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Fort Pierce Central High School

Public | 9-12 | 2537 students

 

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Posted March 21, 2014

I've decided to write a review because of the phenomenal experience my son has had through the Embry-Riddle Aerospace and Engineering Academy located at Central. Professor Adkins inspires, motivates, and prepares his students well! Quite the asset to the school. I believe it is because of a quality program like this that Central has experienced such an increased level of academic success recently. If you truly want to prepare your student for the future, you should consider Central and this program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2012

Regardless of what anyone else says, I LOVE this school! I am a Proud Cobra! I am currently a Junior at this school but because of it`s phenomenal Dual Enrollment program I now only take two classes at Central; Band and Jazz Band. All of my other courses are at the local community college. Because of FPCHS, I am well on my way to high honors and a GPA ABOVE 4.0! The teachers Ive had here are the most challenging, motivational, and inspiring Ive ever had. My absolute favorite part of this school, the very thing I look forward to everyday, is Band. Ive never met a more talented, energetic, school spirited group of over 100 individuals. These people radiate school spirit! They show it in the way the walk, march, and especially play! Go Cobras!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2012

FPCHS has a great Engineering and Aerospace Program. I now know of LPA students trying to transfer to Central for this program - unbelievable! The addition of Professor Adkins is a huge plus for the school. He is a wonderful and engaging teacher who challenges his students and sets them up for future success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

My experience with the teachers at this school are the worst out of the 4 St Lucie County schools that I have dealings with. Most of them are computer illiterate and do not use the Skyward System. I literally have to send a note with my student to have a teacher call me. Most do not respond to e-mail! Unbelievable in this day and age.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2012

This is a great school with some very strong programs. They have a great engineering program, great IB program, dual enrollment program, culinary arts, music and many others. My child recently transferred to Fort Pierce Central and we have been very happy. Most importantly, my child feels safe. The actual design of the building lends itself to safety. I promotes an environment where teachers get to know the students and the students get to know who is sitting next to them. It is great opportunity for any child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2011

Im currently a Junior at FPCHS . I love this school at times but there is no fun . I feel as if they are more concerned about academics then making learning fun and trying to get students involved. My mom also went to FPCHS she use to tell me how they had a pep rally every Friday . We only have about 3 pep rally's a year and 3 dances excluding prom . I believe that it was ALOT better with the old principle there . There were more activities and everyone enjoyed it . Also the rules are TOO strict . No Gum ? No Food in class ? Well why do we have vending machines ? . Shirts must be tucked in ? But look at other counties , they don't have a dress code . The way we dress shouldn't even matter about how we learn . As long as we learn . As much as I hate to say it , but if your looking for a school thats will have FUN while learning attend FPWHS .
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2010

Fort Pierce Central is the best school there is besides LPA. WIth the dual enrollment program and other cool programs, there's no way any school can compare to it. The teachers are awesome! They help those who ask for help and they explain their lessons very well. If your daughter or son get to have Mrs. Monahan, they have the best teacher. I love her. She's amazing! Besides knowing her stuff, she makes learning fun :]
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2010

I am currently a senior at FPCHS and of the 2 years I have attended, I have never had any problems with any of my teachers. Until these past 2 weeks. There is one specific teacher that I have a problem with;she grades unfairly. I do not believe that all of the staff completely understand the material they teach. If that were the case, they would not go against the material in the books that they give us. They teach from these books, but yet they are incorrect, how is that possible? I also attended PSLHS as well as FPWHS, and never had this problem. There is a lack of care, not only from certain teachers but the principal as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2010

I love this school, regardless of the teachers or students who attend there. I wish we had more activities, especially in the Pep Rallies, but other than that i love it. Im proud to be a Cobra, pride makes the difference, and i wish it would stay that way:).
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2010

This is not necessary There is a high risk of profanity at this school,the teachers are not that caring.It is uneven that respect is not that much given here.I would rather go to Treasure Coast or Centennial !
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2010

The test scores for the school doesn't tell the truth about this educational facility. The teachers have a complete understanding of the materiel that is being taught and can translate it, so students can understand it, properly. If you were to compare this facility to a IB league school, it will show that IB league schools are rubbish, and over done, and don't teach students what they should learn. I can prove this to be true since I left a IB league school to go to this Fort Peirce Central for their Auto Mechanic courses, and Engineering, and their Graphic Design courses, which are pronominal, and IB doesn't let you get any true hands on experience. Unless if you consider having a professor teach you, while they learn the material, on Google ? Personally I would say that people that attend the school are quite uniqe, which makes learning enjoyable.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2009

I was picking up my child from class, and i heard the drumline playing out in the courtyard, they were very sharp, i loved it. It made me dance, go Cobras!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2009

My child is attending Fort Pierce Central High School. Although she i slearning and studying very hard, their is said to have been no days of fun, no more carnivals, and no fun. I would like to see a change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2009

I am currently attending Central. I love it; the people are so unique. For some reason, since the school is new and we have a new principle, the rules are stricter. I dont agree with this, and i might even transfer because of this. The new rules are way harsh and in a way takes away the fun in High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2009

my oldest daughter went to the old central and I now have another child in that school because i was happy with the staff and the way they kept the web site up to date until now. It seems they have no new website for the new school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2009

It's an amazing school. My second year here, and I couldn't ask for a better environment. It's fun while we learn at the same time. The staff is phenomenal. I would deffinetly recommend it. : )
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 24, 2009

Great school. Safe enviorment. Great and deticated teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2008

When I went to this school, it may not have been the newest, and it may not have been big enough for all of us students, but it was the school I learned the most in. I also attended PSLHS and worked for SLWCHS, so I know what I'm talking about. From what I've heard, the school has just gotten better since I graduated.


Posted October 24, 2008

I am currently a freshman at fort pierce central and i am very happy. the teachers are great they have some strict rules but they're cool if you do your work. so if your planning to send your child to central you have chosen wisely
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2008

I am currently a senior at FPCHS and if you ask any of my current classmates what our first thought was upon being assigned to this school none of them would be good. We all now love this school though. While FPCHS does have a bad history it is now, in my belief, the best school in the county. There are none of your normal high school cliques and the last fight I remember was in my sophomore year. Our test scores are exactly the same as all other schools in the county, we have smaller class sizes, and four national certified classes. The only reason to dislike this school would have been its physical appearance, but it has been completely rebuilt with the highest technology possible. I am proud to be the saluditorian of FPCHS's 2009 graduating class.
—Submitted by a student


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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.

659 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
45%
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.

664 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

654 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
84%
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.

565 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • 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 66% in 2014.

537 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
28%
Biology I

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

637 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
63%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

550 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
39%
U.S. History

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

584 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%
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
Black 34%
White 33%
Hispanic 28%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 164%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 1%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 60%65%61%
Master's degree 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School psychologist
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. TODD SMITH
Fax number
  • (772) 468-5761

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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4101 South 25th Street
Fort Pierce, FL 34981
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