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Key West High School

Public | 9-12 | 1201 students

 
 

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Posted April 7, 2011

I am a student Key West High and this has been the worst experience of my life. Although the campus is beautiful, the staff is uncaring and rude, the curriculum is below average, and the school is filled with students whose lives revolve around illegal drugs and disrupting the few students who want to learn. I get all a's easily and so do many students. My one friend graduated last year and she does not even know how to read. Key West High School needs to make some serious improvements.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 16, 2010

I am a former kwhs student. Im currently a junior. I moved upstate this year and of all of the schools ive looked at attending, kwhs easily outdoes them. Some parents may be mad because they think kw isn't strict enough, but as the saying goes, you can lead the horse to the water but you cant make it drink. For the students who do want to better their education kw offers so much academically to allow them to excel. The laid back atmosphere personally made me happier in school which made me want to try harder rather than be in a prisonlike school like the ones everywhere else. Kwhs is an excellent school and i recommend it for anyone who wants to take advantage of the amazing staff, education, and oppurtunities it has to offer. There definitly is no other school that compares to key west.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2008

This is a great school with many excellent opportunities for students. It is what you make of it. Students strrive for personal achievment and there is a great deal of ecellent classes available along with the opportunity for college courses as well as AP. Teachers are very good, administrators are very good, and the principal is the best. 85% of students go on to college or other post secondary institutions.


Posted April 9, 2008

My daughter was quite upset about moving from Michigan, but now that she is here she wouldn't trade it for the world! Everyone at this school is kind and helpful. We both love Key West High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2008

I go to key west high school now && I love it! all the principals work hard to keep students from dropping out. We barely have any problems with fights. The teachers could be better but a lot of students that graduate from here get excepted into major colleges I love key west high school! go conchs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2007

My child attended KWHS in 2006-2007 and unfortunately it was not a very pleasant experience. We found the curriculum to be less than challenging.The classes were very unorganized, the students, not all, but many were disruptive. Another huge concern was the amount of class time spent on the FCAT. Weeks of class time are dedicated to this. My daughter received all A's and a few B's with almost no effort. The previous school year 2005-2006 the school lost teachers because it is impossible to live in or around Key West on a teachers salary. So, although Key West has a beautiful school it needs a great deal of work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

I attended this school last year, and might I say, it is indeed an exellent school. being the only school in the area, it does a fine job, espcially keeping up with technology. brand new campus, great administration, not-too-strict teachers. a very laid-back atmosphere. lots of fun, many great kids coming out of here as well. I often run into kids up here in college and talk about our high school expierience, none as great as mine. at least Id like to think so. my old home, key west high school. go conchs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 25, 2007

My Daughter just gradulated this year . Key West High school is a great school. they have so many opputuntities thank keywest high school for being a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2006

I am a student at Key West High School and I love it. I'm in the Television Productions class and we are ranked one of te top schools for your program. We travel to California once a year for competitions and to Vegas to a convention where we are the only school that is invited. Key West High School is truly a great school. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2006

I have had two children graduate from KWHS and I believe the school can be whatever your child makes of it. My son, graduated doing the bare minimum and my daughter took all honors courses and has excelled in all areas. Sports are a big part of this school as well as community groups. AS with any school there are good teachers, great teachers and teachers your child will never forget. Although there are drugs (marijuana mostley), there are no meth labs, guns or gangs. Children are very safe and have more drug free choices than anywhere I have ever seen. I am military and have seen my fair share of school districts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2005

Great school. Opportunities are in place for the highest level of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2005

Brand new facility. Nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2005

To echo what another said, this school is what one makes of it. Certainly, many students stay here in town and go directly into the workforce upon graduation. However, my area of expertise as teacher of Advanced Placement and other courses for the college-bound clearly shows me that our students fare well in rigorous post-secondary arenas. A small-town school which sends students to Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Duke and Georgetown, to name only a very few, on a regular basis, suggests that students may find a wonderful education and excellent preparation at Key West High School.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 28, 2004

Key West High is a brand new building with the need for qualified teachers. Most of the students will not attend college, and therefore, find no real value in attending classes. The new superintendant does however recognize this and is making great efforts to change this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2004

Good ratings acedemically, not many extra cirricular activities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 7, 2004

Best school in the florida keys. It has the best principal who truly cares about the school and its students. Many different extracurricular activities, sporting and social events. Its an 'A' grade school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2004

Key West High is what you make of it. I graduated in 2003 and watched some of my classmates put in little effort in regular, nonhonors classes and ended up still working at the local grocery store. I also watched some of my classmates excell in challenging AP and DE courses and ended up attending some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the United States. Yes there are teaches who are less than ideal at KWHS, but my experience with most of my teachers was overall very positive. Also, the reason that KWHS SAT/ACT scores and percentage of students attending four year schools is below the national average is easily explained: there are simply more students at KWHS who don't really care than that do. However, the ones that do care can easily challenge themselves and excell. For those who care, KWHS is a good school.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

303 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
53%

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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

282 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

288 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
78%
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.

290 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
91%

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 "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 "C".

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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
51%
Biology I

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

299 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
71%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

273 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
86%
U.S. History

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

61 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%
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 52%
Hispanic 27%
Black 15%
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 194%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 27%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 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 74%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 46%55%61%
Master's degree 53%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%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 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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2100 Flagler Avenue
Key West, FL 33040
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Phone: (305) 293-1549

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