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Mandarin High School

Public | 9-12 | 2590 students

 

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Posted September 20, 2014

It all comes down to the environment at Mandarin High School that destroys the goodness of it all, unless a student is enrolled in advanced courses and thinks less of an idealist in High School. This school in terms of programs for those who mastered core material is a great alternative than attending selective expensive private schools. However, these students must think like a realist to survive for four years without any disturbances, including but not limited to teen corruption and senseless violence. In other words, a high achieving student must know how to "work" their connections and know the language of their inferiors. This is a magnet school. At Mandarin, the "magnet" means it accepts students from different neighborhoods and those from such neighborhoods have, for the lack of proper classification, a toxic culture. It shouldn't have to be this way and the current student population still remains the culprit. There are over two thousand students at this school and the opening of Atlantic Coast didn't help much. The problem lies with the governance of Duval County Schools. About myself, I graduated in 2010 but didn't attend college until 2013 due to finances. FSU-Bound.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2014

Likely the safest high school located in Jacksonville. Gated subdivisions merely 2 blocks. Most desirable public high school in Jacksonville, bar none. Communications? Teachers & faculty fantastic. Online services, both parental and student. High achieving athletics programs and extraordinary facilities. Campus design, giant open courtyard surrounded by classrooms, gymnasium, theater - lecture hall, library, and administrative/support offices. Best location in Jacksonville.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

I am now a junior at this school and im not impressed at all. the courses are not challenging. at my old school i was a below average student and now i am almost a bit above average, the work they give in most classes i had was so easy and then i rarely had any homework. Also there are fights everywhere and drugs. they had to close of the bathrooms at the football field because people were having sex in them and doing drugs. If i had the choice to go to a private school, i would switch in a flash.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2012

I am currently a Junior attending MHS, and I honestly wish I had taken up my parents on their offer to put me in a private school my freshman year. I am in the Gifted Program, but have had to drop all of my AP courses to due work overload and overall class failure to pass the AP exams. I have found that it has become worthless to get A's and B's all year in my classes, but then somehow magically be in an entire class that does not pass the exam determining whether you receive your college credit. Teachers who care about my education and well being are far and few between. Administration favors burnt out teachers who have gained tenure and ignore failing classes and the rising amounts of drop outs coming from our school. I am being shoved out of this overcrowded school with basic expectations from my teachers. I will NEVER allow my kids to attend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2011

I went to Mandarin almost 10 years ago and at that time, the teachers would not go beyond normal call of duty and certainly never maintained discipline. Officials were quick to overreact in situations that required little to no involvement on their behalf and slow to react when true need arose. The thought of my kids going to this school fills me with dread. My worst years were at that school. Sure, there are a few teachers that outshone others like Mr. Waters or Mrs. Marks but most were jaded and angry.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2011

As a current sopohomore at Mandarin High, I'm somewhat ashamed to attend this school. Mandarin used to be one of the best schools in Duval besides Stanton and Paxon. Now, fires are being set left and right, drugs are being consumed by minors constantly, teachers don't care whethere you pass or fail, the kids don't care about anyone else except for who is inside the clique..thi school has major issues along with all of the kids who attend it. Like they just don't care if they hurt someones feeling and the administration...HORRIBLE! Bad school altogether, hopefully I will get into Douglas Anderson and can attend that school next year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2011

I am a parent who has seen 3 of my children attend Mandarin HS during the past 6 years , and several things have become more and more clear about the Leadership and staff-- they are being asked to do more than they are payed to if overcrowding is still happening at the school . But just as the favorite restaurant in a community struggles to serve the line of customers that extend out the front door and into the parking lot, I think this might say something good about Mandarin. With budget cuts looming and a lot of negative "waves" being transmitted by those who are genuinely concerned about their children and their future, it will do a lot more good to help than to criticize in this schools day of need. "A brother is born for the day of adversity" -- Volunteer or give or do both. Don't just complain-- anyone can do that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2010

Mandarin High School is great! The classes are challenging (mostly in AICE though) and okay teachers. I mean, sure there are fights all the time, but it is the same at any other public, and sometimes even private school. I have had a great time so far and I still have a few years left there. Plus, the school is the 96th or 97th best high school in the country. I recommend it to everyone. P.S. ALWAYS stay away from people you don't know or trust, because you may very well end up in a fight.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 7, 2010

Contrary to the recent Newsweek article that ranked Mandarin in the top 100 schools in the nation, this school is anything but. Fights and drug deals occur regularly. There is a solid social system comprised of cliques in place. Poor administration and faculty. If you're not in AP or AICE you're bascially discarded and put into daycare classes after they try every route to get you to pass the FCAT and graduate with the minimum requirements. The school forces students that aren't qualified into AP. Even if you're in AP the passing rate is still attrocious, though they do have a very large selection of AP courses to choose from. Don't bother with AICE, it's extra work for nothing, despite what the teachers and counselors tell you. It's not even widely recognized by most universities. IB is better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2010

Mandarin High was definitely one of the best four years of my life. i was so excited to finally be in high school and i dont regret anything about it.the kids are nice and it is easy to have a lot of friends there. the teachers are great and actually involved in my studies and homework and i got good grades. i graduated in 09 and now am planning to go to UF. Go Mandarin Mustangs!!!!!!


Posted October 13, 2009

If one's child is so inclined, the academics to enter an excellent private university are certainly available, plenty of clubs, sports and activities. You should know also that multiple fights on any given day are the norm - in fact every day my child tells of fights - every single day. It is a very large campus that is most definitely very open and available for any weirdo to come onto for nefarious purposes. There are over 3000 students - yes - I did write 3000. You must be in contact with your child's teachers and counselors on a regular basis to make sure your child is on academically on track. We only recommend this school if your child is able to handle very many distractions and if your home structure is such that you are able to constantly advocate for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

Ok many of the parents are saying things on here that truly could be debateable from someone who attends the school which i do. Im in the AICE progam at Mandarin and im a sophmore. The things that parents are saying, for instance ,'someone shouldnt be on a sports team just because their parents a coach', it obviously shows that your just made that your child didnt make a sports team and some coaches child did. You actually have to be good at the sport you are doing and most of the coaches children, for oobvious reasons, would be very good at whatever sport their parent is coaching. Mandarin is a very good school, but like in any other school there are fights and there are going to be some teachers who arent that amazing but overall the school is great. besides the classical music being played in our hallways.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2009

My school has just undercome new management and it is amazing!! We now have classical music between classes and a very encouraging personal message from our new principal everyday. I love going to school now it feels safer, more productive, and all around a better place to learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2009

I must say I am very disappointed in Mandarin High School. I purposely moved in this area 5 years ago so that my children could have a better education than what I felt was being offered on other sides of town. Mandarin is really not all that different. There are the drugs, daily fights, teachers that blatently disrespect our children and finally how the administration appears to gloss over these major issues is sad. Hopefully this is not the state of every Public School in Duval County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2009

I have a daughter that graduated two years ago from MHS, and now have two other children that are there. I feel the school has gone down especially since Principal Rozier left. The unresponsiveness and rude attitudes is really unnecasary from the front office, staff, administration, and even the police officers. The favoritism is sickening, from class selection to sports. Just because your mother or father works at the school doesn't or shouldn't give you a free ticket onto a sports team especially if there is better skilled players out there. The overcrowding of classes and the out of area students compounds the behavorial problems and the amount of fighting that happens on a weekly basis. We can always find something to compain about, but my advise is for parents to stay on top of their childs education, no matter what school they attend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2009

I graduated from Mandarin high two years ago in the AICE Program. Do not listen to any of these other reviews they are just of parents, not through someone who actually went to the school. I finished 15 in the class out of 700 and made it into good schools such as Wake Forest, UNC, and Univ of Richmond. Mandarin High is the school you go to to take ridiculously easy courses and get straight A's. It is NOT challenging, I took all AP's. I finished with a 4.3 and am relativley smart but also lazy. I am paying for going to Mandarin high now in college. I had to do little work in high school to get A's and now that I'm at a prestigous college I look like a fool compared to the kids with IB diplomas and private school education. Send your kids to Stanton, you wont regret
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 31, 2009

I attend Mandarin currently and if you want your children to attend a high school that education is the top priority, this is the place to go. I am making better grades than what I used to at the previous schools I have attended, the teachers are highly involved and they actually enjoy helping students, there is excellent school spirit, there are tons of activities, sports and classes to choose from, and it is a very safe environment. I am proud to say that I am a Mandarin Mustang (c/o '10)!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2008

Great school in one of the best school districts in the country. Duval is home to two of the top ten high schools in the country. Mandarin is rated 151 in the country this year which is huge. There are countless extracurricular activities. There are great teachers, tons of AP courses available, and is home to a music program that regularly butts heads with the internationally acclaimed, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts which is also located in Duval county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

I have to say that in the past 2 years Mandarin, although very large has truly improved. Dr. Sisler is one of the most competent people I have yet dealt with in the DUVAL county. Hopefully it continues and students reap the benefits. I have a Senior this year and then I am done...Good Luck MUSTANGS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

My child goes here. I think it is a great school. The teachers really try to help the child in need of help. There work is top priority. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

594 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
60%
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.

586 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

604 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
95%
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.

692 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

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.

223 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
38%
Biology I

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

569 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
78%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

496 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
55%
U.S. History

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

660 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%
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
White 68%
Black 15%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 81%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 57%65%61%
Master's degree 41%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Security personnel
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • DR. DONNA RICHARDSON
Fax number
  • (904) 260-5439

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer time after school
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