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9-12
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Orlando, FL
Students enrolled: 3,357
 

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6100 Oleander Drive
Orlando, FL 32807

(407) 482-6300
(407) 737-1450
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September 03, 2014
i currently attend colonial highschool. I absolutely love this school. it is not as bad as these bad reviews make it seem. they've obviously have had bad experiences at the school. I have all honors classes and the teachers and staff are great! they are only doing their job but if you're on their good side you won't have any problems what so ever. they have great programs to get into. I like that you can go to many teachers to talk to and they are willing to help you become a better student. it all really comes down to how social someone is, who they choose to hang out with, and how they take certain things other students say. overall this school is great! I have no complaints at all.

- submitted by a student
July 17, 2014
This school is unlike any other. It may not be in the best area, but the students are so hard working and dedicated to whatever they do. The kids who attend Colonial are seriously underestimated. Colonials extra curricular activities are top notch too! Their theatre department (Troupe 592) has placed in the top 3 for the last 3 years at district competition and have received straight superiors at state competition. Their ROTC program is the largest in the area and receives tons of awards at competitions. Their chorus and band are spectacular too- and they have so much pride with what they do! Colonial High School has wonderful teachers and have never disappointed! It is truly great to be a grenadier!

- submitted by a student
July 03, 2014
I will be attending Colonial High School for my third year. I love the school. I strongly disagree with the assumptions of others. The teachers at this school try their best and thrive to make the kids work as hard as possible. I've had outstanding teachers that I still miss till this day. The teachers and administration have always looked at me as their own which I strongly appreciate. The teachers have pushed me to achieve my goals. I love Colonial! Also, we have a new principle, Dr. Prince.. He is an outstanding, hardworking, dedicated principle. The best I've ever had! He has really done an amazing job improving our school.

- submitted by a student
January 25, 2014
I'm a proud parent that has two kids. One of whom graduated from colonial high, and is now in college with college credits earned within Colonial's advanced placement classes. During his high school experience, some of these bad reviews may relate. However, colonial had always provided more than an exceptional education for its students. My youngest son currently attend colonial with a GPA over 3.5. There is currently a new principal that has made some changes in the behavioral issues of students. Now colonial high has more devoted/ well behaved students and an exceptional education as well. Colonial is known for its excelling sports team, and overall, this is a school that any student would want to go to. Remember, it's great to be a GRENADIER!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Colonial has always been an upstanding educational institution. Many successful people have graduated from this school: Delta Burke (1974), a former Miss Orlando and a film and television actress; Steve Christmas (1976), Former professional baseball player (Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs) Mike Metcalfe (1991), Former professional baseball player (Los Angeles Dodgers) ; Joel Pi eiro (1996), Former MLB Pitcher, plays for minor league; Kevin Elliott (2007), current NFL Wide Reciver (Buffalo Bills). I too graduated from this great school in 1979 and am still very proud to be a Colonial Grenadier! You get out of your education what you put into it. The teachers, faculty and staff of this school are excellent and work hard to make our kids successful. So students do your best and you too will be successful. Parents do everything in your power to make sure your child is successful. Stop complaining and pointing the fingers at others..Look at yourself in the mirror and see the truth. GO COLONIAL GRENADIERS!!!

- submitted by a community member
August 14, 2013
Colonial isn't a bad school like some people want to put it. Colonial is what we the students make it. Some of the students are unruly but that's not our fault they are its the parents. The way your child acts is upond you. If your child is complaining aof something set yoir foot down and try to find out what's really happening. But over all its a great place to learn things and get your priorities straigh and get ready for the future with great programs like the magnet, A.V.I.D, honors classes, etc. Have a great day! And its GRRRREAT to be a Grenadier!

- submitted by a community member
May 07, 2013
This was my high school. I graduated in '09. CHS has two campuses: a freshman campus and the main campus, for sophomores, juniors and seniors. The 9th great center was good. I have little complaints about it. As for the main campus, there are quite a few. First, the administration is terrible. None of the staff will listen to you and they assume you're guilty until proven innocent. They'll ask you something, and when you try to answer, they'll just say, "I don't wanna hear any excuses!" One of my friends who currently goes there says it's still the same today. There were fights almost every day, and each time there was one, the lunch time would be cut back. The whole school was punished just for two people. Half of the teachers there either have no clue what they're doing or they just don't care. It's just a really bad school, and I'm so glad to be out of there. Too bad I live only a mile away from it.

- submitted by a community member
May 06, 2013
EXCELLENT. STAFF IS AWESOME. PRINCIPAL EXTRAORDINARY. MY DAUGHTER HAS PERFORM GREAT. LOVE THIS SCHOOL. RECOMMEND TO PARENTS.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2013
I have one daughter that graduated from CHS and another that will graduate in June. My oldest daughter had many disciplinary problems and Dean Withem and Mr. Border were instrumental in working with her and saw to it that she graduated. My youngest daughter is involved in the AP/Honors program and is taking advantage of the dual enrollment opportunity. The AP program did an excellent job of preparing her for college and she made the Presidents list her 1st semester at Valencia and will attend FSU (as part of their honors program) in the fall. The HTML, Anatomy and Psychology classes were excellent. All the teachers my girls had were wonderful educators. Miss Rummel does an excellent job with Key Club. The Beta club and NHS Society are also awesome opportunity's. Just like with all schools you have nice well-behaved students and not-so-nice not-such-well-behaved students. Overall CHS has been a great school whose staff worked diligently so that my oldest daughter graduated and the courses available would've prepared her for a technical school if she were so inclined and the teachers and staff worked hard to prepare my youngest daughter for college. I would recommend it to anybody.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2012
If I was unforntunate enough to move into this school's district I would avoid it at all costs, seeking out any and all charter, private, or home school options. This school is filled with unruly and disrespectful children that are being "raised" by unruly and disrespectful parents. Even the brightest child in this school would have a difficult time feeling safe enough to learn, and even the best teacher (and this school has a lot of exceptional teachers) would have a difficult time controling a class when there are no student consequences for disrupting a class. This school needs a principal with a backbone that will start to hold the parent's responsible for their childrens misbehavior.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
Colonial High School is not that bad of a school. Parents may complain that their children may receiving a seemingly lacking education but the reality is that if the student were devoted to their studies and an exceptionally "good student" than the child would be able to excel in the learning environment. The fault falls primarily on the shoulders of ignorant children and to a further extent, ignorant parents for instigating the notion that due to the demographics of the high school, its students are causally boisterous, promiscuous, crude, and asinine. Consequently, such an assumption aids in the postulation of a fallacy that resembles the idea that all students that attend Colonial High school are incompetent and thus the high school itself is a bad one. I've got news: Colonial High School is the same as any other high school in Orange County and if the student is not applying him or herself, than the lack of education cannot be blamed on the staff nor their contemporaries. It is true that this is not always the case, but the various hyperbole's found in these reviews exaggerating the conditions of this high school are rather pathetic.

- submitted by a student
July 16, 2011
Three of my kids graduated from Colonial and received an excellent education! They all were involved in extra curricular activities which helped them to stay focused,make friends and enjoy their learning experience. I believe it also helps to be an involved parent and I maintained contact with their teachers and became active in the PTSA. If your child knows you are involved in their school I believe it helps them to make better choices.

- submitted by a community member
March 15, 2011
Colonial High School is a very bad school. There are drug pushers in the school along with gangs. The teacher cannot control the students. My son was bullied and no action was taken by the teachers or administration.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2010
The school is horrible and it has a bunch of unknowledgeable children. My son complains that the environment is unsafe and it's hard to focus with teachers not controlling these very loud students. A lot of people are right. Colonial is a very bad school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2010
Thanks for all your reviews. As principal I have read them all and will use this info to make us better. I have found excellence in our classrooms, extra-curricular activities, arts and sports. Both of my sons came here from Winter Park HS and received a great education and made great friends. Thanks to all who make it great to be a Grenadier.

- submitted by a teacher
August 23, 2010
Wonderful staff! No complaints....Cannot believe how hard they work for such a large school. I met with a Dean who was very interested in my child's academics. She was willing to help and encourage my child. Thank you

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- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2009
three of my kids graduated from colonial and one is a freshman.They all seem to love this school alot and havent had any problems yet.they have a great education.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
The school environment is very enjoyable and pleasant.The principal is doing in her power to make the kids safe.

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July 21, 2009
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June 27, 2009
Having attended Colonial High School for the past three years, I feel safe in saying that I have enjoyed the time I've spent there and that I am proud to be a Colonial Grenadier.

- submitted by a student
June 02, 2009
This school is an excellent school, contrary to popular beliefs that Colonial is a bad school with bad academics is completely wrong. Student attendance has improved considerably over the years at Colonial, The track team has made District Champions three years in a row with some of the runners going to states, Bowling team has won state championships, and Winter Guard has won nationals among other extraordinary accomplishments. Although the school is rated a C by the Florida Department of Education, it is quickly rising above the ranks to achieve a B and higher.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2009
The safety is not adequate.The teachers and administrators do not share with the parents and maintain a great secrecy about discipline measures.Parents will find it difficult to work with the school for excellence. Educationally, it rates about second from the worst. Having seen some of the work students have(none of them mine), I was glad to have obtained my education elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2009
The teachers are very caring and most of them know how to teach in a way you can understand. The kids are all different and unique and make it fun to go their. I think being their builds your character and teaches you to be a stronger person. Sports and other activities are good and give you something to loo forward to. It's like a family. We have goods and bads but it's great to be a grenadier.

- submitted by a student
March 26, 2009
Colonial High School is the best school I have ever been to. I am now a senior (Class of '09!) and i can say it's a wonderful school! The reputation of this school is torn by people who are 'haters'. The teachers are nice, fun, and most definately caring! I love the students and watching my underclassman friends grow up is another wonderful thing. We are a Grenadier family that may have it's disagreements sometimes, but we all hang in there! (if you have seen the other schools out there, they wouldn't compare)there isn't really 'bad kids, poor academics or a bad neighborhood.' There is just bad judgement and ignorance. I know friends of mine who live in the neighborhoods that some people say are bad, and they all are good people. I say it's great to be a Grenadier! Don't forget it! - Ibet

- submitted by a student
no rating March 24, 2009
i whent to CHS till i moved early in the year colonial is a great school in certian areas it may not be in the best or safest area but the stereo type for the school is so worng the people their are so welcoming and its like your part of a big family the kids a great the teachers are okay. On the other hand colonial does not challege you in education because the attendece policy is weak and not inforced. i almost flunked out because all the students know that even if you dont pass you some how slide by. i moved to lake county and theres a great diffrence. if you want you child to have a great highschool memorys of friends and fun send them to colonial. And remember its great to be a Grenader because we rep that Red and Black C.H.S

- submitted by a student
February 08, 2009
I love my school. It's so filled with diversity and unique students. My school is the best, no doubt about it. It's Great To Be A Grenadier!!!

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February 03, 2009
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January 25, 2009
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December 29, 2008
I loved this school so much. The people are fantastic as well as the academics and atmosphere. I miss it and can't wait to go back to visit and just feel like welcoming ground of CHS. People need to stop stereotyping this school until they experience it for themselves. GO Grenadiers!

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December 28, 2008
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November 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 20, 2008
I graduated a couple years ago and I recieved straight A's because i was never challenged. It did not prepare me for college at all and I did not learn anything from Colonial. So as i was reading these comments i come to the realization that ya'll must have been paid to say it is a good school.

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October 14, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 05, 2008
Im currently attending colonial high school and i love it so far. I have lots of friends that go to main campus and they say its a great school. I don't like the motto but its ok its still great ' it's great to be a grenider' woot woot dede sinclair

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2008
I am a 20009 senior and this school is the best high school ever!!

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September 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 02, 2008
i graduated in 2008. and ppl say its a bad school. these ppl are ignorant. its a great school and they have an amazing principle! The teachers there, are very caring. And they motivate you to do better! Im a college student now, and i would not trade my education at CHS for no other education at any other school. Its great to be a Grenadier! Class of 2008! woot woot -Monkey

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August 10, 2008
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no rating April 30, 2008
The staff has beeen wonderrful

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2008
i enjoy going to this school because it has a supporting staff and great courses which lead students to a better college career.

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February 27, 2008
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February 06, 2008
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January 27, 2008
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January 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 23, 2007
bad kids, poor academics, bad neighborhood

- submitted by a student
no rating December 21, 2007
Colonial high school is an overall good school that is often stereotyped. People veiw it as an unsafe environment or just another school that doesn't make the grade, but i feel that those revews don't do the school justice. I am attending colonial for my 3rd year now, and I wouldn't transfer to any other school. It's great to be a Grenadier!

- submitted by a student
November 26, 2007
This school has provided my child with many resources to a better education. All of the teachers genuinely care about their students, most of all is principle Dr. Mitchell.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 16, 2007
My daughter just started going there last week as a Sophomore. She is in Choir. The one thing I did not like was the day I enrolled her, we were unable to get her a schedule. She has to go to the guidance office the next morning and get it. It seems that the counselors are never able to be found. I enrolled my friends son yesterday and same thing... come back tomorrow to get your schedule. Other than that, it is too early for me to make a decision on the school. My daughter seems happy with the Choir program!

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October 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
As a whole, I believe Colonial High School is a great school, with needs of improvement of course. Colonial has a quality band program with an incredible amount of parent support; far greater than Colonial HS itself. I believe the teachers have a thorough understanding of the material being presented to the classes and how to expand with analysis. The only discrepancies I have with this school is with the superfluous support for sports and none for any other activities. I lost count how many times Dr. Mitchell would choose sports over the arts. I believe there is need of some new guidance counselors as they hardly help students when they need it most, except Mr. Border. He knows how to help students without shunning them. Overall, this school is very below average. Many students don't know what respect means and I believe the honors/AP department is keeping Colonial alive.

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October 21, 2007
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August 17, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 16, 2007
Both of my children graduated from Colonial My husband and I both graduated from Colonial. My Daughter attended the Dual enrollment and she is going to be attending a Major Florida University in the fall. She worked very hard for this. Colonial was good for her it all depends on the Child. I do wish someone would tell the Principal to Support the Drama Department.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2007
This school ratings are particularly well balanced all though the grades are a little off over all this is a nice caring school

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March 20, 2007
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February 27, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 23, 2007
I had the opportunity to be a coach at Colonial for 4 years. I worked with the Lacrosse program. I have nothing but good things to say about Colonial and its staff, particularly the Athletics department. In a school of this size you will have a large variety of students of many different backgrounds and disciplines. You will get great students with great attitudes and also some with struggles, however, the staff is very aware of that and does a great job at finding what a child does good and encourages positive behavior. Hats off to Julie Jansa for her love and support to the student athletes and coaches. -Jay Rowe-

- submitted by a former student
September 19, 2006
My son is in his second year at Colonial High School. At times he has had pretty good teachers. However, some of the teachers I encountered had a condescending attitude. Parent concerns seem to take a back seat to what a teacher or coach is able to achieve. If the school viewed academics the same way as sports i.e. football and cross country, it would be an awesome school. The band program is a very well run program.

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September 03, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
July 26, 2006
Colonial is not all bad, the small minority of honor students do give some hope to this school but since there are so few of these good students the go unreconized.

- submitted by a student
July 21, 2006
Colonial high school is a great school, with the exception of most of the administrations. As a recent graduate, I can say that the courses available are of the best in the area. They range from general to advanced placement, and there are also bridge classes in between which help students hwo may be struggling. The extracurricular activities such as band, drama, and dance are some of the best in the district, however recieve little praise because all dr. mitchell focuses on is the sports, which aren't that great to begin with. That is one down side to CHS - too much emphasis on sports and not enough on the arts. The teachers are good, and even excellent, but the administration follows what Dr. Mitchell says and does, which makes the envirnment of the school a little worse than it could be. A new policy is needed, but I like Colonial.

- submitted by a former student
June 15, 2006
Both of my children have attendeded Colonial and received the guidance and support needed by the teachers. My daughter breezed through school but my son had more trouble the results of the 8th grade FCAT showed he was only reading and comprehending at a third grade level. The excellent group of teachers at the 9th grade center worked with him and had him coming very close to passing the reading portion by the time he entered tenth grade. The main campus teachers continued working with him through his senior year and although they only got him to coming within one question of passing he is attempting to take it one more time.Their support totally changed his outlook toward school and life. My only negative comment about the school is that not enough parents get involved.It was a shame to always see the same parents doing everything.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
This school totally lives up to is below average reputation. My experience with my son in this school is one of extreme frustration and no results. The administration is programmed to give you only politically correct statements and totally avoid any constructive criticisms. If your child has any difficulty in learning this would not be a suitable environment. My above average IQ child was forced to withdraw from school because some of his teachers and mostly the administrators were were not equipped to handle even the slightest of learning disability issues. Based on my experience with Orange Public Schools in general, I pulled my daughter out and put her in a private school. We are now free from an environment where the only concern is one four letter expletive......FCAT.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
What most people here about colonail does not do any justice for their academic program. Colonial has excellent teachers with a plan and a goal that is for the very best interest of their students. Both students and teachers work long and hard with each and every academic. There are also a variety of sports offered for both boys and girls as well as clubs that have been organized to fit the interest of most all atudents. Colonial has a great band and amazing chorus. Many parents are involved in Colonials many activities.

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January 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2005
Just like any other high school in the United States, it has its ups and downs. Colonial High School is the biggest high school in the orange county. Just like the rest of us, some days the teachers might not be in the best mood just like your children some days do not have the most positive attitude. Teachers like we all know do not get paid as much as they should. These men and woman wake up every morning not to receive a big pay check the next friday but to make the next generation of american better educated. Dr. Mitchell, has been there when I needed to talk to him about my child, he is very responsible and he has a good heart.

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December 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2005
It has alot of great clubs icluding band and it has alot of sports.Alot of parents are involved.Overall it is a great school.

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August 24, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 24, 2005
If your child is in honors classes at Colonial, expect them to be challenged, depending on their strengths or weaknesses. The students definitely need to stay on top of their classwork and homework to do well in these classes. For students who are involved in sports or other extracurricular activities, there is not a problem juggling the two. Parent involvement is low, except for the same parents who were already involved at the middle school level. Hopefully that will change. If your child goes to Colonial and is good kid who hangs out with good kids, expect a good experience, challenging academics and a memorable high school experience. If your child is eligible to take dual enrollment classes, do it! They could enter college as a sophomore saving you lots and lots of money!

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July 15, 2005
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May 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
As a student at the school I think its terriable. its sad when you say I go to the worset school ever and someone automatically says colonial.. were not known for the good grades and 'awesome' football team..Also on fcat scores only 26%of the students got over 300 points. But at a A graded school where I knwo I will excel.One good thing about the school is our Principal..but he belongs at a A graded school... -Student @ CHS

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2005
I think this school is going down hill by the day. My son graduated in 03 and my daughter will be graduating next year, however at this time she is looking into changing schools.

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April 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2004
Colonial is an alright school. The honors program is good. The only thing that makes colonial not the top rated school is some of the kids. The band and color guard on the other hand is great.

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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2004
Colonial High School (CHS) has a beautiful new School Facility. There seems to be an upward swing in parent s involvement. Interscholastic at CHS have provided my 12th grader with 12 hours of college credits and 4 years of varsity bowling. Cross country and traditional track &field have come a long way. 2004 had the freshman/sophomore track team taking second place in orange county meet. (Third last year). As a mother of four children who has a full time job, I depend on the CHS system to enforce what we, as parents, teach at home. Colonial has lived up to our expectation thus far, both academically and athletically. Three children in gifted, one in AIMM. Totally happy with school and support it fully.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2004
Colonial needs to definitely add more electives other physical education. More classes that will appeal to a broad range of students. A lot of students want to get a taste of what they want to do in the real world and we are cut short of opportunities.

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2003
I believe that all extracurricular activities should recieve that same support with money and the principal as the football, baseball, and basketball team. Over all I love the school. I graduated from CHS and I have a child in CHS now and one more in the future. I just heard about the music on fridays, which is great! Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Have 2 daughter`s graduate from this shcool, 1999 and 2001. Great teachers, looking forward to my lst daughter to also be a graduate of CHS. Proud Grenadier parent.

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Colonial High School
6100 Oleander Drive, Orlando, FL  32807
(407) 482-6300
Last modified Colonial High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Colonial High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 93 reviews. Top