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Gulf Coast High School

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Posted April 18, 2014

Outstanding administration and teachers! Wide array of courses to appeal to varied interests and future goals! Awesome band and sports programs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

A happy, safe and effective learning environment with many extra-curricular sports and activities on offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2013

This school has a wonderful band program, excellent academics with more National Merit Scholars than any other school in the District and a great Sports program. Academic results over the past fee years have been impressive. Definitely a five star school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2013

My school is Gulf Coast High School and I love my school it is the best high school around.....I am a freshman and this year has been amazing... I never knew high school could be so much fun....well except for the homework part....and being in the best band in collier county is what really made it fun... I cannot wait for my 10th grade year to start already!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 26, 2012

I'm a Freshman at GCHS and absolutely love it. I moved from Michigan and had a great experience my first time at the school. I have a 4.0 and feel support from all my teachers but I'm in honor classes so... On the Football team and Shark Battalion (JROTC). Everyone is extremely supportive in both and Mr. Fairbanks knows everyone's name. Absolutely loved my first semester and anyone who didn't, doesn't want to succeed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 12, 2012

This school gives a pretty good education, almost all of my teachers are great and know what they are doing. I dont like how it is somewhat disorganized, and the chorus teacher is not that great. My last school's chorus class, which is also public, was extremely professional, nothing compared to the chorus class here. Also the E.S.O.L program is very poor, almost non-existen, it might be because there are not many non-english speakers in this school. I had a friend who was left without any help her first day of school, she didnt speak english, and she didnt know where to go, if it wasnt because I saw her struggling and asked her if she needed help, God knows what would've happened. Students here take a while to open themselves to new people, but after they do, they get to be really nice and fun, you just need to give them time. The only thing I hate the most, is that it takes around 20 minutes to get lunch, no matter what line you go to (expect the "la carte" one). I love how the principal is always involved in everything at school. The dress-code is too strict, almost ridiculous. But I guess that for Naples, this school is fine.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2012

As a sophomore & potential Laureate candidate at Gulf Coast High School, this school is phenomenal. It provides many different electives and areas of interest for students to further expand their ideas as to what they want to go to college for (i.e. Medical Academy, Drafting, TV Production, Marketing Academy). The Model UN Team in currently 10th in the nation, marching band having around 375 kids a year with many accolades in both performance and marching, GREAT teachers, as far as AP classes and honors are concerned. The people that I notice that complain the most about Gulf Coast are the kids that don't do ANYTHING and have NO GOALS. By "no goals" I mean, they take all regular classes, think it's funny to fail a class, don't behave, bad influences, and just do not take school seriously and can't wait to get out. When they talk about the "stuck up" people at Gulf Coast, they are mostly talking about themselves. Gulf Coast HIgh School has a wonderful set of teachers and are always willing to help. I actually enjoy going to school. They have not only of variety of classes, AP classes, and electives; but clubs and after-school activities too! Proud to be a Shark :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2011

Absolutely love the school. Escaping from Palmetto Ridge to GCHS is a dream come true, as the school offers an immensely better learning enviroment, safer campus, dramatically better administration, and many more oppurtunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2010

I am a recent transfer student from another county, and I have to say, what I've experienced so far is phenomenal. After having attended for 3 months, I'm doing better than I had the last 2 years of high school. While they do not offer the kind of variety of classes as my previous school, what they do have is just great. All of my teachers are amazing, and they're genuinely interested in their students and will do anything in their power to help anyone struggling (and they're all AP classes). For the first time in my high school career I am interested in my classes and I look forward to learning the material. This is a good school for DEDICATED students, and it has much to offer. If any one child is struggling, it is because he or she chooses to do so. I don t know all of the teachers, but my younger sister who is a Freshman is taking all regular classes, and even those teachers, she says, are stupendous. We have never experienced this type of student/teacher interaction. Of course, there are kids who will say otherwise, but they must be trying especially hard to fail. Bottom line is: if you want it, they'll help you achieve it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 17, 2010

I am a recent grad. I can't say I liked "school" in general, but I did like Gulf Coast. The school has a large outdoor courtyard, but the indoor portions of the school are completely clean. I had only a few teachers who I could consider "bad", and more who I could call "boring", but overall the teachers were actually pretty good, even if I didn't like their classes at the time. The student body is absolutely not stuck up. Any student who's attended other schools can tell you that this school has no "cliques" and no real bullying or fighting problems. Great extracurricular and academics in general. I honestly didn't like school, but in hindsight, if I had to go through high school again, I would not hesitate to do it at Gulf Coast.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2010

Don't believe these postings. We went through a nasty rezoning hearing where GC students who didn't want to get transferred to a poorer performing school were targeted for all sorts of slander by students of the other school and no doubt, these posts are from them. As a parent in Naples, Gulf Coast is considered one of the best high schools and my son has had amazing educational and extracurricular activities afforded to him while attending there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2010

Boring, uneducated, and disgusting. Those are the three words that come to my mind when I hear the name Gulf Coast High School. I am currently a Senior and have attended Gulf Coast all four years of my high school career, and in the years that I've been here I have been extremely dissatisfied with the curriculum, teachers, and students. I am an honor roll student and I have yet to be challenged to where I am actually interested in learning. The teachers are poorly educated and I have sometimes sat in a class where the teacher could not even explain what he or she was supposed to be teaching, and when you do not understand something they get angry at you for asking a question when they are the ones getting paid to answer students' questions. Also, the maintenance is poor. Bathrooms are poorly kept up with. One word: run!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2010

I am currently a senior at Gulf Coast High. I have attended this school all 4 years of my high school experience. I am actually ashamed to say that I attended this school. The teachers are un-educated and the adminstration is awful. The maintence is extremely poor. Everyday in the bathrooms there is no toilet paper, water on the floor, broken soap dispensers, profanity on the walls, and it smells like death. The school is dirty. It appears as if the floors never even get washed. Students are extremely stuck up and cocky. They do not care about their academics and in result, the teachers don't care either. Half the time we watch movies about pointless things in our classes or have 'free days.' If you are planning on sending your child to Gulf Coast, run as fast as you can.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2009

I last posted in the fall of 2007. With the economic effects being felt, here is my update. While there have been cutbacks, the quality is still good. There are still AP classes and teachers committed to helping the students succeed in the exams. But some teachers are not committed and it is the responsibility of the parent to guide their child and get extra tutoring in those cases. But I still say 5 stars because I am certain all schools are facing the same challenges. Rock solid administration and leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

After 2 years with a student that can be challenging at times, I have to say that Gulfcoast is only ok. There have been times when the administration is too rigid and unwilling to work with us on issues that have arisen. Teachers for the most part are good. My son has felt that you either are in (have money) or are not. This may just be his perception, but in a city with more millionaires per capita than anywhere else, that should not be surprising.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

My daughter is completing her first year at GCHS after moving from up north. I was very concerned about my kids attending schools in Florida. I am very satisfied with Gulf Coast High and all the programs offered. The only thing I would like to see is a program for the incoming freshman especially those who are new to the state. GA big salute to the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2007

I am also a sophmore at GCHS and I believe this is an amazing school that offers great chances in different fields to every student. I'm also a part of the drama club and Thespian society. We go to competetion every year in North Port and perform around 6 or 7 productions every year. Gulf Coast is currently the 7th school I've attended, I've been here since my freshman year and plan to graduate here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2007

When we moved to Florida from Massachusetts in 2004, our family and friends were 'horrified' that we would quit the great public school we were in in Mass. and place our kids in public school in Florida. So, we were nervous to say the least. Well, we should not have been. While it is possible for a child without parental guidance to get lost in such a large school, there are AP classes and a Laureate Program for aggressive students. Additionally, the schools leadership loves this school and they are intimately involved with all the small details, which is very impressive. When you consider the abundant opportunities for supervised extra-cirrucular activities such as sports and the marching band(320 kids this year), very few schools anywhere can deliver the educational and personal growth package available at Gulf Coast High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2007

I am currently a sophmore at Gulf Coast and I love this school. The teachers are really nice and they have awesome programs that kids can get involved in such as the clubs and sports. I will always remember my years at Gulf Coast.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2007

I am a sophomore at Gulf Coast and I feel wonderful being at this school. I think it is pretty awesome and I feel safe and very comfortable. The students, administration, and staff all work together to provide a safe environment for everyone and to provida a great High School experience. To me, GCHS is the best school in Collier Co.
—Submitted by a 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.

512 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

519 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

522 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
85%
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.

477 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
50%
Biology I

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

649 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

469 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%
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 70%
Hispanic 19%
Black 4%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%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 94%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 42%50%61%
Master's degree 53%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Nurse(s)
School psychologist
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JOSEPH MIKULSKI
Fax number
  • (239) 377-1401

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Internet access
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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7878 Shark Way
Naples, FL 34119
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