MHS is a large school and has been a large school since day 1. That, unfortunately, poses some challenges but overall, I think they have been dealt with fairly well over the years. I had two children graduate from MHS. They both did very well, were well prepared for college and were happy with their HS experience. We found the teachers to be caring, involved and some of the best in the area. Parent involvement was welcome and encouraged. Admittedly, the guidance office experience often left much to be desired. Over time I have learned that parent satisfaction with any school is often directly related to how well their student is doing. Perhaps that is to be expected. I do not understand where the school/prison design comment came from. MHS and First Coast High School are of the same design and modeled after a HS in Ft, Myers, FL.
Great academic as well as atheletic and extracuricular activities. Parent involvement is high and overall well satisfied with the school.
Administration demonstrates lack of judgment in teacher-student relationships. They foster an environment which hinders creativity and doesn't empower teachers to take reasonable risks. This negatively impacts the quality of the academic programs.
After transfering from Sandalwood High School, Mandarin was practically a private school. The teachers are very concerned with their students and quick to contact you if your student is at risk. There are plenty of extracurriculars, IF you have transportation. None is provided on a regular basis.
I think that this is a quality school. The school has an excellence academic program and the school promotes the enhancement of all its students. There are a variety of academic program offered to the students and the overall atmosphere seems to be pleasant. The adminstration can alway be seen on campus talking with students. The students seem to get along with the faculty and staff. The community involvement is great and the PTA at the school is excellent. Although, the school is tremedously overcrowded the school seems to handle the problem pretty well. The teachers all seem to be upbeat and satisfied with their job. There seems to be a tremedous amount of after school programs offered to the students like drama, sports, safety net programs, chess club, scholar bowl, and many other opportunities for the students to shine.
Mandarin High is a large school. Lots of sports. Seems to be a good high school.
This school is horrible. Some of the teachers are okay, but the way the school is run is ridiculous. The administration focuses more on stupid things like dress code and that kind of nonsense, and generally ignore the concerns of the students. I was there for two years and hated every moment of it. To me, a dress code is necessary, but they really went overboard and were way too uptight about little things and not concerned enough with the education of the students. This is a school where a lot of students can fall into the cracks, and the administration desperately needs to evaluate their priorities. I got so frustrated with the lack of academic emphasis that I begged my parents to let me be homeschooled, but I ended up having to graduate from Mandarin. I'm just glad I'm out of there. And their band is pathetic.
Very disatisfactory experience. I now home school. Staff has too much to do and not enough time to do it in. Kids suffer. Public, government, education at its best.
To many students packed in to to small an area. It seems that the administration has very little concern for student achievement. CLass selection and assignment is troubling due to the excessive number of students at the school. Duval county needs another high school in the southern portion of the district.
I presently have 2 daughters enrolled at Mandarin High. My oldest being a senior this year and is the President of the student body, I must commend this school in all aspects as my children enjoy attending school there and as a parent I never hear negative comments from them regarding their education or school problems. They arise in the morning and look forward to going to school! I offer praise to all the teachers and the principal for their hard work and am a very content parent knowing my girls are in a safe place getting a great education! Thank you all!
I was very disappointed with this school. The teachers seem to give up too easily and the other staff seem to not be concerned with the students. I would never recommend this school to anyone. The fact that it was designed after a state prison was enough to turn me off of the school completely. The few decent teachers that were there finally were transferred to better posititions at other facilities.
We are new to the area, and this is my child's first year at MHS. She is very happy with all aspects of the school, as am I. She is getting excellent instruction and has many opportunities for growth. We are very satisfied with this school.
My child is in his fiorst year at Mandarin and he has been offered drugs on more than one occasion. I want to know what is being done about this situation.
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