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Develops character: Neutral


- a community member
Things have started to change since , Dr.Brennen has left and I think Mr. Simmons will make a comeback for First Coast Highschool



- a community member
I just do. First coast a good academics school. Just gotta watch your back and don't start no drama.




- a community member
The teachers are horrible to being with and the justice is terrible I'm a student and I've been robbed threatened and followed around this school and they don't do anything they view the victim as the suspect and find the easiest way to blame it on the victim so that they don't have to do the work they don't follow up they don't know how to do their job and they allow things to happen even when you go to them about the threats I don't recommend this school what so ever just spare your child's scaring and send them some where else I absolutely don't like this school they call them selves a school well in my opinion there full of sh*t I'd give it no stars if I could !



- a parent
The purpose of this school is to process kids through it as quick as possible. Whether they learn or not. In an out in 4 years that's the goal. College readiness is not the goal. I guess we can t do anything but leave the county, for a better education or pay a private school.

Teacher effectiveness: Neutral


- a parent
Teachers carry a big burden it is very hard to teach over 25 students per class.


Amount of homework: Disagree


- a parent
Every day I ask my son (yes although he is in high school I ask) and 90% of the time is no

Develops character: Strongly disagree


- a parent
Football has a better budget than the entire school, recruiting for football takes precedence to all else.



- a community member
This Principal has little control of the staff and is terribly disorganized. The Principal of the school, Dr Brennan met with me on two occasions. On one of these we were interrupted five times in the first few minutes by other staff members coming into the office for various reasons. Both times Dr. Brennen was going to get back with me within a week and neither time did he ever do so. Teachers refuse to return calls as well. The staff refers to any parents attempting to participate and show interest as "The peanut gallery." My son's medical documents were lost three times. Staff members catching students with drugs just take the drugs and tell the child not to do it again. I wonder where the drugs end up. Students make drug transactions in plain view of others because of lack of interest by staff. Student fights are almost a daily occurrence. While claiming to want to make academics his leading task it appears that this school goes to great lengths to recruit athletes from other schools. It appears that Dr. Brennen's lack organization and perhaps feckless managerial skills has turned an A school to a D school in his short time here.




- a student
There is little guidance at this school. You have to find your own way much of the time.



- a parent
The Principal of the school, Dr Brennan, received one star for leadership because it will not allow me to leave zero stars. In only half a year, he has taken a school that had just been designated an "A" school and dumped it into the toilet. He has effectively ended all extracurricular activities with the exception of football by requiring the activity leaders to submit written plans for all activities and fundraisers for the year, and then refusing to approve or deny them. The chorus has been bumped from a free event because they did not RSVP in time. They will not have their uniforms in by the scheduled date of their first concert, because they haven't been approved. The male choir and the jazz band have been terminated, for no real explanation. All band classes are now the same, so that juniors and seniors who have played all the way through high school are now stuck in classes with freshmen who don't know which end of their instrument to blow into. He states that he wants to focus on academics, but is obviously so short sighted that he doesn't realize that limiting or eliminating extracurricular activities is going to cause his best students to go elsewhere.

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Last modified First Coast High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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