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J. P. Taravella High School

Public | 9-12 | 3060 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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Posted June 3, 2014

Don't believe the hype. We bought a home in this neighborhood because people raved about the school system. We found out that they were a good year or two behind in both Math and Science compared to our previous school system. Parents don't have the same resources as they do in other districts, and trying to break through the red tape is an exercise in futility. You can do better for your child. Much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Although J.P.Taravella High School has some amazing programs in Fine Arts (Drama, Music, Art, etc) and Business (DECA, Academy of Finance), and some outstanding teachers, we can improve in our communications with parents. So many of my fellow teachers treat parents as the enemy, when in fact, parents and teachers must work TOGETHER for the success of our students! My parents are my greatest asset in helping me teach to the best of my ability. THANK YOU JPT parents!!!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 28, 2014

So far, so good. Much better than middle school. Lots of clubs and teams for those who are interested. Diversified programs which enable the students to focus on their areas of interest and future careers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2013

Im a student and Taravella was a good school but for some reason it's getting bad and bad every year, the staff are starting to not care anymore, the students are getting rude, and the teachers don't teach how they use to teach. It's just not the same.


Posted August 27, 2012

Taravella was the worst school my child ever attended. Total lack of teacher communication and lack of concern by faculty. The discontentment of the staff is evident.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2012

My daughter attends Taravella.. I'm very disturbed by their lack of involvement and concern about the students. I have on several occasions left messages and emailed her counselor with specific concerns, with no response. When in class it seems acceptable for students to sleep. When school was missed, I wasn't contacted. If it was an excused absence, she was told that it wasn't necessary to make up work, nor was past work explained. I'm terribly disappointed in the Broward County School District as a whole,having had to try to deal with them for 6 years now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2012

Today is April 2012...and I can not believe HOW RUDE THE Office People are...they do not smile, they do not help, the lady at the attendance complains ..she gets a hundred of calls at day and it is too much for her ...why the Principal does not do a better job for her NOT to MAKE Mistakes. ???.it only takes one to be the one that makes a difference...The school does not get a good job with parents...I avoid to go there...I do not need rude people in my day....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

I felt the staff of this school, especially the teachers, were very unprofessional. They did not communicate effectively with parents, treated the students terribly (through a paper at a student), and did not provide a rigorous curriculum. The administration was only concerned with athletics and their football field being built.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2010

I loved attending this school. All the students seemed to get along 80% of the time which I believe is amazing in a high school. It definetly has the tools for students to learn. Teachers and staff are great, they treat students with respect and all of the clubs and organizations make it very accesible to incorporate yourselfs with them. Not like my middle school, Silver Lakes which was horrible, and clubs were really only advertised to 'certain students'.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2009

J.P. Taravella made my high school more than memorable. The clubs and activities(especially our award winning Drama club)I was involved in made me want to get up and go in the morning where I otherwise may have just hit the snooze button. The teachers I had were a major part of my experience, they taught me more than just the curriculum but life lessons. They weren't just your teachers, they were your mentors and your counselors when need be. Shawn Cerra was also the most involved principal I've ever heard of. It was really something to see him show up at our Drama state competition. Taravella deserves the 20,000!


Posted September 17, 2009

I am very proud to say that we send our son to J.P.Taravella High, He has gone to public school in Coral Springs his whole life. J.P Taravella provides a wonderful learning enviorment for our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Taravella is a great school, we moved so that my son could go to this school. Every school has it's good and it's bad, over all, I would give Taravella an above average grade. There are so many teachers that have really gone above and beyond and I thank them for that. Can't wait for our football stadium!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

Happy that last comment was a teacher who never 'teached' my children!!!!!


Posted March 15, 2009

This school is one of the best schools i have teached.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 5, 2009

great music and drama programs. Good program called Pinnacle for parents to keep track of their kids grades but the teachers only input grades on a sporadic basis. I have been told by some teachers that they do not use voice mail and that is why I have been unable to contact them. Too high tech for them?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2008

This is an amazing school. Everybody is very close even though the pop of students is really big. Theres a really good variety of sports and clubs for everyone. Theres always something happening, either in lunch or after school. The Teachers are mostly all really good. The staff and principle are absolutely incredible, they all treat you like close friends and not stupid students like most adults. Im know a junior at jpt and the few years Ive spent here have been such a delight. Jpt really prepares you for the future you wish to pursuit.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2008

I am familiar with many of the high schools in our community, and JPT is definitely the absolute best. I have never seen a school where there is so much genuine caring and concern for the staff and students as JPT. From the top down, this school is all about ensuring that each student reaches their potential. They are also awesome at helping place students and help them in their future endeavors, whether it be college or work. I believe they have a very large percentage of students who go on to higher education, and this is a credit to the teachers and guidance staff as well as the administrators who push the students and encourage them and help them succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

JP Taravella is a wonderful school. My son attended and graduated last year. He became a completely different person - focused, driven and hard working - during his tenure at JPT. I attribute it to strong and dedicated teachers at JPT, who give up most of their free time to develop kids into successes - good parenting also plays an equal role here. Thank you JPT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2007

This is an ok school not great and not bad. Alot of gangs and drugs going around the school but its a ok learning environment for kids. The NJROTC program is really good for students.
—Submitted by a student


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


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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.

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

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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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