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Mainland High School

Public | 9-12 | 1905 students

 

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Posted June 20, 2014

Our experience was not so good at this school. My interactions with the Guid. Counselor and Ass't Principal were not positive. It seems to me that the student and/or parent are considered a nuisance to many (not all) of the employees here. In trying to explain something to them, I was frequently cut off mid-sentence and made to feel like I was bothering or burdening them. My son is a high achiever. They attempted to get him to re-take the FCAT, which was completely unnecessary. We believe it was encouraged to help the school beef up its FCAT score average. We chose not to retest...but the office kept making attempts all the way to the end. Imagine sitting with your peers DURING your grad ceremony after receiving your diploma on stage, only to open up the black folder to find you didn't get a diploma like the guy next to you did. Devastating. We found out it was because they AGAIN mistakenly thought he had to take the makeup test...this was done despite telling (and proving to) MANY adults on campus that he did not have to retake it! Another senior was late 2 min to that same grad ceremony. They disallowed him to walk. Seems to me there's a lack of empathy for humans, here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

I am a parent of a mainland high school student.I have found most of the faculty members to be very caring and dedicated to the students. The engineering Academy is great. The variety of activities the students can participate in is fantastic. Truly something for everyone at mainland. I was concerned about the reputation and things I heard about mainland but have found those to be rumors mainly from uninformed individuals. Children need goals to succeed and teachers to help them along the way. Mainland provides paths in their academies and plenty of inspirational teachers asking the way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

I've worked here for the past 2 years and all I can say is this is a wonderful place to work. The principal is student-centered in absolutely everything she does, and is a top-notch educator and visionary. Wonderful place, high rigor in the upper-level classes, and a strong sense of family on campus. I'm sad that I will be leaving this year to pursue other goals in life, but will always look back on my time at Mainland with delight.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 23, 2011

I am a senior at Mainland now. I am in the ASI academy and I love it. The AP courses Mainland offers are far superior to any other school in the county. Honestly, with the whole fighting thing, you are gonna get that in ANY high school. Concerned parents just need to tell their childern to keep their mouth shut and don't get into anything and they will be fine.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2009

BEST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD class of 2012! the learning process is great teachers are so friendly and willing to devote time into helping out students struggling were like a big family there theres no other school like it
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 17, 2008

i went to mhs and it is one of the best high schools you could ever send your child to. it has various types of activities your child can get involved with, majority of the students are nice and friendly. its just very amazing I love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2008

Very nice school, very up to date on everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

I went To Mainland from 03-07 its a great school its better than the rest great dedicatied teachers and staff
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 29, 2007

I had two children graduate from Mainland, one in 1999 and one in 2002. Both got excellent educations and earned Bright Future scholarships. They both loved going to Mainland and did not witness daily fights or similar problems. The discipline at Mainland was actually better than at most of the other high schools. I also had one child who transferred from Mailnand to Seabreeze in his senior year and there is no comparison as far as acedemics and discipline are concerned...Mainland was far superior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

My daughter graduated in 2005. I feared for her safety every day she attended school. She told me there were fights, almost daily. It took days for a counselor to return my call. I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

I graduated from mainland in 2002 and I was so inspired by the teachers that I am now graduting from college to become one. Great activities and a wide variety of people! Wonderful school! Go BUCS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2007

I am a former student, I graduated in 2006. I feel that Mainland is highly underestimated. The school has amazing academies & various clubs & programs. I was in the Academy of Communications & Multimedia Technology, and I absolutely loved it. Most days I couldn't wait to get to class because of any idea I had for my project. Most teachers were wonderful & really made an impact. The school is very culturally diverse but everyone seems to get along. I loved the school & acutally I never wanted to graduate!


Posted December 5, 2006

The school is beautiful and the teachers are great(most of all of them.)Ilove mainland it has a very wide variety of actives you could do.All of my fellow classmates are great too!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2006

Academic programs at Mainland are superb...except for a distinct lack of teaching Latin! The honors program my daughter used (2002 graduate) is evolving now as my son attends Mainland. He is currently in Pre-AP and AP classes. I distinctly dislike the AP concept because it tends to accelerate teenagers too fast (My opinion). The education received at Mainland is directly proportional to the time and effort one puts into the varied programs. Extracurricular activities are varied and in-depth, again depends on the effort the student puts forth. Faculty are well-trained, dynamic leaders in the classroom. 'I don't give grades, students earn them.' was an opening line from my son's 9th grade honors English class last year. Attending Mainland will encourage your child to make wise choices in their friends and activities--no special difference from any other public or private school--but the opportunity to fail exists.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

I think this is a very good school for kids to go to, they have a lot of after school activities and most of the teachers are very willing to help students if they need help. My daughter goes there now and she really loves it and I love all the communication and support the teachers always give you. They always let you know when report cards are coming out or anything like that and that is very important to me as a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2006

I'm very satisfied with Mainland. Most teachers genuinely care and try hard, and many programs are available to suit each student's interests. The 2 negatives are its large size and the use of coaches as teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

My sons experience with this school has been a very negative experience all around starting with the students and on to the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2005

I think that this high school is great and full of wonderful oppurtunities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 14, 2005

Mainland is highly underestimated. The AP Programs are average, and there are many clubs for your child to get involved in. It is a very diverse school with many opportunities for your child.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2005

Many programs available, including several AP classes. Sports, music, art, drama, clubs very encouraged. Staff was very supportive. Parental involvement was not very strong.
—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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

513 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
40%
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.

467 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

496 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
78%
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.

404 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "D".

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.

321 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
31%
Biology I

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

371 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
58%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

353 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
45%
U.S. History

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

262 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%
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 47%
Black 40%
Hispanic 7%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 1%
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 64%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 69%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 54%56%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • DR. CHERYL SALERNO
Fax number
  • (386) 506-5069

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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1255 West International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
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