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1717 Avenue S
Riviera Beach, FL 33404

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September 30, 2014
Saw a post about parents not understanding the rigors of the AP courses. Not true. Parents and students know what's involved. They are just really hard. However, there are limited courses to choose from in your specialty. You are on a path and have to take the next class on the path. Right now, I'm taking three AP courses that were next on the schedule to take. I'm not looking to be valedictorian and am not trying to stock up on AP classes. I have no choice. Yes, it hard, not looking forward to the AP course exams. This will only get harder with each year.

- submitted by a student
May 22, 2014
As a parent, I love this school! The principal explained in orientation, "you may have been the top student at your school, but everyone sitting around you was also that top student." These kids are smart, and I would rate the teachers good-to-Great! It is a tough school, but they offer a lot of help to students. There is tutoring available during lunch and after school. There are mentoring programs available. My daughter is mse/ib and plays on the Suncoast tennis team, even freshman year. It is not the right school for a lot of students, I definitely won't try to send my youngest here.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2014
If you are thinking to send your child to this high school to prepare them for college, you are wrong! Don't fall for their trap as being the #2 best and challenging school in the state. My son used to be an excellent student before he came to Suncoast, he used to get straight A's in 8th grade while taking all honor and high school credit classes like Pre-Med, however when we sent him to Suncoast, his grades have dropped to C's and D's due to the teacher's attitude. If your child misses a day of school, they will be lost, and the teachers won't even care to explain the material, instead you will end up paying a tutor for your child to succeed. I agree that this is a challenging school, but the teachers and the staff are terrible and they are there for the paycheck. There are a lot of sexual conversations between boys and girls especially during the freshman year. My husband and I tried talking to the principal however there was no point. We ended up switching to Boca Raton Community High School and my son loves it! The teachers, students and the sports department is amazing. As a parent, I suggest that you think twice before sending your child to this school. ~Good luck

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Suncoast is a terrific school that continually challenges students. My daughter is getting a top-notch education thanks to the high-level administrators, teachers and curriculum. The school will most definitely prepare them for college. Isn't that the point? To those whining parents -- wait until you see some of the "loser" teachers at the university level with class sizes 100-200+ students. Students are on their own. Be thankful for Suncoast! The diversity in the school is vital in order for our children to be prepared to be responsible adults and productive citizens in the "real world."

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
Don't believe the hype about this school! It was a great school in the past! Now its all about ratings on US News and never about the kids. Its a great school if you take the IB program! The administration puts students down all the time. I think its time for new administrators that believe in all students, just not a selected few! If you are wealthy and can donate big bucks to this school , then your student has it made!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
As you reach the end of the second quarter of eighth grade, I think you should definitely apply to SHS. There are some requirements, however, and attributes you should have if you want to be successful at this school. You must be willing to work. You probably got all A's in middle school without even trying. Let me tell you, you will have to try in high school, but it is very possible to get all A's and B's with a little effort. You must be okay with getting B's. You will NOT get all A's in all four years at SHS. Even the best and the brightest have gotten B's in the rigorous classes. If you can't deal with that, then don't bother applying. Suncoast is a smaller high school, which I personally love. By senior year, every one is friends with one another. It's the best, in my opinion, as far as size goes. Deciding which program to apply for can be tricky. Be sure to read up about everything about each program! I heard they just added an IB/IIT program for tenth graders. Might want to look into it if you want a partial IB diploma with less work. The best thing about Suncoast is that you're surrounded by students who have the same passions as you and encourage you in them. Good luck!

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2013
My daughter was a student at Suncoast from 2010-2013. My daughter entered Suncoast a National Honor roll student. In two years her grades dropped dramatically . Suncoast caters to a 10. % population of students that will always due well and the rest of the students become statistics. It took two months at one point to see the principal and the teachers are never wrong only the students. The attitude is keep up or drop out. The athletic dept. is terrible and you put you life in your hands driving in and out of the crime ridden neighborhood. I have transferred my daughter to a new school where she is back on track of scoring all A's! Plus the athletic dept. is awesome. I recommend Suncoast to students who study 7 days a week and enjoy the pressure of not so nice teachers. After all Suncoast sells themselves on a rating for their government funding. School is over rated don't bother.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Parents of incoming freshman beware. U.S. News's Best High Schools rankings. Suncoast ranking falls from 28th to 88th. Suncoast high school ranking fell because of the bad teachers like Daniel Zaitz. Zaitz is there for the paycheck not to teach. His teaching method is to give student 50 to 100 homework problems. If the student and the parents come across a math problem that they don t understand, the student is directed to see the special math tutor. Guess who the tutor is. Everybody at Suncoast knows he is bad but nothing is done. The student and parent complaints fall on deaf ear. They dump him on incoming freshmen because they know 2,3 and 4 year students avoid him like the plague if they can. The students and the parents are the strength of the school not the administration.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
I am very scared, I'm an incoming 9th grader. I have been accepted into the IB program. And I am also very excited and happy that I got in but I have heard A LOT of scary stories from here; like the teachers are mean and unsupportive. I am scare that If I fail I will be made fun of and told that I am not fit or that school. I have always been a good student. But I am afraid that I won't be able to cope with this school. My mom says I will do fine, but I have ALOT of doubt..... But besides that I am happy that I got in and I am prepared to take the work that they give me. And I know this school is outstanding and wonderful. I am very excited and looking forward to going to this school!

- submitted by a community member
July 15, 2013
Mt daughter completed her freshman year in the MSE program. Although it is a vigorous program, my daughter has been able to maintain her straight A average and still have time left to participate in athletics and have a social life. The principal is accessible and visible around campus. The campus is state of the art and provides a safe learning environment. If you are bright, dedicated student with good time managment skills, you will thrive at Suncoast. .

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2012
First of all, I realize no school is perfect, however after hearing how wonderful Suncoast was I could have not been more disappointed. The reason the school is so highly rated is because of the students, definitely not the teachers. They pull from the top 5% in PBC and so test scores should be high. Beware, if your child falls behind due to illness/absence, don't expect encouragement from teaching staff - they will squish your child like a bug and even tell them they are not college bound. Teachers should raise self-esteem, seems the opposite here. A GC told me that teachers don't answer parent calls in a timely manner and I should call the principal to complain, don't expect much in the way of communication. Big disappointment. Pulled out and now straight A's in same academic classes and much happier. Also, no longer a fear of the neighborhood, my child actually saw drug dealings through the bus window. Had a letter home with warning not to drop off on a certain road adjacent to the school and then a lock-down due to gunfire, nice eh. Glad we are out of it.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2012
I am a previous student from Suncoast that moved to South Carolina. Yes, Suncoast is every challenging but also very helpful. You can't find any better school than Suncoast. The teachers are very hard and stay on top of you, but when you apply for this school who have been ranked in the top 3 in the nation you should expect it. Don't apply because you think it will look good for college. Because Suncoast can do two things for you give you an amazing gpa to get into ivy league colleges or give you a terrible gpa to get you barely in community college. I loved Suncoast and all the work that came with it. It's a school for driven and smart people. Don't expect to go there and no be serious about you work because they will kick you out and not think twice about it. If you're very smart driven and have a passion to learn, this is the school for you.

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2012
this school is absolutley amazing. im going to start 9th grade this year. but i fell in love with this school. i have alot of friends that go here and they have all told me that yes it is alot of hard work but it is all worth it because the school is amazing. i got into the IB program and im so happy to have the chance to go to this school. this school is one of the best ever i think..and anyone that says otherwise is wrong (: haha

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2011
Great school.Very good and keep it up!!!1But on march 29,2011 an english teacher of the same school was arrested and was at the palm beach jail!!!! Are you guys going to keep the same teacher and make her to teach the kids???

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2010
Suncoast is a terrific place to work because of the dedicated teachers, administrative leadership, bright students and involved parents. The only recurring problem is that students and parents often don't understand the rigor of A.P. and I.B. courses. I strongly recommend that students and parents research the curriculum before they sign up for courses.

- submitted by a teacher
November 25, 2009
Class of 2012! Although this is my second year being in high school, this is my first year at Suncoast. So far, i think this school is 'alrite' but many teachers here are, excuse me for being blunt, TERRRIBLE! Luckily, there is after school tutoring. :) I am in the IB program and since i am only in the 10TH grade, the worst is yet to come because the challenging program officially starts junior year. So , to be continued... Class of 2012!!

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2009
I am a student at Suncoast. Suncoast is the best place possible in all of Florida and probably southeastern America for high school academics, far superior to any private school in the area, but that is mainly due to the students and not the teachers, although there are many great and fantastic ones there are more than enough bad ones to make up for them. Don't let that discourage you, if you don't mind working (4+hours a night) and are smart this is definitely the best school for you. For MSE you really need to be very smart and great at math, mainly algebra, geometry doesn't really matter. I am in MSE/IB and I have to say that IB is the harder one for me because I am good at math but not very good in spanish (the main reason students have difficulty in IB) and the spanish department is awful.

- submitted by a student
September 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2009
I think that this school is very good and that if you are able to go here that you should be very greatful because the teachers are hands on and are very good in teaching there subjects,and it's amazing to go to such a wonderful school. Class of 2011

- submitted by a student
no rating July 25, 2009
the best school ever helped alot academically!!!!!

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April 16, 2009
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April 07, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
March 05, 2009
Suncoast is challenging, but doable. The post two down from mine is wholly inaccurate! I knew a few kids who transfered to private schools, and said the same things, but the issue is not that Suncoast is easy it's that a lot of kids cheat. Suncoast gives it's students the benefit of the doubt, it teaches them to be independent, and some kids take advantage and waste their educations away by cheating, but they pay for it in college. If that girl was having trouble when she was transferred to private school it was probably because she was one of the ones getting by through cheating. You get as much from this school as you put into it. Trustme, I graduated from Suncoastand am now about to graduate from from U of Chicago with three degrees! This is a great school don't let the slackers fool you!

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 03, 2008
As a current junior with straight A's so far in the IB program at Suncoast, I strongly disagree with the comment below in which the parent suggested Suncoast is far easier than other schools. I have several friends who have go to IB schools all over the world and I can say for sure that Suncoast has one of the more rigorous programs. However, some students may get good grades because a lot of cheating occurs; When it comes to the AP and IB exams, however, you can tell if your student truly knows the material. Granted, some teachers at Suncoast are much easier in grading than others. I've mostly had the harder teachers, and I can say that they are usually fair in their grading. As for having two days to do homework, that's not true. Duh, every day you get more homework, so it builds up. More later.

- submitted by a student
October 30, 2008
I have a daughter that used to go to Suncoast High and recently transferred into a private school. She recieved all A's in Suncoast but now struggles more than she used to in private school. Last quarter she barely kept A's and mostly B's, just slipping by in one class with an 80%. I think that this says a lot about how challenging the students, family, and faculty at Suncoast makes their school out to be versus how challenging it truly is. Students at Suncoast only take four classes a day, and despite how much work students claim to get, they have two nights to do it! Furthermore, fewer classes a day means fewer tests/quizzes throughout the week - obviously teachers can't give more than one test or quiz a class. Also, some classes only meet twice a week, which is actually less class time than if they met every day.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
I have had a son graduate from suncoast and a daughter recently transfer out after three years. The executive administration from the principal on down to the athletic director from years 2005-2008 has been terribly distrustful, unreachable and incompetent. Focus had shifted from incouraging and developing some of the best young people in Palm Beach County to treating them as if they where directly from the criminal element which completely surrounds the campus. Many instances unmistakably harrassing and degrading. Remember many of these students travel almost an hour by bus to attend this magnet school. Don't be fooled by newsweek ratings as apparently they are mainly based on the number of AP test taken, which is practically mandatory at suncoast to keep these numbers up.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2008
Our kids recently graduated from Suncoast and Dreyfoos. These schools are both ranked in the top 1% in the nation - we're very lucky to have them. The key to long term excellence is parental support combined with tough admissions and ongoing academic standards. Compromise on any of these and the institution withers. Dreyfoos was able to maintain very high standards without imposing conformity because the kids knew they were someplace special, and they rose to the occasion. Suncoast has got caught up in politics and has suffered as a result. It would be tragic to see this school destroyed by school board experiments.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 08, 2008
I have daughters that have attended both Suncoast and Dreyfoos. While they are both top ranked A plus schools I find the admistration at Dreyfoos to be more supportive in doing what ever it takes to make their students successful. The administration at Suncoast pays too much attention to dress code and other means of student self expression instead of just recognizing that they have some of the smartest kids in the county. The should recognize the value of their good judgement and allow them to think and grow as individuals. After all these are the future leaders of America.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2008
I have found this school to be more deceitful and poorly composed than any other school I have ever visited or attended. Reasons for this include misleading advertisement and a 'selfish' attitude of the administration who try to 'over-manipulate' the student body to get a larger paycheck.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 16, 2008
Don't be fooled by the MSE program, Suncoast IB program is harder in the Jr. and Sr. years, if you are bad at Spanish but better in math try you luck with MSE cause in IB you have to take Spanish all 4 years and pass it to receive your IB diploma. Spanish is the most prominent contributer to Students dropping out of IB! Most students agree IB is harder in the long run.

- submitted by a student
January 29, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating December 21, 2007
its awsome and somtimes going to school in rivera is a little scary but the school itself is a great experience

- submitted by a student
December 20, 2007
lots of work. take it from me a student there is a lot of work but it is all worth it not that the work is hard, but there is a whole lot of it!

- submitted by a student
no rating December 14, 2007
I have two kids at Suncoast, and so far, I'm very happy with the academic focus they have there, especially in comparison to what is available at other schools and the problems those schools have. Suncoast offers extremely rigorous programs for students that want that kind of challenge and competition and who are looking to go to the best colleges, as well as less demanding curriculums, but it is all college preparatory. I like the fact that the students that go to this school are there to learn and do well and have parents that support them, and they can make it as challenging as they want it to be.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2007
This is an excelent school. Student are really pushed to realize their potential and for the most part, students live up to it.

- submitted by a community member
November 14, 2007
Suncoast is an excellent school. Living in Palm Beach County with so few choices of good schools, we are truly blessed to have Suncoast. My son is a junior there and is doing very well. He will have many options after graduation with the much appreciated help of Ms. Thomas. I know he is safe there and I don't worry when he leaves because I know how important education is at Suncoast. Thats how it should be!

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October 30, 2007
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October 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
Krutchfield is horrible. The school is more concerned about dress code than education.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 02, 2007
My son received a wonderful education from Suncoast. The curriculum was rigorous and relevant. He was challenged but not to the point of frustration. I am thankful that he was able to participate in such an outstanding school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2007
It is just like any other mainstream public school, except that they give you 3 hours+ of repetitive busy work for homework.

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August 26, 2007
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August 22, 2007
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July 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 25, 2007
Great atmosphere and amazing education. It's really nice to go to school with students who are academically oriented like I am.

- submitted by a student
December 16, 2006
The best school my daughter has ever attended. She was a straight A student in a middle school gifted program, but was not challenged enough. Suncoast actually challenges her and the teachers actually care about the students learning, not just test scores.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2006
Amazing! This school is positively lovely. My child enjoys it so much!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
Suncoast is by far the best school in Palm Beach County. It's varied magnet programs (IB, MSE. and CS) offer tremendous opportunites for students to be academically challenged. Highly recommended as a school of choice.

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February 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2005
The faculty is proud to be at Suncoast and proud of their students. It is a reciprical and beautiful thing.

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August 11, 2005
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July 29, 2005
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June 22, 2005
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June 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 23, 2005
great school, student in IB program well prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2005
I go to Suncoast, and it is the best school I have ever seen. Many of the students have a real pride in it and are proud to say they go to Suncoast. The Math/Science/Engineering, International Baccalearureate, Computer Science, and Interdisciplinary programs are very educational and efficient. There are lots of sports, like baseball, soccer, boys and girls football, track sports, volleyball, basketball, and more. Suncoast has probably THE best band in Palm Beach county, earning superior ratings every year in both marching and concert fields. The arts an drama are also popular at Suncoast, and the students have alot of opportunities to indulge in them. The three groups, band, art, and drama, were even able to run a full-scale production of the musical The Wiz, which sold out the entire 600+ seat theatre three consecutive nights. There is also very little racial discrimination between students as well.

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April 05, 2005
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- submitted by a student
March 31, 2005
Daughter obtained very good education, well prepared for college. the teachers are excellent, but I didn't think parental involvement was particularly high. Since students are from some a wide area, school spirit/participation may not be what you would see at other schools.

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March 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2005
Highest academic quality in the district. Has a full selection of extracurricular activities. Very high level of parent involvement.

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November 30, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2004
This school is so overated. My son went there last year(9th grade) and he was a previous straight A student. The teachers are overated.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2004
Suncoast Community High School is a school of outstanding academic merit. Host to four different academic magnet programs: Math Science Engineering, International Baccalaureate, Computer Science, and Inter-Disciplinary; this school has earned its right to be called one of the top schools in the country. Students attending this school that dual-enroll in two of the magnet programs are constantly ranked as the top students in Palm Beach County. One of the greatest accomplishments that the school is known for is the number of National Merit Scholars it produces per year. This years graduating class produced 13 NMS Finalists and 18 NMS Semi-finalists, a rare accomplishment from any single school. In addition to its academic prowess, it also excells athletically. The Varsity Girl's Soccer team went for a straight 25-0 regular season with no goals scored on them. Past football players have signed with great teams like Ohio State and Miami.

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May 01, 2004
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- submitted by a student
April 10, 2004
I love comming to this school. It gives me alot more learing experiences then you can get at other schools. The teachers are great and so is the low amount of students in each class. Everyone gets attention.

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February 04, 2004
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August 26, 2003
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Suncoast Community High School
1717 Avenue S, Riviera Beach, FL  33404
(561) 882-3400
Last modified Suncoast Community High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Suncoast Community High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 69 reviews. Top