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South Broward High School

Public | 9-12 | 2116 students

 

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Posted November 13, 2013

This school has made many changes since the new principal has came on board in her second year now. SBHS will be notes as the top school in the entire Broward County as having the highest improved score by passing the second school with an additional 20 points. Have your child involved in activities, Band is a great option. Be involved with your child no matter what school and you will be fine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

I have a teenager who goes to this school and in the first four weeks my had requested to speak to someone about the situation the first thing the counselor suggested was to drop her to a lower class just because she was ahead of kids her age....wow! I Had to go about looking for tutors because the teacher would not even sit to see what the problem was where she did not understand the lessons. my kid was not the only one failing in this class which is what was the red flag that I suggested to have a one on one tutor that they told me they offered in the teacher parent meet day. I went two weeks back and fourth with the school trying to get the help they claimed they had which did not actuallty seem to even be there..... we ended up at a room with one teacher and 24 kids and the teacher had an hour to tutor all of them. They are really unorganized and did not really have what they said they had for students to get up to par with the work.... there were more than ten other kids failing too......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2012

I had a wonderful experience here at South Broward. I have never gotten 'bullied' or 'mugged' and neither have any of my friends/siblings who are currently attending this school and I'm absolutely positive that they appreciate everything this school has to offer as much as I do. Obviously somebody has a bad year (student who left review saying staff doesn't care) because the rules at broward or by far strict! As they are at any other school.... all you have to do is show a little care in your work and your teachers/grades are going to reflect that. I'm graduating early with a 4.0 grade point average and I have South Broward High School to thank for that. Great school!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 19, 2012

This school is flat out terrible. There is almost little to no supervision and what is there all they do is stand there. Unless the student openly suggest something violent or illegal in front of these lazy guards then no action will be taken against you. Most of the teachers not all but most, do not care what there students are doing they care about a paycheck at the end of the week and then they leave. If you as a parent do not care at all about your child then yes by all means send him here to get bullied and mugged just don't be surprised when it happens.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

The scores are well, but the emphasis on the FCAT is too much that it stresses the students out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2008

I believe we need more voluteers at the school if possible, with the budget cuts we could certainly use more supervision in all angles especially after school is out. I really think we need to recruit more adults and if we have to screen them, go right ahead, I love this school we just need to direct it in the right angles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

School has changed substantially when compared with 4 years ago when my daughter used to go there. The Principal s commitment and dedication along with all the staff have made a difference in the school performance; academically and general behavior of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

You want your kid to grow up right, then that's our job as parents. In the mean time, send them to this excellent school where involvment is something that comes to your child. And the school community is together as one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2008

This school really has a family oriented feel to it. I love it here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 26, 2007

My three children have been in South Broward. Each of them are in the top 10 percentile. When there is a problem, administration is easily contacted. Teachers respond when asked questions or if a student has a problem. I am very impressed with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

This school is terrible. The kids are flat out rude... The school is huge and spaced out. Not safe at all... You can easily walk in and off campus during the day. Way overly populated. Not a good ,'learning enviroment.'
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2006

I agree with the last parent reply about school being what you make of it. I took the APs, and participated in the extracurriculars, and those were what got me through. While the academics could be better, the only parents who really have anything to complain about are the parents of children in regular classes. The children in those classes do not want to learn, and it's the way they were brought up that is to blame-not the teachers. As you move up on the academic ladder the quality of academic programs, the availability and access to extracurriculars, and the level of parental involvement increases because these students want it to-something you just can't get from lower level students who just come to school because the government forces them to. And that's the sad truth. South Broward is a great school if you make it out to be. Student Class of 2006
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 24, 2006

I am a parent of four boys, three have already graduated from SBHS and my last is a sophmore. I believe that school is what you make it and what you take from it. My sons all became involved with extracurricurlar activities,this helped both socially and academically. There are enough clubs and sports to meet the interests of many different types of students.The academic programs ranges from low level learning to above average.So all levels of students can achieve success.There is a parent involvement group but sadly only a handful of people attend regularly.For those who do attend a wealth of information is given along with a chance to talk with the principle and other staff members.Overall we have been pleased with SBHS.When we do have a concern with anything we make sure we contact the right person to get the problem solved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2006

Pretty good school for this area. Definitely better if your child is in honors or AP classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 29, 2005

I was not impressed at all by this school. Some teachers try, but the primary give no effort whatsoever, and let many students fall through the cracks. I would not recommend this school to any parent that actually wants their child to succeed in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2005

My daughter just transferred to S. Browards after attending a private school for 10 years. We were certainly nervous and not sure we were doing the right thing. Well after my first meeting with he administrators and guidance counselors I cannot tell you how impressed we were. In all our years at private school no one had ever talked about what my child was passionate about and looking to help her find those things. The help in making her comfortable and secure was unbelievable and after 5 months we are really impressed with the curriculum. She comes home with stories of the debate club, and drama club. The things she herself feared have fallen by the wayside and she is really shining. Her friends are A students that thrive on achievement and look to help their friends shine. Dr. Pomerantz should be really proud!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I'm a junior at South Broward and I have attended it since 9th grade. I love this school and show much pride for it. But there are some adjustments that need to be made. The teachers need to find a better way of teaching FCAT, too many students aren't doing a good job. The overall of the school is great but I don't want to graduate from a D school so I hope the upcoming class can raise us to a B school.
—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 2013.

492 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
47%
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.

522 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
48%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

523 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%
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.

488 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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.

421 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
40%
Biology I

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

452 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

466 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%
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
Hispanic 36% 29%
Black 30% 23%
White 29% 42%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 84%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 45%53%61%
Master's degree 53%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%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 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Alan Strauss
Fax number
  • (754) 323-1930

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Reading 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
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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Hollywood, FL 33020
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