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First Coast High School

Public | 9-12 | 2315 students

 

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Posted April 6, 2014

This is an A school. The teachers and students have worked hard to strive for a school grade that reflects the achievements of the students, not public opinion. If you ever really want to know what happens in a school get involved by doing more than complaining and making phone calls, show up for school events or volunteer. Spend some time really getting to know the wonderful students in this school for yourself. Many awards, scholarships (both academic and athletic), industry certifications, early college classes, are all accomplished by the students at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I just started attending this school. There are uncertified teachers here who don't know anything. One teacher asked me to correct his mistakes because when I came to the school i knew the concepts. Its the beginning of the second nine weeks and the class is on the 2nd week of school work because the teachers for the class kept quitting. Very unorganized. Kids are disobedient and hinders learning for those who want to.


Posted August 15, 2013

Awful. Extremely disorganized, staff and guidance shows no care, interest, or respect for students, poor teaching that causes problems when taking standardized/AP tests, security guards that show favoritism and allow certain kids to skip classes, a general feeling of incompetence and lack of safety. Not to mention the blatant racial prejudice shown by the staff and majority of students. Overall, awful experience. If you want your child to receive a quality education in a safe environment, this is not the school for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

first coast high school is a wonderful school . but the dress code is wayyyy to strict hopefully that would change this year
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 4, 2013

First Coast High school is a Five Star place of learning. I give the school its stars by the location of the school and the disciplinary of their students. If respect is not present among the staff and student the learning is in vain within our society.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2013

First Coast High School is the school that my whole family has graduated from. Everyone says the school is horrible and saying how the teachers don't care, how we fight every day, or how it's not safe. Our teachers do care. I'm going into the 10th grade, and my freshman year was great. The teachers knew we were scared about entering highschool and they did everything they could to help us feel at home. I was in the AP/Honors program and my teachers did everything to help me and other students get ready for my exams and the FCAT. Next, we don't fight every day. We may have a few fights every week but it's not everyday. Wherever you hear that, they're over exaggerating. Another thing, First Coast is one of the safest schools. You can't walk out of a classroom without running into security. They make sure that students are where they're supposed to be. So stop putting the school down, and learn the truth. Just because our grade is bad, doesn't mean it's a bad school. First Coast is like home to a lot of students, especially me. The faculty are like parents and care for the students. Send your child to First Coast and have them join the family, they'll love it and so will you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 17, 2013

First Coast is a wonderful school! Teachers care about their students, and want them to succeed. There are bad apples at any school, don't let that 1% prevent your child from attending one of the best schools in Duval County!


Posted January 22, 2013

I wouldn't suggest this school to my worst enemy. I have talked to guidance counselors who were clueless. All this school is concerned with is winning football games. They could careless about the children's education, although I have met with some teachers who long to do more but can't. The classrooms are overcrowded and some of the teachers are only there to collect a paycheck. My daughter did her freshman year in HS in Illinois and due to having to relocate because of my job, my daughter's experience in high school has taken a turn for the worse and as a parent who is much involved with my children's education. I am highly disappointed. My daughter completed her 9th grade in Illinois, came to First Coast and they still registered her in the 9th grade when she was suppose to be in 10th and haven't fixed it yet as they said they would and she is suppose to be entering her senior year. This mess is crazy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

Because this is our neighborhood school and we didn t want to bus our kid into a magnet school we gave First Coast High a try. I would not recommend this school if your child s education is important to you. If your kid goes to school because you are required by law to make them go then this school will help your child get by. If your child wants to make something of them self in life, find another school even if it means bussing into a magnet school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

This is the most disorganized school that I've ever been associated with.Communication between administratIon and parents is virtually non existent. Good luck having your call returned. Fights and assaults are commonplace with little follow through from staff.Some teachers seem to have great difficulty in keeping up with work that has been turned in resulting in erronious grading.If you have another choice I highly recommend that you place your child some place other than FCHS. It's sad that the high school experience has had a negative impact on my child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

our school has a lot of great teahers that are there for the childrens education.. as parents we need alot of them to be involved in thier childs education ... teachers cannot do it by their self.. as a parent i am so invoved with my childrens schools.. first coast has an awesome faculty... always able to answer any questions we have if they cant they direct us to the right person who can. but parent involvement is a must..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

I go to First Coast. I have Since Freshmen year & I have found First Coast to be a good school for the only school in my area. Im in National Honor Society & it looks good for when I graduate. The teachers are really good I have a 4.5 GPA. I dont know why FC has such bad reviews because its actually good. Students from ALL of the Northside come to Coast so that can make the school bad but if you ask me I rather go to First Coast than Andrew Jackson or Ribualt schools of that nature. So if someone is saying that the school wouldnt look good on your college application itactually does if your making good grades that makes the school letter grade go up. But at FC there are alot of students that dont care and make HORRIBLE grades which makes First Coast look bad.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2010

This school has numerous students lingering in the hall ways seemiling nowhere to go for whole class periods. Open gambling was observed in one classroom. Numerous student fights during the week. Maybe it was a bad week, but things seemed to be a normal everyday occurrance, judging by the attitude of School faculty attitudes during observed events. Also, numerous pregnant students. The overall observation is this enviroment is not conducive to an educational atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

Okay I am a senior at First Coast High School, this is my official second year here because I transferred from Sandalwood. For starters, this school has had problems with the students discipline because a handful of them were brought in from other schools who have been known for their continuity of being an F school. Of course if you get all those students and throw them into FCHS then the grades will decrease and violence increases. Anyway, I am a member of the National Honors Society and I was just recently accepted to one of the top ranked universities in the country, probably the same university a 'private school' student is attending... its not where you're getting your education from , its all about how you take advantage of the oppurtunities given to you. I'm a public school student, cant wait to see your private school kid in college (:
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

This is a top notch High School. From the ladies in the office, to the marching band, to the faculty, to the student body, this school has been the best school for my children and grandchildren!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2009

i went to this school from 1999-2003 it was a great school then and still is i have three family members in this school right now, no school is perfect but fchs does what it can to make sure students are safe and learning, if the school board would stop sending all the bad kids to the school from falling schools it would have smaller class sizes and would be a lot more safer but as long as they let the bad ones come in it is what it is, as far as the staff there still helpful with anything they can do, but every school has there limits, maybe the ones who said this school is horrible should look at themselfs or the kids before jumping on here and writing things that arent true!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

A horrible school!! You cannot count on faculty staff. They always mistaken my daughter with someone else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2008

I have a hard time believing you can rate parent involvement so low when the school will not let us get invoved. We have been trying for 2 years and have been unsuccessful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

Great helping staff. They really take an interest in your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

As a father of two high school students, I have to put two cents in. This is a horrible school. The administration does not care. The teachers are scared of the students. The only subject that gets any attention is the FCAT. If you can find away to afford a private school, I would do it. It is your child's future, don't gamble with it here.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

580 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
33%
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.

560 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

554 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
94%
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.

581 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
93%

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 "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "F".

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.

360 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
16%
Biology I

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

374 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
69%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

460 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
41%
U.S. History

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

433 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 54%
White 35%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 45%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 3%N/A2%
Graduation rate 70%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 73%65%61%
Master's degree 23%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%1%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 13%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ALVIN BRENNAN
Fax number
  • (904) 696-8721

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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590 Duval Station Road
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