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St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Public | PK, 9 | 2502 students

 

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Posted May 23, 2014

Lacks school spirit, but most of the teachers are nice and go out of their way to help students learn. Most of the kids are either rednecks, gothic/emo, beach bums, or extremely obsessed with their looks. It's not the best school in anyway and the principal could take more suggestions into consideration. The food is good, most kids are friendly, and new students beware because most of these kids have been friends since diaper days. The drama department always has plays but they're not spectacular. LOTS of AP courses and honors classes are always filled. The counselors could be better/kinder to students. AND THE NURSE! Oh wow she's awful, I felt sick during lunch and didn't want to leave during class because I didn't want to miss anything but she told me to wait until after lunch and return during 5th period. What?? I should miss class only to have you tell me im fine and send me back?! Besides all the obvious issues with this school, the education is great, and I guess that's all that matters anyways because it is a school. A poorly operated school.


Posted April 5, 2014

Great school with tremendous opportunities for ALL students just look at all the academies and AP classes offered!


Posted July 1, 2011

I don't like the dress code of this school! Sedning my son out just because of dress code. Student's are there to learn! Not to worry about the way they dress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2009

its a great school, very productive, organized, and inspirstional to all the students at centennial
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2009

I've gone to St. Lucie West Centennial for 2 years so far. It's an okay school. Most of my teachers have been great, and they make learning fun. Some of the teachers don't seem to feel like teaching and then expect the students to know things. I'm in honors classes and all i ever hear is 'you should know this, you're honors!' I dislike that a lot. I'm a sophomore and I don't understand the importance of our dress code. if you're sending kids out of class because they don't have a polo shirt on or its the wrong color, they're not learning anything that day! or at least they miss things. I follow the dress code, but it doesn't make any sense. It is a good school overall, though.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2009

I am a student and im proud to say this school is horrrrible
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2008

Although Centennial is not the best school, I thoroughly enjoy going there and do not regret my choice in choosing the school. Since Sophmore year, i have been in Advanced Placement Classes with exellent teachers who put there students before themselves. Though I have witnessed a few teachers that hand out grades and do not teach, these teachers are more there to baby sit the students. If a student does not feel the need to come to school or challenge themselves to do better, why should the school board care? The staff can get a little bit out of hand with dress code, attacking boys with untucked shirts rather than females with cleavage showing or short shirts but no other discrimanations are made.They also manage to keep every one safe to the best of there ability. With one or two close friends, you can have 4 great years of
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2008

I am currently a student at SLW, and It is not a good school. I moved here from Michigan at the end of my last school year. Very very few of my teachers do a good job, or even try to teach. They just make us work. Also, this school is way to strict about the dumbest things. However, I don't find it an unsafe school. And one thing to say about this school. And im not sure if it's all of this county or Florida or what, but they are a whole year behind Michigan. I am a sophomore in all junior classes just because my learning was more advanced. I'm sure florida falls even further behind other states.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 18, 2008

I attended SLW Centennial for four years and am an alumni. I graduated in 2006 with Honors and enjoyed the extra curricular activties and programs that were offerred. There is now a dress code policy in effect because of not only the the interest in safety of the children but also due to the fact that students were unable to follow the simple dress code that had been laid out before hand. The dress code gives structure and discipline to students at the school, which is wonderful! All of St. Lucie schools now have a strict dress code policy because they saw the change it had made for SLW. Get your child into an Academy they might enjoy and keep them involved in sports. It's an awesome way to meet friends that you will have to years to come. Good luck!


Posted June 21, 2008

I believe in a dress code but I think this schools is a little too strict. We moved here from another state and my son started here as a 9th grader and struggled almost all year. My husband & I had a meeting w' his teachers and counselor for help, but not much was really done. They didn't offer any suggestions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

This school is nowhere near under control! The SRO's are like keystone cops. The staff turns a blind eye to rule breakers for all the wrong reasons- nepotism, race, teacher's pets. This is quite possibally the unsafest school in Florida to send your High School age child. Don't even give a number on your school choice form.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

I as a student am currently attending this school. The dress code makes no sense, and they tell us it is to keep us safe from gang intruders yet they post it in the newspaper for everyone to see.. The academic porgrams are very good and some teachers are very dedicated to their jobs'. Yet see how i said some well its because i've had some teachers in the past and now even present that just dont care about the school only about gettng money so yeah. Great school here. Except for the few major flaws, its pretty cool.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2007

St. Lucie West Centennial is a great school, just think 2700 students, not enough deans, RO's and teachers yet it is under control. The teachers go above and beyond everyday.The principal busy daily yet takes time out to listen to any parent who has a question. the ESE dept. is holding it's own the support specialists are doing there job. Mr. Hadfield is especially mindful of the students and is helpful with all the problems students bring to school. he has helped many a student with personal problems, we need more like him.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 17, 2007

I attend SLW Centennial and I agree with one of the parents saying that all they care about is dress code and FCAT, that ridiculous. I want to learn more than just the FCAT in the 2nd and 3rd quarter. In someways it is a good school - TSM
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2007

I feel the previous dress code at Centennial was understandable (no short-shorts, no belly baring tops, etc.) but now it has gone to a ridiculous level. The focus of the school seems to be FCAT and dress code only. What happened to getting students interested in learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2006

The School has declined since the new principal has taken over, I would not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Like the new dress code, Phone call return response time needs improvement. Parent/Teacher web portal needs to be updated by now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2006

I absolutely love the new dress code. The kids look like they could be ready for the workplace instead of 'ghetto chic' with baggy jeans that are halfway to their knees and tight shirts or short skirts. The school is preparing kids for entrance into the real world of work and not the unrealistic world that the kids want to live in. Great ESE program - very responsive when my son was having a problem in one of his classes. Very pleased parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2006

I think that the dress code at SLW Centennial High school is a bit harsh(un-needed) for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

My child's experience at SLW Centennial High School has been very positive. As a freshman she had many wonderful teachers, in particular an alegebra teacher who went above and beyond. He not only tutored her and another child at our home over the Christmas break, he showed a genuine interest in these children and instilled a sense of confidence in my child. As a sophmore she has excelled in this first half of the year and has now becomed involved in Big Brothers, Big Sisters. I would also like to commend the administration for keeping the rate of incidents down to a minimum, which must be a very difficult task at such a large school. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

523 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
41%
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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

  • 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 "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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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.

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 48%
Hispanic 26%
Black 21%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
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 51%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 78%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 57%65%61%
Master's degree 43%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%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 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • Computer animation

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ALAN COX
Fax number
  • (772) 344-4406

Resources

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  • Buses/vans for students only
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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Media arts
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1485 Southwest Cashmere Boulevard
Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
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