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Laurel Hill School

Public | PK-12 | 435 students

 

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Posted May 16, 2010

It is a wonderful school.the students has great leadership from the principals,teachers,even down to the bus drivers. Leaning has no limit for our students .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2010

i am a senior here at laurel hill this school has aceppted me to come here fo in high for my last year of high school i love this school everybody knows evryobody and i beleive thats the way its supposed to be were just some good ol' boy's and girl's from laurel hill i will never forget this school or any of the teachers that have helped me along the especially ms. amanda varnum shes taught me patience and plenty of ways to communicate i geuss it comes easy with her teaching first graders everyday but all in all i would never dream about being part of another school Go Hoboes!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 5, 2010

I have two kids that go to this school. They have done wonderful and they love the small town environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2010

This is a wonderful school. My children have attented other schools that were bigger, but they never seemed to fit in. Here, all of the kids get along with each other and now they have many friends. At LHS, the teachers still believe in calling home when my child's academic progress falls behind in their class. Mrs. Sexton and the staff are friendly and always remember you by name. They know whose child goes with which parent. The school is not big enough to host a lot of sports, but that is okay because the kids here do not mind. They have a great basketball team, drama club, and baseball. My kids will not go anywhere other than Laurel Hill. --Kelsie Reeves, parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

This is the best school that I have ever attended!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 20, 2008

I love LHS. This was my first year attending the school and it was great. I was in a larger environment at my old school and coming here was a change.In stead of having over 600 students in just grades k-5, LHS has about 450 kids grades preK-12. The teachers here are also very hands on. If you need help with any thing, the teachers are right there to give you help. Also, Mr. McSween, Mrs. Sexton, and Officer Joe make a great team. I am really looking forward to my next year an LHS. Go Hoboes!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2008

Laurel hill is a great school. It is one not so big (considering the 450 enrolled) family that you love to see everyday. At laurel hill you do not dread getting up because you know you are goin to a comfortable, clean, family style enviornment. It isnt as big as neigboring crestview, but that is the best thing about it.It is also nice to be able to have good friendships with not only your class, but classes below and above you.I wouldnt trade my 4 years at LH for anything.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 18, 2007

Laurel Hill is a very clean environment. Students are well behave and groomed. Everyone there is really nice. I have never been to a school that your teacher as your friend. Laurel Hill is a fun place to learn and a great school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 20, 2006

My children have attended Laurel Hill School on waiver for over three years now. This means that rather than attend an Alabama school where standards are behind three years they can attend a school where expectations are the highest. Mc Sween, Nobles & the staff are strict yet compassionate and uphold standards that many schools have forgotten. As for sports over riding their vision. I do not see how this is possible as they do not have the same programs available so our children are not blinded by the football seasons that most other students are privy to. Balance of structure compassion and a true love for our kids are what make this a great school. Congratulations to Laurel Hills newest rising star, Mrs. Sabine Lyons in the Art department; we as parents are proud to have you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2006

I too, attended LHS. I was there from kindergarten until I graduated. LHS does have things under control. The students are kept in line, and the administrators are wonderful. McSween and Nobles make a great team. It is a clean, safe environment, and most of the teachers make sure the kids that want to learn do learn. A well-known quote from a teacher who cares: 'chose to remember!' (homework, formulas, etc.) LHS is an outstanding school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 28, 2006

This school in my opinion, does not have their priorities in line. Their sports are at the top of their 'to do ' lists and academics are not put first. The student are not behaved at this school and the faculty needs to gain control of the students. They seem to do what they please and it is not organized at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2004

I attended LHS for 10 years and I can honestly say that there is not a better school in Okaloosa County. Laurel Hill, has some of the most excellent teachers in the field and are amoung the most caring. There is not a moment during my school experience at LHS that I did not feel at home. The teachers where more than just teachers, they were all a friend and fill in parent at one point in time. Since, I have graduated LHS and moved on, I have never forgotten just how important attending a small school can actually be. LHS may be a small school and it may not offer as many programs as the bigger schools, but everyone knows one another and is able to count on each other when there is a time of need. I would reccommmend any parent to send their children to LHS.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

29 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
60%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

33 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
76%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
29%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

29 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

29 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
52%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

30 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

28 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

31 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
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 53% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
54%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
67%
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 81% in 2012.

33 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

26 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

33 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
100%

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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

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.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
50%
Biology I

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

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%
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 87%
Black 9%
Two or more races 4%
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 80%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 87%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 71%57%61%
Master's degree 23%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 6%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 7:25 am
School end time
  • 2:15 pm
School Leader's name
  • MRS. LEE MARTELLO
Gender
  • Coed
Fax number
  • (850) 652-4659

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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8078 4th Street
Laurel Hill, FL 32567
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Phone: (850) 652-4111

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