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9-12
Public district
Niceville, FL
Students enrolled: 1,959
 

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800 East John Sims Parkway
Niceville, FL 32578

(850) 833-4114
(850) 833-4267
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April 30, 2015
As a countdown my final days as a Niceville Eagle the bittersweet chapter end is sure to have a life long lasting affect on me. I have lived the best four years of my life thus far, I can say 100% that this is the place for not only your high schoolers but your entire family. Coming in from the opposite end of the country during my freshman year I was assisted gracefully to ease the transition. It baffles me how parents have demeaned NHS on this site, so here's my perspective. Being Asian & European I have not experience racism in my 4 years in NHS. I was able to obtain high positions in the SGA, partake on the 2015 Homecoming court, head many leadership events & frankly my list goes on. I genuinely believe that high school is what a student individually makes it out to be. The color of my skin has never pushed me back in the crowd. I have gained important relationships with my teachers and I love my fellow Eagles. "A tradition of excellence!" And that is NHS in all aspects of student life.

- submitted by a student

April 14, 2015
When we moved to the area - we were told that NHS was the best school hands down and even chose to live below our standards to live within the school zone. It was a big mistake! There is an unspoken mindset at this school and within Niceville city limits. Racism is there and it's more prevalent at this school than any other high school in the area. Our daughter is bi-racial and she has had a very difficult time fitting in and being accepted. She is a straight A student - but with the treatment from other "entitled" students - she has had a very hard time. We've also had a difficult time with some teachers not teaching appropriately. Their job is to teach subject matter but they can't explain it? I'm used to an open door policy with teachers if a student needs help or asks questions - but there have been a few too many times that once the bell rang - the teachers were out the door. It's not the worst school but it's definitely not the best. My daughter will shine no matter what school she attends. Niceville HS is not end all - be all.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2014
Why is there such a large area for football (both a stadium and practice field) but no real soccer field? Doesn't seem fair....

- submitted by a parent

December 10, 2013
We are relieved that child is leaving this school after her freshman year. NHS has changed in recent years and not for the better. They are trying too hard to embrace the "everybody gets a hug & a trophy" mentality of liberal schools in larger metro areas. The kids who really work hard are not being properly recognized or rewarded for their efforts. There's lots of politics going on; the faculty and staff are afraid to say or do anything about bullying and harassment. Hard working Christian kids should never feel ashamed or afraid to be themselves! There are still some really great teachers there but, they're afraid to step out of line, politically speaking. This is censorship at it's ugliest. All of the great reviews are based on the NHS of the past. I'm afraid those glory days are gone forever, it's a shame.

- submitted by a parent

December 10, 2013
I went to Niceville for four years. I think it was great! I had a lot of pride (and still do) because everything at Niceville is superior- all of our sports, academics and otherwise. They have many courses to offer and many extracurriculars as well. They also let you have freedom to create your own clubs and feel like you have a say in the school. My only real complaint is that it was very cold in some of the classrooms.

- submitted by a community member

October 31, 2013
I have 3 children in this school. This school idolizes their atheletes. If you play on varsity team you will pass no questions asked. I have seen students with numerous failing grades end up with an A. Volunteer at this school and it will be an eye opener. Many of the teachers are related or married -nepotism is prevalent here.

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2013
I've been going to Niceville for 2years, and am returning for my 3rd year. I love Niceville. There are so many ways to get involved, bullying isn't too much of a problem from what I observe. I am a seasoned competitor on the Forensics (Speech and debate) team, and I'm very fortunate to have forensics in my life. I am on Cross country and track team as well. The computer classes are great! I've been taking them since freshmen year. I am sixteen, and I know 3 computer scripting languages and 3 digital design softwares. I have industry certification in Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, etc. One thing that is irritating though is that football rules all. Football players treat other athletes poorly. As a runner, I have been and seen my teammates teased. There is a lot of school spirit which is fun. I feel that in some ways NHS is too strict. Guidance counselors show no enthusiasm and they are ho-hum.

- submitted by a student

August 15, 2012
Teachers are not good I agreee with the previous comment. The guidance counselor we have had for 3 years is bad too. No enthusiasm at all, like they are just there to get the tenure. Football rules all and the players act really entitled. The new principle seems to care but old habits die hard.

- submitted by a parent

October 25, 2010
I really like that this HS seems pretty safe with a positive & pleasant atmosphere. No fights yet this year, while my son's old HS in AZ has had at least one everyday. My son reports that students respect the teachers and behave well in class (at least in his classes). There is A LOT of opportunities to get involved in different things.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 31, 2008
I am kinda in the middle of this whole thing. I agree that overall, it is a very highly rated school, and all the faculty I have come in contact with have been very good as well. However, I do have to agree with another review that stated the kids that were motivated, smart, outgoing ( like my daughter ) will do well. However the kids that have a more difficult time with learning and maybe are not as motivated (like my son) seem to get pushed along, treated differently, and generaly dont have that great of a high school experience there. Even my daughter, who will graduate with honors this year, has stated she feels the school is very much over-crowded, many of the kids lack respect for their teachers, and consequently, she has had a difficult time learning like she would want to.

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2008
I love this highschool. the teachers are both friendly and strict allowing for a both laid back and yet structured atmosphere, not to mons it's location and Niceville in generally is just a calm peaceful place. I love it, it's probably my most favorite place in the world. And after attending other Highschools you really do notice how much better a school really is.

- submitted by a student

January 30, 2008
Niceville is an exceptionally fine high school that consistently receives 'A+' ratings and national honors. It offers unique opportunities such as the world-class NaGISA marine science team, a computer technology academy, and phenomenal voice and instrumental music programs. It is safe and has fewer problems with drugs and other issues than most high schools. The new principle (installed Jan 2007) is completely dedicated to the kids as well as to the school and the school continues to improve despite the belief that it couldn't possibly get any better. We left the military early just so we could ensure that our children will all attend this high school.

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2007
My son just graduated this May with Bright Futures, His experience was a great one! Great support from teachers and wonderful school spirit I have an other son starting this fall as a freshmen and I'm looking forward to being a part of the great enviroment and high standards of Niceville Teachers,Coachs and Students A plus many years running!!!

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2007
As a local business man I must say that this is not a school that turns out intelligent young adults. Reading/writing and basic math skills are extemely lacking. Of course the schools are highly rated with the concentration on FCAT test and the low failure rates of individual students (they don't let many fail). I must admit that from a social stance I would say that no finer school in the world can be found. Every child is good enough to make whatever team they want to be on. The enviroment is safe and friendly. And the staff seem to be kind and caring. If your kid is a smart and motivated there are plenty of outstanding chances at this school but if your child is average or lazy the system will just drag him/her along enough to graduate.

- submitted by a community member

January 19, 2007
I cant say enough about the school. The academic selection and quality are outstanding.Students of all levels are supported and challenged here. My children have both received a wonderful, well-rounded education and made friendships with peers and teachers that will last a lifetime. With my senior being recruited by MIT, Yale and Harvard,what else could a parent ask for? Student individuality is fostered, academics are highly promoted and Football is open to any one who has the muster to stick with it.Is the team good? How many schools do you know that offer 'season' tickets that sell out every year. The music program is phenomenal. There are clubs and extra curricular activities galore. Parent involvement is superb, but not forced. As a military parent, having seen schools from VA, to Rome, Italy. I haven't found one better.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2006
Some schools excel in sports some in academics. Niceville high school excels in both. Number one school not only in Okaloosa County, but also in Northwest Florida.

- submitted by a student

June 22, 2006
I am a previous student. I wish I could give a positive review, but unfortunately I can't. I hope parents really keep an eye out for their children.

- submitted by a student

January 08, 2006
Top academic school in Okaloosa County. Florida schools are strong in math, but not so strong in reading/writing. Female athletic programs ranked #2 in state overall - excellent in all sports. Male sports also excellent but not ranked quite as high as female. Strong principal.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2005
Very good school for aveage students with a very good IEP track records.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2005
I was first impressed with Niceville HS being recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a New American High School, acclaimed nationally as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and given an A+ rating by Florida's Commissioner of Education (best in county & best county in state). Sadly, my daughter will soon leave NHS due to a military re-assignment. We thoroughly love NHS! She is enrolled in the International Baccalaureate Program (AP and honors classes) and they are challenging and excellent courses. The principal, Mrs. Varner, is the cream of the crop... being very involved with the students, faculty and parents... as are all the VPs and staff. The school's sports programs are tops in the state! Go Eagles! We'll miss you! I only wish we could take along Niceville HS with us on our move to the Washington DC area (as we are NOT impressed with their schools).

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2005
Both of my boys graduated from Niceville Senior High School. It has been a great experience for them, especially the work-study program available for seniors of which they both took advantage. As a result, they both have developed exceptional work ethics and continually receive praises from their employers concerning their dedication and performance. Our boys were not athletes or exceptional scholars although NHS has very excellent sports and academic programs. There are also many extracurricular activities available. I think the Bass Club is unique to NHS; both of my sons were active members and enjoyed the experience very much. While I was not very active in the school, it is obvious when attending school functions that there are many who are. There is a seemingly endless list of ways to be involved, and parents are encouraged and welcome to involve themselves as much as possible.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2005
When having a student attend NHS there are many advantages, but there are also disadvantages. The educational is wonderful, but the administration is far from wonderful. They do not give their full attnention on serious matters, and there is alot of unhanding going on. This school has a wonderful staff, bar some of the higher ranking.

- submitted by a student

February 26, 2005
Niceville high school is a well organized school, that offers a variety of classes to challenge your kids. It is a perfect place for a teenager to grow up and get the education she or he needs to suceed in life. The teachers are wonderfull

- submitted by a parent

June 05, 2004
My son started Niceville High School in the middle of the last semester of the year. Every one was wonderful and very helpful in making him feel at home. We moved to this area so our children could attend in this district and get the best education possible. We as a family are very pleased thus far.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 05, 2004
I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Niceville High School, we will be moving here shortly and can hardly wait for our children to become involved in all of the wonderful opportunity that will come their way.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
Excellent school, with the large number of students with a highly diversified ethnic backgrounds, this school provides the best learning and maturing atomsphere for each student. Resources are available for students to achieve their utmost if motivation is present in the student. Any school is only as good as the community that supports it, Niceville is very blessed to have a higher porportion of higher educated parents than most schools its size.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2003
This school is great! All 3 of my children went there for all 4 years of their high school career and all of them loved it! None of them were sports stars or even involved in extracurricular activities, and the teachers treated them fine. There were some problems, but none more than you would expect in a public high school.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
The school does not provide appropriate services to at risk students. This is evident by the lack of expenditures spent on special students. More is spent on regular students. Send your child to a school that cares about your child and not this one.

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2003
We moved from another state and 'Just for the record' this is a 'TOP NOTCH' school. The teachers and staff are always willing to discuss any concerns you may have. We received an Educational Planning Guide which includes graduation requirements,diploma options and scholarship requirements.WE found this most helpful. The extracurricular actives are numerous.There is something for every student, clubs, sports and organizations. We found this school to be a positive experience for both parent and student.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2003
Excellent School! They have an excellent academic, sports & band program. They have a wide variety of extra curriculer activeties for everyone to choose from.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2003
Great school with lots of opportunities. Our kids only had the opportunity to go there 2 years but loved it and had a great experience. Caring teachers and concern for kids to excel. Our kids weren't sports stars or locals either. The previous person maybe had a bad experience because either them or the kids didn't make an effort to get involved.

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2003
Very negative experience all 4 years! Wish we had sent our child somewhere else. They only care about your child if they are some sports hero or a local. Outsiders are treated badly by both the staff and the other students. Harmed our child more than helped.

- submitted by a community member

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Niceville Senior High School
800 East John Sims Parkway, Niceville, FL  32578
(850) 833-4114
Last modified Niceville Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Niceville Senior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top