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J. P. Taravella High School

Public | 9-12 | 3060 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
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Posted April 6, 2007

My older children attended Taravella and over the past 10 years, unfortunately the academic and social environment as drastically declined. Unfortunate this was once an A school. Ask 1 question to the guidance dept to determine this schools rating. How many seniors go to 4 year college?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2006

This school has potential to be a great school. What it sorely lacks is communication with parents and good leadership. Seems like the school is only interested in obtaining a football stadium and promoting their drama club (which is spectacular). Not a bad place, but needs improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2006

I have not only been a student, but am now a faculty member, and will soon be a parent at this great school. Yes it has changed over the last 25 years, but for the better. The quality of faculty members at JPT is second to none.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 4, 2006

its a wonderful school. I have 3 children whom i switched from private school, and found similar curiculum and school environment. All teachers are very well educated and make the fullest of efforts to teach the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

Great school, graduated 2003... B+
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 8, 2006

The academic programs are adaquate and the band and drama departments are great they are taken to the limit by experianced music teachers and students as for parent involvment there are PTA and also letters and notices sent home monthly
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2005

I've had three children attend this school. Once it was an A rated school. It is now rated B and is overcrowded and not the school it once strived to be. The experience has been disappointing, even though my children have been excellent students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2005

Excellent school. They are very supportive of parental involvement. Good activities program and a good academic program. Safe school with very little behavioral problems. My son is very happy there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2005

This school is one of the best high schools ever. Its academics are pretty high and the kids feel safe. Its band program is the best in south Florida. Parents get involved a lot as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 19, 2005

great teachers, good AP program, extremely overcrowded
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2005

My daughther is currently attending this high school and she loves it. She tells me that she feels safe and at home. The teachers are caring and dont judge the student for they know.they help them take the right desicion when it comes to that particular student's high school career. This high school was recommended to me by my best-friend and it was the perfect sugestion since i was looking for a high school that helped my girl's knowledge to grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2005

The school in general seems good in academic programs, however, there is a very inconsistent disciplinary situation. Ap's don't seem to agree in what the standard disciplinary action is and this leads to a lot of confusion between parents, teacher and child. Some students even want to see the AP because they know they will get away with something. Parent and teachers then get blamed for whatever the problem is. This needs to be corrected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

All three of my children attend Taravella. We are totally happy with the school staff, teachers, coaches and the quality of teaching. I would recommend this school to anyone. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2003

moved from tamarac to coral springs so son could attend taravella....he begins his junior year and it is EVERYTHING i heard it was....great kids.....safe, great learning environment!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

793 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

710 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

691 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
91%
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.

771 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "A".
  • 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 "B".

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.

525 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
56%
Biology I

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

638 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

520 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 37%
Hispanic 30%
Black 27%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 4%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 88%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 54%53%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%2%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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10600 Riverside Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33071
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