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Forest Hill Community High School

Public | 9-12 | 1997 students

 

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Posted July 23, 2013

New principal, new staff!! For the last year this school has been making great strides!!! Give it another two years and it will be one of the top high schools in the area. Ms. Stratos' leadership will raise that school to the level it needs to be and beyond!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2012

One of the most incompetent, unorganized schools in South Fl. The staff speaks virtually no English and have NO IDEA what they're doing. Not to mention that the majority of the teachers are inexperienced and ignorant.


Posted November 18, 2012

Academically the school is good but, I am very disappointed in lack of sport funding. The wrestling team has great potential but hardly enough school funding, if any. Recently at wrestling tournament and felt embarrased for our team because all the other schools had a lot more money invested in their teams and it showed. It's really a shame. The coach and team deserve more assistance from the school. After all, it is an olympic sport. If I knew this ahead of time I might have chosen another school for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

I m moving to West Palm Beach and I have 2 sons going to 10th and 12th grades. I would like to learn more about your school. Miguel Alarcon PARENT
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

The only reason I stay at Forest Hill is because of the wonderful JROTC and Hospitality program.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2009

I love Forest Hill High School. It is the best school ever. I would not go to any other school. I take advantage of every opportunity at school and am involved in sports and a million extra curriculars. The clubs at school are countless and include everything from the Japanese Club to Aspira. The JROTC program rocks!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2009

i think this school is really good because of the rotc program they have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

I attended this school (alum 06) and so did my mother (alum 76). This school gave me the proper skills I needed to excel in College and graduated magna cum laude. The only thing I wish this school offered was more AP classes.


Posted May 30, 2009

What people fail to realize is that Forest Hill is an urban school that face disadvantages from the get-go. A portion the Student body is comprised of a lot of immigrants that do not speak English, students having to provide for their families, and students how come to school for free lunch or because their parents force them. Then you have the majority that actually that come to school for the benefits of a good education that are over shadowed by the few bad apples. With those overwhelming obstacles, the school receives numerous accolades each year; such as being named as one of the top 1 percent of schools in the nation for two straight years. Beating out schools like Royal Palm and Wellington, and numerous others who didn t even make the list. This school has a lot to offer; IB, Environmental Science Academy, Engineering Academy, Culinary Arts Academy, J.R.O.T.C.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 30, 2009

(contiuation)and the Tourism and Hospitality Academy. That stated I think one of the best things about the Hill is it s faculty! The faculty goes over and beyond what the state/district requires and what most parents expect of them. Some of the best teachers at the school are: Mrs. Saarela- Student Government and AP Government, Mr. Jourgensen- Journalism/Communications, Mr. Stoieff- Social studies/Law, Ms. Lazier- AP literature, and Dr. Holt- (who is sadly retiring) AP Human Geography/ AP literature. I think what will make this school better is if more parents get involved, which will in return get students involved. All this school needs is more school spirit, better sports involvement, and some support from its community. These where some of the best years of my life (Class of 09!) and I hope that more people will enjoy this school as much as I did. GO FALCONS! -Alex J.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2009

the school suffers from morale issues and because much of the student body hails from families where parents expect very little from their child's education a never ending cycle is perpetuated. if as a parent you've not had the good fortune of an education, how then, can you be the judge of what constitutes one? while much of the student body looks menacing,it seems that they are on very tight ropes where disipline is concerned. my child is in the i.b. program,does not fit the typical look of the greater student body,and has reported very little in the way of violence. my child has said that the quality of i.b. student is surprisingly mixed. presumambly,many of those students drop-out by eleventh grade. regarding teachers and faculty you 're dealing ,again,with a mixed bag. some,like dr.holt,are excellent and to be commended highly for going above and beyond. sadly,others lack a great deal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2008

As a parent of two students that currently go to Forest Hill, I have to say that I am very disappointed in the education that they are receiving. Hailing from New England where the educational system is highly exemplary, I am very discouraged at the level of learning that is currently the standard at Forest Hill. The staff focuses so much time on preparing for the FACT. What about the students who have already passed the FACT with flying colors? Why should they have to sit through 6 months of preparation for a test that they have already passed? Instead, they sit in class and go through the same mundane exercises day after day, when they should be learning about the next topic in the curriculum. Maybe the guidance counselors should step in and do their job -- counsel students so that the rest can get the education that they deserve!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

Forest Hill Community High School is probably the 'ONLY' excellent public high school in FL. The treachers are great, they have control over the kids and there is nothing negative about the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2008

I love forest hill. but i think that the students should have more pep rallys an dances because it is all part of the high school expericene
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2008

I am currently a senior at the school and I am very involved with it. The school is not the problem, the kids are. Over 75% of the student body is composed by students that don't really give a damn about themselves, and that hold everyone else back. The FCAT is not a hard test to pass if you listen to what the teachers tell you to do. Most teachers are very dedicated are really care about the students. All we need is for those students that don't care to go somewhere else, then we will be perfect. There are plenly of after school activities that all students could get involved in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2007

nice and educated teachers and good atmosphere for students to learn. there are some detractions and nonsense by some uncaring students


Posted November 24, 2007

almost perfect for an urban school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

I am currently a senior at Forest Hill. To be completely honest Forest Hill isn't so bad of a school. Although we didn't have any pep rallies or dances to keep our school spiit, the teachers are great. They really do care about the students and their success.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 30, 2007

i love what this school has done for my son. he went from failing the states FCAT year after year to neerly getting a perfect score after transfering to forest hill
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2006

This school is sooo awsome I am not a parent of one of the students yet but an actual student that went here. I love this school although there have many changes this school will forever be my school! great and wonderful memories - karina
—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.

527 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
35%
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.

482 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

492 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
83%
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.

444 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "C".
  • 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 "C".

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.

424 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
33%
Biology I

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

434 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%
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
Hispanic 64%
Black 17%
White 15%
Two or more races 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 188%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 212%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 69%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%73%61%
Master's degree 32%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%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 11%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. MARY STRATOS
Fax number
  • (561) 540-2440

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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6901 Parker Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
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Phone: (561) 540-2400

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