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Newsome High School

Public | 9-12 | 2370 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 4, 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


Posted August 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted September 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted June 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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'
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

Academics overrated with few students reaching ivy league schools.
—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.

560 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%
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.

580 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

577 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

595 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "A".
  • 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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
61%
Biology I

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

600 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

508 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%
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 74%
Hispanic 13%
Black 6%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%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 98%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%67%61%
Master's degree 32%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%0%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 7%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. CARLA BRUNING
Fax number
  • (813) 740-4604

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  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

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  • Drama
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16550 Fishhawk Boulevard
Lithia, FL 33547
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