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Poinciana High School

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Posted November 2, 2013

the school is a horrible school, the teachers give the kids no motivation, the new principal is leading this school back to what it was 2 years ago, the school is very old, and needs severe renovations, kids are allowed to do whatever, like the school is out of control, if you ask to use the bathroom, you get sent to the office for no reason, I literally hate this school, I like nothing about it, the only way the school could improve in my opinion is get a new principle, the one we're stuck with now is leading us to our deaths. Just letting you know, if you are thinking about bringing your child here, DO NOT, your better off with Harmony HS, Liberty HS, Gateway, or even TECO.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 15, 2013

This is my second year in PHS and honestly the school isn't even all that bad. The staff always try their best to get students involved in school events. In my opinion, it's the students who make the school look and sound bad. They want to do whatever they want and that's not how it is. But at the same time, the teachers don't motivate us in class. All they do is yell and kick people out for the littlest things. They give up on their students too easily. The only good thing about the school is that the faculty allows us to express ourselves with piercings, the way we dye our hair, and dress. Yes, we have to wear uniforms but they let us put our own little style into it. Not something big, but they let us add something so we can feel comfortable. Now we have a new Principal coming in and honestly, I feel like he's taking away all our rights from the letter he sent in the mail. We can't wear face piercings or more than 2 on the ear. We can't wear sandals or slides. I have many piercings and I refuse to take them off. I also love wearing slides we spend 8 hours every day walking class to class and doing stuff we want to be comfortable. I understand its for safety but we're old enough.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 16, 2012

This school is absolutely awful. you are DOOMED if you go to this school. If could I would give it ZERO stars. As my mom once said about this school...BASURA. (Means garbage in Spanish) If you want to throw away the fun years of high school....Come to Poinciana High School!!! you can just chew gum or burp you would get an automatic suspension for 5 days. If you don't want your child to graduate then...Come to Poinciana High School. Where only 30 percent of students graduate. This years graduation was only like 5 seconds long from how few people graduated. Also most of the students there are...troublemakers. Not a good environment for any kid to learn both educational wise and manner wise. Now I know why there were an F school recently....NO FUN or LEARNING. What a waste of 4 years...no... one hour...no...one second in this pathetic excuse for a school.


Posted May 20, 2012

I Spent 4 Years at poinciana High School, and I can certainly say that those were the best four years of my life. I got Involved in sports and as many activities as possible, which enhanced my high school career. My best memories are of things I used to do in Poinciana, regardless of what many people might say, Poinciana is and will always be the best High School. - John E
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2011

You get what you give. You cannot expect teachers to do everything; it starts and has to be reinforced at HOME. My 2 son will be Poinciana grads and the 1st one graduate with 33 college credits. He now has a Computer Eng. degree. 2nd one is on his 4th year. The more challenging the class the better prepared for College your student will be. Parents have to get involved, support the school and encourage their child to take challenging classes and WORK HARD. Parents need to Thank Poinciana Teachers and staff. I found Poinciana to have a great Academics Program, Outstanding NJROTC, Sports Program and many other fine Programs. Poinciana High School is a Quality learning environment. The staff is inspiring, hardworking and friendly. They work with what we give them, talk to your student and school and see the get what you give at work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2011

I am a student attending this school , there nothing bad about the school they improve the students are the ones who make poor descisions and act the way they do to not learn the teachers are perfectly wonderful and do a good job so quit bad mouthing the school you have to attend to know how it is !!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2011

Part 2 of 2: Why do you thing like School like Osceola school of arts and other types of school have lots of HAPPY KIDS running around, that's because those kids attending that school are at common grounds with their Teachers/School. Parents Should also be part of your child education, NO! NOT ONLY IN ELEMENTARY.... join your Kids HS PTA, if anything this is the most important part of your kids education, Make it count! If we Create HAPPY KID, that in turn will create HAPPY TEACHERS, which in turn creates a better environment in the class, creating a better SCHOOL, SCHOOL DISTRIC, Equaling a better generation of kids! KIDS take control, and TRY YOUR BEST, that way you can never say: "If only I would of" Niulka Laboy, Photographer & Graphic Designer In Osceola for 21 Yrs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2011

Part 1 of 2: I'm Extremely sadden to hear such negative comments, especially from students. Being an Alumni of the 4th graduating class of Poinciana HS...It really seems that all of the nice and memorable Ideal experiences from a HS are long gone and a thing of the past. Now contemplating on what HS My soon to be 9th grader should go to is a decision that worries my husband (whom I met while in PHS) and I. I'm an active parent and it's really sad to see that ALL schools.....(Ok, with an exception of a handful) have lost and forgotten the meaning and the role of a "School" the school should be the home away from home for kid. Every child K-12 should feel loved & welcomed in their school (I've seen enough to be able to say that's by far that's NOT the vibe you get). High Schools and other levels of schools have lost focus, and common cutesy. OK, I don't want to sit here and sound like an advocate for the student, yes I know that today's offspring's can be a tough bunch, However I feel that schools are more concern on "school grade and ratings" instead of students needs and wants.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

Poinciana is rather pathetic. They make us skip our whole day and sit in ISS for being late. Even if we're only a few seconds late. Then the students in ISS have to clean the school and pickup trash, when that's what janitors are supposed to be for. I also got yelled at for hugging my boyfriend and was told it was not school appropriate. It's not even like we were groping, it was just a friendly hug. Maybe if they'd chill a bit and actually clean the bathrooms then the students wouldn't feel so cramped and stressed. It feels like the deans and principals are suffocating us. Maybe next year it'll be better. But so far, we're only a B because the state lowered thir standards. So quit getting your hopes so high.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2010

I am a student that has attended this school for two years now,and dont plan on going back. i moved here to the Osceola County and was zoned to Poinciana,i was looking for to this new experience but it didnt turn out the way i had hoped for. The students lack tons of motivation,strive,and the urge to learn. But also having the teachers loose the power and control over their students to want to learn or even have the respect makes it no better. Their are a few teachers here that care and work hard for their job and their are many that don't bother anymore. This school needs a definite change with students and teachers all together.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 30, 2010

this school has nonthing fun for us students to do.all they want us to do is work and work all day long
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 18, 2009

You get what you give. You can not expect teachers to do every thing, it starts and has to be reinforced at HOME. My son is a 2006 grad and he graduate with 33 college credits. The more challenging the class the better prepared for College you will be. Parents have to explain this and encourage their child to take challenging classes and Work Hard. Jonathan finished his third Year at College and is well equipped Thanks to Poinciana and all his Teachers but we never expected the school to do it alone. His College GPA is 3.5 and has earned over 97 credits qualifying him for the Smart Grant. We found Poinciana to have a great Academics Program, Outstanding Sports Program and many other fine Programs. Making Poinciana High School a Quality learning environment. The staff is inspiring, hard working and friendly. They work with what we give them
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

This is the first year for my 10th grade son in Poinciana High School. We moved during the summer to Osceola County from the Dominican Republic. He came from a small private British school in the DR. Even though I originally wanted him to attend Celebration High School he was zoned for Poinciana. So far he has adapted quite well and brings home lots of homework almost every day. He is learning a great deal in his honor and AP classes which is very importand to him and myself. The new principal is doing a great job in improving the school and making it one of the best in Osceola County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2009

The teachers are very kind and work hard. More parents need to be involved to make this a truly great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

This school is horrible, they dont teach nothing and they barely get homework. Whats with this school ! No spirit and no education
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2008

To me this school is wack. if we are late we either get a warning second we get a detention and third we get suspend how in the world does a student get suspended for being late?? i mean come on.. some teachers here cant teach kids think its cool to fail we did CIM that did not help me pass the FCAT..im a senior at this school i transferred from st cloud high school.. im an ese student havent passed the FCAT i did get the help i needed when my learning strageties teacher was here ever since my strageties teacher left in october..everything else began slacking off but the ESE department helps me out.. the administration have a nasty attitude i just think teachers need to focus on passing the student...
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 19, 2008

I arrived to PHS in 2008. This school saved my life. After arriving here from the awful schools in Miami, I didn't even know where to begin. The administration knew little about me but were willing to give it their all to help me succeed. My teachers would never give up on me and do their best to make sure I learned all that I could. I finaly understood what it was like to get an education. The students in the school were all good people. There were rarely any fights in sight. The administration treated me with great respect, The teachers demonstrated that they would give their all and the students were peaceful and mature. I HIGHLY recommend this school & Yes, The tardy system is flawed but it's simple... Just get to school on time. Thank You, Poinciana High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 7, 2008

I'm a student here at PHS and i think its great. I don't agree with the ratings that we got. Dr.Straker is a great principle and he's doing his very best to help not only our school but us students be successful as well. The way I see it is that we are like a family. Every family has their ups and downs and PHS has certainly had its share of problems, But despite all those hardships we have still managed to somehow pull together and we're working toward success together. Families stick together or shall I say 'ohanna' from lilo & stich meaning nobody gets lets behind or forgotten, and thats exactly what I feel our staff here at PHS are trying to do for us students. I love this school its has seen me grow up to be a brilliant and caring young lady. Mad luv for PHS :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2008

To me I personally think this school is much better compared to other school's out there. This year we may be an F school, but the principal & teachers are doing their best to help us. My teachers sit down & try to explain the work to you if you dont get it. To me if you have any problems with work & the teacher doesn't do anything to help you out you should get transfered out or ask the teacher for help. Many people complain about the over crowding but we dont have that anymore. So the classrooms are smaller. If I had a choice to leave PHS or not I wont leave for anything. I like it here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2008

No parent involvement, students think it is funny to fail, teachers think it is alright to not speak English throughout campus
—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.

355 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
26%
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.

353 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

359 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

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.

334 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
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 "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "F".

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.

300 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
22%
Biology I

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

312 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
45%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

354 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
38%
U.S. History

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

265 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%
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 63%
Black 19%
White 15%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 17%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%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 86%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%60%61%
Master's degree 43%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 10%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. PETER HODGES
Fax number
  • (407) 870-0382

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

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
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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2300 South Poinciana Boulevard
Kissimmee, FL 34758
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