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Cypress Lake High School

Public | 9-12 | 1472 students

 

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Posted April 20, 2014

Very large and very disorganized. Administration seems complacent. Some very nice well qualified faculty but not nearly enough of those to offer quality education. Books are out dated and in bad shape. How about 4 pages of Algebra printed on 1 sheet of paper to save a buck? They need to improve on organization, communication and better budget.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2013

I graduated from this school and my son is currently a student in the Visual Arts program. I admit that when I was a student I hated the school and everything about it but have come to realize how lucky I was to attend CLHS. It was and still is one of the highest scored / rated schools in the area for academics and now, as a "Center for the Arts," the school will allow my son to focus on learning about something he loves as well as to explore and develop his talent. The teachers in the Visual Arts Department truly love art and their dedication to their students is obvious. The kids are encouraged to expand their cultural horizons and explore their abilities as well as to develop critical thinking skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

My oldest son when to Cypress and had a fantastic experience. He is presently in a very high end math/science program at one of the top universities in the country where he says Cypress gave him the tools to succeed at a very high level. The staff, faculty and principal are all excellent. Having raised four children, the principal is the most involved principal of any I have seen. She is a gem of a person who cares for her school and every student. I am still amazed how she seems to know every students name without hesitation!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2011

I'm reviewing because of the question of the day which is How Important is A Principal to A School? This school could be great but the Principal is a non entity. She is very uninvolved save for a few annual events. Most of the students wouldn't know her if they ran into her at the grocery store. Some of the teacher have great dedication and ideas but they are not encouraged by the principal. In fact just the oposite. I feel a change of administration would really help this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

This school is amazing and I loved it!!!! I highly recommend it to everyone! No matter what you like to do, Cypress is the place for you!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

My daughter had very dedicated teachers when she was a student there. She was inspired to reach far because her left and right brain received stimulation, not just the left brain as is often done in public education environments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

My daughter is now in her senior year and has loved every minute at Cypress. She is in the vocal program and has felt encouraged and nurtured every step of the way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

They have a phemonial proghram covering all the arts
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2009

I Love This School! My Soon Attends As A Sophomore And Is Very Active On Their Baseball Team And Even With His Busy Schedule, His Teachers Are Very Understanding And Allow Him Time When He's Late with His Work. The Enviornment Is Very Learning Focused And The Other Students Are All Friendly. Cliques Aren't An Issue At All Here. Its By Far The Best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2008

I recently graduated from Cypress Lake High School and truly had the best High School experience i could have asked for, you as the student decide how much you would like to get out of it. Friendly atmosphere, passionate staff and loads of ways to get involved. Wouldn't go anywhere else!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2007

It is important as a student to go to a school that you feel comfortable in and that is not judgmental. I feel that people are more accepting here, and there are so many different types of students that the norm is not normal. I am in the Visual Arts program and the environment is great. The teachers are excellent instructors and I am lucky to have chosen this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 9, 2007

I really like Cypress Lake High school. It has a really nice atmosphere. Most of the cliques aren't ironclad, and people get along no matter what group they belong to. Whether you are in the Center or not, you are treated the same by the teachers and the students around you. Most of the teachers are actually dedicated to teaching the students what they have to learn. Overall, it is a really good school with a great environment, and I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2007

Cypress Lake High School is truly a wonderful school. It is on top of acedemics, has the best attendence record in Lee County and cares about nothing more than making sure that their students succeed. The atmosphere is unique, for it's students are unique. The student population is made up of so many differernt ethnic backgrounds. The teachers are unique, for they care about the students succeeding. Extracurricular actitivites are endless, our motto is for students to get involved. Graduation time at Cypress Lake is a very tearful and emotional time, for both the students and the teachers. I have been with Mrs. Perkins for her four years here and I must say that she is one of the best principles in Lee County. She trusts her students. This is her life and she gives everything towards it. Cypress Lake is the high school to choose.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 21, 2006

The atmosphere is very demoralizing. There are other schools in this area that have great administrators. Fort Myers High is recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

This school not as academically challenging as IB But variety of art programs and great teachers makes up for it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2005

I really like this school. Overall great teachers, students, academics, and everything. Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2005

My son has been here for three years now and is doing okay; not great. The first two years, the teachers in FCAT subject classes only taught how to pass the FCAT. Yet the FCAT doesn't prepare you for college one iota. The English program here is very disappointing. Something has also happened with Ms. Perkins, the principal. Seems her attention this year is not on the kids or academics the way it was when she first came on board. We liked her the way she was prior to this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2003

The Cypress Lake Center for the Arts is the only thing keeping it alive coinsiding to a few small sports programs. The teachers as a whole could improve. All I can hope for is the music program to improve and some higher scores from the school on SATs the FCAT and other standard tests.
—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.

369 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

349 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

335 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

364 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "A".
  • 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 66% in 2014.

224 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
39%
Biology I

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

360 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
63%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

376 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
50%
U.S. History

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

288 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%
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 54%
Black 21%
Hispanic 21%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 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 54%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 82%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%66%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%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

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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. TRACY PERKINS
Fax number
  • (239) 481-9838

Resources

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Golf
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Golf
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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