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Gateway High School

Public | 9-12 | 2499 students

 

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Posted April 17, 2014

Gateway High School I just called Wednesday to ask if will be classes for Thursday and Friday the person who answer the phone gave lot of information about how my grandson was doing, I glad to have all that information I shared with my daughter if every parent of family call to find how their kids are doing will be great for the school and the students the grades are not only part of the teachers or students the parents have to be involve too.


Posted August 16, 2013

This county in general doesn't know how to function.My mother and I have left emails,phone calls etc. for months,now do you think they ever returned our calls?NO! I haven't been in school sense February this year.And they did nothing to hep us out to get me enrolled.So they tolled me to do FLVS online so I can make up what I missed sense we moved here. Now I am almost done with the courses,maybe around 1 unit left and we went to go talk to someone about enrolling me to do both online and school. But they said no! And if I were to enroll that my points for that semester are wiped clean.So I was upset,went home got an email from my online teacher saying I could do both and there should be no problem with it.We called the number they said it depends on my school (Gateway High School). So we went to the offices of Osceola schools and talked to some one if i could enroll, they said it depends on the school.Here we go again with the no answering no emailing school. We have been emailing everyone no writes/calls back !I am sick and tire of this county with their way of running a school.School doesn't want me?I don't want them
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2013

Gateway High school is an excellent school. It has different programs that are academic such as the Gold Seal Medical Program and even students from the Osceola School of the Arts go to Gateway for the drama and art classes. We also have a great ROTC program that is Marines and we won states. We have many performances from the band and have many many plays from the drama department. Students from all over the county go to our school for the I.B program. This is school is amazing and it really has guidance counselor that cares for students and never forgets about you. They remember your name and every time they see they say hello and greet you. Overall this school is an 5-start school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2011

I love GHS and believe this is one of the best HS in Osceola County. My daughter graduated from GHS in May 2007, and is currently finishing her Bachellors degree in USF and enrolled in a master's degree program. The teachers and administrators at Gateway HS are extremely helpful. I absolubtly highly recomment Gateway HS. Go Panther!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

I heard so many bad things about the school but I believe a school does not make the student. The student makes the school. So far, my son has not had one problem. He has so many friends. He is in the honors program. While the curriculum is a bit tough he is keeping up the pace and it's made him much more responsible and serious about his future. He plays varsity football and now helps out with the basketball team. He's taken the PSAT's and has a feel for the SAT exams. He is looking forward to the next few years and already thinking about college. This is the attitude I want him to keep. The teachers are good. I've emailed them on several occasions when I have had concerns and they have responded all the time. Some have emailed me at their initiative. Communication is the key to success!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

The standard of the school has greatly decrease this year mainly, I believe, because of the cuts in school funds. Otherwise the school is great and the teachers are helpfull and well educated
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2008

i believe this school is better than the average public school. i am in the IB program over there and the students are great and willing to learn at all costs. i think that if you know that your parents can't afford your college try to get to this school so that you will excel in your academics. this school can up your atheltic ability but not as high as poinciana high school(basketball,football)
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 23, 2005

This is a very good school, the students get all the attetntion that they need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2005

Gateway is a good school. I learned a lot as a former student.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 15, 2005

The principal is very involved. He runs a 'tight ship'. Security is high. Students can choose to associate with other students who are focused on academics. The rumors that run around about this school are unjustified.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2005

This is the best school in florida.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2005

The mainstream courses at Gateway High School are mostly acceptable, though some are subpar, due partially to the low-budget school district and lack of sufficient numbers in the teaching staff. However, I remain impressed with the International Baccalaureate courses and teachers, which seem to be excellent. However, in an ideal environment such as an IB classroom, where students are motivated, disciplined and willing to learn, it probably wouldn't matter if the teacher was a complete moron. Unfortunately, as is to be expected, students still remain who are there only because they are too young to drop-out and create continuous discipline problems for the school. Under the new principal, though, discipline seems to be taking a turn for the better.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2005

The main problem with this school is that it is overpopulated! The IB program is great, however great regular academic classes as well as good teachers are harmed because there are just way too many students per classroom. Some sports are not that successful, but yet they do provide a good opportunity for students to develop their athletic abilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2004

this is the greatest school ever.My son went there and got a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2004

To me the school is not good at all they wait for the last minute to tell your students if they graduate at all. They know these students are paying for their senior fees and all and wait 2 days before graduation to tell a student sorry but your not graduating.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2004

My daughter graduated from the IB program at GHS in 2002 and was so ready for college that she thought her freshman year was easy. My second daughter will gradute in 2005 and is not in the IB program and is still getting a quality education. (she has some of the same teachers as IB does) I visited all the high schools in Osceola before sending my children there and GHS was by far the best one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2003

I am a graduate of GHS (class of 2002), as is my older brother, and my younger sister is there now. For everyone's information- the IB program was given to GHS in the hopes that it would improve the school and it's reputation, *not* because it was so wonderful that it was the only school that deserved it. The teachers and administration have become so caught up in the IB program that the majority of non-IB students feel ignored, left out, and resentful. The administration when I was at GHS was very difficult to talk to, for students and parents. Miscommunications were frequent, and often had severe results. The principal has changed, but as far as I can tell from my sister's current experiences, the administration as a whole is still the same way. I was fortunate enough to have several very good teachers at GHS, but like every school there were those who had no business being in the profession (why be a teacher when you clearly dislike children and parents??). Giving students 'busy work', or listing the page numbers on the board and sitting at your desk all period is no way to teach a class. As far as extracurricular activities, the school put a great deal of support (financially and otherwise) behind the sports teams (even those which never won), but the band program was often ignored, despite the awards and successes it experienced. Safety and discipline were about average, although the miscommunications mentioned before were often in regard to discipline, causing it to be irregular, too lenient, or too harsh. Overall, students who have graduated from Gateway and have gone on to further successes did not get preparation for the real world and college and the 'tools they needed to succeed' from GHS- they had it in themselves all along.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 17, 2003

My 3 children graduated from Gateway. They all graduated from FSU and my son has earned his Doctorate. This school helped them on their way. Education is what each child takes from the school to move forward and that depends on the student not the school . I believe every teacher wants the best for the student no matter what grade the school has or gets .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2003

Okay, I'm not a parent, but I am a student at Gateway High School. I personally feel that we do have great teachers, although the best teachers we have are so caught up with the IB students which gives us students in Honors Classes or Mainsgtream classes no advantage. I feel that the teachers should be spread throughout the levels evenly giving everyone the opprotunity to work with well organized instructors. Thanks!


Posted October 7, 2003

It is interesting to note that this 'D' school supposedly has the highest level teacher education while an 'A' school less than a mile away has the lowest teacher education in the area. The administration of this school barricades themselves (from concerned parents) behind operators and secretaries. You would think that a school with such a low rating would be pushing as hard as they can to improve the level of education of the students instead of trying to have the best band in the county, or, wasting time studying for the fcat.
—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.

675 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
42%
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.

570 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

579 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
87%
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.

559 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
93%

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 "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 "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.

482 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
29%
Biology I

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

809 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
66%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

365 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
52%
U.S. History

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

414 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%
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 74%
Black 10%
White 10%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 6%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83%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 84%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 45%60%61%
Master's degree 50%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%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 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • Painting
Music
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  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

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  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. LARRY MEADOWS
Fax number
  • (407) 935-3609

Resources

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

Boys sports
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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93 Panther Paws Trail
Kissimmee, FL 34744
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