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Old 12-04-2011, 11:05 PM
 
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Hi,

I was wondering what high schools would be better for my sibling to go? I have a sister in high school & we are looking at schools in both Ft. Pierce & St. Lucie.

Does anyone know anything about "Ft. Pierce Central High School?" Good school, environment, teachers?

Thanks!
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:14 PM
 
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As a school board employee I would not send my child to any st. lucie county schools. Period.
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Old 09-22-2012, 03:25 PM
 
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Can you expound on why you would NOT send your child to a PSL school?
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Old 09-23-2012, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Since I graduated in '89 I hope the school system has changed by then. I attended Garden City when PSL kids were bussed all the way there in the early 80s, PSL Elementary, Floresta (the first year it opened), Dan McCarty (PSL had no middle schools then), and Central & Westwood (again, no high school in PSL until my graduation year). When I had my children in the 90s I knew I would never send them to schools in that area- in fact we moved because I didn't wish for them the same childhood I had between the schools and lack of things to do and culture for youth.

When I was in high school I had three different subjects that were taught by coaches. The coaches had to be teachers then, and this was a huge mistake on behalf of the school board. The coaches could care less about their classes and we learned nothing! We were allowed to use books for exams in one class, given the answers to test by another, and in another the teacher just said we did the test when all we did was show up and play cards.
My biology teacher in high school couldn't control the class at all. One day she threw holy water on us and told us we would all burn in hell. An English teacher I had was so old that she must have been partially deaf or just playing dumb because one of the kids would mimic the sound of the bell going off about ten minutes prior to class ending and we would all get up and walk out.

In middle school I had a well respected teacher (by his peers) throw a globe at a student's head. In one of my HS PE classes we were allowed to sit and talk and get an A a long as we dressed out for the day. In another PE class we would get an F if we didn't take a shower.

Like I said, I hope times have changed since then but SLC pays some of the lowest wages in the state for teachers and attracts some of the lowest quality teachers. I can count on my hand how many teachers gave me a positive experience from elementary to high school- 4. My husband had similar experiences. I know there are some good teachers but they are far and few in between. And for the record, all my core subjects were honors classes and they did nothing to prepare me for college.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:51 AM
 
Location: Port St. Lucie, FL
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Well, That was an interesting memory from over 23 years ago. It would be useful to read some current information. Comments from a current student or the parent of a current student could be enlightening.
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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Well, That was an interesting memory from over 23 years ago. It would be useful to read some current information. Comments from a current student or the parent of a current student could be enlightening.
Which is why I said I moved so my children wouldn't have the same experience and added that I hope things would have changed by then. Unfortunately though SLC still pays teachers some of the lowest wages in the state which doesn't make an incentive to lure good new teachers. Many of the current teachers grew up there, went to school, and then came back to be close to family which is why they would choose to work there. Others may not have been able to get a job elsewhere. I do have two family members who currently teach in SLC and according to them, the issues with the schools aren't the teachers, but the students. YMMV.
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