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Daytona Beach, FL
Students enrolled: 1,913

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1255 West International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

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(386) 226-0300
(386) 506-5069
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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

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

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

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

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
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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

August 02, 2008
Very nice school, very up to date on everything.

- submitted by a parent

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

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
no rating
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
no rating
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
no rating
June 07, 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!

- submitted by a community member

December 05, 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

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

May 03, 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

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

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

May 04, 2005
I think that this high school is great and full of wonderful oppurtunities.

- submitted by a student

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

February 04, 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 student

July 30, 2004
I had two children who attended MHS and both loved it. They left to attend a private school and within less that 3 months had returned to MHS. There is a lot of communication between teachers and students which I believe adds to the learning experience of the students. There are many different cultures represented at this high school and students learn many things from their peers that teachers simply don't have the time to teach. I highly recommend this high school and also recommend that if you are not sure, make an appointment and go on a tour of the school and meet the principal, she is a fine lady.

- submitted by a parent

November 09, 2003
My daughter is a sophomore at MHS and loves it. She is in the Academy of Science Inquiry and also participates in the music program. Her guidance counselor is aware of her abilities and keeps her in challenging classes. She is developing excellent study habits, taking serious notes in class, learning to form study groups, and networking with classmates to complete assignments, study for tests, etc. She is most certainly being prepared for success in college. The school encourages the students by helping them select a career and setting them on that path while in high school. The music department has an unbelievably talented and dedicated band director. Every student who is in this program benefits from Mr. P s ability to teach respect, determination, responsibility, team work, and discipline along with mastering their instrument. He demands it, they give it, and they love it. He is a true educator.

- submitted by a parent
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Mainland High School
1255 West International Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL  32114
(386) 226-0300
Last modified Mainland High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mainland High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top