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School Culture: Pompano Beach High School

Pompano Beach is a school where, in the words of then-principal David Gordon, “It’s okay to be smarter.” Principal Gordon, magnet coordinator Bill Bankowski, and students and teachers describe some of the practices that make this relatively small (1260 students) high school the one where top colleges and universities come to recruit scholars and scientists. A strong culture of safety and rigorous academics attract ambitious students who thrive in a supportive learning environment that offers four two-hour classes each semester, permitting deep explorations of subject matter. Read the transcript of “School Culture.” Return to the general introduction to Pompano Beach High School.

Contact Information

Pompano Beach High School
600 NE 13th Avenue
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
(754) 322-2000 Fax: (754) 322-2130

Student Demographics
2009-2010 Academic Year

Demographic Feature Data
Number of Students 9-12 1260
Students eligible for subsidized meals 31%
Limited English proficient students  0%
Students receiving special education services 10%
White students 54%
African American students 26%
Hispanic students 14%
Asian students  4%
Students of two or more races 2%
Average teacher turnover, last 4 years  6%
Student:Teacher ratio 25:1

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