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Jacksonville, FL
Students enrolled: 1,329

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5530 Firestone Road
Jacksonville, FL 32244

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June 18, 2014
My school has changed around a lot, they've worked so hard to where their at. If you want a student to make friends, it's a little tough at this school, especially if you come in your 10th grade year. The English and biology teachers are really nice and they make sure the student understands what their doing the math department is good butnot fantastic. The elective classes are fun. We have Spanish, French, gym, rotc, computer, culinary, etc. Our school is really big on talking about sports, mainly the guys. If you want a way to make friends sports is the answer. We have football, really good soccer teams, amazing bowling team, basketball, softball, and a great baseball team, etc. There are plenty of clubs and recently drama club was addedand more

- submitted by a student

March 01, 2014
This a great place to send your son or daughter. The administration and staff is great. They care about ALL students and they are willing to listen to parents and students concerns. I can say the principal Dr. Bostic supports the students in academic and in extracurricular activities and organizations. I have seen him at every football game and basketball game (home and always). We as parents cannot always blame the school for every thing, we have to support the school more. GREAT PLACE and I Love the school. Dr. Bostic keep us informed by communicating to us by the phone message...I look forward to receiving his messages. The is orderly and structure.....Please keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent

October 27, 2013
This is the worst racially profiled school that will not bother to help out troubled youth at all! Rather kick the youth out of school or lock them up based on their own opinions! I believe they should pink slip all the administration and start over with non-bias individuals who are willing to help everyone have a fare chance for fundamentals of learning. The school has cameras for protection , but when you need them they do not work or the system is down!! I suggest if your child has to go to school here , for you to go to the School Board and get a Special Assignment to anywhere else. Just my thoughts.

- submitted by a parent

January 14, 2013
i am a student here at Forrest and this school sucks. It is terrible. We have WAY to many fights in one day. plus we get racial comment on the white kids, or Mexican. i am white & Mexican mixed. Plus the teachers are not putting their foot down when it comes to the students. They walk all over the teachers like they are nothing. plus the classes here are to easy. i am in advanced and they are below the level they need to be. and they have something new.. they mix the ESE kids with standard now. the teachers have to take out their time to calm them down and help them

- submitted by a student

September 10, 2012
My son graduated from Nathan B Forrest last year. I have to say since Dr Brennan took on this school I have seen a great improvement in structure and discipline within the staff as well as the students conduct. He has been a great asset to this school and I commend him for his dedication for his unwavering fight to save these kids,including mine. It took some initiative on my part as a parent, yes a lot of initiative,but I must say it was worth every minute of my time. Thanks Dr Brennan & Staff for being there for me and my son and making a difference.

- submitted by a parent

September 07, 2012
THIS SCHOOL WAS DEFINITELY MY WORST HIGHSCHOOL EXPERIENCE. School just started and already I can tell I'm not going to last here. All of the faculty and staff are rude and disrespectful. It is super unfair here and they refuse to compromise. This school all together will set you to failure because all the staff are worried about all day is what you are wearing. Form fitting clothes not welcomed but skinny jeans EVERYWHERE... Oh! The classes are boring and below average level. They take phones even if you are not on them and keep them as their own. They don't follow the code of conduct , they add their own ridiculous remix. Their focus is not on learning all they do is invade everyone's privacy and try to run each student against our will. Your classes will be all over the place and they expect you to be their in a jiffy. I'm a honor student and I actually care about my future although attending forrest is constantly messing up my record. I've gotten tardies even though one foot was in the classroom, issp for a skirt that was finger length, and my phone was confiscated for falling to the ground.. I can't wait to transfer to Stanton College Prep very soon thats a school to aim for !

- submitted by a student

July 23, 2011
This school is shameful!! Not only is it located in a prime drug activity area, it is very unpoliced!! Oh they put on the face that they care, but it is clear by the thug mentality of the students and gangs that attend, that there is nooo education available. I was on the newly drawn boundaries and was required to move my son from Orange Park High School, to this cesspool of a so called school!! Oh his grades went up...only because there is no bell curve at Forrest. It is definitely flat-line!! I will be looking to enroll my son else where as I know he will only suffer going to this place. Maybe if they spent more time getting students to follow the rules...like pulling pants up instead of running a thug fashion show there, some learning would happen. All staff is rude, and you can see they don't really care!! Guess when the doors close on this failing, shameful school...they will care as they will be out of a job!!

- submitted by a parent

February 25, 2011
When I first moved down to Florida, I came on this site to see how the school I had to go to would be and this gave me the wrong idea completely. The students are not bad really. It's the staff. They are very RUDE all the time. The teachers don't teach really either. The staff could care less, the principal, vice principals, teachers, none of them care about the parents opr students. A lot of them I should say. It's really sad but the students are great. Made some really good friends.

- submitted by a student

August 27, 2010
I decided to give Forrest another chance, since there is a new principal this year. Yes, learning starts at home. We as parents depend on the teachers and the admin staff to help prepare our children for the future. My son had both good and bad teachers last year. Yes, students need to respect the teachers, however the teachers need to respect the students as well. We pay them to teach! Not to put the assignment on the board and tell them hat their assignment is on the board. I recommend every parent to do a surprise visit to their child school to get a true picture of what's really going on. I wish Forrest success this year. I am happy that they are really enforcing school rules.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2010
Government schools tend to be poor places to learn but, this one was just horrible.The teachers didn't care about the students. You were lucky if you had a teacher that even spoke during class. Assignments were usually just written on the board and that was all there was to it. No instruction, no help. The students were violent and the staff turn a blind eye to it. Students were not there to learn. They were only there because the law required them to attend. It was seen as a prison. You are better off dropping out, getting a GED, and starting collage courses at FCCJ( or whatever it is called now). You cannot get an education at this government institution.

- submitted by a student

May 09, 2010
I went to this school for junior year and quickly transferred to Sandalwood in the middle of the year. I would not recommend this school to anyone. I'll tell you there are a lot of unmotivated students. Out of all my classes, I only liked 2 teachers. I think the school would be better if the parents are more involved. Disciplining and learning the importance of education starts at home!

- submitted by a community member

February 20, 2009
It truly is not the teachers fault that this school has such poor ratings. When I attended this school half of my classes were honors and the other half were the standard. It was quite a remarkable switch each period, to say the least. You go from a quiet environment very suitable for learning, to one that is hard to think in because of the rowdiness and utter disrespect of the students. The ill-mannered children at Forrest have no respect for their teachers or any other student. The parents need to take responsibility for their children instead of blaming our hard working teachers for their child s failing grades.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
August 18, 2008
I had two students at Forrest last year, but both have transferred to other high schools because of the student body, not the teachers. It is difficult to concentrate and learn with so many distractions. I am a substitute teacher, who has been in Forrest classrooms, and take my hat off to all teachers who are still trying in an environment of so many unmotivated youth. parents need to wake up and spend more time training and disciplinig their children and less time buying clothes, mp3s, and cell phones for disrespectful failing students. Schools aren't failing our children, parents are. Shame on you for not caring enough about your child's education.

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2008
I am a recent graduate of this school (Class of 2007). Its not really the school that's the problem. Most teachers are trying their hardest to teach the kids and help pass the FCAT. I do agree there are SOME teachers who don't teach as great as they should, but most of them are seriously trying their hardest. What can you do if students choose not to learn? I know for a fact that the APUSH, AP EURO, ROTC, and AP LIT teachers are teaching and its just those students who aren't listening or care enough to learn and graduate. I was in ROTC and I understand how they feel when students do not listen and disrespect. Its up to the students to decide what they want to do. I graduated with Honors, at the top 10% of my class, and I was 2nd in Command in ROTC.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
April 28, 2008
I feel this school is out of focus and the school needs to get the parents involved more instead of trying to do it all.

- submitted by a parent

April 01, 2008
this school cares nothing about academics compared to it's cares of student behavior and the way that it looks on the state. the teachers are more focused on your learning what they have planned the day they have it planned more than the fact that you may not even have it learned. they are focused on the way that they look more than the pace of the students themselves. they have a lot of improving to do.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2008
Both my son and daughter go to this school, they don't really like it the teachers don't teach as the others have informed you on. Although I must say the AFJROTC program is great and that is the only reaason my children attend this school. There are alot of extra curricular activites that you can particiapate in although ther are a limit amount of sports. This is not a school I would recommend to anyone.

- submitted by a parent

November 24, 2007
This school is cool but the teachers just give us homework and they don't explain anything to us. The school is old and it could of been kept up well but no one tried to.

- submitted by a student

October 30, 2007
My daughter has been at Forrest for 3 years and she loves it. she plays sports and has joined clubs. She likes her teachers and if she needs help there is free tutoring after school. The principal is working hard to keep the school a safe place. We need more parents to teach their chilkdren to respect the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent

October 04, 2007
My daughter attended this school her freshman year. Communication with most office staff and administrators was difficult. No matter what problem I had or needed help with, they acted as if they were doing me a favor to address the issue. There were a few of her teachers who were concerned and interested but most of them seemed burned out, tired, and/or unconcerned about her. I am very disappointed in this school academically, socially and overall.

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2007
My step-daughter transferred to this school after attending one of the top academic schools in the country. She went from a A student to a C student in less than one year. She said the teachers do not teach and the students fight a lot. When I reviewed the school's standing and test results. I literally cried. I begged her mother to take her out of this school and that is exactly what she did. Thank God for caring parents. If you are a caring parent then remove your child from this school.

- submitted by a parent

July 07, 2005
This needs more discpline for the students. Availability for extracurricular activites are outstanding. It also offers opportunity for students to advance to their correct grade.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2005
My child attended this school and he had teachers that didn't teach. They just gave him the assignment and told him to do it. I say if there are other options for your child please consider them.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2005
My child recently transferred from out of state. The expectations the school has for students is lower than our previous school. They don't even offer many of the classes that my child was taking. My child reports that the teachers don't really teach and the students do as they please.

- submitted by a parent

November 24, 2003
My son was recently assualted at school, I was pleased with the handling of this problem. It seems as though us parents need to make sure that our children learn the consequences of their actions. As we are the ones who are responsible for our children. The school resource officer handled everything. She was a big help in makig sure my child was safe.

- submitted by a parent

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Nathan B. Forrest High School
5530 Firestone Road, Jacksonville, FL  32244
(904) 573-1170
Last modified Nathan B. Forrest High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Nathan B. Forrest High School Rating: 2 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top