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South Lake High School

Public | 9-12 | 1588 students

 

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Posted August 30, 2013

I have two students at SLHS and this year's experience with guidance counselors regarding schedules has been impressive. Mrs. Campbell was a great help to my daughter, who had a schedule of high school, virtual school and possibly LSSC classes. She went above and beyond with her time, knowledge and helpfulness. She truly has a servant's heart. She also helped with my son's schedule on more than one occasion, assuring he got the Honors/AP classes with his choice of electives. Ms. Burgess helped with my daughter's schedule also. She spent a great deal of time with us and was very informative and accommodating. I cannot say enough positive about Mrs. Campbell and Ms. Burgess. Emails and phone calls were promptly returned. SLHS students are fortunate to have such professional, personable and caring advocates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

It took a week to get my son's schedule changed. He went to guidance everyday, was told to fill out a form, and nothing was done. He received none of the electives he wanted. The second day of AP Science they watched a movie. Hopefully, it will get better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2011

I just finished my junior year at South Lake and I must say that this school is a joke. i've read that people on here have said that the teachers really do care and look out for you and blah blah blah. Personally, i have had no help from this school. For example, my sophomore year I stayed after school to get help from my math teacher. Well, my math teacher shows up to tutoring late with one of her favorite cheerleaders and as they part my teacher tells the student, "come to chick- fil-a today! I'll drive!", after the student agrees my teacher proceeds to tell me that she can't stay too late at tutoring today. Oh, I can only imagine why. I tell my guidance councelor this and I assume she enlightened administration. However, this teacher still works here today and doesn't seem any different. Unless you're involved in football, of whom sucks anyways, you really don't get looked out for. The football players or ROTC members are always getting out of trouble. There are a select few of teachers that I've loved, but that doesn't make the school good as a whole. You just have to get lucky enough to get those teachers. Needless to say, I'm going to a different school this year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2011

As a parent of a jr. at this school, I am so disappointed in the new administration, so many of us had high hopes things would get better . According to the kids that come to our house and some talk I hear as my son talks to his friends, nothing is being done about discipline or attendance. The school is worse than ever. I can only assume it is to make the school look better under this new administration. It is scary as soon, it will be out of control. High schools need TOUGH administrators who enforce all the rules, across the board.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

I am a parent. This is my daughter's first year at this school.My daughter is a Freshman. The problem I find with this school is the office staff and some of the teachers. In order to get any in information I have to contact the assistant principal!!! I think the school needs to get things straight and pay more attention to the students and the parents. Alot of the classes that the students have the teachers are not trained to be teaching. Instead of the teachers always assuming the worst, they need to listen to there students and start to remember why they went into teaching in the first place. I find this school to be a huge dissapointment. I would lov to have another school to transfer her too. Good luck if you send your children there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2010

I'm a sophmore. I dont like this school. The kids are rude and the teaching methods are awful. I rather be home school or go the private school rather then this school
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2009

I am a senior and have gone there since Sophmore Year. This school is awful. I have all my credits to graduate however I am not allowed to do a half day program even though I have no need for more classes than needed. Also, many teachers and faculty are very rude and do not care about a students needs over there own. I moved here from South Carolina and the schools academics were a shock. I could not believe that honor and regular class programs were all in one room. If I were a parent, I would not let my child attend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2009

I would like to thank Mr. Adams, who has done home instruction with my child. Finally - someone has made a difference!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

I'm a senior and I've been at this school for four years now. I agree that most of the teachers do care about the students and really try their best to make learning the material interesting. My problems lie in administration. Most of the people who work in the office don't act like they even want to be there. You go to guidance and get a 'what do you want', well excuse me for thinking they were there to help the students. Honestly the counselors and such really don't give us all the information we need, and the school doesn't keep us updated on events and such. Most of the teachers are great, but i wish the administration would get with it. The school itself overall is average.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 9, 2009

Yes, I do attend this school. I must say, this school isnt the best, but the majority of teachers are great. They help out the student, look out for them, and really care about the education their getting.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2009

i graduated form this school and it helped me alot. I learned something new every year. I finished in only 3 years instead of four and i can honestly say another year there wouldnt hurt. You may look at it as a bad school but they have alot to offer you just have to look into the things you care about and im sure there will be a great outcome.


Posted December 31, 2008

I attend this school. I feel a percentage of the teachers are inadequate in teaching in a variety of ways for all learners. Their lesson plans may not include a way to target auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners. Most of the classes are boring and put students to sleep. The block scheduling or four by four also is a terrible way to teach students. I can honestly say I don't remember most of the things I learned my freshman year and I am just about to enter the Spring term of my sophomore year. Obviously there needs to be a major change or some kind of improvement done by the Lake County School System.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2008

This is my son's first year and so far I am very happy with the school. The teachers are very helpful and they have been great with keeping in touch. The new Esembler site is great, it is eay to use and it is a good way to be able to keep track of your child and make sure they are doing there work as they should be. This school is such a change from Gray Middle School, it is nice to know that it was just the school and not the county that was having the problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

A friend of mine had left a review (she was the one in the theatre arts major and im in the culinary arts major.) i also give it a four out of five. i am in chorus, show choir, and thespian club and the teachers sponsoring it (Mrs.Sayers and Mrs.Jullian) are absolutly amazing! THey are some of the most supportive and helpful teachers i'veever come in contact with and they actually care about the students. Because of them i have decided to follow my dreams and next year when i get the opportunity im changing my major to performing arts. If it wasnt for there guidance i would never had dreamed of all the possibilities that are before me now. Yes, we dont have the money we need to put on bigger productions but the students and staff work eith what they are given are magnificent!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

I am a student here and I acually like it! The only thing that would bump this rating down would be not enough money to do what we have to (even though that kinad cant get helped) and placment of classes acording to major. My major is Theatre Arts and it does not need subjects like others would. For instance my friend (who is a cooking major) signed up for Chemistry and I signed up for Physical science. When we got our schedule's she got physical science and I got chemistry. and the guidence counelors would not switch us. so because of that im only giving SLHS a 4 but other wise im part of the top students in the school, SLHS Chorus and Thespians! GO EAGLES!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2008

I would have to say that the academic structure is very weak. Some of the classes I took weren't beneficial at all, and I feel that my guidance counselors were more of a hassel to get information from than a help. This school has a very good staff overall, but as far as a good education, South Lake is more of a playplace than a school of serious learning.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

I was a student at South Lake and I just want to respond to the negativity that some parents have placed on the guidance department. The guidance department was ALWAYS there with whatever problem that was presented related to academia and scheduling. granted the Counselors are not going to switch your kid out of a Class because they dont like the teacher. grow up. There will always be someone your child doesnt like. that's not the schools problem. Also if the student takes the initiative, their problems and concerns will always be addressed by an authority. I graduated Valedictorian and went through four years of correctly asking relevant questions, receiving straightforward answers and moving forward towards my goals.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 28, 2008

Amazing school!has so many choices of what to do.So many sports.The teachers are amazing!!! Go South Lake Eagles!!!Go big blue
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2008

great school...awesome teachers...so many activities & electives...great opportunity for almost every career....i love it....
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2008

Being a parent of 4 SLHS graduates we have had many negative experiences with the school. The leadership needs to be restructured. Teachers need to be held accountable. Students need to be treated with more respect. Over the years we have been there they have continued to get a poor grade. The morral of the students and employees are low. If your kids are zoned to go there get involved and watch for your childs well being. No one there will.
—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.

423 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
51%

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.

367 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

360 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
74%
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.

382 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "B".
  • 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.

242 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
31%
Biology I

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

336 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
59%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

399 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
51%
U.S. History

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

359 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%
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 53%
Hispanic 29%
Black 11%
Asian 3%
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 126%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 21%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 83%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 53%62%61%
Master's degree 44%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%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 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ROBERT MCCUE
Fax number
  • (352) 394-1972

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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15600 Silver Eagle Road
Groveland, FL 34736
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