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Martin County High School

Public | 9-12 | 2090 students

 
 

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Posted December 7, 2009

I graduated from MCHS in 2006. It was an interesting experience and one I will never forget. The physical structure was awful, and I hear they began construction a couple of years ago which is great. I ended up going to the University of Vermont to study Music Education. MCHS had an outstanding music program and I would recommend taking a class with Mr. Corbin even if you can't sing. He will change your life! My guidance counselor was a severe disappointment and told me that if I wanted to go to schools in the Northeast then I would need to enlist help from a professional college entrance adviser. I wish I had challenged myself as a student and had taken more AP classes (they have a wonderful assortment) because my honor classes were very easy. would recommend this school to students who are willing to take their own initiative. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2009

I graduated MCHS in 2005, from the AP program. I have to say that most of my teachers were more qualified than my college professors. I had a nuclear physicist for physics, a former military intelligence case officer for American history, the former head of quality control for Pratt and Whitney for Statistics and my Calculus I and II teacher was probably the most aggressive educator I have ever had, comical in her intensity, but effective, memorable and understood her subject as well as any professor I have ever had. The biggest downside of MCHS that I had, when I went to University of Florida, I felt that my professors were grossly under-qualified compared to my high school teachers! It makes it hard to take college serious when you go from someone that was spying on the Soviets in the 1980's to a professor that once read a book about it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2009

I have a son, graduated last year and a daughter will graduate from MCHS this year. I have been actively involved in schools for over 15 years. Compared to schools in Illinois, the Principal and staff at MCHS get the picture that the schools should challenge kids to learn. I believe that MCHS is the best! I wish more parents were involved but that is what happens when kids reach high school. Both kids are in or accepted at good universities and can look forward to success there building off the base provided by MCHS. One great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

My daughter loved MCHS! She went there for my freshman year and said it was great funand the administrators were really there to help you. She was able to take Honors and AP classes and still have a social life. Everyone was so school spirited && she was it was easy to love the school. We moved after her freshman year and I never hear the end of her saying how much MCHS school is better than the school she goes to now. She still consider MCHS her home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

My two kids benefited from MCHS. My daughter was involved in the AP program, especially math and science as well as the band during her first three years. She went on to be a National Merit Scholar, so clearly the program works. My son did lots of dual enrollment classes and brought over 40 semester credits with him to college. He was breifly involved with the drama program (technical). As a parent I found it easy to be involved; I wish more parents had been able to give just a little of themselves to help make a good place even better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2006

I really love MCHS! I haven't been going here long, but I have had six or seven family members go here, and say it is a great and fun! I am so excited to begin school again... especially one that has been loved by many people. With all the after school activities it is really easy to get involved, and meet new people, and with all the sports it's hard not to show school spirit! The teacher's are nice, and easy to talk to if you have a question, and everyone is just really helpful!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2006

I think the more recent reviews here say it pretty well. We have very few complaints about teachers or other staff. The two guidance people we have known are top-flight. My daughter benefitted from Pre-AP and AP classes while my under-achieving son learned more how to 'work the system' to graduate than really how to crack the books and 'learn to learn'. I think he might have been more actively identified as struggling and offered the more personalized help he needed but this is public school and they do what they can...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2005

MCHS has an exceptionally wide availability of more than 20 AP classes for students to choose from. More than 85% of MCHS high school graduates go on to college. MCHS provides a really fine and balanced education for students who want to take advantage of the classes that are offered. There are many class and club activities for kids to be involved with. The guidance counselors are very knowlegable about helping kids choose and apply to colleges. My two sons have really enjoyed their high school years here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2005

Academic Programs are acceptable. The extracurricular activities are available. The level of Parent involvement could be better.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 21, 2004

Overall, we are pleased with the teachers and guidance people. It should benefit by the forthcoming opening of a third H.S. in the county to alleviate crowding. The physical plant still looks scruffy and poorly maintained due to budget constraints behind the facade of the new buildings visible from the street.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2004

This was a very dissapointing experience. Feeling overwelmed being in a overcrowded school, never receiving the extra help needed to pass a class. Was actually taught by non-certified teachers, failed the classes. The teacher was not sympathic, and chose to fail him based on the difference of grading a failing grade (50-60) versus a zero. Even though his outline clearly stated a failure, he choose the zero so that my son would not purposely pass the class by 1 point. In my opinion this teacher should never be one. He even told my son to give up the one career he wants, putting my son down. Usually a zero means never made a attempt- but at this school you can work hard and still get a zero for effort. Watch out for your children at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Hello I graduated from Martin County High School in 1962.I then attended college and graduated with a BS Degree in 1966 from FSU.I thoroughly enjoyed my time at MCHS and although I was somewhat of a 'Hellion'I was certainly presented with every opportunity to learn from some very dedicated,professional concerned instructors.I thank them and the support staff one and all. Regards Robert B Thomas
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

542 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%
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.

519 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

510 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

495 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
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 "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

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 64% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
59%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

533 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

363 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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 67%
Hispanic 22%
Black 7%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%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 86%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 69%68%61%
Master's degree 28%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%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 21%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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