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William T. Mcfatter Technical Center

Public | 9-12 | 606 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted July 1, 2014

As of late June 2014, the school has been approved to be known as McFatter Technical College.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 17, 2014

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2014

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!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2014

(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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 21, 2012

-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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2012

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2012

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!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 24, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

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!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 4, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 6, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2008

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2008

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!
—Submitted by a 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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

148 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

147 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

146 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
98%
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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%
Biology I

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
96%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

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

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
93%
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
Hispanic 42%
White 29%
Black 21%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%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 98%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 46%53%61%
Master's degree 48%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%2%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. JEANETTE JOHNSON
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  • (754) 321-5980

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