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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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. .
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.
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.
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
I attended the open house with my son for CS and Engineering. My son is 13 and he has been learning computer programming during all his years in middle school. My son plays Tennis and all his hitting partners who entered Suncoast in 2011 have stopped playing Tennis. Why? I heard those kids are overwhelmed by homework. I also heard the teachers don't teach, they only give assignments and the kids are on their own. During the open house the CS teacher acted too 'casual' and when I asked him 'how come you are teaching the same C++ course for 11 years when the IT world changes every day' his answer was 'because that is all I know ... C++'. I was very disappointed. Then we attended the Engineering presentation and I had a chance to ask the teacher a question (my English is not the best), he then asked the audience of 100+ parents 'can somebody translate that for me?' embarrassing ... at the end some of the parents that talked to me after presentation had the same opinion, these teachers are only focused on keeping certain number of students to keep their budget.
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???
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.
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!!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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