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Fernandina Beach High School

Public | 9-12 | 900 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted September 5, 2014

I am a parent of two former students and a former employee. I agree that this is a decent school for education, but the principal is overdue for retirement. She runs that place like she is the dictator. There is no longer a Homecoming dance because some kids acted up at a former dance (10 years ago)! For years the junior class has worked hard to raise Prom funds to go somewhere nice off island, like downtown Jax. She said "No!" Her reasoning? Because not every student can afford transportation. If they can buy the tickets at $60 a piece and the $200 outfits, I think they could get to Jacksonville. And Jacksonville is the exact location of the high school graduation where all graduating seniors and their families are expected to bring themselves. Perhaps I am being over critical, but I am exasperated with her meaningless and out of touch rules. The sad thing is that my youngest will attend FBHS next year and I wish there could be changes made at the top prior to her arrival so that she could enjoy a great high school experience. She will get the education she needs to move on to college but what will her memories consist of? Prom at the Rec Center?? Come on, RETIRE!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2013

FBHS is in desperate need of a new principal--she has been there forever and seems to care more about discipline and drama than curriculum and learning. There are also many other administrators and teachers there who do not care about the students. While there are some good teachers, many of them are lazy, rude to the kids and spend more time on their computers/phones during class instead of teaching and interacting with the kids. If you don't love kids, do NOT teach. Seems simple enough. Imagine what our schools would be like if every teacher and principal truly cared and loved the students. This school is in need of a major overhaul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2013

Academically this school is doing a solid job. Athletically, the coaching is terrible in every sport but volleyball, cross country and soccer, I've never seen coaches so disinterested in the development of athletes and put so little effort into helping their players get to the next level. I often say the only way a college scout would ever show up at FB is because they're lost and need directions to get off the island. In addition to our own student's bad experience, I have encountered literally dozens of parents that have nothing good to say about collegiate selection guidance from coaches and the basketball/tennis coach is perhaps the single most negative person I've ever met, telling even his best players they're not good enough to play college sports. Truth is, his 1970's coaching is the problem, he'd rather be golfing than teaching the games the way they're played today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2011

FBHS is an amazing school and our principal is not rude and insensitive. You have to keep in mind, she is an extremely busy lady and has the entire school to keep at her best interest. FBHS's administration works very hard every day and work with the students to provide students with every option they deem possible. Administration meets with students regularly to track their performance and helps students choose what best suits them. FBHS does not ask for a DIME from parents, FBHS earns every penny they have beyond their extremely tight budget. Our teachers are dedicated to helping students give their all and do their best. most teachers are there an hour before school and are still there an hour after school is released. After the torment that most go through in middle school, (including myself) FBHS became my favorite place in the WORLD to be after only a few weeks. Now, i am in 10th grade (c/o 2013) and i am activley involved in cross country, track and many clubs that are provided by FBHS, while maintaining a 3.5 GPA.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2010

My daughter attended FBHS 10th-12th grades, several years ago. Unfortunately, the same people are STILL in charge. Although my daughter WANTED to go to school to learn; The Principal was extremely unhelpful, insensitive and rude, to my daughter and to me; The Girls' Dean had no use for the truth, if it was against the girls she liked; the Guidance Counselor gave no help about making up credits and even misinformed her about dual enrollment. She did have a few good teachers and FLVS!! She loved school and consistently made the honor roll. No thanks to FBHS Administrators, she graduated with honors. I tried many times, but they clearly did NOT want parents to actually help at the school-- just wanted our money. If your child has a mind and ANY opinions of her own, stay away unless you want constant hassles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2009

i'm just a freshman but so far the school is wayy better than yulee i've went to both and the teachers at F.B.H.S. are 80% better and they care more about their students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2008

I Loved that school now that i'm in Tennessee it has been so much of a difference. If I could move back to FBHS I honestly would.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2008

i went to this school for about a quarter and i hated it so much! i went to yulee high school before i went to f.b. and the people are so much nicer there! at fernandina the teachers are mean and the students are unwilling for anything or anyone that they havent known for the past 5 years. i know its a small school but still, you would think people wouldnt be so closed minded.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2008

FBHS may be OK for the average student. You should keep in mind that this is a small school in a small town, so anything too terribly outside the norm you'll have to find elsewhere. For example, many of the more exotic AP classes (those that the staff wouldn't expect to have an audience of at least 30 or so) aren't offered, and students that require special attention and/or have unique interests aren't given the best support. There are the usual problems that you'd find at most high schools; as to if it's better or worse at FBHS I can't say. Most of the people in Guidance try to be helpful, but usually have booked schedules and sometimes aren't able to fulfill booked appointments; depending on your student, it may be worth it to invest in an independent guidance counselor.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2008

I love this. Ive never been to a school that students and parents have so much school spirit. The student love the school and the teachers want to be there. Education is at top priority with help during FCAT the teachers and students work together to better the outcome of there scores. This school is #1.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2006

We have 2 sons who have attended FBHS. With consistent parental and teacher guidance they have both excelled. The teachers and the counselors work with parents and students who want to achieve and succeed. Regarding sports, the name of the game is sportsmanship, not bad attitude regardless of the W/L column. We have experienced both FBHS and a local private HS and FB took a far greater caring and fostering approach for those students, and parents, willing to be responsible for their own success. The extraordinarily high number of AP courses and the availability of FLVS allows motivated students to excel. This is a small community so many parents are involved at the school and those unable to assist due to work constraints are kept abreast! Well done FBHS from a Yankee raised in private schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2005

Great school resource officer. Easy to get a hold of, and very interested in helping the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2005

FBHS is a typical high school though alot of people there are rude and the teachers aren't the best with the exception of a few. I went there and struggled with math and couldn't get help from them.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 2, 2004

My son is an 11th grade honors/advanced placement student and we had been trying frantically for about a week to get the College Board to allow late testing for his AP exams as he would be out of town. We had no luck. After contacting nearly 12 schools in Hawaii for alternate site testing, we still were out of luck. With the help of his guidance counselor and AP coordinator, Candace Almers and the approval of the Principal, Jane Arnold, Ms. Almers was able to contact a private school in Hawaii and arrange that my son be able to take a couple of his exams there. We appreciate every extra effort that went into making this happen for us as it was in the middle of registration and at the schools expense for the calls. Other helpful staff have been Gail Greeson, DeArmas Graham and Scott Hodges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2004

I am a parent of a 9th grade Honors student and an 11 grade Advanced Placement student. I am very impressed with the compassion and the professionalism of the teacher and administration at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2003

At any given time students are wandering around the campus unsupervised without passes. Kids are out of their seats waiting for the bell to ring. I thought the teacher is supposed to dismiss the students. The administration is unhelpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2003

Parents Beware! Do not count on getting much help from the guidence department at this school. You will have a hard time even getting a meetng scheduled. I couldn't even get a phone call returned. I should add my child has a 3.7 GPA and is a great assest to their school. I've tried to get college info and just general info with no success. Just don't count on their help, they are too busy having coffee and socializing. Yes, our tax dollars are paying for this.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

246 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%
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.

205 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

203 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
88%
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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
51%
Biology I

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

260 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
75%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
96%
U.S. History

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

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%
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 76%
Black 9%
Hispanic 9%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 182%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 22%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 90%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 61%58%61%
Master's degree 39%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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435 Citrona Drive
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
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