Florida Ocean Sciences Institute is located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and is one of 320 schools in Broward School District. It is a alt. school that serves 68 students in grades 6-12.
Alternative schools are public schools that offer nontraditional education for students whose needs cannot be met in a regular, special education, or vocational school. While alternative schools are distinct from regular, special education, and vocational schools in their teaching approach or classroom environment, they can provide similar services and/or curriculum for students. Alternative schools include schools for potential dropouts, residential treatment centers for substance abuse, schools for chronic truants, and schools for students with behavioral problems.
Florida Ocean Sciences Institute did not make AYP in 2010. Under No Child Left Behind, a school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if it achieves the minimum levels of improvement determined by the state of Florida in terms of student performance and other accountability measures. See Florida Ocean Sciences Institute's test results to learn more about school performance.more
Don Walker: I went to this school back in the early 90's. this school was the best thing that happened to me at age 15. I learned alot of great things from this school and its counselers, I had a choice to continue on the path I was heading or buckle down and take responsiblity for my own life. So I chose to take the responsible path and glad I did, Friends I had at that age are either in jail or worse, At F.O.S.I we were taught and taught properly, we were given respect as long as we gave respect. I also learned alot about nautical from the numerous boat trips we took, got my open water divers certifcation, first aid certifcation, cpr certifcation and most importantly my GED!! graduated this school with high honors and a small scholorship to BCC. F.O.S.I is by far the best alternative school in broward county. Mr. Lee That name sounds familiar. Any chance you were still teaching in 1992?
Larry Lee: F.O.S.I (Florida Ocean Sciences Institute) in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is the best alternative to public school I have experienced. I taught at F.O.S.I. in the 80s and developed a computer lab for teaching G.E.D. skills (so I know first hand).
The school uses an alternative medium (water, the ocean) to motivate and teach students. Instead of classroom, classroom, classroom all day long, the students learn life saving skills, artificial resuscitation, CPR, swimming, canoeing, snorkeling, scuba diving (Certified), seamanship and the usual 3 R’s.
Many of the students earn a G.E.D. and go back to public school, or on to higher education. But, whatever they do, they do it much differently from when they first arrived at F.O.S.I. In just one week you can notice the big difference the school environment makes in the students. Their attitude toward their friends, their family—the world! Really shows.
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on Aug 13, 2009
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In 2011, Florida Ocean Sciences Institute had 96% of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch programs. Florida had 56% of eligible students for free or reduced price lunch programs. Eligibility for the National School Lunch Program is based on family income levels.
The Broward spends $9,234 per pupil in current expenditures. The district spends 61% on instruction, 35% on support services, 4% on other elementary and secondary expenditures. More about Broward District