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Cypress Creek High School

Public | 9-12 | 3063 students

 

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Posted Sunday, October 19, 2014

This school is AMAZING! My daughter has entered into the pre-IB program as a freshman and she is genuinely happy with the program and challenged. I,as as a parent could not be happier with the level of academic rigor for my child. I am also content with the staff and the genuine care that the teachers have for their students. The teachers are really in tune with the students individual needs. The school offers a variety of outstanding after school opportunities such as tutoring, clubs and the great Teen Achievers. The principal and school staff are caring educators. I was terrified for my child to enter into high school because of her past experiences with bullying, but this school has proven that she is in good hands. The IB program has created an environment where this group of students care and help one another. Thank you Cypress Creek!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2014

Our son moved here from Chicago and attended Cypress Creek. I must say that by reading the reviews I was worried. However, I was extremely pleased with the help the staff offered during registration. In addition, the teachers were very attentive to my inquiries regarding our son's school work. They contacted us promptly, offered us advice and were genuinely caring for our son's education. I have never met a group of teachers that really went above and beyond for their students. As for a few of the comments regarding fights: My son came from Chicago where fights were common. Here at Cyprus Creek he said he was surprised nobody messed with him and he never saw a fight at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2014

Here's the thing about Cypress Creek: This school is known very well for it's fights, stealing, and general lack of sports talent, but you won't miss out when it comes to spirit. The whole Preforming Arts department is phenomenal and the teachers may not seem like they care about the educational well-being of their students (which some really don't, if anyone has ever had AP U.S History) but they do. However, I cannot say that the IB Program is the best. I mean come on, I've had friends tell me that everyone cheats in there just to survive the overtly rigorous curriculum. But, I've seen Freedom High school and how they operate and they may be more professional, but never more caring in the effort they put in their students. Cypress may have a bad reputation, but I would never trade a single day of my life as a bear.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2014

Let's be real here; this school is below par on every level. I have moved around my whole life and been to many schools...Cypress was by far the worst academically I've been to. Most of my teachers didn't really care. In my Spanish class a teacher openly let kids cheat on test and assignments. She encouraged the use of google translate. And for the student body itself, theres a lot of fights, and a lot of trouble. The administrators are required to walk around with zip ties to fasten peoples pants around there waste. The only way a student wouldn't see these things is if they where in the IB program, separated from the rest of the school. If your in the regular part of the school your apart of the jungle. I'm. A basketball player for the school and even I'm getting pushed into lockers and getting all my stuff stolen. Most of your time in the hallways is fending for yourself and keeping your eyes open to what's going on around you. And sometimes it extends to the classroom. Your having to loom over your shoulder to see what's going on. Though, all that being said this school did open my eyes to the world around me, and I appreciate that. I really toughened up through my 1/2 year
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 11, 2014

My son has almost completed freshman year in the IB program and so far, so good. Having come from a small private school where he was the top of his class and very involved I wanted to ensure he continued to be successful at his high school. At CCHS, he is challenged academically and engaged socially. He is involved in plenty of volunteer and extracurricular activities and the school seems to help prepare students to become well rounded and achieve their goals. I had serious trepidation and was torn between shelling out lots for a private high school, sending him to monticello at Freedom (for which we are zoned)or magnetting into cypress. So far, no regrets. If you live in Hunter's Creek and have a child that excels academically and has set high goals for college, I highly recommend Cypress Creek IB.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

Parent of three national merit recipients, a doctor, pre-law, and undergrad. I am so proud and happy for my children have such caring, and dedicated group of teachers, especially math, history, and biology teacher. Some parent may dislike this school. May I ask when the last time you involve with your kid homework,? be at school with them, and having conference with teachers, when the last time you give up everything to prioritize your kid as the most urgent. Teachers are responsible only 25% of student' success, the combination %75 are parent and student drive. I did have complaint about teachers and had my kid move to different class in the past at different school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2014

great school.people over exaggerate how bad this school but it isn't that bad.teachers are good.they recently just got a new principal and she is more strict than the ex principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

Okay, all the reviews here, are from like 2 years ago. And it seems its in the regular part of the high school. The regular and Ib student buildings are separated. This high school, is pretty good. Its THREE times the size of Freedom highschool. Don't be fooled by their "Monticello program". Its only AP classes which you can take without the program in other highschools. They created the program to get parents all excited, about it, to make the school seem special and attract students. Alot of freedom's pre-students went to cypress, for the REAL DEAL, The IB program, which is recognized world wide and internationally.Its designed for Ivy-leagues. And cypress has a NEW principle now, and things have changed in the past years.It will change even more. The school has much more new programs, and they have changed the curriculum as well. So come to the school and check it out for yourself. I've had a few friends that emailed the IB teachers at 2 am in the morning, for help, and surprisingly they responded. They will do anything to help you, as long as you ask. This school offers not just the IB program, but AP classes as well, so you can take both the IB and AP tests, to get credit.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 22, 2011

This school is terrible. Its a nightmare. I wish that Orange County would surprise this school to catch them in the act. Or question the kids about there teachers. I have 3 kids at this school different ages and they all tell me the same thing. The teachers don't teach they don't care and they spend the day speaking about there lives. One English teacher spends the day on twitter and facebook. If you have a child with a learning disability do not place them in this school! Please it would be the worst mistake you have ever made. My daughter has an IEP and I am a very committed parent but when the staff isn't. You have a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2011

wow I know every one has different experiences but this school is horrible. With a very few exceptions the school's staff is horrid. The teachers are irresponsible, unprofessional, again with a few exceptions. My children have never had issues with instructors and I can name a few in this school that think they are teenagers themselves. Getting into childrens faces, screaming at them and rolling there eyes. But most of the schools in this area are similar. Nightmares! If your kid is thinking of attending this school, run! The student have wonderful school spirit but the staff is just terrible. With a few exceptions. The schoo offers alot of nice programs but the quality of education is bad!


Posted April 26, 2011

I worked at this school and will never recommend it as a job or a school for a student to attend. They only REALLY care about their yearly ratings so that they can make extra $$ and the principal is about to retire soon so if she continues to have her school as a B school she will get a nice bonus at the end...Not once did she interact with me during the time I worked for her not even a hello
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 27, 2011

Photography art teacher is unprofessional with how she manages classroom, and unethical when it comes to level of professionalism as an art educator, does not follow the accomplished practices of Florida State Standards, and leaves kids alone in classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2011

I am a proud graduate of this high school! This school has great programs such as IB and AVID. They offer mid-Florida tech and Dual Enrollment programs. They have a great athletic and performing arts department. I would be lying if I said you would not come across some under qualified teachers, but what public school is perfect. CCHS is pretty close!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2010

I have 2 sons attending this school, a junior and a freshman. I have found the teachers to be very involved in the students progress. The school offers not only the IB program and AP classes, but the arts department is amazing as well. This is a very large high school, but the principal has done a phenomenal job maintaining order and in communicating with parents and students. A lot has to do with parental involvement, of course, but I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2009

This school is absolutely atrocious. There are so many things to be done, and they never get done. I can't even tell you how many times I've had to go down to the school myself to get something straightened out (in reference to my daughter's schedule or anything else). A proper school would not function this way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

I have been a parent involved in this school since it opened in 1992 and have found it to be one of the best kept secrets in Orlando. Although it is predominantly a minority school, there is no suggestion of it being less than others. The teachers have been wonderful to work with and when some students struggle with reading or math, there is always an adult to bolster them up, teach them, help. It is no surprise to me that it got a B this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

I just transfered out of this school. And I am sooo happy that I did. Now that I go somewhere where we actually learn things I can honestly see why Ieft. This school is dirty and theres fights every 2 seconds. I highly recommend you choose somewhere else. I don't know who is writing these review because there certainly not people that go there. Even my friends all hate it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2009

It's amazing because of the people in it and the teachers really care about what their doing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 25, 2009

I'm an honors student at cypress currently. People are always judging this school. Its not bad at all, I mean yes we have our bad students. The teachers aren't always easy to get a hold of, nor are the guidance counselors. The truth is Cypress is finally coming back our grade raised to a B. We have an awesome band I'm in band well color guard which is part of the band. Cypress actually does create a family feeling well at least it did for me. Its not as bad as people make it out to be. Besides if you go there to learn, and keep your nose out of things you wont find trouble. Its a normal high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2009

I have been enrolled in the IB program here at CCHS for a year. I have enjoyed the diversity that it offers as well as the challenge. The majority of the teachers are helpful and fun to be around. It is still important to use common sense since the school is so big espcially if you are a freshmen. Overall I look forward to next year and what it has to offer.
—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.

776 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
44%
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.

767 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
47%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

754 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
74%
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.

680 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
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 "B".
  • 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 "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 66% in 2014.

398 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
27%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

634 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
80%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
50%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

629 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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
Hispanic 61%
Black 14%
White 13%
Asian 10%
Two or more races 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 163%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 211%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 83%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%66%61%
Master's degree 28%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 2%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 School social worker/counselors(s)
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. HEATHER HILTON
Fax number
  • (407) 850-5160

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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