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Largo High School

Public | 9-12 | 1715 students

 

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Posted August 10, 2013

I'm currently attending Largo High School and I absolutely love it. It by far has been the best school experience I've ever had.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2012

I am very disappointed in the way graduation was handled.Everyone knows June in Florida is the rainy season. All graduates deserve to wear their cap and gown and be acknowledged for their achivements. To expect family, friends and graduates to sit in the rain for 2 hrs. is absolutley unacceptable. If the people in charge really aren't interested maybe the school should find a better group of adults to take on this task, so next year will be a sucess. Very disappointing way to end years of study and hard work to embark on the beginning of new futures.


Posted February 3, 2011

I am a Junior now in the Magnet program and I must say that I miss the 4 by 4 scheduling. Having 7 classes a day really puts a stress on me and everyone I know at the school. I use to be able to finish class and homework in one class period and get all A's. Now, having 7 classes, my grades have dropped to A's, B's, and the occasional C. As teenagers, we shouldn't be given so much stress added from school with our already growing stress from volunteering, shadowing, job, home-related problems, sports, clubs, and many more activities. If Largo High School wants to be a better school and have higher grades, it is going to need the 4 by 4 scheduling back. Especially now that we are only allowed to exempt 3 exams. What is the point in doing good in the class(besides college) if we don't get the reward of being able to exempt the class?
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 1, 2011

I am a previous student (Class of 1993), I know the school has the best programs in the country! I went to another HS in a different state, and have a child in 11th grade. I wish more than anything I was able to move back to raise all of my children in the area, so they could experience the way of life, the school, teachers and all the possibilities that LHS puts at our fingertips. I have PACKER PRIDE!!! And hope to be able to show/tour my kids of the school when we come down in June, they have heard so much about it. I hope the parents with doubt, do more research before pulling your kid out or placing them elsewhere, they would be missing out on the supreme high school experience, and an excellent academic structure suited for all types of learners and lifestyle.


Posted March 11, 2010

I go to Largo now as a sophomore and i am in the magnet program. Last year Largo was on a four by four schedule and now we are at a seven period day. I hate it. I definately feel that with a four block schedule kids don't have to worry about spending ALL their time outside of school doing homework. I play soccer and it is hard to have seven different homeworks and go to practice and have time to eat and sleep in order to get ready for the next day
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

The best football and band program in the country
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2008

I am a student at LHS, and the teachers are an inspiration to me in school and life. I am in choir and that program is amazing! it is such an honor to be a part of this great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2007

I'm a student, and I love it at the school, the block schedule allows for more learning in a period, rather than cramming a whole chapter into 45 minutes and having 8 pages of homework every night. The drop out rate is very low and although the school is know n for it's fights and all-around roughness it's pretty easy to get along with the students. The staff is friendly and willing to help any student that needs it. Not to mention our athletics program is excellent, which allows students to have a sense of pride about their school. The only issue I have about the school is that the PTSA is kind of... uninvolved on most things.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 23, 2006

I am only a student but the classes there are excellent and I like the after school lunch program. You can go home and eat if you want to or you can go to work. Plus the teachers do a good job of teaching. This is an awesome school and I am glad I chose to go here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2006

I'm sorry to see a parent taking their child out of Largo High school because of the lunch period. Some children work after school and the last period lunch helps them to do this and have time to do homework and/or after school activities. I find my daughter (9th grade) did very well this year. She enjoyed going to school, even though she had to catch the bus at 5:35am. Her grades have never been better. The teacher-parent communication is A+ at Largo. If the parent is interested, there isn't any time that that the teachers are not responsive. I give Largo teachers an A+ for 2005-2006. The only downfall I felt, was at the end of the year, when some classes started craming work they hadn't covered yet and had to complete. Other than that I hope the next year is as good as this one was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2006

They have an excellent drop out prevention program (GOAL) that doesn't receive enough attention or funding. They do not provide adequate services to students with an IEP. They decided, in essence, get rid of the lunch period. I'm switching my child to another high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

My daughter is a junior in the 21st Century Learning program at Largo High School. This program teaches the students to work together in small groups and prepares them for college. It gives them the opportunity to shadow a career twice a year. My daughter went from an ordinary student in middle school to a confident hard worker in high school. She is in many clubs, holds class offices and participates in flag football. The staff is unbeliable and they go out of their way to help the students. I totally praise this high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2004

The concept of the 21st Century Magnet Program is fantastic. Students also get to shadow businesses of their interest a couple of times a year. Only negative comment is that their Math program is weak-I've heard many complaints (different students & have seen it w/my student) with the Algebra 1 teacher. This has made it very difficult for my student in the following years too. The Geometry teacher needs to present more visual demonstrations for those who need this to learn (my student again), therefore a weakness there. The idea of working in groups is a great idea too but in some cases it needs to be more considered the fact that sometimes 1-2 students do all of the work & one group grade is given. They do have great project ideas though. The administrative staff is wonderful & supportive. I would recommend this school overall, just correct those weaknesses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2004

I am a graduate of Largo High. While attending I loved every minute. I still go back and volunteer, I loved it so much. The magnet program there is the greatest!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 11, 2004

All of the kids have fun and always learn new things. A+ school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 5, 2004

This is a great school - they have wonderful teachers who are capable and willing to teach the students.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

433 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%
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.

402 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
44%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

408 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
84%
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.

390 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
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 "D".
  • 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 64% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
38%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

435 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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 60%
Black 16%
Hispanic 13%
Asian 6%
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 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 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 81%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%60%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%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

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. BRADLEY FINKBINER
Fax number
  • (727) 588-4037

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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410 Missouri Avenue North
Largo, FL 33770
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Phone: (727) 588-3758

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