The campus tries to maintain an average of 600 pupils in the school at one time, about 150 students per grade. These students are picked out of a lottery after they have met the requirements to get in to the school. Certain requirements include a GPA of at least 2.5 and an FCAT score of a Level 3 or higher. McFatter has an FCAT school grade of "A" for the 2009-2010 academic year.
The school began as a Vocational center for adults, later expanding to combine a full school high school magnet program focusing on college preparation and vocational training. In 2006 the school was honored as Florida's model high school. It was also named a New Millennium High School, being only one of twenty in the state of Florida. The School Board of Broward County has rated the school as an "A" for the last six years. The whole high school program has been running in a total for seven years, and is located near Broward College and Alvin T. Sherman Library. Recently the school has won the Blue Ribbon Award. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private schools based on one of two criteria: 1) Schools whose students, regardless of background, achieve in the top 10 percent of their state on state tests or in the case of private schools in the top 10 percent of the nation on... Read More