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Archbishop Edward Mccarthy High School

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Posted August 21, 2014

I chose journalism as one of my electives I was suppose to receive, and health as the other, I got neither, I am stuck with a class that teaches you nothing, I contacted them two days before school started they told me to wait till the end of the week to see if a spot would be open, I have heard no response, and if I would like to change to another class it cost 100. It seems like you have to harass the guidence department to get what you want, I feel like I've been forgotten...
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 30, 2014

High teacher turn-over rate. Very snobby students, faculty, staff, and administration. Students are immoral, and many have a drug problem. Not a true Catholic environment. Not worth the money when many of the graduates end up at Broward College.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 29, 2014

The good: mostly great teachers (they're great about weeding the bad ones out), fantastic education, a great variety of clubs and sports. Guidance is very good about helping with college, classes, or anything you might need. The bad: Administrative communication is absolutely terrible. Expectations for this school are also very, very high, which is something parents should take into consideration before putting their child in the school. Security is sub-par. The school WILL ask you for extra money as you go through the year (Maverick Games, for instance, a non-optional field day for the students, is $100. There's a schoolwide non-optional raffle that is also quite a bit of money) so be aware of what you're signing when you go to administration. As a student, there's more or less a place for everyone to fit in, but like most schools the clique problem is pretty prominent. In addition, there's not much school spirit. I'm sure most kids don't care about that, but it makes a difference when homecoming games roll around.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 28, 2014

Archbishop McCarthy has challenged my former public school student in ways he never experienced before. Always an easy A student in advanced classes he has had to step up his game considerably to just maintain a 3.5 GPA. He is able to be himself and says his favorite thing about this school is the teachers. That the high expectations and respect they have for students inspire them to perform. Make no mistake, this school requires parent involvement and it is obvious everyone sending their kid here does it because they want the best for their child and are willing to sacrifice to get it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 25, 2011

I love this school and the staff.. Mrs. Pierce is awsome.. and everyone is great!..... I love that the school has great security and also my daughter is in honors. and she loves her teachers.. never heard complaints from her and she would have told me immediately. Recommend this school a lot!. Kids are from good families.. that care ! and the high School Environment is A+ to me. I looked around at other schools.. and forget it. she has to stay here.. until she graduates... it is worth the tuition.. truly PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS have the worst environment
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Posted June 6, 2011

I just graduated from archbishop mccarthy this year and I believe our school is better than many public schools academically. i've taken as many ap and honors courses as i could and i'll be able to go to college with over 40 college credits due to the dual enrollment program. If students put effort into their education they will be prepared to do well in college with this school, not just be prepared to get into college (like many public schools do)

Posted May 19, 2011

Amazing School, the new principal had made do many wonderful changes. Academically it is striving for perfection. Spiritually, the students are guided in the right direction. I never feel out of the circle, Im informed of everything and anything going on in my child's education. The teacher are approachable, helpful and sincerly care.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 24, 2011

Best High School in Fort Lauderdale area. More than 98% of the students are admitted to the best programs and universities.
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Posted January 24, 2011

Probably the most affordable private school in town, with the best catholic education. The school prepare the students to enter into the best universities. It is amazing how well the students in general behave in and out of the school. Ethics, moral, catholic and academic preparation are tied together to help students to succeed. Is not free, is not cheap, but is not the most expensive and way out better than public HS.
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Posted October 30, 2010

Big waste of my time and money! the education honestly is not that great and they give too many regular courses in which other schools encourage you to take Honors and AP . This school is the opposite of college prep and is a waste i will never send one of my kids there ever again !
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 14, 2010

I am a student at AMHS and this is my senior year. The teachers themselves are nice, and most of them the student will like, but some of them are awful. I have talked to my friends that left for other schools and there seems to be no difference. The school has a major effciency problem. Several seniors, including myself, have had trouble getting the school to send out our transcripts to colleges. We have to be constantly harrassing the guidance department. It's all about the money at that school. The student center has awful food most of the time, whether in taste, quality, or health, and it's overpriced. A salad and bottled water costs around seven dollars. Parents be warned, even if you do your service hours you may still be billed the $250 like mine were!! (Lots of potheads too!!)
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 16, 2009

It is a school with rules and upstanding students and teachers.
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Posted September 15, 2009

I have two kids at AMHS and they love the school and their teachers. I'm glad when I pick them up at the school and they smile at you saying 'I love my school' or 'I had a great day' It's all worth it; the money is well spend.
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Posted August 28, 2009

It's my junior year and i have to say that this is one of the best high schools I've ever known. The teachers push you to do above and beyond anything you ever thought you could do. The academics are top-notch and the courses are designated so that you take the challenging courses, the ones that colleges look at the most. They truly prepare you for college-level academics with AP courses available from sophomore year. All in all I would definitely recommend this school to anyone looking for a school that prepares their child for college.
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Posted February 3, 2009

I have three children who have grown up in the Catr=holic School system. My youngest started at McCarthy this year, and I will be pulling him out at the end of this year. They are all about money. If you have it, you write your own ticket. If you don'y, good luck !
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Posted December 18, 2008

One of the better, affordable private schools in the area. The stringent rules do get excessive and sometimes seem to take time and resources away from actual teaching, but overall, almost everyone in my graduating class went on to college - most to some of the better state schools. For those who aspire to higher ranked national universities (top 20ish), don't expect the guidance department to help you get there. Facilities are pristine.
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Posted February 21, 2008

I have two kids that attend this school, my kids came from a public school and I thank God that I was able to remove them from the public school system. This school is preparing them for college unlike the school that they attended, public schools are to busy concentrating on the FACTS, thats their mission and only mission. Now I know my kids will have a chance to go to college.
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Posted February 10, 2008

It is not micromanaged. In fact, they delagate quite well. Also, it is a newer school and is still experimenting with what does and does not work for the betterment of the student, as well as the school community as a whole.
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Posted December 2, 2007

Way toomuch micromanagement and too many inconsistancies in policies. The only thing that makes this school anything close to normal is the tremendous efforts of the coached and the fine arts department and how they constantly take us out of that school on trips, competitions, sports events, etc.. and make us see that their is and actual life. the administration is extreamly strict. I can say something good about this school. It has a great band program that actually represents our school very well. And thats about it!

Posted September 25, 2007

I graduated in 06 and I will honestly say that I miss high school for some of the teachers and fellow classmates. The school in all honesty was not the greatest. It was overpriced for the information we got.It was supposed to be college prep but it really was not. Both my brother and sister graduated before me at the school. My younger sister is not attending the school do to the fact that my parents tried three times and never got satisfaction of the school.
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 54% 29%
White 35% 42%
Black 4% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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5451 South Flamingo Road
Southwest Ranches, FL 33330
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