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9-12
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Lithia, FL
Students enrolled: 2,370

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16550 Fishhawk Boulevard
Lithia, FL 33547

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(813) 740-4600
(813) 740-4604
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December 16, 2013
Awesome school! My son just graduated and he is so intelligent he is getting offers from the top 3 schools in the world! I owe it all to Newsome! If I could Id give it 17 stars!

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2013
I don't really care about these reviews, they are just a lot of fun to read. If you are considering Newsome remember that all of these reviews are from people at either end of the crazy spectrum, and to find out what it's really like you must speak to someone who actually went here. Speaking as a grad who went to two other high schools, Newsome was the best, not perfect, but the best you will find aorund here.

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2012
Overall, a great school, but their front office staff (Christina) is not very helpful. Rather, than answering my questions, she simply said, "Here's the website that will answer your questions." The administration should probably review the quality of service that is being provided.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
Newsome High School is in a great community with families that are committed to education. I commend the high rate of students that go on to college! The parts of Newsome that need improvement are the Guidance Department and extracurricular opportunities. The Guidance Department seems overwhelmed with the number of students that depend on them. I have heard of so many complaints of the guidance counselors giving little attention to what is best in individual students interests when putting together schedules. My Daughter and I specifically made an appointment with Guidance before she began at Newsome to discuss her last two years of high school. She could not have been put in worse classes for her future pursuits and academic level. It was if they chose the opposite of what had been discussed and changing a schedule is not easy, even when it is the fault of their department. Extra curricular activities and clubs are not encouraged at Newsome like they should be and are at other schools. With the difficulty of making a sports team at Newsome, clubs and groups should be more available BEFORE and AFTER school for the general student body to get involved.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2011
I'll admit that it has many clubs,but you HAVE to pay at least $16 for every club you sign up for. Also the guidance is frustrating. I was still changing my schedule three weeks into the school year and had to change it seven times. It was my senior year so I needed my classes for graduating and for college applications. Half of the teachers do not know what they are teaching so you have to teach yourself and most are too stubborn to admit they were wrong or put a curve on the test. I have been to TEN school and this has been by far the WORST.

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2011
At first I thought this school was going to a OK, I was wrong. Teachers are poor, students are stuck up. Also it is an outdoor school. Then they changed my favorite class and when I asked to switch back they came up with all of these fake excuses. It is all just so unorganized, I'm just going to switch highschools.

- submitted by a student
July 16, 2011
Last year I was a freshman, (sophomore next year). I believed the rumors that Newsome was a preppy/"Sweet Valley High School". But they're wrong. There are some stuck up people but that is expected. People are nice. I came from a small school and I only knew maybe 4 people. I leave Freshman year with tons of new friends. I have met people I want to spent the rest of my life with. There's no drama, as long as you don't make any. Classes are great. Teachers actually want you to pass and they care about you. Many of my friends get straight A's or close to it! You get to be independent, while the school provides many opprtunities.

- submitted by a student
June 02, 2011
I graduated from Newsome in 2008, and I absolutely loved my experience there, even as someone who wasn't a part of the "in crowd". Academically, Newsome is great, but I think there is too much emphasis on AP classes, even for those who can't keep up. I'm graduating from a good college now with honors, and AP classes didn't really do too much for me. If someone is worried about the social aspects of the school, I would be aware that there seems to be an increased amount of students feeling entitled to do what they want and are spoiled, but that's just what I think as someone who stays connected to the school. My word of advice would be to pick an extracurricular and stick with it. Activities at Newsome are great and there are a lot to choose from.

- submitted by a student
February 24, 2011
My daughter is currently a senior and loves Newsome's academics and athletics, which she participates in. The AP classes offered are excellent and there is a wide variety of elective classes to choose from. The teachers are wonderful, only one or two over the past 4 years that weren't very good. The only downfall I've seen is the lack of tolerance by the student body. They need to learn not to judge and harass people who aren't part of the "in crowd". I've met so many wonderful students (who aren't popular) and are happy with who they are rather than concern themselves with popularity. That's the sign of a well rounded student.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2011
I attended Newsome High School from 2006 to 2010. It has an expansive course catalog, including numerous Advanced Placement and Honors classes. Many of my Advanced Placement teachers were outstanding and very experienced with teaching the content and engaging the students. The administration often took the "path of least resistance." They made decisions based on whatever allowed them to do the least work. Several advisors were very helpful; however, some were unable to handle the responsibilities of being a guidance counselor. Many of my friends found it difficult to meet with advisors and receive the help necessary for success. If you are a parent, I would send your student to Newsome over other schools in the area. However, if your student needs something from the guidance office you may need to contact them in order to get things done. Also, the harder your student works and the better grades that he or she earns will mean more attention from advisors. If your son or daughter thinks that they could excel in Honors or Advanced Placement courses then do not let administration force them into Regular classes. I heard of this happening to some of my most intelligent friends.

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2010
My Grandson attends Newsome and is in his Senior Year and in his time at Nerwsome I have seen him develop acadamically and socially. He is in the JROTC and Wolves Football Team and his' stats' are excellent. To those who complain your children will be rewarded for their efforts and as parents you will reap those rewards by supporting the school and your kids, seeing them develop their potential and mature into adulthood.

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2010
I have two children at this school and as a military family, we have seen many schools. Most of the school is decent, with a few really good teachers. Yet the bullying and harrassment that I have witnessed first hand, with no help from administration has left me feeling that this school is the worst my children have attended. Everytime we move, I try to find the best school, at least on paper, to send my children to, but Newsome has failed miserably. The administration and counselors are never around and always to busy to deal with the problems. The kids run the school and the bullies are allowed to hurt kids and harass kids without worrying that the school will interfere. No leadership from the top has left this school in chaos. If I had to choose a school again, it would not be Newsome. There are plenty of other wonderful schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
My son went to and graduated from newsome High School. The school, its teachers, and the community which it servers (FishHawk/RiverHills) is top notch. It has excellent academics are well as a varied and successful sports opoortunities, including an excellent swimming team and Hockey Program as well as football, baseball, golf and all the sports you'd expect. my wife and I moved to this area for this school. It was well worth it.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
I have nothing great to say about Newsome High School. I have two children who attend this school. This is their second year here and I would seriously recommend another high school. Although this high school is ranked as one of the top 500 in the country, unless your child is in honors classes, the classes are not challenging enough. One of the reasons we moved to our neighborhood was the ranking we read on this website. My daughter is a senior this year even with honors classes she hates this school. She has no friends, only acquaintances, she doesn't want a yearbook, class ring, senior pictures, etc. She just wants to finish the year. Since we moved her in November, 2009, my children were not placed in honors classes until this year. The guidance department here is very unprofessional. I cringe every time I have go in there.

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October 12, 2009
The programs are Outstanding, The JROTC instructors are amaizing, they don't have the ESOL prgram for english learning people, even though there isn't a lot of diversity on the school... I'm one of the 'Few' who speak more than one language.

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September 04, 2009
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March 19, 2009
Good school nothing wrong with it. Lenient enough to make us feel like adults yet strict enough to make sure we dont go crazy.

- submitted by a student
March 16, 2009
This is a great school. Smart students, great spirit for our sports teams, and high FCAT scores. The only thing not very positive about this school is how much drama takes place here.

- submitted by a student
March 11, 2009
This school has excellent teachers, but to me is not diverse enough. 90% of the people there are from fishhawk and not many people from other places are there. If you're not a Jock or a Cheerleader your not going to fit in with the so called 'Cool Kids'

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November 12, 2008
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no rating September 03, 2008
Very upset with the teachers and the administration. My son had problems with bullying since his freshman year. Finally, we transferred him. Parents and kids at this school are primarily snooty and it's just not worth it.

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August 29, 2008
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August 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2008
Academics overrated with few students reaching ivy league schools.

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February 06, 2008
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February 05, 2008
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no rating December 27, 2007
I am a former Newsome student and was in the first graduating class. Being that I was first graduating class, I was also apart of the first clubs, first Student Gov't, first class councils, and first sports teams. I've been able to see Newsome grow over the years because my sister just graduated this past summer. The school was a great place for her and myself to grow and I feel that we were blessed with a great highschool and experience. My mother was heavily involved in the school as well and as a whole family we feel that Newsome was and still is a great public school. I am still close to my old teachers, administrators, and coaches. It would be a great opportunity to work there, go there as a student, or have your own children attend. I love my old highschool and I think many students would agree.

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September 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2007
Newsome High School is, I believe, a wonderful school academically. Socially, it stinks, having very little diversity. However, several of its programs certainly excel. The Science teachers are, for the most part, excellent, as are the English teachers. There are many teachers in other areas that are also good, although I will admit to not having quite as much time with them. The teachers are always willing to help you out, although they will not baby you for the most part.

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August 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 09, 2007
The school, although very strong academically, is not socially diverse-it is sometimes known as Laguna Beach High for its strong emphasis on the preppy and jocky culture-you're either forced to conform or rejected harshly by the in crowd

- submitted by a student
May 11, 2007
I go to Newsome and I never tend to have homework. We moved from a school up north and thanks to my good study habits I haven't lost all the information that I had learned up north. This school has a very poor system of teaching and even worse scheduling system. The counselors never return what you need when you ask for it.

- submitted by a student
May 02, 2007
Newsome High School is a terrific school, strong on academics and college-bound students. It offers a regular academic curriculum as well as excellent Honors and AP Programs. The majority of the teachers hold Masters Degrees and students have easy access to them, if needed. Parent involvement is strong as well and this is reflected in the quality of available programs and administrative assistance. We are lucky to have such a great high school in our neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2007
I am very disappointed with the academic programs. They are nothing compared to the education I was receiving from up north. Extracurricular activities are supposed to EXTRAcurricular, not during school hours. If a student doesn't have time for anything after school then they should not be in a club. The 'club days' held wasted my class time because I had to sit and read a pointless book because the teacher cannot teach when half of the class is gone. This highschool was the worst thing that happend in my high school career. I don't care what the county gave them for a grade.

- submitted by a former student
December 13, 2006
Newsome is a great academic school. The quality of teaching is outstanding. It is a private public school in my opinion. Improvement is needed in the scheduling process by involving parents and consideration of a students college major. In addition it is lacking in diversity among all levels: african-american teachers, administrators, counselors.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2006
I think Newsome is a nice school. Some of thier policies on keeping parents informed of thier child's behavior in school is lacking. Apparently they feel its okay to give the child written warning about thier lateness to class, but no notice came to me about it. I don't think the courses are challenging enough and only having four classes a semester is not keeping a competitive edge with other states.

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December 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2006
Having just moved from private schools in Ohio we found the school the be way too large. You are nothing but a number. Scheduling problems brought on by a software glitches were not dealt with for 10 or more days...Administration refused to see students or parents and handled the problem very poorly. Even now at the end of the first quarter I cannot get the administration to return calls or emails. I have a Junior in the school and he is very self motivated and responsible. If he were not I think the move would have been a disaster. While the classes are not as demanding from what we came from, they do have a large selection of interesting classes from which to choose. Over all I was very disappointed in what I found for the school and would go elsewhere if I had it to do over.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
We moved here 3 years ago and we have found that Newsome High is an A+ school. The quality of the programs are outstanding. There are a lot of extracurricular activities to chose from. The different languages they offer are in line with the other high schools. I would highly recommend this high school.

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May 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2005
I just started working at Newsome this academic year and have been very impressed with what I've seen and heard. Knowledable administration, many good teachers, and a quality student body are the highlights. The emphasis is on high academic performance and achievement, with an overall goal of preparing students for college. Tolerance for differences is even quite high considering the location and population. The only thing I would recommend changing is bringing back the position of Guidance Resource Specialist. (They are one of the only schools in Hills. Co. to NOT have one and THIS population is one that justifiably deserves and requires it.)

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September 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
Newsome HS is a wonderful school with great teachers and a wonderful administration. It's all a public school should be.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2005
The school is only in its second year, but has earned the 'A' rating both years, which was well deserved. I have one child attending right now with another one following in the fall and we feel very lucky to have them in a great school environment like this.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2005
This is a great school, The rating is well-deserved, the programs are great, and tons of other additions. The classes are well-staffed and taught - a great school!

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April 26, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2005
The 'A' that this high school has received thus far is deceiving. On paper, this school looks great and touts many academic programs, as well as its push of a competetive college prep curriculum; however, being a fairly new school (just opened in 2003--hence the 'A' rating,)the school is still in need of figuring out where all of the 'kinks' are. Many of the rules are redundant and do not empower the kids at their current level to grow. As a parent, your concerns will often be dismissed, as the administration seems overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of responsibility of such an unexpectedly large student body. Because of this, teachers are lulled into the sense that they can talk to students however they wish without any repercussions; this is a general consensus among most of the students. If you have good relations with your child, be prepared to be their only voice.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2005
Awesome school. Dedicated staff & only A rated high school for counties around. In its 2nd year with 1800 students with capacity of 3500.

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Newsome High School
16550 Fishhawk Boulevard, Lithia, FL  33547
(813) 740-4600
Last modified Newsome High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Newsome High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top