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Fort Lauderdale High School

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
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Posted February 12, 2014

If your in their magnet programs or a gifted student , you will be fine. However, if your an average student, you will be lost, and the poor ethnic diversity will suffocate your drive to achieve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2014

i dont like it people are always fighting. plus its in a bad enviromnet i would never send my child there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

My child of 10 grade he is doing great ,he loves to be at this Magnet program Cambridge ,he is already doing some college credit , Thanks to the school he is in the right path !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

This school helped me a lot! I was from another country and I was looking for a pre law magnet program. This school is the only school on broward county who offers it and teachers were very nice to me! they let me in the program! I am so grateful with them. Excellent service, excellent teachers, best environment. and wait till the school has the new buildings :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2013

When I first started attending Fort Lauderdale High School, I had high hopes but the school is not all it's cracked up to be. The campus is very dirty and not taken care of, the guidance counselors are almost never available and they mostly don't take the time to help any student or parent to a useful extent. Also, most of the teachers show a lack of discipline themselves and only a handful show genuine concern for the education of their students. Students can always be seen roaming the halls during class time and in class, teachers put no stop to texting or disruptive talking. The security guards that go around the campus pay no mind to students, even though they are supposed to check every student for a hall pass, and they often show favor for certain students, allowing them to disregard the rules while they punish others at the same time. The two lunch periods are also a problem-there is never enough organization or time for every student to get through a lunch line and have a significant amount of time to eat. The lack of space and seating for every student is also a daily problem for many students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2013

SOME teachers are good and care about teaching and about the students but, unfortunately some don't. They let kids go on their phones and slack during class and act like they are just there to collect a paycheck. And they don't even follow rules for grading. I'd say maybe 3 of my 7 teachers really care and are effective teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2013

The school's administration and office- total mess. They can't help you over the phone at all, really all you can do is go in and demand their help. But you have to factor in the completely dedicated teachers and the exponential classes. The teacher's stay after and before school for reviews, they skip lunches to help their student better understand, and they teach you life lessons you cannot live without.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2013

I called this morning regarding a fall registration. I inquired as to when we might be able to visit and find out more information and have some of my daughter's specific questions answered. He stated there is "no visiting the campus - he has hundreds of tests to administer in the next month and can't have any interruptions. You know, there are only four weeks left of school." I was taken back and asked how she could evaluate a program sight unseen. His response was that we should have come to their open house in January. Certainly, if we had known my daughter was interested we would have attended in January. I explained that to him, however, his response was that was too bad and they couldn't help me. I am no longer interested in wanting to know more - just thoroughly disgusted that an educator, supervisor or receptionist, representing this caliber program, in this school district, could act so callous and be so rude. If he is representative of the program, I would not want him responsible for any part of my daughter's education. If there is ever a question as to why the Broward County School system fails to attract the best and the brightest, you have your answer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2013

I am looking to relocate to Ft. Lauderdale with my son. Seems like conflicting stories about this school. I am looking for a school with high marks. The school he is in now he is smarter than 80% of his teachers. Does anyone know of a good highscool in Ft. Lauderdale?


Posted August 21, 2012

Reviewer below is correct, seems a mess right now. My daughter says lunch lines are so long, they do not even have enough time to eat, apparently they have 1000 students eating at each of the only 2 lunch periods. Pick up and drop off are a mess; due to poorly planned construction and disorganized principal and staff. Something I noticed is that 22 of the positive reviews here were all written on the same day, that raises some red flags, looks like maybe school told staff or parents to write some favorable reviews to try to get the school a better image?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2012

I have high hopes for this school but so far I am not impressed. When I called to ask questions, in the spring, it was impossible to reach anyone on the phone and it took three months for someone to return a voicemail message I left. I couldn't even reach anyone on the switchboard. Now, they are not even open for registration over the summer, (all other high schools in the area are) and it is still impossible to reach anyone. And, their website does not help since it has not been updated in quite some time, some parts not since 2008 (4 years ago). It seems very poorly run and quite disorganized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2012

FLHS is an amazing school and you won't truly understand how good it is until you are there. At first, when I knew that I had to go there, I was sad friends from my middle school was going to a religious or college preparatory school. However, when I took the tour at FLHS the year before signing up, I was.... speechless. The stairs were majestic and every few years they would change and reconstruct the buildings. I love the library, the books were plenty....
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 7, 2011

I would like to see more parent involvement in fund raising for the school. Our kids deserve a school trip for the excellent hard work done all year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2010

I give Fort Lauderdale High School five stars for its Debate program. The Debate Program is one of the BEST in the nation!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2010

Cambridge program and good teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Our son has had a great experience at this school, he's grown tremendously socially as well as getting a good education. Many of the staff are very into the kids and go above and beyond being just a teacher, they genuinely care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

The teachers and staff are very helpful... great programs at this school and the teachers really care about the students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Almost my entire family attended FLHS...from my Great Aunts and Uncles to my now attending teenage sons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

I love FLHS because the staff is A number 1, helpful and truly believes in the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Because of the excellent Cambridge program they offer
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

527 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

559 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

572 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
91%
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.

460 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
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 64% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
74%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

544 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

378 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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
Black 56%
White 25%
Hispanic 14%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 92%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%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 85%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 55%53%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 5%2%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 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. PRISCILA RIBEIRO
Fax number
  • (754) 322-1230

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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1600 Northeast 4th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Phone: (754) 322-1100

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