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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
William T. Dwyer High School is a highly rated, public school located in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. It has 2,227 students in grades PK, 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 55% in reading.

William T. Dwyer High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1150
437 responses
Average ACT
25
209 responses
AP Enrollment
17%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$77,864
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,547
National
$949
Median Home Value
$334,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.64 responses
Poll
72%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.64 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 190 responses
Report
  • Football games
    21%
  • Late start days
    19%
  • Prom
    18%
  • Homecoming activities
    17%
  • "Spirit week" was so cheesy, it wasn't enjoyable.
    7%
  • Pep Rallies were cool
    7%
  • NOTHING WAS REALLY FUN UNLESS YOU ARE POPULAR
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,227
Free or Reduced Lunch
45%
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.68 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.68 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.68 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$42,624
Teachers in First/Second Year
5%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.93 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.93 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.93 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$10,451/ year
National
$12,239
80%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.80 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.80 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.80 responses
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William T. Dwyer High School Reviews

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I attended William T. Dwyer High School from 2012 and graduated in 2016. The school itself provides a good environment for students as well as teachers. There were lots of extracurricular activities performed at the school the gave students the opportunity to enjoy themselves and learn new things. I had some of the best teachers there that not only helped me with my schoolwork, but also gave me some valuable advice for my education after high school. However, the administration at the school could have been better. I personally feel that they were too harsh on little stuff like wearing ripped jeans or not wearing school colors. Additionally, the lunch provided at the school could be better and maybe even healthier... Besides that my overall experience was very good!
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I had two children attending this school. My oldest daughter graduated in 2011 and my youngest will graduate in 2020. I believe WTD provided many academic, athletic, and social opportunities for both of my girls. The magnet Finance Academy program one of several model programs established by Sandford Weill, Chairman of Citigroup, as partnership between business leaders and educators. My oldest, joined schools chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), focusing on learning about parliamentary procedures. She successfully competed in District and State level FBLA events. This exposure helped her to graduate from top 3 universities within the chosen field and secure a successful career. My youngest, participated in FL Power & Light/NextEra Solar Farm Feasibility competition winning $10,000 chancellorship. Great sports programs.
Overall, this school is decent. Though the facilities are terrible and the building is old, if you're in a program such as the IB you can find somewhat challenging and rigorous academics; otherwise the regular classes are extremely easy. French and Spanish are offered in terms of languages. Compared to many other schools around the country and even state, Dwyer starts early at 7:30, requiring most students to wake up at around 6 or so but ends at 2:40. There are only a few after school clubs at this school of which most do not have large numbers of members. Lunch offered is terrible and there are few choices. Teachers are generally friendly and knowledgeable. As for college readiness, Dwyer, in my opinion, does little to prepare you for college and guide you on what career path interests you compared to the other two high schools I've attended (different state).