Outstanding administration and teachers! Wide array of courses to appeal to varied interests and future goals! Awesome band and sports programs!
A happy, safe and effective learning environment with many extra-curricular sports and activities on offer.
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.
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!!!!!!
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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