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Hernando High School

Public | PK, 6 | 1289 students


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Posted October 9, 2012


Posted June 13, 2012

I went to this high school and graduated in 96. I am now, after a lot of starts and stops, going to college full time at Arizona State University. My time at HHS, and in the ROTC program in particular, really helped me build the self confidence, discipline, and life long friends that have helped me in life since i graduated. No, the school isn't perfect. But is any school? I loved my time here and I think any student who tries their best, put themselves out there, and doesn't cause trouble will enjoy their time at HHS as well. Class of 96!!!

Posted August 28, 2011

I am currently a junior at HHS. I am on the swim team, I play soccer, and I play tennis. Hernando is a interesting and diverse school bursting with opportunities in every area. However, you (the student) must be willing to strive for excellence! This means: being respectful to yourself and others, challenging yourself, and giving each class your best effort. Communication also plays a key role at this school; especially with the guidance counselors and teachers. Switching classes is no easy task - especially at the beginning of the school year! Guidance is SWAMPED! So, make sure the proper procedures are carried out. Also, be aware that Virtual School is available if a specific class is not available on campus. I especially recommend switching to Virtual English classes!!! The Normal English classes are teaching subjects which should have been taught in middle school - and definitely mastered by or before freshman year of high school! Overall, I am very satisfied with my education at HHS, and I am looking forward to graduating in 2014. If I were a parent I would probably have no problem sending my child to HHS. Campus life is pretty lax, and it's possible to learn AND have fun too.

Posted January 14, 2011

My child is a sophmore at Hernando High School and I was very cautious about sending him to this school. A lot of people in Hernando County told me not to send my child to Hernando High School. I was told the school is segregated and still has a 1960s menality regarding race relations. I'm glad I sent my son here because he has met some great friends and the staff at this school is great. Sure there is some self segregation going on but that does not bother me at all. The black kids don't bother the whites and the white kids don't bother the black kids. Everyone seems to get along. Hernando High School may be self segregated but it works!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 19, 2010

This school has offered my daughter several acedemic opportunities that otherwise she would not have. She is excelling and I am so proud of her.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 5, 2008

i went to hernando high for 3yrs freshman thru junior year and then ended up moving for my senior year. but all in all hernando has been the best school i have ever been to, i would have loved to have graduated fron that school. The staff and students are wonderful and nice.
—Submitted by a student

Posted June 30, 2008

I am an alumni from this school, and I would have to say, that this school is good. It may not be the top in the county, but it's good. The teachers, and friends that I've met and have made while I was going to this school are all cool, and the same as everyone else. Not everyone that comes from Hernando High School is Stupid. A lot of people that i personally know have went on to Major Universitys. Quit judging this school and the students becasuse it's not right. We are all the same on the inside. We scream, when we are angry, we laugh when we are happy, and we cry when we feel pain and sorrow. And all of us makes mistakes each and every day, but we learn from the mistakes that we make. so stop the non sense judging
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 29, 2008

I sincerely doubt that many students from this school went on to colleges in the Ivy League. The young man that posted earlier is perhaps the lone student to actually leave the state from his graduating class to attend a top tier college. Many student's simply lack the drive to leave the area due to family constraints. A girl with a 4.0 gpa went on to attend USF, which arguably is the sixth or seventh best college in Florida. Shouldn't students be lead towards bigger and better things rather than be steered towards mediocre colleges simply because they are safe?
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Posted February 15, 2008

To be blunt this school is a mess. No doubt there are good students in the school, and good teachers, but the one must review SES of Brooksville to understand this school's failures. Many students, particularly those in older grades, have been pushed through the system in Hernando county with little to no demand for improvement, and as a result you have a large number of students that do not want to work and by and large don't care about or respect their teachers in anyway. While there are excellent teachers in the system, they have become so disenfranchised due to the poor leadership, namely the inept skills brought by Betty Harper. They plug teachers with no experience into classrooms with little support because administration is kept far too busy attempting to handle the myriad of discipline problems at the school.

Posted December 23, 2007

I went to this school for the last two years of my high school education. This was the worst school anyone could be sent to. The faculty gave little to no help with trying to further your education beyond high school. The majority of the teachers were horrible.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 12, 2007

I graduated from Hernando High School in 1974 and went on to complete a PhD. My son is currently enrolled in Hernando High School. The faculty and staff have been very professional and have encouraged him to excell. My hat is off to the faculty and staff! Patricia Holley, PhD
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 3, 2007

I totally disagree with most of the other reviews posted here. I graduated from this school last year and am currently attending an Ivy League university for my post secondary education. Albeit, Hernando High School is slightly behind in academics when it is compared to the newer schools but they make up for this in the quality of their students and staff. My teachers were wonderful people who motivated me reach for goals and to fulfill all of my potential. With each passing year HHS's standards are being raised. I believe that what one receives from their education is equivalent to what they are willing to put into it. This school offers every opportunity that is needed to succeed, all one has to do is strive for it.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted December 4, 2006

Maybe instead of blaming the teachers the parents should take a look at themselves. These students were problems way before they got to high school. make the parents come to school with the kids and make them behave. These bad children make it almost impossible for the ones who want to learn to succeed.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted June 8, 2006

this is a very poor run school. The principal has no clue, being that she used to be a social worker before becomming a principal. No Clue about the kids or even the teachers that work for her. As for the kids, they are not motivated to go to college. I was amazed how disrespectful the kids were at graduation and how poorly run it was.
—Submitted by a teacher

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The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.









The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.








Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests

In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "D".

About the tests

Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.






Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.



The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.


Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 77%
Black 10%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 2%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 162%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 22%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 3%N/A2%
Graduation rate 68%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 62%64%61%
Master's degree 31%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%1%1%
Other degree 6%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 16%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Brooksville, FL 34601
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