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Leesburg High School

Public | 9-12 | 1594 students

 

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Posted August 18, 2014

some of the staff members are very rude & unprofessional. & this school over all lacks organization.:(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2014

THIS IS NOT A GOOD SCHOOL!!!! Teachers does the bare minimum and could care less if your child passes or fails. They play too much with Student and get frustrated when the situation is out of their control. This school need a staff makeover!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

This is a great school! I have to say that this is the best High School I have been to! Excellent Teachers (Depending on who you get) But it's more than above average! I believe that this year is the best! We are now known as the "ON Time" Students! It's pretty cool and you really feel proud of your work in this school! No matter if its completely done wrong, you still get a valid grade!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2011

I have a question that I hope can be answered. Right now I attend The Villages High School and next year, my 11th grade year, I was thinking about switching to LHS. However, I live in Summerfield, about 15 minutes away from Leesburg. My aunt said she didnt think I was eligable to attend since I am not zoned for LHS. Can someone tell me if LHS is a possibility for me?


Posted February 10, 2010

I have three children that graduated from LHS and my fourth child is currently enrolled. It is so true that your High School years will be whatever YOU make of them. One child got a better education than her peers in the UF Honors program, one child went to college on an atheletic scholarship, and one child that excelled in academics at LHS has decided collge is not for her. The student makes choices for themselves no matter how much money their school gets. If they want to excell, LHS gives them every opportunity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2009

Leesburg high school is a really good school! i currently attend this school and i love it way more then i did my other school that i went to(south sumter high school)! leesburg high is a friendly school!! people i dont even know come up to me when they notice that im sad and try to make me feel better!! if you are a parrent that is looking for a great school to send your child to i would recomend you to sent them to leesburg high!! the teachers are friendly and they try there best to help the students out! this is a easy school to pass through!!! if i were you i would chose lhs over any school to send my child to!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2009

there is no way to escape the slackers and kids with no drive, they are at every school. i have attended other high schools in the lake county area and found LHS my favorite. i am enrolled in all AP, honors, or college prep classes. teachers are always there to help as are the other school officals. students just dont seek out this help. the band, chorus, drama, art and sports programs are great considering the lack of funding as well as the AP, honors and dual enrollment opportunities. dont let kids who choose the easy ways out change your mind about this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2008

with all the strictness, I'd expect a safer school..to much bullying, violence. Not what I expected for my small town....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2008

I am a current student at Leesburg High School and I couldn't be more happy. While there are always kids who don't care about their education, most of us do. I know that Mrs. Velez really cares about us and wants us to do well and it shows. Of course kids complain about rules but I know that the rules are there with good intentions so accept them. There are some great teachers here who want us to succeed. The athletics and extra curricular activites area great and school spirit is good. I don't blame the school for the below agerage performance of some of the students, I blame those students and their parents. If every student was underperforming then the school would be at fault but that is not the case. I would recommend LHS to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2008

Man i love tha fact that i can go to leesburg barely try and get a diploma.. It is so easy coming from the villages and goin to a school like this.. For people who really dont want to go to school this school is an excellent place honestly it has some of the best sport teams around this year and in 05 the football team went to state and this year they were district champs.. The weightlifting team is awesome and the girls basketball team is top quality also.. You either get teachers who are too hard or are very very easy.. Hopefully your the lucky one and gets the teacher who watches movies or lets you on the internet to do stuff like this.. Like i am now... So for the slackers who like sports out there come to this school and enjoy.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2007

I believe that an education at LHS is whatever you choose to make of it. I know students that skated by and graduated without really learning much. However, I feel that I got an exceptional education there by making sure that I got the best teachers and always took the hardest classes. Frankly, I think I learned more in high school than many of the students that I met in the honors program at UF, including those with IB diplomas. It's true that many parents aren't involved, but there is always a dedicated group, and extracurricular activities are, at the very least, average for a school of this size. In all, I had an exceptional high school experience at LHS.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 31, 2006

I am currently a student at LHS and I am not surprised that the school is in such a miserable state. The school board seems to believe that more strict rules are a solution to all of the problems that we face, There is a gross lack of funding due to retirement and tourism. You cant just gauge the school as a good one because you child cares and is in AP classes and does well. There is a total lack of parent participation and that is damaging.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2006

My 2 older children are attending this school amd I am pleased with the education that they are receiving. They are both taking honors and AP classes, are active in clubs and athletics, and are generally having a positive high school experience. However, my third child has some learning disabilities and I wouldn't send him to this school, because I see a lot of problems stemming from undisciplined young people who are not attending the school to learn and cause a lot of problems for the teachers not lucky enouth to teach the more challenging courses. There are a group of parents who participate and help out, and a much larger group who just don't care. In short, look carefully at the type of classes your child will be attending before choosing this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

Leesburg High School is an excellent school. It has some very good teachers and programs from academics to music to athelics. If the parents would get more invoved with their child's education it could improve the school's grade. The grade does not reflect the entire school, especially with the high acheivers, AP, and honor students. The community needs to work with the schools to help those in the lower socio-economic areas improve the abilities of poorly motivated students to acheive. This would raise the score of LHS. It is not always the fault of the teachers or administrators. Get involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

LHS has excellent academic programs for al students. Their Advanced Placement and Vocational Programs are very successfull. Their state school grade was due to not being able to students in the lowest quartile not raising their scores enough to satisfy new state standards. The school is meeting this challenge by trying several different strategies to improve this lower quartile's attitude about school and their scores. The avaerage and above average students continue to perform well and improve their performance. The 2005 co-valedictorians were both National Merit Scholars. Many members of the Sernior Class qualified for the Florida Scholars and Gold Seal scholarships and received additional scholarships from the colleges of their choice. I am a teacher there, but both of my children graduated from LHS with a quality education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 27, 2005

Excellent ap program and best principal in the county
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2005

this is one of the worst schools in the us that i have sent my child to. on my child's first day they were offered drugs. I felt the teachers were very inadequete. I feel that even sitting here writing this review will not help at all. This school has failed to clean up and shape up. Please if you are interested in sending your child there visit it and reconsider.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2004

I am a parent and teacher at Leesburg High School. I think that the faculty is as top-notch as with any other schools in the county. If more parents would get involved in their child's education, then I think that we would be a 'B'school like Mount Dora. Parental involvement is extremely important for students to be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2003

As a parent of two graduates, I have moved to another district to take my third child to. Although many years ago LHS may have been innovative, this new generation of students are being left behind. Administration is not very supportive of athletic programs, nor of leading and encouraging students to attain their SAT's and college prep. The drop out rate is frightening. If your child will be attending LHS, be prepared to work just as hard as they do in getting goals met and prepping for college! p.s. I am also an educator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I went to school here from 1996-2000. We had 2 principals: David Tucker and Wayne McCloud, both of whom inspired trust in the students. The deans were outstanding as well. Most of my teachers tried to help me in schoolwork and in life. Ms. Fairchild, Mr. Hayes (yes!), Mr. Jones, Mr. Arnold, Ms. Benton, and Mrs. Williams helped mold me and I will never forget them. There were a club or sport for every type of person. There was a drama club (who always put on a play), chess club, FCA, FFA, Culture Clubs (Latin, French, Spanish), band, football, soccer, weight lifting, etc., that even the parents can be involved in. The school itself is a hallmark of the city, having stood for around 80? years (1923?), so it is easy to find. All around, Leesburg High was and is a historical school, with above average teachers, exceptional displintarians, and a lot of activities to offer everyone.
—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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

420 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
38%
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.

379 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

386 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
63%
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.

401 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • 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.

278 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
29%
Biology I

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

356 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
62%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

428 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
63%
U.S. History

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

366 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%
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%
Black 28%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 164%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 21%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 79%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 61%62%61%
Master's degree 38%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JOHN W MILLER
Fax number
  • (352) 787-8892

Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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1401 Yellow Jacket Way
Leesburg, FL 34748
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