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Dunbar High School

Public | 9-12 | 1157 students

 

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Posted April 25, 2014

I think the people who complain about dunbar are either too caught up in the poor neighborhood or is not there to learn. fights happen in any school, heck stuff happen in schools in good areas. Instead of talking bad about the school you need to find a school where you are comfortable, there are students lining up to get into the STEM program there and its not fair to be there and be unhappy when you could be making that space available for someone else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2013

As a student, i personaly dont like Dunbar at all. I feel like The teachers find favorites and only help them the remainder of the year. Im looking forward to switching.. i do not feel safe there was a fight where 5 people got arrested last quarter, and that worries me. The school is a bad school overall and i feel bad for the principle for running such aterrible school


Posted June 11, 2011

I went to Dunbar my freshman year and truthfully it isn't as bad as people say it is. It get's a bad rap because of the area (The Dunbar area of Fort Myers) but it is truthfully a good school . The tech department is above and beyond, the teachers are nice and friendly, the Army JROTC unit is amazing and everything is pretty good. I miss the school and all it offered me.


Posted December 4, 2010

This school is great in terms of the Academy for Technology Excellence, but the teachers couldn't be worse. The whole school is always focused on the "AVID" program, and all curriculum has been shaped to the program, even though only 30% of students are enrolled in the program. Also, this school focuses on college level work My son doesn't want to go to college, so this just impairs his success. It seems only fitting that college level work be given only in college, so this is not a good thing! On a more positive note, the Academy for Technology Excellence (ATE) is the best career education program I've EVER seen. The school has done very good with it. That is reason enough to attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2010

i attended dunbar for the remaining quarter of the 2009-10 school year. in my opinion the school is the worst i have ever attended.first off the teachers barely payed atention to any of the students. this wasnt a problem to me considering i felt i was doing work on a 4th grade level, im pretty sure i know what syllabels are? the school is pretty dirty and the floors are very much scratched up. over all dunbar high is not a good place to learn. i am a white male and i also felt i didnt fit in at all due to the cold treatement of the students; i was looked at like i had 10 heads solely for the fact that i was white and didnt sag my pants or know what made up words meant like "nekid" or "swoll"
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2010

Dunbar High School is a very great choice of school to choose from. I am a graduate of Dunbar last year, and attended all 4 years. They strive for excellence out of the students. I was an Academy for Technology Excellence student and it was the best program I think this state has. Parents, Don't believe what kids say about Dunbar High School, unless it's good it's probably not true. We have the most discipline out of any school I have heard of in Lee County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

Dunbar has to be one of the est High Schools that i been to. I enjoy waking up and just going to a school where you feel like you belong. I love that fact that I feel like family in this school. This school is an amazing school to learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2009

My son attended this school last year and I was very disatisfied with this school. I transfered him from Dunbar because the school did not meet up to my expectations. Yes the principle and teachers talked a good talk at open house but didn't produce the results that they claimed. Also the teachers never put any information in on Parent Link and are very un-involved if you ask me. The guidance counselor was always unavailable for some reason. If I wanted a return call it would take almost a week in which I felt was ridiculous. Also they dropped from a B school to a C so I'm definately glad I removed my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

AMAZING school :) I loveee it..the classes are challenging yet the teachers are understanding & know just how much to push you. They really care how you do & want to see you succeed. :) I am A Freshman & I am positive I will enjoy my four years her at Dunbar High! Go Tigers :) Btw..the sports teams are amazing...the spirit is in the air :D
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2008

i actully perfer this school to all of the high school i been to. it has a great magnet program and it is the best smart school to go to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2008

Dunbar High has been selected as the !st Microsoft Certified High School in the nation! Student here can get over 14 IT certifications by the time they graduate high school. DHS is the #1 rank high school in the East Zone of Fort Myers based on the Florida school rating system.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 10, 2008

Dunbar has excellent teachers overall but the Academy for Technology Excellence is absolutely amazing. Our tenth grade son has CompTIA A+, Net+, Microsoft Vista, PowerPoint, Outlook and Word certifications already and is working on his CCNA!! He is a confident, outgoing teen, sure both of himself and his future and the staff and computer program at Dunbar have been a big part of that. We couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

Excellent administration. Faculty cares about the students. Sports and band program are excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

Outstanding people involved over there. In Lee county, all you hear is about the Ft Myers High IB program. That school only gets a B rating while Dunbar maintains a strong C rating. I'd say those IB kids better get working. They are supposedly the smart of the smart. Well, parents, if you are smart, you will look at Dunbar. The kids work hard and they led the county in writing scores last year as well as were near the top in improvement in FCAT. Great magnet programs and athletics are strong. Outstanding band and strong administration. Don't listen to the stero type. It is a very safe, gang free and drug free school. It also happens to be one of the nicest looking High schools in Lee county. Great technology!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2006

As a former student I can say that the school was a great experience for me. As an outsider most people wouldnt even give it a chance because of its location or test scores. Test scores dont mean anything in a state where FCAT is barely taught in school at all. The teachers I had were extremely helpfull and concerned with the well being of the students. The school wasnt so crouded you could barely move and over all the students all worked together amazingly.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 27, 2005

This school has teachers that do care about the education of their students. It is very good in sports and has a variety of other extracurricular activities (band, science/math/academic clubs, model un, CROP, spanish, etc). The school has the Center of Math and Science and the Academy for Technology Excellence so it does it's best to prep students for college (one went to the University of California at Berkeley), vocational school or their future careers. I think it's a great school despite the fact that it got a C- grade. When it comes to college or career, it greatly depends on how the student takes advantage of what the school has to offer and this school definitely has lots to offer.
—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.

372 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
36%
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.

255 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

245 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
71%
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.

210 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
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 "A".
  • 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 64% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
21%
Biology I

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

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%
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 48%
Hispanic 31%
White 18%
Two or more races 2%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92%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 75%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%66%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%1%1%
Other degree 1%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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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. CARL BURNSIDE
Fax number
  • (239) 461-5110

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • 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
  • Golf
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Golf
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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3800 Edison Avenue
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