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Clearwater High School

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Posted August 18, 2014

I currently go to this school and I can say this is a terrible school. Last year was the worst, not only is our principal and APs the inconsiderate, disorganization group of people I've ever met. But that expect more out of the student than possible, like trying to pull a diamond out of a rock. Not only is this school dirty, and unsafe if a real lock down would accur ( the front gates can't really be lock and the most easiest thing to break into) but it's disgusting. Last year there was a sudden and game changing rule that was given to us the day before our second semster exams. The rule was if we didn't as a freshman, sophomore, junior have the approximate amont of credits (freshman should pass with 7 credits) we would be retain. As most know we receive half of our credits during first semester exams and the people who didn't pass a exam would be retain. That bomb they drop on our shoulders a day before some of us took our EOCs was completely, and utterly uncalled for and could of waited until next year. They didn't give hints, or any regards towards that matter, and completely drop it on us suddenly. I absolutely hate that school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2014

I was recently a substitute teacher at this school. The majority of the kids in each class were good, but the terrible ones ruined it. When I talked to a regular teacher about discipline she told me not to bother calling the office unless there was a fight in class. There were constantly students roaming the halls and attempting to come into my classroom to visit their friends. On occasion I saw an administrator roaming the halls but this seemed ineffective as I had to expel students trying to enter during every one of my seven periods. After my most horrendous period of the day, I was able to talk with one of the well behaved students. He informed me that the class was always this way. The regular teacher yells at the group of 4-5 guys who are extremely disrespectful and disruptive, but they don't behave much better for him. The amount of profanity, racial slurs, misogynistic and sexual language I was exposed to made me sick. I feel bad for the majority of the kids at this school who have to try and learn in this toxic environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 26, 2013

It is amazing to me how people can tear down a school because of the physical plant that administration and faculty have NO control over. Clearwater High and its staff are head and shoulders over so many other programs. They offer each student and their family so many academic choices fitted to their needs. Unfortunately CHS has a very mobile student body and county and state records cannot follow when students leave (for what ever purpose). The actual graduation/success rate of CHS is far higher than 74% it is just that so many students/families leave and disappear from record. The program/academic choices available here is outstanding. The administrative team pays individual attention to the students and can call most students by name walking down the halls. Academics, arts and athletics work very good together at CHS. ESOL and other programs identify and nuture students with needs. FCAT needs are addressed on all levels of subject testing. As a former student and educator of CHS I am pleased with the continual improvement being carried out. Community/business support is still strong for CHS. "Good ole CHS" is strong. Two astronauts from one school...next?


Posted December 6, 2012

My daughter is a senior, this year, and has been enrolled in the CAICC program since becoming a student at CHS in 9th grade. I have been continuously impressed by the effort put forth by most of the faculty, and the administration, during her time there. Most, not all, of the honors and AP classes have been challenging. She has been accepted, so far, by every college she has applied to. I see where there are comments about the condition of the school and new dress code. I applaud the administration for trying something different, (dress code this year and implementing the Kindle program 2 years ago). Time will tell if they were the correct decisions, but at least there was an attempt to buck the status quo, which doesn't seem to be working in most of Pinellas County's other high schools. If the physical condition of the school concerns someone, talk to the School Board and the PC Administration, they're ultimately responsible, not the individual schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

As an involved parent of an honor student I am beyond disgusted with this school. It is a dump physically, it is literally falling apart. The dress code is a pathetic attempt at trying to control the bad students by harassing the good ones. The guidance counselors are a joke. They do nothing!!! Tornadoes is an appropriate mascot for CHS, it certainly is a disaster.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

My daughter attends this school and is a freshman. She is in the CAICC (International Finance Program). I think it's a great school and great program. The discipline policy is strict. The Principal and staff all work very hard. Parental involvement is outstanding. Academically, it's a great school, it even produced two NASA astronauts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2011

I LOVE I RATED THE SCOOL A 5 STAR SCHOOL! i RECOMMENCED PEOPLE AND STUFF..
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2010

My daughter graduated from Clearwater and received a wonderful education. I was always involved and feel she put much effort into her Education She received Bright Futures and also did the early college program She graduated college with two BA and a minor I believe you get what you put into it. Discipline has been a problem for years and that begins at home you can not blame our teachers for that If parents can't control their children how do you expect our schools to So lets go back to teaching our children respect values and morals Clearwater is an excellent school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

I am an attending student of Clearwater High school, and I think middle school was more challenging. I was trying so hard to get honor roll in middle school, but effortlessly I am getting straight A's here, in honors and AP classes. I don't think it is because the teachers are amazing at what they do, some of them are, but most of the teachers just can't gain control of the students, even in the CAICC program, which is supposed to be for honors students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

I graduated from there and know how hard all the teachers, etc. work to provide a balanced education


Posted July 15, 2009

Amazing school! The administration really cares about the kids! The teachers really work hard!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

I dont like this school too much. It has great programs but the way the school looks and how it's run doesnt seems to help my daughter be the best she can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

Clearwater High has outstanding AP programs, CAICC attractor program for business & Microsoft. A proven award winning drama program and great new instrumental band & orchestra direction. The MJROTC program has excellent leadership & annually wins state and local awards. The new principal is a CHS grad and has his heart in Clearwater and bringing new ideas and programs to CHS. CHS provides an expanded and diverse opportunity of clubs, sports and other programs in which any student can participate. Faculty members are caring and like working in their environment with this principal and their students. CHS is a 'Red Carpet' and '5 Star' school. We are proud of our Clearwater High.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 19, 2007

My son excels at CHS, and has had many excellent and dedicated teachers. He is involved in AP and honors classes, sports, and clubs. I can't even express how much we think of Mr. Mastorides. He is 'a breath of fresh air'. We are soooo fortunate this alumni came back to CHS to lead this great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2006

I think Clearwater High School is a great school and is in a great location!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

My child feels many of the teachers don't challenge the students enough. If a teacher assigns work that is thought to be too difficult by the class the teacher might change it. Many of the teachers can't gain control of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2005

Good School. Average at best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2005

So far we are extremely pleased with Clearwater High. We have enjoyed volunteering there as well and the Volunteer Coordinator is excellent at her job. We look forward to our other children receiving their education from Clearwater High as well. The only problem we have encountered is incorrect grades and averages on report cards; however, they always get corrected in a timely fashion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2005

The teachers are concerned with the students make themselves available to the students if they have any concerns.
—Submitted by a teacher


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

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

438 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
43%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

475 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

466 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
83%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

483 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

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

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 66% in 2014.

352 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
33%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

449 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
60%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

367 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
58%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

376 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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 50%
Hispanic 26%
Black 18%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 127%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 25%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 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 76%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Kennedy Middle
Oak Grove Middle
Safety harbor Middle
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Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 53%60%61%
Master's degree 46%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Merit Scholar (2007)
  • Five Star School Award (2007)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:05 am
School end time
  • 1:35 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MR. KEITH M MASTORIDES
Fax number
  • (727) 469-5981

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Parents serve on the school advisory council and parent teacher association multiple business partnerships with the community
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • Centers of Excellence will be Career Academy for Culture and Commerce Mass Media Program Materials and Processes Technology
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Students typically come from these schools
Kennedy Middle
Oak Grove Middle
Safety harbor Middle

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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
St. Petersburg College
University of South Florida
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540 South Hercules Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33764
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