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John A. Ferguson Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 4132 students

 

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Posted February 23, 2014

I have 2 Daugthers my oldest daugther went to fergusons IB program, she already graduated, for me ferguson is the best school In Kendall, I don't have any complaints about Ferguson. Mrs. Zucar and Mrs Graham are nice and very Professional, my young daugther is in 10 th grade in the IB program.This is the Best School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2013

My daughter is on her second year at this school as a sophomore. I have been and am very happy with the school. My daughter is doing great. She's on the cross country and track team with Coach Ryan Raposo! He is a fabulous coach I am very happy with her academic and athletic success. Coach Raposo has a lot to do with her success. THANK YOU!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

Well I am currently in John A. Ferguson and let me tell you, our school is HUGE!! We have really good teachers here and you are guaranteed an education that is actually worth your time. The only thing that kind of sucks is my Algebra 2 teacher. He's strict. But other than that, GO FALCONS!!!


Posted September 15, 2013

I've been to many schools such as Sunset and Felix Varela, and they were the worst schools i'd ever been to. After transferring to Ferguson 2 years ago, I've finally found a place I can call home. The teachers are amazing (especially if you're taking Honors/AP classes) and the students are friendly and sociable. I'm now a Senior, and I'm really going to miss all this school has given me. I plan on visiting even after I graduate. No Goal is Too High Where Falcons Fly :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 12, 2013

This school has surpassed my expectations my daughter is a junior and is in the IB strand the principal is a fairly new principal doing a terrific job and the VP's all are key components to why that school is so well run my Daugthers IB lead teacher Mrs Graham is wonderful and her assistant Mrs Suca they are the best and with out all the bragging and financial backing that other IB schools have they are doing a wonderful job so I would love to see this school win and think of how it could be put to good use by such a terrific school that doesn't get the recognition it deserves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2013

Love this school! Just finished my Freshman year here and it's great! All the teachers I had were great and I really love the whole academy factor The school is huge, so naturally it takes longer than 5 minutes to walk to class, but I havent met one teacher who hasn't given extra time, as long as you don't go overboard! Also, there are SO many clubs, and the uniform is very basic, but the uniform itself isn't bad, three different color shirts, polo or button-down, and two different color pants. Also, the security is really nice and as long as your not doing anything outright stupid, you'll be fine. All in all, I loved my first year, and I would suggest this school to everybody!


Posted March 7, 2013

I am currently a junior at JAFSH.The school is just pretty bad. It is such a mission to walk through the halls, with so many students and not only that , but they give you 5 minutes to get to class. Thats not enough time, considering the amount of people.The school cares more about tardies and uniform than the actual education. Students actually prefer being absent to school than getting a late pass and serving detention or saturday school. Every year the school and administration get worse. The teachers on the other hand, most of them enjoy their job and can teach pretty well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2012

I graduated last year from ferguson, and let me tell you it is a great school, I loved it couldn't hope for a better school, kit has amazing extracurricular activities and teachers are really good too, the office might be little hard to work with sometimes but nothing too bad, pretty much the best high school around


Posted May 21, 2012

Ferguson has a great IB program. Just tht im not quiet positive about the bullying.


Posted September 1, 2011

I'm a current student at JAF and I most say it is terrible the administration is rude they have their priorities in the wrong place the students do nothing but bully and ridicule each other. Some of the teachers don't even seen like teaching is cut out for them. The staff in the attendance office needs an attitude check. And it's clear that they don't take safe measures when it comes to keeping others safe they keep students for the founding that runs out before they even get to the middle of the year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2011

My son is in 9th grade at JAF and he loves his school. When we have to communicate with a teacher or a counselor, they always are for you to help you. The bad experience that we always have is when we need to call or to go to the front desk office, the personnel are so rude. I think they have to pay more attention to this matter because this causes many negative impressions for the entire school. I hope our daugther loves JAF too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2011

My daughter and I love JAF and most of the teachers motivate their students. I am impressed with the way the monitor the progress of their students and counselors are their to help alone the way. The only bad experience we have has at the school is with the front office personnel. They definately should get a class on being well mannered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2010

This school has been great to my daughter. She had such a terrible experience at Archimedean Middle School. Now she actually loves going to school everyday... You can't be happier as a parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2010

The school is just average. Good luck trying to get a hold of your child's counselor or anyone in the office for that matter. Very rude office administrators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

pienso que es la mejor escuela y estoy agradecida, de que mi hijo este estudiando en ella y se gradue ahora, creo que los maestros son excelentes, y espero que mi otra hija pueda estudiar en ella tambien
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2010

I am aproud parent of this school, teachers are so interested in their students, they always respond to my concerns by e-mail, they show that they really care for children with dissabilities. This year is my son's last year and all I wanted to say is thank you for being there for our children, you are doing an excellent job! Jackie Pineres
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Posted October 16, 2009

My daughter attends the 12th grade IB program, and she loves JAF and the extra curricular activities. She is very pleased with her teachers, their devotion and willingness to help. This school has improved tremendously since my child started here. My son is now a freshman at JAF. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

I Currently Attend Ferguson SHS && ive got to say there is no other school like it. The Security is above all the best thing they have because of the safety they want to maintain. Teachers teach, and even tutor students and push them towards a better future.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2009

It has great extracurricular activies, safety and discipline. Extraordinary teachers willing to go the extra step to help a student. Faculty and counserlos very helpful. I'm proud my son atteds John A. Ferguson Sernior High School. Dory
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Ferguson is a new, fairly big school but everyone there is friendly, and goal oriented. My daughter is in the IB program and we are very impressed with the program. The school has a lot to offer academically & athletically. No goal is to high where falcons fly! This is the school's motto, Go Falcons!!
—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 2013.

1050 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 54% in 2013.

1020 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

1046 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

1070 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
96%

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 "A".
  • 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 64% in 2013.

669 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
40%
Biology I

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

1055 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

900 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 88% 29%
White 7% 42%
Asian 2% 3%
Black 2% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races N/A 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 85%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 50%58%61%
Master's degree 45%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Lisa R Robertson
Fax number
  • (305) 408-6487

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
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