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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Public | 9-12 | 3038 students

 

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Posted Sunday, September 28, 2014

MSD is a really good school. All you have to do is try your hardest, and there's no way you can ever fail a class or dislike your teachers. Lots of AP classes, but I'm not an AP kid, though. The cafeteria is quite large, but it's too cold most of the time. You have the choice to eat outside (like a lot of kids do). When the weather gets a tad cold lots of kids bring blankets or towels and sit in the middle of the courtyard under the sun. It's really nice having some freedom like that. The film program is the best! The teacher is a great guy who makes the class a lot of fun. They have a bunch of clubs and sports to join. I'm in the animal rights club (PAWS) and Anime club. The clubs are students run, and there's also National Honor Societies to join. The teachers are great and really care about the students. There's a bunch of sport, too. The drama classes and dept. are crazy good! My friends and I have a lot of fun at school. The teachers make class interesting enough so that falling asleep rarely happens. The media center has tons of books and computers, and you can go there during lunch as well. All in all, I'm glad that I'm attending MSD for another year. I love my school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted Saturday, September 27, 2014

I originally moved from Orlando , Florida to the Parkland area in 1999. My daughter did fine in Elementary and Middle school. Things totally changed once she reached high school. Stoneman high school is extremely overrated. My daughter was an average student without any behavior problems. She complained of bathrooms being locked up by administration. Extreme over crowding and lots of bD influences. If your child is a neurotic overachiever this school does offer advanced studies and strong academics at the highest level. This is misleading to parents of average students. I ended up sending my daughter to a private school , and she ended up receiving a Golf scholarship at a D1 school. If I did all over again I would never have sent my daughter to Stoneman Douglas. This school deserves negative stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2014

My son is going into his Senior year at Douglas. He was an A+ gifted student before high school, and has remained so in some classes. He has had such a mixture of teachers, from really awful to fantastic. But the really awful shouldn't be there at all. The school smells like pot all the time, and my kid doesn't ever go to the bathroom because all the kids get high there. Guidance is an absolute joke. They have insulted and put down my child based on appearance, and are the opposite of helpful with anything. In fact, they admit that that don't know what colleges look for. The lack of class choices compared to Coral Glades is significant. AP Music Theory is something offered at most High Schools, but not here, as well as many others, like Philosophy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2014

We moved to Florida in 2012. My oldest daughter was going into 10th grade. She was dreading a new school and understandibly, very nervous her first day. Not only is she shy, but the school is huge! Douglas's Peer Counciling program was such a huge help. The first day of school they paired her up with someone (same age student) to show her to each class and to sit with her during lunch for the first week. My daughter adjusted perfectly, loved the school, the teachers, and her new friends. I had originally heard horror stories/rumors about Douglas, but she /we found none of them to be true. The expectations are higher at Douglas than her previous high school - but she just had to work harder! She is now going into her senior year. We love living here and have nothing negative to say about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2014

If only someone at this school even thought to care about the kids. No one does. The classes are over flowing and the teachers can do nothing but have the kids standing. The staff is cold and crass and say we have 3100 kids here what can we do when you talk to them. We moved here due to this being a great school district. Well it is not and I am looking around for my middle school child's high school as it is not this school. Wake up Stoneham Staff you are not an A school. Teachers do not care and even when a student asks they just say don't worry I'll mark it done. No teaching really my child was confused and could not get a teacher to teach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

Douglas High School provides wonderful support for students with learning and attention issues once they are under that umbrella. Unfortunately, the whole public school system is so backed up that it takes months to get a child tested and diagnosed but I believe that they have absolutely no control over that aspect of the process. Once the child is diagnosed, the ESE department has extensive knowledge and experience in what is best for each individual child. As well, they have a Learning Strategies class that supports the child. This class is very important to the success of the child because it gives them a chance to complete tests, get tutored and be in daily contact with a teacher advocate to make sure their IEP is being executed properly. They are on top of the parents to make sure they have their paperwork in order and their annual review done in a time fashion and they are ready, willing and able to assist students as best they can. I learned a tremendous amount as a parent of an LD child that truly helped propel my child towards a more successful educational experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2013

Good helpful teachers who take the time to help students plus a good variety of AP & honors courses for advanced students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2012

We moved into this area specifically for this specific school and have 3 kids who are currently attending or soon to attend. Wow, if this is a 10, I would fear to see a 5. There are lots of benefits at this school due to it's size including wide array of course offerings and lots of extra activities. Problem is that "average" kids cannot truly benefit from the range of these options as it is a very, very competitive school where "average" kids can get sort of lost. And, I am not overstating this .. the school would be better if the guidance staff just stayed home. There is absolutely NO support, advice, assistance from this department and such is critical in a high school. They arrange a couple of college fair nights and leave kids to figure it all out on their own. It is abysmal. Teachers are the usual range of excellent to adequate ... a few who really care and go the extra mile ... lots and lots who collect the paycheck. We have found precious few teachers there who are available outside of class hour for extra help (many tutor for pay .. I have actually had to PAY my son's teacher as a tutor for extra help). I am underwhelmed and we are changing schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2012

This is the worst school I ever sent my children to I moved to the area for this school dont fool your self by the rating. From the top of the chain on down the staff have no intrest in helping at all they are there only for a pay check.Ask around before you put your kids in this school.I give them1 star
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2011

I have been nothing but disappointed by this very very overrated high school. Lazy and uncaring teachers and very rude and disrespectful staff is abundant. The students are loaded up with homework and given difficult tests that have nothing to do with the homework. The teachers chat about their personal problems and social life rather than teach. Thank God my daughter is bright and a good student because if she weren't she would be failing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2011

MSD is a great learning environment for our son. Teachers help before and after school for those who need extra attention, there are many clubs, and the AP classes are harder than UF (we have compared.) If you get an A here - you have truly earned it! Other schools we have experienced give out an A like it is expected. Too bad it can hurt a GPA, though, because it is so tough. Some extra/partial credit in some math classes would be prudent. The admin is very helpful when needed, and to talk about colleges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2011

TERRIBLE TERRIBLE TERRIBLE 2 THUMBS AND FEET DOWN i went there i moved here from new york and the kids are just like the teachers and adminstrater all they do is smoke pot and talk about it its a zombie zone and there all stuck up they think they have money their parents are in debt up to their eyeballs no education teachers are useless and i transferred out to coral glades il never walk on that campus definitely an F rated school
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2011

Have you noticed that the good reviews are students - current and alums - but parents seem to have a very different opinion. My child is a very smart person but got sidetracked at MSD and so had to transfer to homeschool. Smart students are not encouraged to excel unless they fall into AP/gifted group. MSD dropped from A to B grade this year and if they have any hope of getting back to an A grade, they need to figure out a way not to let peer pressure cause a smart student to fail, and instead find ways to encourage them. Parents do not see how personality changes when they get to school around their peers. My child has gone from a C/D student to a straight A student in homeschool. In addition, teachers in Parkland tend to assume that because a student is not Asian or Caucasian, they cannot perform at a higher level. MSD will continue to fail and our Parkland schools which we are so proud of need to recognize that we belong to a global community. Parent involvement is an important factor that separates bad schools from good/great school. MSD has great parent involvement within a certain clique/group. Hope this does not mean special treatment for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

About 1/2 the teachers are B+ or better....the other half are typical...school boasts about being great. ha their counselors are terrible...bullying goes on and they "high light the students that complain which puts them at risk, and they bus in kids from F schools and put them all in the same class where they take over! 3 years straight we have had 2 teachers not use the tools the others do,...example. we had to device if student could move ahead with advanced math and yet the teacher had not posted a grade from September to March. tyhey are not even allowed to do homework in Detention, how stupid
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2011

I have never seen a school that discourage more the study like this school. Teachers confuse strictness and challenge with inconsistent, subjectiveness. Students live in a endless terror and stress waiting for the next unpredictable, subjective response or request of the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2010

This high school is a joke. Many people who have only lived in Florida love the school, because they don't know what they're missing. I have lived in 8 states and know what real school is. The courses were far below where children should be. I guess if you just want your child to go to school inside the state of Florida, going to this school with incompetent councilors will probably be just fine, but it really does anything but prepare for college. The social atmosphere is non-existent. My daughter said she never saw the principal once. I have lived in 16 school districts and NEVER have I been this unimpressed. If I could give 0 stars, I would, I'm just trying to help you before making the big mistake of sending your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2010

I have heard this school called "The Mini College" and now I know why. Now that my son has graduated, I can say without fear of retaliation, that most of the teachers are lazy. The kids pretty much teach themselves just like in college. I have only come across a few really exceptional teachers in the four years of attendance. One of the exceptional teachers was from the ESE department.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2009

MSD is a great school. The teachers try their hardest to teach us. It is not true that if you are not an AP student, they don't want you there. I am not an AP student and the teachers still try to motivate me to do my best. One of my favorite things about MSD is the variety of classes. I have taken Drama, Creative Writing, Guitar. There's Forensics, Psychology, and many other great classes. Unfortunately they have cut Creative Writing, Forensics, and German. And they nearly cut Photography. Other than that. I love MSD.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2009

this school is absolutely horrible . the teaches could care less about there students , the administration sais that they have all around school security ... dont belive it . on a daily basis i have witnessed kids form marjory stoneman douqlas just walk off of the school campus durinq school hours . its unbelivable . uqh it makes me sick .
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

This is my thirs child sttending douglas. This neighborhood school has tons of parental involvement which is welcome. The school team spirit is palpable as you walk around the nighborhood. The teachers are stellar, very accomplished and the younger ones are very eager and bring a fresh face to the school. The staff is very approachable. Guidance is really on top of things this year. I continue to be impressed.
—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.

772 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%
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.

749 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

750 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
94%
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.

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 66% in 2014.

465 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%
Biology I

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

689 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
88%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

604 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
96%
U.S. History

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

538 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%
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 60%
Hispanic 20%
Black 11%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%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 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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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. TYSON THOMPSON
Fax number
  • (754) 322-2280

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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5901 Pine Island Road
Parkland, FL 33076
Phone: (754) 322-2150

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