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Mt. Dora High School

Public | 9-12 | 1069 students

 

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Posted January 23, 2014

Mount Dora High School is an altogether lacking school. There are some nice aspects of the school, some teachers actually give your children quality education but most don't. Almost every single elective at this school is a waist of time. Gym is the lousiest class yet at MDHS. My child tells me everyday how they participate in 0 physical exercise and sit in the bleachers the entire class period with the occasional weight room trip. In addition to that the "coaches" of the many gym classes always skip out on the warm ups and sometimes even dressing out- they dismiss the students straight to the bleachers to play on their phones. The so called guidance counselors are also another sad aspect of the school. They are not helpful and anytime my child or me have question it takes days and days of pestering to finally get some form of response from them. Then when my child goes up to guidance by herself she has told me many times how the people behind the desk are rude and seem uninterested in helping you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

A private school attendee through Middle school, this has been our first experience of the Lake County School System. We had our concerns prior to choosing Mount Dora High School. However, my child has blossomed. Students and teachers alike have been supportive. She is enrolled in mostly Honors and AP courses. With the eSembler you have the ability to keep track on weekly assignments etc. The teachers have all been open to direct emails and we have seen mostly quick responses. The choice of extra curricular activities is great, however I wish there was a greater language selection. School events are well organized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2011

This is a great school that is located near the heart of the city. The student population is small compared to other schools in the county, which gives it a hearty feel. The extracurricular activities are very successful and the community support is amazing. The school received a "B" for it's FCAT school grade and was very close to getting an "A". I would strongly recommend this school to anyone wanting to give their child a quality education.


Posted November 21, 2009

This is our first year in this school and school district, my child is a 10th grader. I am very disappointed with this school district and school , would not recommend it to anyone. The lack of motivation and involvement with teachers,parents and coaches is the worsed I have every seen. We have lived in four different states since our child entered school and by far this is the worse
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2009

Mount Dora High School is an overall good school. We have many great activities such as our band program and all sports. Administration could be more passive due to making big deals out of nothing. But I like the school even if I haven't finished my freshman year yet.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2009

Hi, my third review. What joy I still feel when my son comes home and will say I had a great day. His courses are still in step with his ambitions. He sees psychics as a major in his future. Also, I salute the band, and Mr. Porter. He has developed a love of music by the example set in school. I wish all the students find their passion, what works for them. I believe Mt. Dora High offers it they must look beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

this school is a really good school for education but the school has a lot od cliques and vey sterotypical the chlidren are very immature and harass other student frequently.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2009

I graduated from Mount Dora High School two years ago and have found that the education I received while there really prepared me for college. I am actually studying abroad in Hong Kong at the moment and find that the Business Statistics course I am currently taking (an upper level course here) has the exact same material covered in the Advanced Placement Statistics course I took there in the tenth grade. It is a first rate school with the best teachers you can find in the county. Say what you want about the attendance policy and the reading program, in my opinion these are just the politics that go along with Lake County public schools. The teachers are really what make Mount Dora High amazing; they are all willing and able to work with your child and meet with you or your child before school or after. One even made it
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 20, 2008

I am a student at Mount Dora Highschool, I am a sophmore, I moved to lake county after my 8t hgrade year from Orange County because of the violence and other teenagers I used to be with.I personally love Mount Dora High because it provides students with many activities to do. Out band is amazing, out football team has nothing but improved this year. Our girls and Boy's soccer team are decent, but they both have very talented player. Basketball is one of our stronger sports at this school alongsides with voleyball.The attendance policy is sort of ridiculous though. I personally think it is , mainly because I dont think its fair for you to fail a class if you have 4 absences. I think thats really overated. Most of the teachers that I have had were very caring and tried to help out as many students as possible .
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 25, 2006

As a student of Mount Dora High School, I believe that we have a decent school. This year academically, MDHS has improved teacher use of class time and encourage the students to read.We do not have the greatest amount of Parent involvement, but I believe that it has increased greatly. There are many sports and clubs you can join. Some of them include, Debate, FCA, FBLA, Key club, and an Art Club. Sports are also very important to our school. We have won districts for Volleyball,we have a decent soccer team, and our Cheerleaders work hard to Cheer our athletes on. MDHS's marching band is also a good thing to join. We have been ranked up pretty high and have only gotten better. -Lillie
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2006

Mt. Dora high school is a very good choice for your child. As with any high school, you get back what you put in to the school. The teachers are caring and easy to talk to and the guidance staff is amazing. The extracurricular activities are varied; your child can play in the band, cheer, participate in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), Key Club (A volunteering club), Debate, Culinary Club... the list goes on. The teachers all encourage the students to be the best they can be. They offer a smiling face each morning. I would very much reccomend sending your child to Mount Dora High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 10, 2006

Mount Dora High School has low test scores. They don't care about each student as an individual. I would not recommend sending your child there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2006

Not very impressive, school administration is inconsistent and biased, attendance policy is grossly overemphasized, etc. Best to go with an Orange County, FL school than educate your child in Lake County. Mount Dora HS is one of the better schools in the county.
—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.

287 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

271 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

274 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
75%
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.

254 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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.

210 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
32%
Biology I

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

251 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
68%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

213 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
66%
U.S. History

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

164 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%
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 63%
Hispanic 17%
Black 15%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 85%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%62%61%
Master's degree 32%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%1%1%
Other degree 3%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. PAM CHATEAUNEUF
Fax number
  • (352) 383-6600

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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700 North Highland Street
Mount Dora, FL 32757
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