Monarch High School (Florida)

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Coordinates: 26°17′05″N 80°11′35″W / 26.28464°N 80.19317°W / 26.28464; -80.19317

Monarch High School
Monarch High Shield.JPG
5050 Wiles Road
Coconut Creek, Florida 33073
Type Public high school
Motto "Home of the Knights"
Opened August 25, 2003 (2003-08-25)
School district Broward County Public Schools
NCES District ID 1200180
CEEB code 100328
NCES School ID 120018004050
Principal James Neer
Staff 175+
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,267 [1] (2013)
Number of students 1200+
Color(s) Black, red, and silver
Mascot Knights
Information (754) 321–1400

Monarch High School (MHS) is a public high school located in Coconut Creek, Florida. Monarch is a part of the Broward County Public Schools system, and serves neighborhoods in Deerfield Beach, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, and Pompano Beach.

Monarch had an FCAT school grade of "C" for the 2015-2016 academic year.[2]


The pair of buildings that make up the school were designed by the Miami architectural firm Zyscovitch on a design and build basis. Building four, which houses the gym, cafeteria, and numerous classrooms, has the ability to be utilized as a hurricane shelter if necessary. The campus is also designed to enable community use of the facilities when not being used by the school.[3]

During the school's third academic year, an additional building, Building 5, was constructed to relieve "critical overcrowding" and meet class size requirements. The school also has houses a number of portable classrooms. Currently MHS is trying to raise funds to build a football stadium on campus.[citation needed]

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Excalibur Program[edit]

Monarch High School offers the Excalibur Program, an integrated and accelerated curriculum for talented students at Monarch. The program offers a rigorous curriculum consisting of high caliber classes, including those of the Honors and AP level. Throughout the students' participation in the program, their inclusion depends upon GPA and test scores.[4]


The school offers a large array of academic courses. The core academics include math, social studies, science, and English. There are many extra clubs and activities at the school, including (but not limited to) Drama Club, a wide variety of sports, a marching band, jazz band, concert band, drumline, indoor percussion, color guard, chamber orchestra, full orchestra, Debate Team, chorus, arts, cooking, step team, cheerleading, foreign language clubs, journalism club, flag football, multicultural society, an Environmental Club, Mu Alpha Theta, DECA, Key Club, National Honor Society (NHS) and JROTC. Advanced Placement classes are offered also.

Monarch students presently attend school from 7:40 AM to 2:40 PM, Monday through Friday on Block schedule. The current schedule requires students to attend four classes out of eight each day and a 40-minute lunch period each day with a eight-minute passing period between each class.

The school has an online gradebook which allows students to check their grades from any computer connected to the internet. Other information, such as absences and missing assignments, can also be viewed.

2015 Academic Indicators

College Readiness Index 22.6

Mathematics Proficiency 2.7

Reading Proficiency 2.8

Student-Teacher Ratio 24:1

Test Scores[5][edit]

U.S. News calculates these values based on student performance on state exit exams and internationally available exams on college-level course work (AP®/IB exams).

Proficient in Reading 56%
Proficient in Mathematics 55%
College Readiness Index 22.6

Subject Proficiency Testing[edit]

Student exit exams receive grades among multiple proficiency levels established by the state. These figures display how the school as a whole performed in different subjects.

Discipline School District State Mathematics 2.7 2.6 2.6
Reading 2.8 2.5 2.5

Reading Proficiency Distribution[edit]

Reading proficiency is determined by student results on the school's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or End-of-Course Assessments.

Below Basic 13%
Basic 31%
Proficient-Level 3 27%
Advanced-Level 4 23%
Advanced-Level 5 7%

Mathematics Proficiency Distribution[edit]

Mathematics proficiency is determined by student results on the school's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test or End-of-Course Assessments tests.

Below Basic 15%
Basic 31%
Proficient-Level 3 35%
Advanced-Level 4 16%
Advanced-Level 5 4%

Overall Student Performance[edit]

This measures overall student performance on state exams. The calculations by U.S. News were the first of two steps in determining which schools received at least a bronze medal.

State Test Performance Index 85.4
Gap Between Actual and Expected Performance Index 2.4

Disadvantaged Student Performance[edit]

This measures the proficiency on state exams among typically underperforming subgroups. The calculations by U.S. News were the second of two steps in determining which schools received at least a bronze medal.

Percentage of Disadvantaged Students Who Are Proficient 49.4%
Percentage of Non-Disadvantaged Students Who Are Proficient 58.8%
Gap Between Disadvantaged and Non-Disadvantaged Students -9.4
Gap Between School and State Among Disadvantaged Students 5.7

College-Ready Student Performance[edit]

High school students take AP® and IB exams to earn college credit and demonstrate success at college-level course work. U.S. News calculated a College Readiness Index based on exam participation rates and percentages of students passing at least one exam. The index determined which types of medals (gold, silver or bronze) were awarded to top-performing schools.

College Readiness Index 22.6
Exam Used for Index AP®

Advanced Placement® (AP®) Student Performance[edit]

Many U.S. higher educational institutions grant credits or advanced placement based on student performance on AP® exams. This shows this school's student participation and performance on these exams if data were available.

Participation Rate 36%
Participant Passing Rate 51%
Exams Per Test Taker 3.7
Exam Pass Rate 30%
Quality-Adjusted Participation Rate 18%
Quality-Adjusted Exams Per Test Passer 1.1

Data are based on the 2012-2013 school year.

AP® and Advanced Placement® are registered trademarks of the College Board. Used with permission.

International Baccalaureate (IB) data provided by International Baccalaureate of North America. Used with permission.

Student Body[6][edit]


These details on the school's student body are based on data reported to the government.

Total Enrollment 2,255
9th Grade 574 Students
10th Grade 610 Students
11th Grade 543 Students
12th Grade 528 Students

Student Diversity[edit]

This is the breakdown of ethnicity and gender of a school's student body, based on data reported to the government.


Total Minority Enrollment (% of total) 60%
American Indian/Alaskan Native Enrollment (% of total) 0.2%
Asian Enrollment (% of total) 5%
Black Enrollment (% of total) 19%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander (% of total) 0.04%
Hispanic Enrollment (% of total) 33%
White Enrollment (% of total) 40%
Two or More Races Enrollment (% of total) 3%


Male (% of total) 52%
Female (% of total) 48%

Economically Disadvantaged Students[edit]

These are the percentages of the school's students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, based on data reported to the government.

Free Lunch Program (% of total) 34%
Reduced-Price Lunch Program (% of total) 11%
Total Economically Disadvantaged (% of total) 45%

Data are based on the 2012-2013 school year.

AP® and Advanced Placement® are registered trademarks of the College Board.

Digital Learning Environment[edit]

At the beginning of the Digital Learning Environment program, in the school's second academic year (2004–2005), students were provided with a laptop that could be taken home and brought back with them to school on a regular basis to further enhance the program. This element was withdrawn after three years because of budget cuts, the expense of computer repairs and maintenance and because of misuse, vandalism and stolen/ lost computers.[7]

Pinwheels for Peace[edit]

A program started by two teachers, Ellen McMillan and Ann Ayers at Monarch High, the Pinwheels for Peace Project invites students to create and display their pinwheels on the campus during the International Day of Peace and has been adopted internationally.[8] Groups in more than 1,500 places have planted more than half a million pinwheels throughout the world.[9]


Knights Code of Chivalry[edit]

The school emphasizes a code of conduct among students, teachers, faculty and peers dubbed the "Knights Code of Chivalry." The code was created by a student panel the year before the school opened. Plaques containing the code are present in every classroom.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Calvin Ridley (2014): American football wide receiver for the Alabama Crimson Tide (2015–present)
  • Corey Owens (2009): NASA computer scientist notable for directing the Mars Avalanche project.
  • Justin Galit (2008): Madden Gamer Widely considered one of the greatest Madden players in the world. Ranked top 100 in the world for 11 consecutive years getting to be as high as #3. Justin was diagnosed with Leukemia & Lymphoma during his senior year. The school held a school wide blood drive to support Justin in his treatment. He is currently healthy and in remission of the disease.

Shaffner Noel: Shaffner was struck and killed by lightning while leaving the field of a delayed football game in which he was participating. A memorial is setup in rememberance near the field.


  1. ^ Enrollment Counts
  2. ^ FCAT School Grades - High
  3. ^ "Monarch High School", Learning by Design 2004, American School Board Journal
  4. ^ "Exacalibur Application" (PDF). Monarch High School. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Monarch High School in COCONUT CREEK, FL | Best High Schools | US News". Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  6. ^ "Monarch High School in COCONUT CREEK, FL | Student Body | US News". Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  7. ^ "Digital Learning Environment", Monarch High School
  8. ^ "Pinwheels for Peace", Education World, August 9, 2005
  9. ^ "No place for Pinwheels for Peace", Patty McCormac, Valley News, January 9, 2006
  10. ^ "2009-2010 Course Catalog", Monarch High School, Spring 2009

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