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9-12
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Ocala, FL
Students enrolled: 2,550
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3733 SW 80th Ave
Ocala, FL 34481

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(352) 291-4000
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October 02, 2014
This school is overcrowded and average at best. Every tear, after the first nine weeks, every student in the school has a schedule change because the fail to hire enough teachers over the summer. The Principal created this nightmare of a concept called Power Hour, where the students basically have an hour in the middle of the day to socialize. She is not open to any ideas that are not her own and is poor at decision making. The Assistant Principal for Curriculum is fabulous. She really listens, is solution driven, cares about students and is the workhorse of the school. Other than that, I can't wait till my son graduates from the chaotic circus of this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2014
They offer so much... you need to take advantage of it though. They don't make you do it. Power Hour is a great idea. (again, if you take advantage of the time.) Go West Port Band!!! State is calling you. 2014 Marching Band is great, this year.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2014
Amazing school with teachers who really want you to succeed and our principal is nominated for the best principal in the nation, she is a top 3 finalist as of now, West Port High School is a model school for the country as many principales from around the nation have toured the school to see how Mrs. Ellspermen runs her school of at least 2700 kids

- submitted by a community member
July 23, 2014
I attend West Port and in this coming school year I will be a sophomore. This school is just absolutely amazing and I wouldn't go to any other high school. When I was a freshman, I very much enjoyed Power Hour because I could go to my teachers for help or finish up an assignment. This school is one of the best and I suggest if you send your children there then you won't regret it.

- submitted by a community member
June 13, 2014
We have been a part of West Port High School for a total of six years with our two children. We can not say enough about the exemplary leadership, tremendous support, dedication and constant encouragement of the principal, teachers and staff at West Port High School. They are all about helping each and every student succeed. This is the only school in the district that has received an "A" rating for three straight years. A few advantages this school has is a lunch "Power Hour", which allows students time to visit with various teachers for extra help with schoolwork/ homework if needed. The early college program with College of Central Florida is awesome! Most of the college courses are taught right at West Port, which allowed our children to graduate with their Associates in Arts degrees before graduating high school! West Port is a magnet school for the Arts, all excellent and award winning programs. More than half of the last graduating class graduated with honors. That says a lot about how dedicated the staff at West Port High School is to helping students succeed. We highly recommend West Port High School and are proud to have been a part of this great school.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
As an educator (not at this school) I can definitely say that this Marion County high school has made great strides in the last 5-6 years with tremendous improvement. This is totally due to the dedication of the principal who is an excellent leader, the supportive staff, and the amazing teachers. Because of the various improvements in curriculum offerings I transferred my child to West Port . With the encouragement and support from teachers and staff, she made friends and joined various groups (from arts to academics). This allowed her to meet students and learn from students from very different walks of life. She absolutely thrived there where failure was not an option. I saw student participation at athletic events, art, dance, and theatre events, and other school functions. The success of Power hour is definitely the talk of Marion county! I have worked in education for 30 years in middle schools, high schools, and universities. I know that it takes the support of the staff, teachers, and students to make Power Hour work. After my child graduated I continued to serve on the SAC committee because I see the difference this school is making in a lot of children's lives!

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2014
As a student at West Port High School I believe West Port is the best high school in the state of Florida. West Port High provides student with multiple programs like MCCA and the Early College Program. The teachers, administration, and staff at West Port are always there for the students. Being at West Port does not just feel like going to school, it feels like being apart of a great big loving family. No student is left behind! Being a student at West Port is such a privilege and I can say I am proud to say I am apart of West Port High School!! GOOOOOOO WOLFPACK!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a student
June 09, 2014
THE Best of the Best~ Year after Year~ Excellent Principal and Staff...As a parent will not want to go any place else...I serve on the School Advisory Council and its truly a joy to be part of the school! Discipline issues are handle quickly and efficiently, students are there to learn and be productive, not time for anything else...They have "power hour" that enables the students and the teachers to interact during lunch in order to get ahead or make up work and it has greatly enhanced the students grades and learning abilities! I welcome you to come and see West Port High School... After all how can you not visit the ONLY school in the district that has a State rating of an "A" for three consecutive years!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2014
West Port is a large school with lots to offer academically motivated students. My daughter has thrived in the fast-paced setting of AP, band, and the Early College program, the only high school in the area to offer this on-site dual enrollment option. Her teachers are tough but fair and she has plenty of friends with interests similar to hers. West Port is a wonderful public school, one that I highly recommend to any parent.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2014
This is the first time I see a graduation school with 99% of the student with suma and cum laudes. Why? Compared to American schools overseas this school is below average. The school allows students to retake test as many times in order to get grants and laudes. No wander all students are cum laudes.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2014
It is an honor to attend West Port High School! The teachers and staff are extremely supportive, loving, and dedicated to all of their students. Staff members are enforcing discipline more and more everyday to help improve the quality of our school for the better. The opportunity to have Power Hour is a gift for me to attend meetings or even start homework since I have a part time job. Marion County Center for the Arts (MCCA) is a great program to be apart of at West Port as a part of the chorus. But that's not all, I even get the chance to earn my AA on West Port's campus! There is no other comparison in our area! I love West Port and GO WOLF PACK!

- submitted by a student
June 09, 2014
West Port High School is a great school in the State of Florida that cares about every student. The principal is a great leader leading the school to a record 3 consecutive "A" school ratings. I highly recommend West Port to any parent looking for an outstanding school in the area.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2014
West Port High School truly is the place to be. With over 2,500 students on campus during the 2013-2014 School Year we continue to be an example for the rest of Marion County. We have a dedicated and motivated faculty and staff ready to engage students at all times. This school has over 30 different clubs, organizations, and sports that everyone is encouraged to join. We also have Power Hour, in which students can go visit a teacher to discuss and work on projects and assignments, attend club meetings, have lunch, and socialize. Has a student here, I can personally tell you that West Port has so many great attributes it's hard to type them all out. This school is a place to be creative, explore yourself, and create new boundaries for yourself. Everyone has potential and West Port helps you discover it. To top it all off, we are an "A" School for the third year in a row with National Ranking! Other Things To Take Note Of: -Early College Program w/ College of Central Florida -Only school w/ Marion County Center for the Arts -Army JROTC Program -Agriculture Department/FFA There is no better school than West Port High School. GO WOLF PACK!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
June 07, 2014
I was a student at this school, according to the other reviews, most of them were submitted by teachers who probably just mant to make this school look better than it actually is. Teachers are okay depending on who you get but the students can be pretty rude. I have to say that the school takes great pride in power hour and it gives me a great oppurtunity to keep up with my schoolwork. This is probably one of the only things I like about this school. Everyone is in their 'cliques' so outcasts aren't being welcomed. Not to mention all the bad influence. I also recognize the lack of school spirit. Nobody comes to the games because our principal doesn't always announce when the games are so there is little support. I was totally disappointed and it would be an embarrassment to graduate from a school like this. This school pretends to have pride and spirit but lacks greatly in it. I think someone needs to step up and get this school fixed! -- From an 'A' student that is being honest

- submitted by a student
April 30, 2014
West Port caters to the needs of all the students that attend. I find this school able to maintain high standards in academics while having a complete focus on extracurricular activites. Definitely an A school and has earned that reputation

- submitted by a teacher
April 30, 2014
This high school is the best high school in the county (and possibly in the state!! ) The teachers work very hard to provide a strong academic environment. They also try to develop positive relationships with the students. My son has excelled at West Port High School and is well prepared for his future. The Marion County Center for the Arts is the greatest program I've ever had the privilege to be involved with. The teachers selflessly give many long hours to make the program the best experience for their students! I love West Port!!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
The best part of West Port has to be the collage ready culture we encourgh thought out everday. We are not just getting student to the graduation line, we are prepareing them for a high education.

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2014
West Port is the highest performing high school in the district. They offer unique educational opportunities for students including Early College, the Marion Counter Center for the Arts and a Biomedical Track. Additonal opportunities include industry certifications in the CNA program and Criminology. The faculty works tirelessly to insure that all students are successful and the main focus of the administration is College Readiness. Students have a unique opportunity to take advantage of Power Hour. This designated time block occurs concurrently with the luch schedule and gives students the chance to join clubs, access remediation and enrichment opportunities, and fellowship with others. This is an outstanding institution which has served as a model for other high schools in the district.

- submitted by a teacher
April 29, 2014
WPHS is a great place to work and learn!! Opportunities are endless at West Port.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
West Port High School offers so many unique programs. Where else can you take a multitude of fine arts courses, be part of an amazing biomedical academy and graduate with your associates degree and your high school diploma without leaving campus!

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
West Port High School is a comprehensive high school with over 2,600 amazing students, 130 committed faculty members, and an innovative administrative team led by a visionary principal along with involved parents. WPHS offers three magnet programs including Marion County Center for the Art, the Early College program in conjunction with the College of Central Florida, and the Biomedical program. WPHS offers rigorous, differentiated academics for students that want to meet their individualized goals. West Port's mantra is "The Choice Is Yours" which allows all involved to be the best they can be! Come and join an amazing group of lifelong learners.

- submitted by a teacher
April 20, 2014
West Port High School is the best high school in the county! The school has so many different programs to offer students from Dance to Dual Enrollment. It's like studying on a college campus but with your t

- submitted by a teacher
November 25, 2013
Students are able to tailor their choices and focus on what they choose, rather than follow a one size fits all, prescripted program. The teachers and staff are easy to talk to and care about all of their students. There are many extra opportunities for students to be involved In the school from clubs to sports to dance, art and drama. You really can have it all!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
This is a great school for students with interest in the arts. As a student, I am involved in the chorus and the rock band. We also have power hour, which is where the students have an hour for lunch. This is helpful because students can go get help from their teachers during this time. This school also has a great opportunity for students interested in Dual Enrollment. We have college professors right on campus, so you can still be involved in school activities. We have a lot of students at our school, but it feels like a big family. The teachers and staff at this school are ready to help in any way possible. I am so blessed to call myself a part of the West Port family! WOLF PACK!

- submitted by a student
March 26, 2011
Westport is an amazing school they have great programs such as mcca and the student ambassador program which i was part of the school has fantastic school spirit and is a melting pot of different people. i understand this because i have had a ruff time transferring to suwannee high school where there is no motivation for students and the teachers blatantly do not care whether you succeed or not and i do miss westport very much good luck class of 2012

- submitted by a student
December 09, 2010
I've been an exchange student in this school, i loved the teachers and the students. I lerned so much in this scholl, and i value the experience that i've got there. I'm so thankful to the teachers and students, that I had such a wonderful year studying in this school. To parents: You can't say that teachers are bad, maybe your kids not studying well enough or they don't do what they suppose to do. Everything matters from us, students, and if you have any problems you need to find the reason in yourself first, only then you can judge your teacher.

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2010
Personally, I believe West Port is a great school. It's MCCA program is great and it does its best to give its students the best education. In this area, most students do not take advantage of the chances and slack until they need to have good enough grades in order to graduate. Some teachers are staff slightly rude but the good ones outweigh the bad. Along with MCCA (and honors and Advanced Placement classes for that matter), West Port also has its own Dual Enrollment program where students can be enrolled at West Port AND the College of Central Florida in order for every student eligible to obtain early credits and possibly even graduate with his or her Associates Degree. As long as one is a truly good student and actually follows rules, he or she will have a great time at West Port, educationally and socially.

- submitted by a student
November 22, 2010
westport is good school in some ways but some of the teacher that work their are very disrespectful to the students. the school was built for a middle and a high school and now is just a high school which makes it harder for students to get from one side of the school to the next and the teachers do thislock out on the students and write them up for being late. Also this year are just kicking kids out of school for haveing multile absents to school but dont know what is behind the reason and dont care. there are young adults who have a rough life o deal with and just try to do the right thing at least there are still going when they can. I feel as long as they keep their grades up they souldnt just kick them out because they are old enough to be out of school. I know a few students who go to this school ad one is an honor student and when they talk to me about the school its not all good. they tell me about so many fights that start in the lunch room andhow some of the teacher have bad mouths and are rude to them. How would you feel ifthe school your child went to needed four police officers there does that sound safe to you.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
May 05, 2009
Westport is not a good school, They do not help the children or think of them first. The only children they think about are the ones that dont need extra help. Someone really need to look at the big picture because the ones that need more help they dont get it. They wait untill the end of the year to explain what gpa are and they dont go over it. So when the child gets to the end of the year they throw them to the wolfs now I no where they got there name wolfpack from. And that isnt right They say you cant finish your school year with the school they sent you to ctae. I wont put a star on this school at all. But you have to.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 22, 2009
Westport is more then just a meccs school. My daughter goes there and takes reading and is doing good. She loves her teachers and all the extra help they give her. She goes in early for extra help and the teachers are there for her. Its beautiful too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 03, 2008
This school is very good. It has a lot to offer a student who is into the arts. I just happen to live in the zoning area for it and then my child benefits from that by being in the MCCA program. The staff has its good and bad points. There are great teachers and one of them is the band director. Thecommunication between the s

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2008
This School is one of Ocala's finest. The teachers here are fantastic, it is the first school i have gone to that actually cares about the student. I went to this school for 2 years and not once did a fight break out in the hall way. The other two high schools i attended had one happening every day of the week. Its a safe learning enviroment.

- submitted by a student
May 08, 2008
I attend this school. we have the best school spirt and we all love it

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April 18, 2008
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February 25, 2008
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January 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2007
They have excellant arts program and their band director is one the best teachers out there.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
The MECCA program is great. That is about the only thing. The staff and administrative is a poor excuse and possibly the rudest people I have ever encountered. I had to come get my daughter 5 times because the fact that her jeans had rips in them. They need to be not so worried about petty things. Now some of the teachers are very good teachers, but that few still can't make a difference.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
Its a great school. Sure ppl say tht ohh the kids are bad, but if you relle look at it, its the students responsiblitly whetther they stand out or not. The teachers do thier best,some students dont want to excel in life, well let that be there problem. this school has a great MCCA program.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2007
I am not pleased with this school at all. From their administration to their office staff (who, by the way, are the rudest people I have ever encountered in the way of office staff.) West Port's choice in teachers is of poor choice. To be fair, there are a few teachers there that show great quality. But to few to really make a difference. I find it unacceptable that this school can not manage to achieve a better grade than a 'C' for it's yearly school grade and has not made any improvements in it's grade in the past 3 years.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2006
West Port has an Excellent Principal and Adminstrative team. Jayne Ellspermann has did wonders to bringing that school to back up to its prime of leading the state in raising student performance

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August 20, 2006
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June 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2005
I am disappointed with the entire system. I do not believe the system is being run appropriately and the student/teacher ratio is out of hand. The area is growing extremely fast and the county is not adding more schools to handle the influx of new students, they are just adding more students per class and throwing up trailer classrooms.

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August 21, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 15, 2005
West Port Highschool is an excelent school for people who are interested in the arts. It has a mcca(Marion county Center for the Arts) program which is a magnent program for drama, visual art, computer, chorus, and more. I think that it's a wonderful school where your children can meet other people interested in the same things as them.

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2005
I am going into my 4th year here at West Port. I have loved every year of it. West Port is a great school with an excellent Fine Arts program. I attend this school because I am in the Marion County Center for the Arts program. I am taking show choir and photography. The teachers are great and always willing to help the students!

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July 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2004
It is a good school. It just started so it needs to get balanced on its feet but other than that I love it and it is a great school.

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West Port High School is a comprehensive high school with three magnet programs; Early College, Biomedical, and the Marion County Center of the Arts. Students can be involved in any or all of these programs. Students outside our attendance area can apply to West Port High School through one of the magnet programs. High expectations and student engagement create a positive learning environments for all students. West Port High School is a great place to prepare for your future.

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West Port High School
3733 SW 80th Ave, Ocala, FL  34481
(352) 291-4000
Last modified West Port High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
West Port High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top