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6000 Lakeland Highlands Road
Lakeland, FL 33813

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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
June 05, 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
June 05, 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

- submitted by a community member
December 09, 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
November 05, 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
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
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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
February 10, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 09, 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
no rating October 02, 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
no rating 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
June 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
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
April 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
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
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
April 26, 2007
mixed feelings about the school, have two graduated and one still there. It is true about the rich elite feel from a lot of the students, and staff tends to talk at the kids instead of to them, but overall it is a good school.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
July 27, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 17, 2006
Top rate school, upper middle class, excellent sports teams (other than football) girls and boys soccer teams made it to the final fout last year. Excellent Teachers!

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2005
I find the school to be in exalent condition and the staff and falculty to be top of the line. The school is open to a wide variety of classes the students are able to take and enjoy them with great helping teachers. The faculty is open to every students request and fullfiling them fully. The parents are a big part of the school with the booster clubs and activities that take place, and are able to get in touch with whomever in the school they request to speakwith. Of that rangeing from a teacher to the principal upon request to answer any and ever question asked. Therefore i find GJHS to be a very honorable and trustworthy school.

- submitted by a student
July 05, 2005
I think that this school, is based off of a more 'wealthy' population, casting the mid to low income students down at the bottom of the barrel. All of the 'jocks' have a slendid time in high school while other students have it rougher and dont recieve the same care that the richer students do. I am appauled by this treatment and do not recommend this school. If your child dosn't want to go here. Don't make them. Please don't make the same mistake I did.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2005
This school is great with learning, but, the students are very spolied and misbehaved. If you're not rich, chances are your children will not enjoy this school. The staff are unfriendly. The pricipal always makes up rules that effects students enjoyment. You pay for the simple things, such as a privledge. Nothing is free at this school.

- submitted by a student
June 17, 2005
All 8 of my kids went here, and they loved it!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
Cool School, I'll miss it, the kids, the teachers and staff!

- submitted by a former student
June 01, 2005
My two daughters both attended GJHS. My younger daugher's experience was far superior to my older daughter's. The reason was their attitude and maturity level. My younger daughter was involved in AP and Honors Programs. She graduated with a 4.4048 GPA in May 2005. My older daughter graduated with a 3.02 in May 2002. She was in average classes. The teaching at the different levels was seriously different. The AP and Honors teachers were devoted and spent alot of time preparing for their classes. By comparison, the teachers for the 'average' and gen ed classes seemed far less interested in challenging their students. You're blessed if your child is part of the 'elite'.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2005
This school was started by Richard Lewis who unfortunately passed due to a heart attack during the inaugural football game. Students loved this man and enjoyed his interaction and motivational techniques. His dream lives on in this school where high school students are inspired.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
GJHS is the best high school in Polk County. My son is a senior he is my second son to graduate from GJ. I have been a volunteer for 8 years so I have seen first hand how much the teachers and administration care and help the students reach their full potential. As band booster president I can say GJHS has a WONDERFUL music program. I recommend GJHS to any and everyone who truly cares about their childs education.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2005
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- submitted by a student
January 25, 2005
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- submitted by a student
January 22, 2005
I think this is an excellent school. its the best school in polk county in my opinion. i love it.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
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George W. Jenkins Senior High School
6000 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland, FL  33813
(863) 648-3566
Last modified George W. Jenkins Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
George W. Jenkins Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top