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Florence High School

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Posted January 20, 2013

This High school needs to stick to one curriculum because it switches pretty often and now, the Honors English Freshmen are being taught things they've already learned in second grade (as an example). My brother was not going to be able to catch up with his credits, this year, because they switched from four blocks to seven period classes, so he had to take online classes, which have done him more good than the actual school. I have no doubt that we students will not at all be prepared for college. Aside from that, the school is falling apart. the back half is sliding down the hill, causing damage to the sports fields.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 24, 2011

I graduated from this school then went to a big four year university and I wasn't prepared at all. I don't think I learned hardly anything all four years here. Almost all the time here was wasted either trying to get the kids under control or doing pointless busy work that just killed time. I honestly don't think the students or teachers really take education seriously because most of these kids won't ever go on to graduate from large universities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2010

A great school if getting a high school diploma is your only goal. However, do not expect your children to be prepared to attend a four year university. Honors, IB,or AP classes are not offered, and students are not challenged by the curriculum offered, especially in the sciences. Teachers will do whatever it takes to help students graduate even if it is not merited. Overall, FHS is a great place for those who seek an easy diploma, but for those who dream bigger for themselves or their children I would suggest looking into other options. Even if it involves attending a school further away.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 25, 2010

School is only 4 yrs old and falling apart. They put rugs over the large cracks in the floors and you can see through the cracks in the walls right to the outside. There are a few exceptions but teachers dont seem to go the extra effort for the kids. Poor acedemics. Success in sports are due to talent of kids and not the quality or effectivness of the coaches. Would not recomend Florence to any family coming into the area. the scholl generally disregards parent invovlemnt except when it helps them reduce workload.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

Kids at Florence high, grow up together. So, if your moving here from a diffren town and are going to go to Florence. I recomened not going. They are very self centered around the friends that they already have, and are not easy to make friends with. Try going To The Canon City high school. Its not too far away, and they kids there are alot nicer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2008

This school is an amzing school. It's a wonderful inviroment for us to learn in. Had great teachers, trcak & field, sports programs. Beautiful campus. Lots of extra programs like welding, wood work, farm, cooking & more. Plus, it's great location makes scholling a good inviorment. With winning school teams such as our Champs The Huskies! GO BIG DOGS! The school spirit is good aswell. This is a wonderful school for anyone to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2006

Florence High School is great they go out of their way to make every students educational experience the best possible. I don't know why anyone would have anything bad to say about it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 12, 2005

my stdent has been attending fhs for 3 years, I am very pleased with the school. I think there needs to be more parent involvement. Staff need to be more parent friendly I feel if the students see more parents at the school the better academically the students will be. Students don't let parents in on a lot of school functions, so the staff needs to do this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2004

I have no idea why people would say anything bad about Florence High School. It is a great school! All the teachers would do anything academically to help the students pass a class and graduate.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2003

I think that this school is a very good school. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking to send their students to a small, close-nit school. Most of the teachers are great and really work with the students.


Posted August 26, 2003

I think that this is the best High School for kids in this day and age. It is small and therefore allows a lot of teacher interaction. The teachers put the students first and are willing to go extra distances to help a student succeed. The principal and staff go out of their way to create a successful learning environment that is safe and fun. I applaud Florence High.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 30, 2003

The teachers are not good with the students at all. The principle is very inconsiderate. The teachers definatly do not treat the students with the proper respect. I would not reccomend this high school to anyone.


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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26%

2012

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
35%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
19%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
41%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students26%
Female22%
Male30%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)23%
Free lunch eligible23%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch25%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities28%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English26%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant26%

Reading

All Students68%
Female76%
Male59%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Writing

All Students44%
Female52%
Male35%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)41%
Free lunch eligible40%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities49%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant44%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students18%
Female17%
Male18%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)17%
Free lunch eligible8%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch24%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities20%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English18%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant18%

Reading

All Students68%
Female79%
Male55%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Free lunch eligible56%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant68%

Science

All Students39%
Female39%
Male39%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)35%
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English39%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant39%

Writing

All Students37%
Female49%
Male23%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)37%
Free lunch eligible26%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities42%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English37%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant37%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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52%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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ACT participation

86%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

83%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 56%
Hispanic 11% 32%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2006 State Hwy 67
Florence, CO 81226
Phone: (719) 784-6414

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