Students enrolled 3490
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School leader MR. EUGENE P TROCHINSKI
Transportation options Yes
District Orange County School District
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6500 Turkey Lake Road
Orlando, FL 32819

(407) 355-3200
(407) 370-7232
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4 stars
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April 16, 2014
This school really is my second home. As a freshman I've gone through some life-changing things and with fantastic peers, well mannered to help me get along. I love my Art magnet and all that it is teaching me in Drawing one and Ceramics one, I am learning French my friend is learning Japanese and my other friends are learning German and Spanish, Not to mention the amazing array different ethenicities you see throughout the the school and almost every student has a little something in their backround. The school is 80 acres and a maze of classrooms, currently under construction, and I havent even been to half of the school. The thing I love most about the school is the magnet programs and the kids amazing talent and how I can live on the other side of the city and get to go to the school. This school offers many AP classes and as a 9th grader I am in AP Human Geography. What I dont like about the school is the birds living in the skywalk but thats the kids fault for being dirty during lunch but love the wild cats that live in the school that some kids call "Panthers" after our mascot and The Athletics is the best in Orlando leading with our football team.

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2013
Ok the student to teacher ratio on zillow says its 19-1 but thats a LIE because i am currently going there as a sophomore and majority of classes have at least 20 students in each of them!!! its a good school with plenty of diversity. The CIS magnet program isn't very good. The Visual and Performing Arts magnet program is good but if you choose the theatre part of the magnet then you have to do ALOT of work and parents have to pay for ALOT of fundraisers and parents probably won't pick up their kid until like 10pm or some where around that time daily. Academics are good if you get the good teachers. Has a GREAT football team!!!

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2013
DPHS has an award-winning Drama Magnet Program that does an amazing job of preparing students for their future careers - whether within the field of entertainment or otherwise. Students are given high expectations that help them to become their best.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
A year ago, My daugther decided to go to "Performing arts at DPHS". This was the most extraordinary cross that she could take in her life. Studying at a Magnet program, at a high School with a prestigious "A" average highlighted for years at DPHS, is the perfect combination for a high academic level. I am extremely happy for her results. Thank you DPHS

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
My daughter is a senior in the Dr. Phillips Theater Magnet. Her education has exceeded every one of our expectations! She is well trained and prepared for the world of theater and beyond. Not only have her academics been comprehensive and excellent, but also the life lessons she has been taught will be something she will use for the rest of her life. Integrity, discipline and fortitude is what it takes to be successful in life and she has been given the opportunity through this program to develop all 3 of these character traits. This is the reason that this program is a nationally recognized program. The Theater Magnet doesn't just do drama, they develop the mind, spirit and character of it's students!!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
My daughter has just begun the theater magnet program at Dr. Phillips and loves it. I drive from the east side of Orlando to take her every morning, and I am happy about it, because she is happy. The program that Ms. Rugario has poured herself into is one of excellence. This, combined with the great education she is getting with caring teachers shows up that Dr. Phillips is the right high school for her. In 2 years, her brother wants for follow his sister to the magnet program because, he too, loves theater.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
My daughter just graduated from the Dr. Phillips Theatre Magnet program-she is away at college as a freshman. She attended all 4 years in the magnet-and like any progrm -it is not perfect--but it is the best opportunity for a student who loves theater-- to learn, grow and develope as a young adult--in central Florida and possibly the best in the state!-Yes, you do have to do a some fund raising-and volunteer work-however if you want your children to have the best productions then you must realize that it costs money--these productions are not your typical "high school" plays--they are high tech,the stages are beautiful, and the costume, sound and lighting will leave you thouroughly entertained!! At the end of the day--you will have a student that has absorbed the entire theater experience--and they can take that with them into the next phase of college and they will outshine all the others because of their time at the Dr. Phillips Theater Magnet!!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
The theater magnet program at Dr. Phillips High School is excellent for those students interested in the Performing Arts. Students of this program gain experience in all aspects of theater, from the technical side to performing under the leadership of Ms. Karen Rugerio and Ms. Susan Porro. Furthermore, in the magnet program, the student's English class is devoted to the study of plays and playwrights. Each student is assigned a playwright and has to do an intensive analysis of the plays written by the playwright in several different written papers. Students even direct a scene from one from one of the plays. After this experience, students are more than ready for any project given to them in college. Students compete in theater competitions at the District and State Level each year. Last year, after winning the FL Theatre Conference with their one act play, "Dancing at Lughnasa," DP was invited to the SE Theatre Conference in Kentucky. Students from this program have also traveled to Scotland to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. College trips to performing arts colleges in the NE are also offered to juniors and seniors. This is definitely a first rate program!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
My daughter is a 2010 graduate of Dr. Philips Theater Magnet Program. She has always been interested in theater and performance, so it was a God-send that we moved to Orlando for her to audition for the program. In her four years there she continued to learn responsibility , dedication ,team work , working long hours towards a goal, auditioning techniques, developing relationships with students from diverse backgrounds and never giving up in what you believe. Ms Rugerio always leads her students to be the best they can be; and Ms Porro, according to my daughter, is one of the best teachers she has ever had. District and State competitions, many community programs, fall trips to visit colleges and so much more were experiences which help these students learn and grow. My daughter is now in her senior year at The Boston Conservatory where she has excelled. As a parent, I too worked long hours as a volunteer and developed life-long friendships with other dedicated parents at Dr. Phillips .Hard work has many benefits. No program is perfect, but this one was perfect for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
The Drama magnet at Dr Phillip's High School has provided our daughter with curriculum rich in experience and challenged her critical thinking skills. When she auditioned, we knew she would be exposed to great training in the performing arts; what we've come to be amazed by is her deeper understanding of issues that effect the human experience on a global level. The teaching team not only prepares these students for life on the stage, but in fact, for life.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
I am a proud parent of a recent graduate of Dr. Phillips high school. I can't brag enough about the high quality and dedication that Dr. Phillips Magnet program for the performing Arts. The leadership of the drama program is incredible, one in which has transformed my son from a nerdy unconfident little boy to a hard working focused and outgoing young man who now is attending school in New York City by himself because of the help guidance and care that his teachers gave him.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
The Theater Magnet program at this school should be celebrated, supported, and encouraged. This program has developed over 40 years, a national reputation of excellence that attracts the best Performing Arts colleges and Universities to seek out its graduates with Millions in scholarships. It is not just the talent but the discipline given the students that proves so valuable. We must strive to hold such programs as the example to be emulated. Such excellence is not achieved by accident and the leadership in this program has no peer. That has led to this program being recognized as the finest in the state of Florida and one of the very best in the entire country. This is supported by the fact that graduates from this DPHS Magnet have been invited to attend the Best Colleges in this country. Students from all backgrounds are invited into this program. And this leads to achievement by all who participate. This is a success story and one to be cherished. Few programs in our public schools have achieved such levels of excellence. Bravo for the Dr Phillips High School Theatre Magnet program.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
This is an amazing school is awesome programs with superior arts education, unavaiable anywhere else, and could NEVER be duplicated.

- submitted by a community member
September 07, 2013
Being a parent of a Junior in the Drama Magnet program, I have seen the transformation of my child from 9 grade until now. The discipline and responsibilities each student is faced with early on, makes them realize, this is not just a "sing and dance" program, this is about becoming a well rounded Thespian knowledgeable of the arts, the history, the literature, the characters that have made the art of performing a dramaturgy piece, an act that people enjoy and love. The legacy provided from seniors to freshman, from street act on stilts to running and managing the entire troupe to compete for State awards and after graduation, coming back to show your support to your teacher on a national TV show and coming back from Broadway to say hello to your mentors for the great job they inspire you to do... That is TROUPE 4276. A national and international know thespian troupe. Don't get me started on the parents and staff they are "Never less than the best"

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
Im a junior in the theater magnet and it's absolutely we'll rounded and an amazing opportunity and privilege to attend dr.phillips high school.

- submitted by a community member
August 16, 2013
I am going to be a freshman at this school. I am going to dive 45+ minutes just to be a part of their theatre VPA magnet, because it is that good. Their program is international recognized as one of the best. A student who just graduated this past year is already touring in the Broadway comedy musical The Book Of Mormon. Everyone in the program tells me how amazing it is and the faculty has done everything they can to help get you to where you need to be. Nothing but good words for DPHS. I am excited to be a panther.

- submitted by a community member
June 21, 2011
i Graduated from that school and I'm Proud Graduating at this school i wish their were more schools just like ths one senior class 2011 DR.PHILLIPS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RUNNER-UP CHAMPIONS

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2010
Totally disappointed in the school. If your kid attends the theater magnet program be prepared to fundraise insanely and tirelessly! Alot is not told to parents during orientation and you will not receive program info until 1.5 months into the program. If your kid does not fundraise excessively they will not be able to participate in some functions. We expected a wholesome, positive environment in the theater magnet but received the complete opposite! We made a choice to remove our student and place them in our zoned school for peace! We also needed several meetings with a core teacher because the teacher refused to allow graded test to come home or have the students see them. I was requested to come to the school to see the test. If you call one of the admin office(vice- principal) you will not receive a call back! After leaving DP we have sanity!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
Dr. Phillips High School is an amazing school taht allows students many opportunities for academics, career, college, and athletics.

- submitted by a teacher
September 23, 2010
Our son graduated from the Theater Magnet program at Dr. Phillips in 2010. After being at this school four years, we can honestly say it is the best! Parent involvement is welcomed and encouraged. Students are dedicated to the program and participate wholeheartedly. The principal provides exemplary leadership by working with his staff, parents and students. He is the "heart" of this school. If your child has the opportunity to attend this wonderful school whether as a zoned student or a participant in one of its many Magnet programs, I would highly recommend you support them in their choice.

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no rating October 28, 2009
excellent ! They keep kids interested in learning. Discipline is high while respecting students

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no rating September 21, 2009
Dr. Phillips has splendid art classes, in addition to have a plentiful selection of academics to choose from. Not to mention, we have several languages, including Japanese. Our student population is also large and diverse, with several people to talk to! There are also several sports for those who like sports, and lots of extracirricular activities around. Also, our teachers seem to take a genuine interest in our education.

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no rating September 17, 2009
I absolutely love DP. It is such a fun school! There are so many different types of clubs, electives, and games to enjoy and be a part of. Not to mention all the awesome teachers.

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2009
Excellent principal and faculty!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Dr. Phillips teachers are dedicated and talented. Even though classes can be very large, the quality of education remains high. Our football team is awesome, our drama and chorus departments rock, and the CIS program is amazing!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The students are great; I've met so many good people. The teachers are amazing too, and the magnets bring in so much talent over CIS, VPA, and Business Academy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
DPHS has the best teachers!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
DP has one of the coolest campuses i've ever seen. It's so open and even though it can be kind of confusing at first, once you learn where everything is, it feels comfy. It feels like you belong no matter what your into.

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This school has ben amazing. I came in on the band music magnet and the experience has been perfect. The staff is friendly and caring and on top of that, the music, theatre, and athletics are all superb. Never less than the best!

- submitted by a student
July 21, 2009
This school is big about college admissions and such things! I love this school and cant picture myself anywhere eles. The Honors Program is amazing, and the school is so diverse with all the different culture and races. The school spirit is amazing as well as the athletics...I am pround to be a Panther!!! lol

- submitted by a student
March 29, 2009
Brilliant. I'm an english transfer student and it really is an outstanding school. 10/10 in my books.

- submitted by a student
March 17, 2009
Coming from teaching in Osceola County to teaching here at Dr. Phillips has been an eye opening experience. The two schools/counties are polar opposites. While Orange County and DPHS are greatly lacking in technology compared to Osceola, education in Orange County is leaps and bounds over Osceola. The regular education students that I teach at DPHS are much higher functioning. The lower level students function at a very low level, but mostly it's because they just don't care. DPHS is a caring, organized, and efficient school. The faculty, administration and staff work very well together. I laugh at some of the negative postings from parents because they are naive enough to believe their irresponsible children over responsible adults. The problems with this school do not stem from the teachers and administration, they stem from the students and their parents. Some parents are not supporting or working with the teachers.

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October 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2008
this school has made tremendous changes in these students including my child and others who has came a long way with them

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July 12, 2008
Just graduated from the have seen school. I couldn't myself anywhere else. The schools encourages the students to attend college, and helps choose their major. The Magnet Programs are fantastic. I was not zoned for Dr. Phillips but drove over 30 minutes each way to participate in the Performing Arts Magnet. Great school, Great Teachers, Great Students. I always felt safe.

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no rating October 08, 2007
its been best school for my daughter teachers are great very help full my daughter is iep student i have no pro with any staff member thanks bye

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2007
I'm Currently a senior there '08 and i've attended Dp since Freshmen year and i can honestly say that I think Dr.Phillips High is the Best School you could ask for. Me = Always a Panther <3

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- submitted by a community member
May 30, 2007
I attend this school, and it is the best! It has great teachers, counselors, and great students!! Nothing but the best!!

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April 26, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
March 29, 2007
My son attends Dr. Phillips in the Drama magnet, and I have to say it has made a great deal of difference in his life. Coincidentally, I am also a Drama teacher at another high school. To me, the DPHS Drama program is a model that I try to emulate for the benefit of my students

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2007
Both my children attend the school. My older daughter has maintained Honors classes through out her education at the school and I am very pleased overall with the facilities. I have definitely seen a drastic down fall with the school within the past few years. Has anyone driven their children to school? and had to deal with the amazing amount of traffic.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2006
Both my children went to Dr Phillips. They both enjoyed their time there. Homework was abundant and teachers were excellent. They have a new athletic director which is helping the school to be power house in the future.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2006
I found this school to be a well rounded experience offering the best that education has to offer. The teachers are all well qualified professionals that genuinely care for the students. The campus is large and nice, and the layout is easy to get used to. The 9th grade center is a small walk from the main campus, and a nice facility in itself. The food served in the cafeteria is much better than some schools I have encountered. The diversity of the students is another bonus, as it translates into a more multicultural experience for the students.

- submitted by a former student
March 27, 2006
I enjoy working at Dr. Phillips H.S. The administration is very conscientious about supporting the teachers, staff and students. By doing so, it allows us all to do our jobs.

- submitted by a teacher
March 26, 2006
I attended Dr. Phillips High School from 1994-1998. For a public school, I was offered the best education possible. Not only was I provided the best academic opportunities, but I also learned how to play the violin. The magnet program for music is top notch. I was afforded opportunities in the piano and orchestra. I was able to earn college credit through AP classes, learned how to drive in Drivers Ed., created in a music technology course, etc... The facilities, faculty, and opportunities were amazing. I couldn't have had a better high school experience.

- submitted by a former student
February 15, 2006
'excellence', that is the one word that can describe dphs, it's sports and extra curricular activities are wonderful, not to mention their top of the line theatre department.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
Overall, excellent school, my daughter is now in college going to University of Miami.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2006
Overall is a great school. The curriculum is brilliant. This school is a great place to make friends. Medical program and the cis magenet progran is spectacular.

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January 27, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 11, 2006
Excellent drama program. Offers several different languages and political classes.

- submitted by a former student
October 12, 2005
My Son attends Dr Phillips High School and he loves the school. His grades have improved from C's and D's to A's and B's. The school has plenty of programs and acivities for students. This is a very good school. The buildings and classrooms as very nice and the library extensive.

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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
This is such a great school. Many extra curricular activities and classes that other schools dont have. Full of diversity and culture. Also provides magnet programs such as International Studies, Medical, Business, Performing Arts and ROTC.

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- submitted by a student
May 25, 2004
I feel that this school is very unorganized and they really don't have enough help for the amount of students they have. They need a new school to cover the overload in this area.

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- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2004
My girlfriend and her 4 daughters recently moved to orlando from new your and she is very pleased with the school. her daughter Devon is in the top 10% of her class now and she participates in sports and her mother is pleased with the teacher relationship she has. The curriculm is also good.

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- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2003
I graduated from DP and I can say that I was happy with the school! Everyone was involved.

- submitted by a community member
September 09, 2003
The Performing Arts Magnet program is superb! The staff is excellent and extremely dedicated. I am thrilled my child is able to attend this high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
My daughter was almost zoned for another school (a low scoring school), and she was very upset about this. She wanted to go to Dr. Phillip's because of their great academic reputation. Thank goodness they didn't rezone or she would have had to go into a magnet program. But, she ended up graduating from Dr. Phillips with flying colors because of the great staff and faculty at Dr. Phillip's. She would not have been able to receive such a great education if she had not gone to 'D.P.', trust me, I know. I graduated from the other one.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
The school needs new teachers that really care about our children's future.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2003
Our daughter loves the international studies program. The diversity of other classes is superb.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2003
Last year I moved here from NJ with my 16 year old son. He has no interest in his school work and I had to push hard to get him to progress. Everyone of his teachers, counselor and staff helped me get his grades up and because of their caring and teaching skills, he did very well. Thank you to all of you. PS Lots of diversity in the school and we alway felt welcomed.

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Dr. Phillips High School
6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, FL  32819
(407) 355-3200
Last modified Dr. Phillips High School is a Public school that serves grades PK, 9. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dr. Phillips High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 84 reviews.