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Fort Myers High School

Public | 9-12 | 1888 students

 

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Posted June 1, 2013

It's amazing how little the faculty care about the students there. There is a culture of lying there that starts a the top. An example is how they continue to list themselves as a top 100 school on their webpage when they have not been there for three years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2012

Heard so many good things so I was shocked when we did not experience them! If your child is in the I.B program or plays sports Ft Myers is a great school otherwise forget it. The school really only cares about those two things,everything (and everyone else)falls to the wayside. The school placed our child in advanceded math classes (Trig & Calculus etc).Our child did extremely well and continued advancing only to be told senior year -Oops! We made a mistake you shouldnt have been in those classes(starting freshman year mind you) because you never took Algebra 2 so until you do you cannot graduate with your class. Our child indeed had to do an extra semester due to the school's mistake & despite getting A's & B's in their most advanced math classes! Our other children will not be attending Ft.Myers when it is time for their high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2010

Our daughter is a graduate of this outstanding school. The school has a tremendous sense of community and the teachers and administration are exceptional. There is a genuine concern for all students and students are encouraged to be the best that they can be. It is a safe school, and I have never heard of any incidents of bullying or violence. This school provides a high quality education which surpasses many of the private schools in the area, especially in the IB program. There is diversity, activities to suit a variety of interests, and parents are encouraged to be involved. We have since moved to VT, and I have a daughter attending an independent school as a day student, and I can honestly say that I was better satisfied with Ft. Myers High School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

This school is without a doubt the best high school in the state of Florida. This school has nothing to do with how much money you have or who you know. The teachers care about the students and make an effort to know the parents as well. Fort Myers High School has the finest rating by which all other schools are measured and try to reach their level. I would never place my children in any other school but Fort Myers High School. It also has the best overall parental participation in all after school activities such as parent/teacher night. It is truly amazing the turnout of the parents and families, and shows how much they truly care about the school and their children. I'm proud to be able to say that my children were educated at Fort Myers High School!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

great school...great programs...great teachers...exceptional students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

I was a student at FMHS, and I was in the IB program for all four years. It was a great school and now I am in a great college!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2008

I have a daughter in the IB program. This is a top ranked school with an exceptional staff with an exceptional principal. I had to send my other children to private due to the poor education with in the lee county system. It is refreshing to put my tax dollars to good use at this school and not have to spend additional income to insure my children get a good education. I speak with experience as I graduated from Cypress Lake HS and had to spend additional time to catch up when I went to the university.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2008

I have two children that attend FMHS. The education is superior, and the structer is firm. The FMHS band is is a great team. I encourage any children interested in music to join the band. They are all great friends, and it keeps the group busy. Its they very best school of choice. Go Greenwave!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2008

Amazing school, with the best education and teachers. This is the only school I would consider in fort myers. The I.B. program will excel students to their highest academic potenetial potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

If you are in IB this school is the Best, as you can see from all the other reviews. If you are not in IB or an excellent athelete I do not recommend this school. Your child will get over looked and while not have many opportuneties to be a shining star.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2007

I am currently a senior at FMHS. I came from a private middle school and at first it took me a while to adapt to the change from a small school to a large public school, but I found it very easy to make friends with both my fellow students and teachers here. Our school has an exceptionally wide variety of clubs, honor societies, and athletic teams, so there is absolutely no reason why anyone should not be involved in something. While the hype of our school seems to be the IB program, having experienced both the IB and Traditional programs, I would strongly recommend either program. The staff at our school is great and, for the most part, are willing to work with any problems you might have. I live all the way in Bonita, and despite the long drive, I wouldn't change my decision of being a Greenie!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2007

I am a senior this year in the IB program and I have to say that if you want your child to excel after high school, Fort Myers is definitely the school to choose. The environment pushes you to excel. I love the fact that some of the most popular kids are the smartest ones in the class. I was able to achieve a 5.0 by the end of my junior year which greatly helped in the collee admission process. Plus there is so much diversity within the student body and faculty that it truly prepares your for the college experience. Being a school of tradition with our Greenie Growl, and Mr. Greenwave, we can get both the 'real' high school experience as well as a college preparatory education. I'm proud to be a part of the green wave family!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2007

My daughters (2) are seniors this year in IB. I do not believe that there is a more rigorous public school in the county. The 90 minute classes help focus the kids, and the numerous after school club activities have provided an excellent social and community service oriented, well-roundedness to their education. Teachers are helpful and responsive to student issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2007

I am a graduate from FMHS and I think it was a good school at it's highest points, but coming from a private middle school I am not familiar with standard public schools anyway. It has changed staff and administration too frequently, and for that, I have really seen it crumble. They used to have a pretty big focus on sports, and grades. Ms. Mcdill is the best teacher there. A very people friendly math teacher, but an inspiration teacher at her best too. The school is over crowded though, and has ineffective methods of 'discipline'. It will do nothing for you unless your child is really motivated for college.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 30, 2007

MY daughter is about to enter her sophmore year at FMHS.She is in the IB program and also takes orchestra.So far,she has had higher grades than in middle school,even with the harder work they are doing. The greenie growls are hilarious and there is a lot of spirit in the school. We rate it an A+! I don't understand the comment about big money either. MY daughter has been in IB since second grade at Pinewoods. There is no money involved.Just intelligence and concentration. Susan K.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2007

I'm a senior at FMHS, I'm a non IB student. In one review they mention high grades and excellent athletic students as a major thing to become a student here, not true. Teachers help students who have a hard time, students with disabilities and regular students. The environment couldn't be any more comfortable, and diversity makes our school different and unique. I have friends from Mariner High School and in Cypress, and they wish they were in FMHS. I'm a proud student, confident to go to college and show all the skills that FMHS showed me i had. I recommend FMHS to any parent or student that is looking for an excellent school in Southwest Florida. We are definately the best, no doubt about it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 12, 2006

I am currently a Junior in the IB program at FMHS and I personally can attest to the high quality of this school. The school has a superb academic program and offers a wide variety of electives covering most conceivable fields of interest. The music department is excellent - the marching band is scheduled to perform in London at a very prestigious concert. The school offers several art programs that have up to 3 levels, with one level being completed each year. The athletic teams at FMHS are considered to be among the best in the state. As far as Extracurricular activities, the school has a vast number of clubs for students to chose from. Generally, high school students are not going to want their parents to be overly involved in their school, but they in no way keep them from being involved.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2006

My son is in the IB program and we did not pay a penny so not sure where the comment about 'big money' comes from. He got there by hard work and excellent grades. He joined in the middle of 10th grade when we moved to the area and was accepted because of his academic abilities, they don't usually accept mid-year. So far the school seems very good on discipline and my son is very comfortable in the school, from what I have seen the school has quite a diverse mix of kids but they are all there because they work hard and keep up their grades. I don't know about the athletics programs but there is an abundance of afterschool activities. I don't really see any parental involvement but at this age who really wants their mom or dad around school?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2006

My child was in the IB program and liked the hight school. Most parents that I have talked with say that this is the best public high school in Lee County. They offer many quality academic programs and have a lot of extracurricular activities teens would want to take. She had no problems with anyone or anything, but if she would not have been able to learn things on her own or needed extra help there would have been a problem. She said the teachers teach the class everyday and offer an after school tutorial to help students falling behind, but is usually taught by the 'A' students. They tutor you and they didn't teach very well at all. She did better on her own. All in all, I think it is the best high school and I will send my next child to Fort Myers High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

Considder Dunbar or Cypress for the magnet programs. Both are excellent. Unless you have big money contacts, the IB is off limits dispite your grades. Not such a diverse school. Only the good athletes get in and if you are not much of an athlete, you better have good grades and get lucky. For a public school that is in a zone choice area, they are not very diverse. You think it would be better. Thru my experience, some want it that way and their money will keep it that way.
—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 2013.

488 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 54% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

458 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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 64% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
50%
Biology I

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

511 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%
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 State average
White 65% 42%
Black 15% 23%
Hispanic 13% 29%
Asian 4% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 95%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 57%66%61%
Master's degree 43%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • Mr. David Larosa
Fax number
  • (239) 334-3095

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Sports

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  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse

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2635 Cortez Blvd
Fort Myers, FL 33901
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