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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Public | 9-12 | 3075 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted January 8, 2006

Great school! Staff wonderful!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2005

Excellent teachers and administrators. Drama club needs more attention but the orchestra and bands are top rate
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 11, 2005

Douglas is allright I guess.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 20, 2005

very high academic quality,offered many more Advanced Placement classes than any other local school. mulitiple award winning math, debate, and science teams. great photography program with darkroom. i can state that mostly all of my teachers were very qualified and great at teaching, however teachers come and go, but a lot seemed to stay at stoneman douglas for a long time.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 18, 2005

Good choices for AP courses although they will let almost anyone in. Affluent area where kids drive expensive cars and wear designer brands. Non existant fine arts with the exception of band, orchestra and jazz. Great for ladies soccer and they are building a stadium. Top students do very well on college placement. Newsweek rated them in the top 1.5% of high schools in the nation for 2005-2006
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 14, 2005

Great athletic and academic school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

Good teachers and academic programs. The only downside is its a little crowded.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted June 7, 2005

Overall, this is a great school. Its academic standards are extremely high. The only problem is its safety rate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2005

This is a great school. Its academics are higher than almost any other high school. The only problem is its safety rate.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 26, 2005

Very strong academically, but very overcrowded. Lack of funds from county has cut back on various activities, but parent and community involvement has helped supplement the programs a bit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2005

There's a lot of clubs and extra curriculum activities available to the students, not to mention that the quality of education is excellent; however, as a Hispanic student attending this school, I don't think there's enough ethnic diversity. Other than that the school is good.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 26, 2005

Stoneman Douglas is an excellent public high school. My tenth grader who has just moved from Georgia has been well challenged. Preparation for the SAT in the language arts area has been very good. The orchestra in which she participates is quite excellent. The school, quite frankly, could use some improvements to its physical plant, but it is in a very good area in Parkland, Florida. The student population is high and there are some portables, but it doesn't interfere with the quality of education. We are pleased with Stoneman Douglas except that housing in the school district is very, very expensive and, for some, difficult to afford.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2005

Been at this school the past 4 years and it has really taken a nosedive. This school isn't safe, In the past this school always had bomb threats. The ratings went to B this past year because of the ghetto area that surrounds the school towards the south. The high school counselors are the worst. there is zero college support for admissions. They forget to send records and predetermine who they want to get admission spots in top 20 schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2004

The last of our 3 children just graduated from the quality school. All 3 were accepted to top notch colleges and we feel this schools stress on academic excellence helped them create great work ethics. The extracirricluar opportunities at MSD are second to none! All around a top notch public shcool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2004

I attended Stoneman Douglas High School and I really enjoyed my experience there. The school is very large, when I left enrollment was pushing 4,000 students. However, the school still has a small community feel and everyone seems to know everyone else. There are many student activities offered and the teachers were very good. I would recommend sending your student to Douglas over any other school in the city.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2004

Excellent school - only thing lacking is clubs that are not well formed - drama club in nearly non-existent. Academically school is sound. Someone commented that school is building a multi million dollar football field while kids are in filthy trailers - the football field is not being funded by the school but by the parents and the community. The trailers are not filthy but standard portable units. The principal of this school is outstanding and cares about what is happening with the students which is more than I can say about some other schools. My daughter is a sophmore there and in the top 3% of her school. She has already received invitations from Brown, Stanford and Emory. We are not jewish and do not find that a problem. My daughter has many friends, both jewish and christian - there are many muslem children that blend right in without prejudice. I would not want my children to attend any other high school in this county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2004

Our son Graduated from MDS and our daughter is currently a Senior. School overcrowding aside, and that is a significant aside, this is an wonderful school. My opinion of individual public schools in FL is that they are as good as parents demand. At MSD parents 'are' involved overall, the teachers are very good overall - therefore it is a very good school school. When the over severe crowding is under control MSD will be a 'Great School'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Our third child is now senior at this school. Our oldest graduated and went on to get a masters degree, our middle is an engineering student on deans list. This school is by far superior for motivating students and the quality of education is exemplary. The teachers care and the parents are very supportive. Very pleased with this high school - they encourage student activities.
—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.

770 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

725 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

725 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
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.

769 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

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 "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 64% in 2013.

442 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%
Biology I

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

953 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

470 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
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 State average
White 60% 42%
Hispanic 20% 29%
Black 11% 23%
Asian 6% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 95%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 52%53%61%
Master's degree 45%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%2%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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5901 Pine Island Rd
Parkland, FL 33076
Phone: (754) 322-2150

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