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Royal Palm Beach High School

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Posted July 3, 2014

I think Royal Palm Beach is an okay school. Its basically like any other school in Palm Beach County. Typical fights, arguments between teachers and students, and teachers gossiping about students. Same old, same old. However, Royal Palm does provide great programs: AVID, Medical, STEM, A/C and so on. Programs that will help you get ready for the real thing. Principal Armas can be a little rude at times but I don't blame the guy. Some of the students can be really hardheaded. Royal Palm also has some great activities to keep the students occupied which is really great. Some of the teachers are really supportive and want whats best for their students; something I admire about Royal Palm. When it comes to substitues, Royal Palm has the worse. Not only do they lose your work but make up these lies to they can get away scot-free. Students planning on coming here, PLEASE don't leave your work with subs because all of your hard work will go down the drain faster than you can blink. Royal Palm needs to enforce their rules in a way where students will be able to follow them. Royal Palm can be a great school one student at a time :) 10th grader | 2014 - 2015
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2014

School is horrible, bullying is a major problem and teachers and administion do not discipline at all which makes the problem worse. Theft is a major problem. my child had 2 cellphones stolen this year nothing done. Fights are also a major problem as well. this has been the worst school year at this nightmare of a school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2014

This school is terrible. The teachers don't care about the students at all, they hardly teach and the administrators don't handle any bullying situations. I went throughout the entire 2nd semester getting death threats where the school police were even concerned about this, but they still didn't do anything about the situation. Then I got attacked by somebody I don't even know, and the assistant principle tried lying to my parents saying that I started the fight, until someone sent my parents a video showing I didn't do anything wrong. Save yourself the time and find a different school, because Royal Palm cares more about whether or not you're wearing leggings than if you're getting an education. They'll send you to ATS all day instead of letting you go to class, over the SMALLEST things. This is a terrible school don't go here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2013

This is my first year at royal palm after transferring from home school, i was really upset when they said i have to go to this school after all the bad things i'd heard about it. But now that i've been going here for a while i actually really like it. i haven't had any problems with any students since starting here, and most of my teachers have been amazing. One bad thing about my school though is it's lack of enforcement. Though we are meant to wear uniform, most people don't, and nothing is said about it. it is very easy to skip classes, most kids just walk around the courtyard and nobody says anything. my mom has had problems getting help from the office on many occasions, the service is not very good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2013

I went to Royal Palm for two years, but then left due to a bullying problem. The teachers at the school (at least the one's I had) seemed to care about my dilemma and tried to help me get through it. However the administrations only cared to engage in the conflict (which they did not resolve) to make sure that i would keep my grades up. Even when the situation got dire, they only seemed to care about my grades, and how it would affect the school image. Even when I left, they kept me enrolled as a student (which increased the number of students enrolled) so that they would get more funding from the school district. The students there are terrible, and lack any kind of empathy or remorse. Skipping is a huge issue as well. If you are the parent of a child who is getting bullied, do not allow them to go here, the situation will be worse. Instead, take them out of school and put them into FLVS full time. It is a great online school, with helpful teachers who have helped me to get my grades up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2012

I have visited Royal Palm Beach High School twice. On both occasions I observed way too many students in the halls after the bell. Teachers were not outside their doors between classes. My grandson reports widespread class skipping and abuse of the restroom hall pass. I have been told by parents the the school is improving. Please continue with increased vigilance.


Posted December 6, 2012

My daughter is a Junior in the Excelsior and Medical Program the school work is difficult but worth the challenge. I am aware this is not a perfect school and perhaps not all the teachers are the best. We have had good communication with all of my daughter's teachers.It is all about how much your child wants to invest in their education. I highly recommend one of the Academies or In House Program for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

Royal Palm beach High school is a terrible school. The teachers and other faculty that work there are rude to the students, and show no compassion towards anyone. The principle has no idea how to run the school. Although he's made a noticeable change in how it was before, it's still not where it should be compared to other excelling schools. Hundreds of kids are sent to ATS (alternative to suspension) which is a room where you're sent to sit and do absolutely nothing all day. By doing this is encourages kids to skip classes that they don't want to attend without any consequences. If you cared about the environment and education that your child is surrounded by you wouldn't even consider letting your kid go to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2012

very poor school. lot of disipline issues. half dressed young men hanging all over girls after school and no supervision correcting their behavior. principal and assistants not responsive to parent call when child was being picked on and her classes were not doing meaningful work. teacher/ coach not instructing giving out worksheets .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2012

Extremely unorganized school, especially when a substitute is needed to cover the classes. Often when there is a substitute, the rooms aren't already unlocked so students wait several minutes (sometimes even 20 minutes) before they enter the classroom. Once inside, lesson plans aren't left behind so the sub inevitably throws on a movie to try and maintain order. The same atmosphere is in several classes even when the teachers are there. It just seems they've all given up, because they can t enforce discipline with the hands off approach of the administration. Everywhere you look students can be seen with their cell phones and iPods out, not just the courtyard, but in the classroom. In turn, the students show little respect to the teachers, because they know discipline likely won t be enforced. It s actually amusing when I hear the Principal is turning things around, because as bad as things were during the reign of Garcia 7 years ago, this guy s disciplinary actions are far worse.
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Posted March 14, 2012

This school used to be a bit on the bad side but since Mr Armas (the new principle) came in the school things changed a lot and the school became better, there is a whole lot less violence and this school is really good now. to be honest it is a better school than a lot of other schools. Mr Armas is a strict guy but he is the right man for the job. He keeps everyone in line. there is great school leadership now and challenging academic programs. This school i belive is now a/b school. a very good school if not you could say it is a GREAT school now compared to how it was before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

My son is a student at RPBHS. I admit that my wife and I had serious reservations about letting our son attend, starting a freshman last year. However, after interviewing the Principal, Jesus Armas, and reviewing his background and what he has done for other troubled schools that he has turned around, we were impressed with Mr. Armas's vision and potential. As a part the the schools Excelior AP program our son has excelled and is thriving academically and socially. There is still much improvement that is needed, however with new programs being added and targeted to attract and retain higher caliber students we should see a dramatic improvement overall at this facility. If we can hang on to Mr. Armas long term, I feel RPBHS will be a highly regarded school that will be a magnet for the areas better students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2011

My daughter is a freshman this year at Royal Palm Beach High, and is just having a difficult time adjusting. She was always exited to go to school and this year the enthusiasm is just not there. First off, it's been a month since scholol started and she still doesn't have a schedule for her classes and find herself to keep asking about her schedule. She's very organized and this is just driving her crazy. I just have to keep encouraging her to stay focus on the task ahead. Most of her classes the kids are sleeping and shows no interest in their work. She came from a middle school where they had exceptional behavior, respect for their teachers and peers and it's just mind blogging to her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2011

Royal Palm Beach High School is not a safe school for students to attend. Gang member students wear there gang colors and bring weapons in to school on a daily basis. I have observed many students with guns and knives enter and exit this school with out hesitation. This school needs metal detectors and a police force to crack down on illegal activity on campus. My younger sister is currently a freshman at this school and my family is removing her from this school due to the danger. Serious changes need to be made as our students safety is in jeopardy. The school board needs to face reality and understand that metal detectors are a necessity at Royal Palm Beach High School.


Posted February 6, 2011

How my child was allowed to skip35x with out a phone call or a letter sent home with d and Fis amazing!Not a happy school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2009

This school should be rated 1 cause several of the teachers are mean, some of the Assistant Principals are mean. They are not fair, will not listen to the teens, treat them like five year old children. They are so quick to hand out detentions for little things that should not get a detention. The Principal does not know what he is doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

RPBHS has the potential of being a great school. We have a new principal this school year, and he is amazing. He has a big job in front of him. One of the biggest problems at this school is lack of continuity. We are on our 5th principal since the doors opened 10 years ago. We have a couple of career academies in place now, hopefully that will help us retain students from the RPB area who might otherwise apply to a magnet school. I see minimal parent involvement at our school. For some reason we as parents seem to abandon our children once they reach high school. Attendance at open house is dismal at best. As I said earlier, this school is on the verge of greatness, we just need more hands on support (VOLUNTEER) from our parents and the continued support of the community at large. Go Wildcats.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

I am a student here at RPBHS and I love it. The teachers are so nice and helpful. The students are so different and interesting, which makes school so much more fun. Depending on if you are in a magnet program or not, your homework load can vary. I am in the medical program and I have learned so much already. We have a new principal this new and so far he is doing an excellent job. We also have Wildcat reading, which gives us time to read thirty mins everyday. I am so glad that I came to RPBHS and I am proud of being a student here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2008

I am a student at RPBHS and absolutley love it. It is such an amazing achool with an encouarging environment. I am very involved in school because of how much I love it. My freshman year it was a little rocky, but with new administration this year we have taken a turn towrds improvement. I am confident in our new principal. He has high expectations for us which he is constantly reminding us of. He supports the students involvement in school, and promotes school spirit. He is constantly thanking all of the clubs, especially student council, for their hard work. Throughout the school day he is rarely in his ofiice. He is always seen in the courtyard at lunch and in between classes, and periodically visits some classes throughout the day. Administration enforces the dresscode policy along with all of the other policies. I am very proud be a Wildcat.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 13, 2008

To whatever anyone might say about this school, it is honestly a great school. No school is perfect, every place has its flaws. But if your choosing 2 come to rpbhs your making the right choice. Teaching skills are awesome. Theres always help whereever u need. Im a proud student of rpbhs. =]
—Submitted by a student


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Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

578 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
38%
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.

507 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

557 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
91%
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.

485 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
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 "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "D".

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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.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
23%
Biology I

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

620 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

452 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%
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
Black 39%
Hispanic 31%
White 23%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 50%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 75%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%73%61%
Master's degree 29%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 9%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JESUS ARMAS
Fax number
  • (561) 753-4015

Resources

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  • 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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Girls sports
  • Cross country

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10600 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
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