had doubt when my son told us he was interested to apply to this school because we were not sure he was mature enough to go to this kind of school. He fits in well and we are proud of him. This is not the type of high school for any kids. One thing for sure, they will be ready for work or college after graduation.
They were really removed? I am very involved with McFatter. My middle son graduated in 2011 and was at that prom with the non-traditional Prom Queen and King and I am very proud that he voted for them. I also know the Prom Queen personally and love her dearly. I am going to go over there and ask why and what is going to be done about this. My eldest son also graduated in 2009 and my daughter will be graduating in 2012. This is a wonderful school and should be recongnized as such.
I don't really understand what this poster meant about "once the tuition was paid..." McFatter is a public high school. Any one that livesc south of Sunrise Blvd can apply. There is no tuition. Selection is based on a lottery and FCAT scores (usually from 7th grade as you apply for enrollment in 8th grade and your 8th grade scores are not yet in). There are a diverse group of kids. With only about 150 students per class, the teacher /student ratio is lower than most high schools. McFatter has consistently been rated an A school every year since 2003. No other Broward public high school can claim that. They must be doing something right!
Teachers and staff are very helpful, insightful and involved. Excellent curriculum, great opportunity to develop technical skills in a major while obtaining a high school diplomas. Classes are challenging with core classes honor or AP only. Small classes, engaged teachers.
The school is more concerned with the money they collect than education. the conditions regarding enrollment were paid for by a grant so this reviewer did not have any financial issues. simply, several circumstances made it very easy to determine that once the tuition was paid any concern for the student disappeared.
I hated it, i was a student last year and it sucked, they pick your classes for you, they have no football or basketball yet alone any sport, it has like 500 students , you see the same people every day. it made me feel like i was in an elementary school because you have the same people in every class. I hated it there, oh and also i lived in pembroke pines and it took my bus like an hour to get to school.
Mcfatter is a wonderful school. My son graduated in 2009 and got accepted at one of the top university in florida. It was a rigorous 4 yrs but he was ready for the challenge. It's been a great experience for him.
I have been involved with this school for over eight years now. Both my kids have attended. All their friends are diverse smart intelligent fun kids from all kinds of different backgrounds and upbringings. The tech programs far outweigh the sports and band experience! There are several clubs. It is a awesome school with teachers who all mostly want to see your kids succeed! Even since graduating all the mcfatter kids are still friends.
McFatter is an excellent high school. The student to teacher ratio is exceptional for any high school in the nation. The teachers here are also some of the best in the state. The Math, computer science and physics classes are exceptional.
This school is really good, but it sucks that there are no sports or a band. A very big upgrade with extracurricular activities is most definitely needed!
This school has a amazing academic program that provides oppurtunities for students that almost all schools do not. They have wonderful programms in different fields that provide hands on learning, education, and experience that you would expect a college to provide. Yeah it's that amazing. But a big problem with the school is that they have no sports and not many clubs and other extracurricular activities you would get at a larger public school. If you do not care about those things and academics is all your focused on this school would be like an Ivy League School to you.
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