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Ridge Community High School

Public | 9-12 | 2361 students

 

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Posted Sunday, August 24, 2014

On the forth day of this new school year, Our daughter (9th Grade) suffered a severe Asthma attack, She was taken to the school nurse, and they called me, I went to the school and gave her her emergency Pro-Air Emergency Medication. ( We were waiting for the Doctors Certificate to be issued so as she should have this medication with her at times0 Due to the time from when has the Attack and the time it took me to arrive to the school she was having trouble breathing. I transported her to Nemours Hospital Emergency, she was treated and released two hours later. We has unbelievable help and assistance at Ridge Community High School, from Administrators, Teachers and the School Nurse. We are so grateful for their trained staff. Our daughter returned back to school on Friday. She is taking advanced classes, and has 8 periods of study each day, plus homework. She was taken from the steel Drums and switched to Piano Lessons, her choice. She loves the schedule, the classes, teachers and has many friends that have all come together in 9th grade from her other schools, Discovery Academy of Lake Alfred, Ridgeview Global Studies &, Discovery school of the Arts both in Davenport.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2014

I've been very impressed by what I've seen of this school, both students and staff. My daughter likes the school a lot. I keep hearing stories about fights and bad behavior though. Of course I remember some of the things that went on when I was in school so I guess these things are still the norm. So far so good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2013

Very diverse school with a great variety of activities. Many students have moved to the area from different states and areas so new students fit in easily as there are many other new students. I attended Ridge for my senior year in 2010. I met great people who are my closest friends to this day, and I met the love of my life at Ridge. Great AP teachers, amazing proms, and fun graduation ceremony. Once a bolt, Always a Bolt! C/O 2011
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2013

I really like the clubs. and the teachers teach really well and connect with students on a personal level.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2013

First of all ,I have been attending Ridge community since the ninth grade and I must say It has so much to offer to the student whether it is arts,sports,or JROTC it has it.When it comes to classes teachers push their students to become responsible,hardworking individuals.Also, advanced placement classes,honors,as well as college classes are all offered at the school thus increasing the quality of the students and learning for all.Most importantly, The principal at Ridge community thinks of the students as her children so she never puts differences between any of them : she is always supportive of clubs,sports,arts Etc.The student body is a Family which works hard to represent the school well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2013

This school is one of the worst I have attended. They don't want you to learn, they want you to just pass the FCAT. All they care about is a paycheck. Even the students are proud of failing their tests, and they have no respect, what so ever. Not to mention that if you are a freshman, you HAVE to join ROTC. Its not even a choice. All that principle cares about is her values. If you care about your education, REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THIS POOR EXCUSE OF A SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2013

When my son entered ninth grade I was terrified! Ridge Community has been a wonderful, safe place for my son to grow and learn. The principal is caring, involved, and listen to parents and students. We had an issue with a class and she allowed me to advocate for my son and get his schedule changed. There is so many things the students can get involved with - and so many opportunites if you take advantage. I am so happy that my son is a student at Ridge - this are of the county seems to get a bad name, but there are many great things going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2013

This school is one of the best of the best, We are proud our child is a student at this school as there is no question the school, staff, teachers all work together to guide, and lead their students into the future. Always willing to help and available if needed to provide that extra help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2013

I have been attending Ridge Community High School as a freshman, This year has been the best of all my years in the Polk County School System, The teachers are the best, always willing, able and ready to help with any problem or concern that I might have with the material presented. This year I have had many c choices as I plan for my three years ahead, the guidance department has been most helpful in assisting me with my career path, I am planning to participate in the program that allows me to earn my High School Diploma and credits for college at the same time. I recommend this school to others looking to a school that prepares you for the years ahead.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2013

The atmosphere is great. The administration: TERRIBLE. First, they force the kids to take ROTC, even if they don't want to, over some "Leadership Skills" B.S., when the kids just get yelled at by bossy upperclassmen, and the artsy kids are unfortunately forced into conformity. They also take this ROTC thing TOO seriously. Those bossy Upperclassmen yell at the kids outside of ROTC, and the seargants allow it. Kids are also reprimanded for missing a drill step by ONE centimeter. They empower the bossy kids, and degrade the poor artsy types and forces them to be controlled. Second, they mess with the kids education, putting the kids in classes they don't need, delaying getting credits. Every time you have a question or concern, they catch an attitude. I am very disappointed with the administration
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2012

This school has the craziest way of scheduling students. They are lumped into one of two tracks either ALL honors classes or NO honors classes, which is difficult for students who do well, but struggle in specific areas. They do not allow non honors freshman to take any social studies or history classes, and they force almost all students into rotc even when the student does not want to be there. Electives are limited, foreign languages are limited, opportunity is limited by scheduling tracks. Overall administration just seems like any question you have is bothering them. That said there are some excellent teachers, the school seems safe other than the one teacher arrested earlier this year, and it has a lovely campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2012

Well I am new here, but I think this school is excellent, because from where I am there isn't even the 10% of what this school has...I like sports and in this school, I find everything I could ever wish for.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 8, 2011

Although there are many elements that bring this school down, if you are lucky enough, you'll get great teachers and have a bright future ahead.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2011

I have two children that attend RCHS. The school has many activities to choose from which keeps the students safe and away from unsafe behavior. The staff is very helpful, professional, and nice. The principal cares for the students as if they were her own. The moral is great, my children are proud to be a "Bolt"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2010

this school sucks. the teachers can care less about you actually learning, seems like all they want is a pay check. i went here for 1 year then left for a private school i wasn't learning anything to prepare me for college. all they want is to get you to pass the FCAT then they can care less about what ever else we learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 1, 2010

AWESOME SCHOOL! I love going to school, the teachers make it so fun and there are barely any fights, I have a lot of friends, it's amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2009

Great school. Great Administration and teachers. Everyone is great, caring, and they care about their students. I love this school. Very educationally intelligent. Thank you for everything to the Ridge!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

This school is very up to date on tech. The teachers are not all great. This school is okay.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2008

School has the latest technology which is a plus but teachers are intimidated by students. Low test scores and poor school guidance by the director.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

This school is a great school to learn at because one of my kids go there and any time I have a problem the teachers/adminstration are a great help.
—Submitted by a parent


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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

604 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
38%
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.

575 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

587 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
81%
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.

594 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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 "C".
  • 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 66% in 2014.

522 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
44%
Biology I

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

616 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
57%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

572 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
52%
U.S. History

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

533 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%
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
Hispanic 47%
White 29%
Black 19%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

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 Boone Middle
Davenport School of Arts
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%66%61%
Master's degree 40%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:00
School end time
  • 2:00
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. SHERRY WELLS
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (863) 419-3321

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • 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
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Parents volunteer for many activies such as band, sports, etc. also, parents and community members serve on our sac team.
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Davenport School of Arts
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500 Orchid Drive
Davenport, FL 33837
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Phone: (863) 419-3315

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