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Pinellas Park High School

Public | 9-12 | 2214 students

 

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Posted August 10, 2013

I love that my daughter attends this school for the CJA program!! She loves her teachers and they challenge her very well! Most of the staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Mrs. Freed is top notch!! She has the best communications for her classes on a regular basis!! The only thing I would love to see changed is the CJA secretary. She needs a class in friendliness when you visit!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2013

Not a very good school. Some teachers give you no homework, some give you too much, and some just tell you to drop out! (Seriously, the whole class was told this on more than one occasion.) There are a select few really great teachers in CJA, but there are equally as bad who do not help students at all. The "mall" like design of the school makes changing classes extremely crowded, unpleasant, and leaves no time to visit your locker. Troublemakers also run rampant in the halls.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2012

This school is horrible they don't keep there promises to help students get the courses they need in order to graduate and be able to get into college.


Posted April 2, 2011

I have been attending PPHS for going on 3 years now and I find it is a more or less decent school. However I am in the Criminal Justice Academy, much like many of the students whom have reviewed this school. You may want to note that students in the CJA program have a very different experience than mainstream PPHS students. We have our own teachers and staff. So if you are reading this review because you either want to attend or send your child to this school, you may want to keep that in mind. I would rate the CJA program a 4 out of 5. There are some great, passionate teathers in the program that go out of there way to make sure each student gets the education they need. While the program and school has its strong suits, there are also some departments that are very lacking, the science department inparticular. Some of the teachers have their heart in the right place, but simply don't have the knowledge necessary to give the students what they need to truly understand the topic. Others understand the topic, but refuse to teach their students. But other than this it is a good program. I couldn't give a well developed review on the mainstream portion for I am not a part of it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2009

the school is amazing i go there and im in the cja program everyone sho0uld go there im recommending it!!!!!!!! everyone is friendly you make friends easily!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2008

This school is amazing! i am in the cja and i love it. i am a freshmen (class of 2012) i came to this school knowing no one but everyone is very friendly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

This is my daughters second yr at this school and we have found it to be great. Counselors are awesome. Both teachers and counselors very helpful and willing to help out the students. She is a regular student, not in CJ program, so its not just that program that is outstanding, but the whole school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2006

My rating is largely based on the Criminal Justice program. It is just a phenominal program that I would recommend to all parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2006

I am an African American junior at Pinellas Park High School (PPHS) and I am in the Criminal Justice Academy (CJA). We do get special treatment sometimes because our classes are much more demanding than the mainstream students (students who aren't in the (CJA). The CJA is a community of students willing to help one another out. As for as academics go, there are great teachers and leadership available. Also there are many extracurricular activities available. Personally I am in Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Honor Society, student council, and soccer. In addition there are honor and advanced placement classes(AP) which I am also taking. Therefore if you are a parent or student considering going to PPHS I encourage you to enter the Criminal Justice Academy!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 4, 2006

Hi Everybody! I've been a P-Park High student for 3 years and I had to move to a new school before my senior year. That was the most unfair thing ever! It has a full variety of sports, clubs, and afterschool activities. I made a lot of friends from different countries and learned their traditions. I learned a lot from this school and I love it for it. I felt really loved and welcomed at P-Park. The people there are the best!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 26, 2005

A nice campus with a fairly modern building and amenities. With an emphasis on Criminal Justice magnet program they probably won't garner a majority of choice picks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2005

I do not like the fact that the Criminal Justice students are treated differently, for instance in drivers ed they get to drive even if the other students do not. I like that this school is 'enclosed' in a mall like setting all class wings come off the mall. The math dept needs to be more helpful with students that struggle in math. The drama dept teacher is a wonderful instructor as he is a confidant for the student, he is very encouraging. English dept is also a great dept with qualified teachers. as is the science and history dept.
—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.

537 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
45%
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.

548 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
43%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

521 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
86%
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.

514 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
95%

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 "C".
  • 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.

416 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
38%
Biology I

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

552 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
64%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

422 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
79%
U.S. History

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

502 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%
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 57%
Hispanic 18%
Black 12%
Asian 8%
Two or more races 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 47%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89%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 83%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 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%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
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JOHN G JOHNSTON
Fax number
  • (727) 507-6174

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
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Poetry
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6305 118th Avenue North
Largo, FL 33773
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