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Atlantic Coast High School

Public | 9-12 | 2041 students

 

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2011:
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Posted June 16, 2014

This School is a good school as long as you dont hang out with the wrong people and being on top of your grades!


Posted February 23, 2014

Really good for students lacking credits, I had 2 credits going into my senior year and end up graduating on time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2013

Everybody is on their phones constantly, even in class. Dress code not enforced. Principal never smiles.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 10, 2013

My daugther is a senior this year. We personnaly have not had any issues. She is a independent student and does very well academically & does not require much help. She has complained about a few students being disrespectful to the teachers, I 'm sure that's most schools. There will always be a few bad apples. Overall, I would say it has been a postivie experience for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

I attended this school for my junior year, c/o 2012-2013 and I truly have to say that this school is out of control. I experienced bullying while attending this school and had trouble focusing in class alot of the time because of the large amount of distractions going on caused by other students. Some of the teachers were even verbally abusive. I will now be switching over to FLVS for next year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2013

Achs is the worst school my three children have ever attended If you in any way have.a choice I highly recomend you intrust your child's safety and education anywhere but here. The staff other than a,special few or,rude and sorry to be blunt but are only there to collect a paycheck and nothing more. Just to give one example two of my children had the same teacher that would sleep in class every day. Two of my children have graduated and the third i will be moving to private school next year. A lot of things going on in that school that's just not acceptable yet staff are either clueless or just don't care. Can't stress enough stay clear and if your child has an iep take advantage of the mckay scholarship and move to a private school. Some even take it as full payment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

I have to chime in here, because I am a Sub myself, and saw the post another Sub had written. I have subbed many times at this school (2013) and I am very impressed! Yes there are always your problem students, (and there was a fight one day the I worked here), but there are so many polite students at the school it ouways the problem ones. This is one of my top favorite places to sub at! Admin, office staff, and teachers are so friendly and welcoming! It is a very positive environment! Teachers and certainly Subs will always have issues on occasion at any school, however, If one finds themselves always in conflicts with students, I question how friendly your approach is to the students. Great School, and just as you should at any school, parents should be invovled, and ask questions, get to know the people around your teens.


Posted October 14, 2012

I was a substitute teacher at this school during the 2011-2012 school year. I realize that substitute teachers get "special" treatment, but I was very surprised at the behavior I saw out of some of the students here. This is where my children are zoned to go, so I had a vested interest in learning about the school. I saw multiple fights break out in the hallways, I was cursed out by students, and from what I understand, this is likely a daily occurrence. The security staff were very helpful, but personally I would prefer that my children are not exposed to this type of environment. I cannot speak for the AP classes, as I never covered any of them. I just wanted to mention what I saw at this school so you're sure to make an informed decision before sending your children to this, or any high school.


Posted June 12, 2012

I am very impressed with Atlantic Coast High School. My child just finished his freshman year and he loved it. I contacted his teachers quarterly and always received immediate feedback. The school website is informational. The teachers are always helpful and easy to contact. There are all kinds of activities for the students get involved in. The campus is clean, new and the facilities exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

I do not reccomend this school to anybody. They have bad people at this school. I really don't reccomend it to anybody looking for a high school. Your probably thinking about where you would like to send your kids to in high school, and you should not come to Atlantic Coast, major bullying and fights. If your in that process of thinking about ur childs future, you should not come here. I would not reccomend this place. But if this school fits you, it really is up to you. High school is your future, pick your high school wisely, it will determine your path in the future. good luck. JUST THINK ABOUT IT....


Posted August 11, 2011

This school used to be wonderful when it first opened up. Then they let all these ghetto people come in and ruin everything. Fights everyday, vandalism, bullying, etc. The security did stop fights immediately though. I got bullied at this school by a ghetto person. Sexually harassed too. The teachers and staff were fabulous but some students just ruin it. I am now switching to virtual school for the upcoming school year because of this behavior of ACHS students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 13, 2011

I moved my son from Paxon to Atlantic Coast. He is taking the same honors and AP courses and he is doing much better. The difference is at Atlantic Coast he can take honors and AP in subjects in which he excels and standard in a subject that is challenging. The teachers, counselors, and staff are wonderful. The school is beautiful and secure. Teachers respond and work with you to help your child suceed. I moved my son the second semester and he has made many friends and love the school. I plan to get involved as a parent next year to help improve the rating in parent involvement. My son will be a junior next year,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

The 1st Brand new high school in City of Jax in 20 years. Design & security well thought out- teachers on the younger side but found to be enthusiastic. The usual kinks one would expect for such a large undertaking. Pretty impressive overall for a first year school.
—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.

438 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
52%
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.

446 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

467 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

556 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
n/a
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 "C".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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 64% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
31%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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 47%
Black 30%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 84%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 69%65%61%
Master's degree 29%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 7%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. DEBRA LYNCH
Fax number
  • (904) 538-5159

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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9735 R G Skinner Parkway
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