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Freedom High School

Public | 9-12 | 3231 students

 

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2011:
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Posted August 4, 2014

I am currently a junior at freedom & the staff is horrible the teachers don't care if you fail or pass they're still getting paid. One of my teachers was out of school for 3 months because she was pregnant, meanwhile we had substitutes and did nothing but read books and I still got an F on my report card. I even emailed her but no response


Posted March 12, 2014

this school is the only school that have very few honors classes.they mainly push you to do ap so they can get money.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2013

a very boring school.full of lames.the school is strict on things that don't even matter.i only have 2 good teachers.algebra teacher doesn't even give me good notes.my biology teach is always absent.shouldnt even be an A school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2013

Do not enroll your child into to Monticello Program; it is a scam. The school gets money for how many students take an AP class, regardless if they fail. So they load up the children on AP classes with incompetent teachers. In my Sophomore year, my AP World History teacher did not teach us the formatting for essays (half the AP test were essays), so imagine my shock upon hearing from my friend attending another school that there was a specific format. Needless to say, I did not get a score I wanted, and almost the whole class recieved 2s and 3s. (Most colleges only accept 4s and 5s for college credit). The administration does not care if you are failing, and even when I requested to be removed from the program, they refused. All of my friends in IB at Cypress passed all their AP exams and many got 5s. I regret choosing Monticello.


Posted October 23, 2013

The first impression a parent gets of the school is from the school receptionist. Freedom High School makes the best first impression all due to the fantastic receptionist! I have never been in that lobby without hearing a warm greeting from her and seeing her smiling. I've been in a lot of schools and been treated very poorly by the lobby staff - this is by far the most friendly, welcoming, and caring environment I've experienced. Great job FHS! You hired a winner!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2013

I wish the school would utilize their website. As a parent trying to find out information about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities for my child, cost of tickets for an event, etc., this site is useless. The calendar of events has been blank since school started three months ago. You have to call the school with every single question because there are no newsletters. They assume all students are in quiet classrooms during announcements and that is the only way to obtain information.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

As a parent of a junior, I wish I has not fallen for the Monticello mumbo jumbo. It is a ploy to excite parents and little else. My daughter has fallen behind and there is no support from the teachers or the administration. I have fought to get her out of AP classes and almost taken her out of the school all together. There is nothing to the Monticello program. Send your kids to the IB program at Cypress if they are academically gifted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2012

I am currently a Sophomore in this school. I so far enjoy this school. It had many mixed students with a lot of different ethnics. Our school has a one strong principle. He organizes everything, and doesn't do anything unfair. Teachers, are always good. They don't teach us with low grade stuff. They will teach us with what we are supposed to to in that year. For instance, reading is important this year, so all the English plan their way to get us pass the FCAT.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 14, 2011

I'm thinking about relocating to Orlando next year and looking for a high school for my daughter. I'm truly impressed with what I've read so far


Posted March 16, 2011

School is clean and safe looking. One of my daughter graduated with little complain. The past two years I'm hearing complains of many student and my other daughter on lack of communication and possible profiling on certain students. I can tell you I did not get a fast email respond and/or phone call message return from ??? until I requested front desk office to pass me to someone I can speak too (I have Email/calls to show if anyone questions me). Dress code is getting out of hand, to my understanding certain students are getting picked on and on some for what seems proper dressing but not to the school. My daughter called me in to school for a dress code, which I had to snap a picture of because her shorts was up to the proper level. The school personal complaint was the hole on the bottom (styled at proper level) which is covered and you cannot see skin. My understanding, many students have been moved to other schools for low grades. The school is a "A" and they want to keep it that way. So I filed a compalint with Florida Education Department. Their are other issues I've heard from and about student. !Speak up and stop the bulling!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

I got expelled from freedom in august of 2009, I felt a bit mistreated but then again who wouldn't in my position, Freedom is a nice school, you have a mix of all different ethnic back rounds that attend there as well, But after my expulsion i had to take online courses (FLVS) which i am still taking (2 year expulsion). All of my buddies say that they wouldn't think twice about making the transition (They Obviously Don't Like The Administrators). Im saying, if your reading this and have problems with freedom, Withdrawal and take online courses. It's not worth trying to work things out with the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2010

My son is a Sophomore and very involved in the arts and music programs. he has caring teachers, is motivated (cant get him to come home some days) and would not dream of going anywhere else. I got a call from the 10th grade counselor today and was impressed by her dedication and courtesy. The campus is clean and my son feels safe there. Only problem so far was his math teacher last year-he did not seem to get along with her but other than that, we are glad we stayed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2010

I m currently a junior at Freedom and I have to say I love it here. The guidance department is well run, though there are strict rules to abide by, but it is for the best. I personally don t like most of the rules but we are still kids and discipline is necessary. Otherwise who would be running the school? I would like to say, most parents that leave their reviews aren't speaking their mind but more of their child's. With that being said most kids speak of the bad and not the good, to their parents. This then affects the view of the school in their parents mind. The school is excellent; the students are very diverse but great, though my only concern is that we have many 'older' teachers that should have been done with their careers by now. But this isn t the schools fault, its the public schooling system.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2010

My son is currently a senior there. I have very mixed feelings about this school. I am happy to see the foucs on getting more kids into Advanced and AP courses, instead of just on the lower performing students. My son does feel comfortable and safe there. I think the new principal is a real improvement, and give him kudos for bringing the grade up to a B. However I think he is very out of touch with reality with some things, as exhibited by his ban on PDA - come on, these are teenagers - what do you think they do after school? My biggest complaint is that there is almost no guidance provided to get the kids ready for college. The counselors will advise if asked, but there are no guidelines or timelines to let the students know when they should be taking tests and filling out applications,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2010

My duaghter goes to freedom and she say,'I am a junior at freedom and proud to say i hate it there.If i had the choice to leave i would. Most of the teachers are okay. The administration isnt so well. We get in trouble for the littlest things. The principal, dont like at all! Freedom shouldnt be called Freedom, because theres no Freedom what so ever.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2010

This school is exceptionally high in its standards and my children are in a safe environment. I don't like the ghetto schools so to parents out there pondering on the idea, make that decision to place your child there you wont be disappointed. My daughters self esteem went up so high from being here and all students and staff are very friendly. My son likes photography and daughter love drama and chorus she feels she can truly express herself and teachers have the students best interest at heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2009

Its a great school. the teachers are awesome, the school itself looks very nice and everything is very under control
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2009

I have/had 3 students at FHS. The difficulties for this school's administrators (besides the typical for all large high schools) is the multi-cultural challenges. The school has a large 'english as a second language' group coming from South America and the carib. Helping non english speaking kids integrate and learn is a challenge. The population tends to separate along those lines creating two schools, and I think it's the main reason this school rates poorly on FCAT. Regarding the last posters comment about teachers; I agree. Quality of teachers at the High School level is disappointing. However, I wouldn't single out FHS on that. This is a problem for all public schools everywhere. Union tenure is more important than performance and you typically find older 'worn out' teachers in the High Schools. Administrators have their hands tied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

FHS has been a huge disappointment to us. After spending 2 years at Hunter's Creek Middle school where they have an A rating and MAGNIFICENT teachers; you'd think the local high school would have some of that too. NOT! There are teachers that shouldn't be teaching but when I told the administration there is a problem with the curriculum and that my child was not learning anything, I was told to work it out with the teacher! That's all my child needs. There are too many more issues to mention now. Thankfully my child will have dual enrollment next year and will only have to be at the school for half the day. I'm sure these issues exist at other schools but this school should be far better than it is located where it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

This school has it together and the B Rating is comijng soon!
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

840 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
54%
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.

786 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

779 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
87%
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.

775 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

416 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
49%
Biology I

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

916 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
77%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
70%
U.S. History

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

483 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%
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 49%
White 26%
Black 14%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 90%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%66%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 1%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ROLANDO BAILEY
Fax number
  • (407) 816-5616

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • 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

Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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2500 West Taft Vineland Road
Orlando, FL 32837
Phone: (407) 816-5600

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