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William T. Dwyer High School

Public | 9-12 | 2073 students

 

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Posted May 26, 2013

This school is worse than any we have encountered. Hoodlums run the place and lazy, tenured teachers don't care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2012

I strongly disliked this school while attending it. The poorly behaved students and unhelpful faculty led to my decision to switch schools (to Dreyfoos) where I would enjoy the rest of my three years of high school. Another reason I decided to leave was because of the unsanitary campus, including the bathrooms that either never had soap, toilet paper, or paper towel. Drugs and fighting are also an issue at this supposed "A" school. I'm very happy to be leaving after terrible year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 21, 2012

There is a large cell phone tower on the school grounds. What about the health of the kids? How can the school district risk the kids' health like this rather than make an effort to find safe ways to raise money?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

Failing in the guidance end of the student's needs. Everything regarding this dept. sems to be a bigger issuue than it really is and should be....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2012

I have a son who is currently attending Dwyer. We have been very happy with the school, the teachers and the programs they have to offer. We have had a great relationship with the staff, teachers, guidence dept. and coaches. Overall it is a very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

This is school is absolutely THE MOST terriblest experience in all my years of attending school. If you have a problem, one that is embarassing or different( only so few have this problem) then the teachers DO NOT CARE! In fact, they go along with the students and aid in bullying you( indirect and direct jokes, dont tell them to stop, get annoyed at you, obviously dislike your presence) although you barely even talk in class, and remain mannerful. This school only seems to welcome the rich and high class and favoritism by teachers is shown in their favor. I absolutely loathe this school, it is the equivalent of hell. Dont send your child here if you want them to be happy, but if you only care about their education, then go ahead. Nothing would go wrong except for their self esteem and social skills
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 6, 2011

This is by far one of the worst schools in palm beach county to much bad influence going on around the high school wish i would have never ever went here !
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2010

its my first year at Dwyer and i couldn't be happier with the school. The teachers really care and they are easy to communicate with. Dr Lee is an amazing principle and is running a great school. I would highly recommend going to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2010

I came from another Highscool in the area, that was a terrible experince for me. My brother and I are very happy here, because my Mother is a very demanding parent as she teaches, and I now I am receiving the best education that is right for me. GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2010

This is a great school, but some of the teachers are lacking. Dr. Lee is an amazing principle though and most of the teachers are amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2009

this has been one of the more unproductive years that I have seen here, and I have been working as a volunteer at the school for years. Too many cutbacks, getting rid of teachers, discipline problems, if I could switch out fo this school for next year, I most send my child to another school. This is not an option. Seems the Finance magnet problem is booming because that's where the school spends it's most time, effort and school budget. I am extremely dissappointed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

Dwyer is an incredible school. It starts at the top with the principal, Dr. Lee and all the way down to the custodians. Everyone enthusiastically creates a great learning environment which allows the students to flourish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2008

Dwyer is the most exquisite school I have visited in quite a while. The students are well mannered and educated. The teachers are worthy of the title 'Teacher' and it is for these reasons why Dwyer has kept its title as an 'A' school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2008

My daughter is in her second year at Dwyer. We are very pleased with the educational environment at Dwyer. And unlike other area high schools which are way over capacity, Dwyer is under capacity. The turnover rate forteachers is very low, which says a lot about the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2008

IAfter attending the open house this week, I came away extremely impressed with the faculty. Each instructor seemed genuinely enthustiastic about teaching and the challenges of inspiring students to think for themselves--not just memorize the material. My son was at Duncan MS when Dr. Lee was the principal and my impression of him was that he is very dedicated and innovative. Dwyer HS is fortunated to have another outstanding leader!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2008

This is by far one of the worst schools ever! I hated my freshman year...Im not looking forward to my sophomores year at all. The teachers are harsh and students are mostly rude, half the school is coming from rivera beach which makes it hard to hang out and make friends with people who live so far away... Do your self a favor and go to jupiter! I hate dwyer
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2008

I currently attend William T Dwyer High School, and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. The extra curricular activites are amazing and the teachers truly care about pushing you to your highest ability. I was afraid to start out high school just like any other middle school student, even with the guidance of having my older sister there. But luckily Dwyer is the type of place where you automatically feel at home. Unfortunately my parents are moving so I will not be able to attend this school next year, and I can honestly say I going to miss everyone there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2008

Excellent. The teachers, administrators, and staff all seem to truly care about the success of each student - a great place to send your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

I have had 2 daughters graduate from Dwyer and now my youngest will be graduating in May. I am very happy with this school. My girls have made life long friendships with students and teachers. Dwyer definitely is A rated!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2007

We are proud to be the parents of two students at Williams T. Dwyer High School. I am always welcomed on campus and my questions or concerns are addressed quickly. The staff is professional and friendly.
—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.

512 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%
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.

405 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

417 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
97%
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.

576 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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.

320 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
30%
Biology I

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

415 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
70%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

435 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
65%
U.S. History

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

470 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%
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 55%
Black 28%
Hispanic 12%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75%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 84%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%73%61%
Master's degree 32%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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

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Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. GLENDA SHEFFIELD
Fax number
  • (561) 625-7870

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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13601 North Military Trail
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
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