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Fort White High School

Public | 6-12 | 1197 students

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Posted July 26, 2013

amazing this school is the best the teachers are amazing they help students like no other the staff is great rules are fair and the athletic department is being noticed they also have the best ffa ever with over 100 state championships since it opened in 2000. tiwahe !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2012

We have the greatest faculty, staff, and administration in the area. We are likely to have enough points to have an "A" this school year. That distinction comes from all the hard work of our people and especially our students. TIWAHE!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 27, 2010

Overall I think Ft. White is a great school and what its lacking it will take time to build. Some of the teaching staff have alittle to learn about life in general when it comes to what the childs life is like outside the school walls. Its not always a perfect world for them. For people who live in a dream world and think automatically that everthing is the child fault , they are wrong. Overall though, I would give this school a C+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

I love this school. My three children have attended FWHS and they loved it also! The administration is the best in the county. I certainly wouldn't choose any other school in the county for them to attend when I know that this school is tops!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2008

My children have excelled at FWHS and it is due to superb teachers and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2008

Fort White is a very good school. Yes Fort White has problems but its the kids that start everything. The kids are the ones that make the bathrooms dirty and they are the ones that dont follow the dress code.I am senior at Fort White High and this school has helped me and they still are. NO i am not one of the teachers kids .I am a student that cares about his life. This school does need help but the kid are the one that can change everything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2008

This school is horrible! As soon as a student has a problem they want to send them to alternative school. Yes, we transferred from somewhere else... The dress code --- let's teach our children favoritism -- just go sit at the school and see how many children are dressed right and have their shirts tucked in. Plain and simple -- girls don't have to. Let's have no sugar in the cafeteria with high priced lunches and candy bars for sale everywhere. I have 5 children so I do have experience with schools and this one is the worst I have seen. I am now faced with trying to home school a child with a learning disability. Someone should look into everything there -- right down to the dirty, nasty bathrooms that my children are afraid to even use. Way too much favoritism and if aren't from here you can forget it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

FWHS is a fabuluos high school. The leadership is the best it has ever been!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2007

Both of my children have gone to FWHS; this is my daughter's 1st year and my son is now a Senior. He has attended this school since the 1st year it opened. Any time that I've had a problem, which has only been twice the whole time he's been attending, the problem was taken care of the same day. If you're a parent that cares about your child and is persistant if there's a problem, be it social or educational, the problem will be handled. NO school is perfect, just as NOTHING and NO ONE is, but we've been VERY pleased w/this school. And no, we're not employed by them. The school does need to have more parents involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2005

A concerned parent for Grades 6-8 and 9-12. There are some children 12-14 that do not need to be exposed to what 17 and 18 year old teenagers are doing well enough said. They need to seperate this most immediately. Dress code is a problem and it's the parents. If you are a parent of a girl protect her cover her up, make sure she comes home looking the same as you sent her. She is a vital part in your family. The disipline in the school should be reconsidered. Because Fort White is such a small town the adults that run the school are the parents of the children in the school. There is a lot of favortism. Protect our children, love our children. Seperate them. Let them learn at their own age levels. Quickly some one can do something. And parents look out because we need a PTSA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

Ft. White has been a wonderful learning opportunity for my child. His grades have improved and the teachers and principal have a geniune care & concern for the students. Mr. Hatcher is a wonderful principal. They also have a great sports program at Ft. White as well as other great activities for your child. I highly recommend Ft. White above all other middle schools or high schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2004

This is not a very good school. There are alot of drug problems and teen pregnancies. There are also a lot of race issues. The teachers are not very helpful at all if your child is having a problem in a subject.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

191 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

190 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
54%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

151 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

149 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
57%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

168 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

167 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

167 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
70%
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 53% in 2014.

167 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
66%
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 78% in 2012.

159 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

161 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
89%
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 "C".
  • 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 66% in 2014.

214 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
52%
Biology I

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

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
61%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

19 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
59%
U.S. History

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

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%
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 78%
Black 11%
Hispanic 6%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%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 66%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Columbia City Elementary School
Fort White Elementary School
Colleges most students attend after graduation Florida Gateway College
University of Florida
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%65%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%0%1%
Other degree 1%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Industrial shop
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Electrical
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Marching band
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Medical
Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:25 pm
School Leader's name
  • MR. KEITH HATCHER
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (386) 497-5951

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Honors track
  • Outdoor / Farm-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Business
  • Environmental
  • Medical
  • Service learning
  • Vocational education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Agriculture
  • Business management
  • Culinary
  • Electrical
  • Welding certification

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • FFA
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • SWAT
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Columbia City Elementary School
Fort White Elementary School

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Florida Gateway College
University of Florida
College preparation / awareness offered
Community college courses
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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17828 Route 47
Fort White, FL 32038
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Phone: (386) 497-5952

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