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Niceville Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 1896 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted June 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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 former student


Posted 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 former student


Posted January 8, 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


Posted September 30, 2005

Very good school for aveage students with a very good IEP track records.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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 former student


Posted 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


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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 2013.

500 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 54% in 2013.

484 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

487 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

483 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

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 "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%
Biology I

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

520 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

476 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%
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 State average
White 81% 42%
Hispanic 6% 29%
Black 5% 23%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 90%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 48%57%61%
Master's degree 50%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%1%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Marcus Gary
Fax number
  • (850) 833-4267

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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