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George W. Jenkins Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 2245 students

 

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Posted July 17, 2014

Great school with medical, law, sports fitness, engineering, Geico, and culinary Academies. My 3rd child is currently enrolled. My 2 previous children received scholarships to college because of the good education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2014

This school is the worst school you could ever go to. The teachers are very disrespectful and the students think they are better than everyone else. There is a lot of bullying going on and the staff does not care at all! If you are a parent and you're thinking about sending your daughter here, DO NOT DO IT! I'm a student here so that should tell you something.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2014

I hated this school. The kids were mean, a lot of them were spoiled rich kids or some that had nothing acted like they had something. I was bullied because wasn't in the cliques, I wasn't known because my parents weren't snobs participating in the school activities, and the teachers didn't seem to care!! They don't even help the students who are struggling out, they favor those who are academically doing really well without any help and have money. Plus the guidance counselors seemed to never be their, answer their emails, in the end they are unprofessional and don't help u. If I have kids I'm never sending them to this school. A school is supposed to feel welcoming and give enjoyment to kids to learn and lift one another up! Not destroy self esteem. Don't bring ur child to this school lakeland high is better


Posted December 9, 2013

We moved here from out of town and it was a task to register my daughter for school at GJHS. The people who work in the guidance office are very rude and condescending. My childs teachers are on their phones texting and facebooking instead of teaching! No wonder the testing scores have fallen at GJHS in the last several years!! Getting a phone call back from higher up staff is a big task! They do not return phone calls or emails at a timely manner which is very unprofessional. My child will not be returning to GJHS next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

Many label this school as the "rich" or "wealthy" school. Well I assure you, my family was neither of those. I attended and graduated from GJHS with high honors, with a full scholarship to any college in FL. The teachers and staff are wonderful. Like any school, you do have problems, but they are resolved to the best of the staff's abilities, and the really do care about each student as an individual. Don't set expectations for others that you wouldn't be willing to meet yourself. GJHS was a wonderful school, and I hope to move back to the area and have my own children graduate from here. Go Eagles!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2012

If the county cut budgets then where did the new IPAD for everyone and new mascot come from?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2012

I worked at GJ for almost ten years. Yes, there are problems, but it was the best teaching experience I have had. The kids are just kids and the teachers I knew cared. The budget cuts come from the county. Don't blame the teachers. My children will go to GJ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2012

I absolutely agree with the last post. It's a shame that they decide to do budget cuts on the important things that the students need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2012

I disagree with you. I worked in this school for 14 years and I can tell you that even though some kids are rude and dress crazily (they are teenagers!) the majority of the school body works hard, get to classes on time and get admitted to college. The school provides lots of clubs, sports, and other activities to try to engage the vast majority of the school body. No school can be 100% good if it has to admit everyone; that is why public education requires.


Posted January 24, 2012

Three of my kids have attended this school. There is a great selection of courses and the teachers challenge the students for the most part. My kids have said a few classes weren't that interesting--but isn't that true of most schools? The sports programs are also pretty good. The schools on the south side of Lakeland have all been good and are probably as close as you'll get to a private school education without paying the steep price.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2010

its the greatest school in lakeland my daughter is in the band and my son is on the swim team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

This school looks great from the outside. But once you really get to see it it's just a place where rich immature kids can prance around and not get in trouble. Most of these kids are rude and think that they are better then everyone else just because their parents have money. If you have any self integrity you wouldn't go or send your child to this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 23, 2010

This school is just like a 3 ring circus. The people in charge have no idea what they are doing. The registrar didnt feel like registering my son the day I went so it took me 4 days to register him-another parent was trying to register their child for a month, the counselor refused to get grades from another counties school placing my son a year behind since they didnt have the right credits showing, stranded my son at school without a bus and told him oh well just find a ride home, I've tried to call and speak to a principle or assistan principle for 8.5 hours and only get a very rude "paraprofessional" and students. The authority figures in charge of caring for our children, their education are in dire need of supervision and direction themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2010

This school has horrible administration and a riduculously unpracticall policy called the 'choice room'. It has some wonderful teachers but they are the only thing good about this awful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2009

The rules at this school are outrageous. The teacher are rude, but on the academic level this school is GREAT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

I have had two son's graduate from George Jenkins already and I have a sophomore there now. The entire staff at GJ truly cares about the education of each and every child. The principal knows all the students. They expect the best of every student and they help them to reach that goal. I would recommend to school to anyone who wants their child to have an education that prepares for college or the work world. Learning whatever it takes is the motto of the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love George Jenkins because it offers a array of classes, the campus is beautiful, and the people (staff/students alike) are friendly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 28, 2008

As far as the school's condition, it's excellent. Very nice quality buildings but the problem I had with GJHS was the fact that the school counslers suggested I quit and go to a trade school. I did quit this uncaring school and went to Lakeland high school and graduated over there. I feel that if you are a 'C' average student and in need of help you better not to go GJHS. They only want the best and that's it. You are better off at Lakeland high school, atleast there they try everything they can to help you unlike this school. On the other hand, if you are an 'A' average student you got nothing to worry about.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

As a transfer student, I have felt unwelcome and undesired. Don't let the facade fool you. This school is only good academically because most of the parents are college educated and have money. If I had had a choice, I would not choose to go to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2007

i love this school my kids started off and were definately worried about coming.they new that it was a wealthy school and we didnt have much money but just the same as anyone elses kids if they have a good personality they will fit in.
—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.

547 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

569 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
52%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

567 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
83%
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.

535 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

434 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
41%
Biology I

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

623 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
61%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

510 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
50%
U.S. History

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

369 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%
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 59%
Hispanic 18%
Black 16%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%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 89%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Lakeland Highlands Middle School
Crystal Lake Middle School
Southwest Middle School
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 59%66%61%
Master's degree 38%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 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • 5-Star Award (2007)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:15am
School end time
  • 1:50pm
School Leader's name
  • MR. BUDDY THOMAS
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (863) 648-3573

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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Students typically come from these schools
Lakeland Highlands Middle School
Crystal Lake Middle School
Southwest Middle School
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6000 Lakeland Highlands Road
Lakeland, FL 33813
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Phone: (863) 648-3566

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