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9-12
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Palm Harbor, FL
Students enrolled: 2,519
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1900 Omaha Street
Palm Harbor, FL 34683

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(727) 669-1131
(727) 725-7936
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September 13, 2014
Both the Traditional And Medical Magnet programs are excellent academically. Much of what your child puts in is what they get out from an educational standpoint. Prefer this school vs. an overrated East Lake HS.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2014
My son is in the 9th grade in the University. I tried numerous times to contact Mr. Papp his guidance counselor to change around his schedule. I called and emailed. I received NO Response to any of my inquires. Frustrated, I decided to find out who the Special Education Person in charge was. (While he does have an IEP he no longer requires any special education classes). The school year has just started and today is day 9. I was very happy to meet with Julie Kemble, the VE Specialist. My son has an IEP and it turns out, she is also his case manager. She was able in just 24 hours to change around his schedule to accommodate his love of music and the arts. He is very happy and so am I. So far, all the teachers I have met seem very nice. They DO have portables behind the school, and they are nice and air conditioned but son has gotten wet going outside during the rain from class to class as most of his classes are in these portables. I am hopeful, that with my parental involvement, that my son will have a great school year. So far so good but without Julie Kemble, my son would not have had Musical Theatre in his schedule this year, and for that I am grateful.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2014
I have been in the Palm Harbor area for two years. My child goes to PHUHS and she is a straight A student. However, sadly enough, my daughter has told me on numerous occasions how rude her new teachers are this year. Being role models for our children, I am disgusted when the hypocrisy is so prevalent. What ever happened to leading by example. They expect our children to have a positive attitude about school but just like going to a job where your boss is constantly nasty, wouldn't the overall morale eventually decline? I was in the office today requesting some information from the school and the office staff was so patronizing to me. It's awful that they are so use to talking this way to parents and students, that they become ignorant to the fact that they are disrespectful and rude. As parents, we are going to really have to place extra emphasis on helping our children to continue to have a positive attitude regardless of low morale from the ones that are suppose to be helping mold our children's minds!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2014
PHUHS is an overcrowded school. I know. I read some reviews and have seen a lot of complaints about how the IB students and the regular students are segregated. I, as an IB student, believe that that is very good. In the one regular class that I have (my elective), you can CLEARLY tell who is and isn't in IB. The behavior gap is so large. IB kind are here because they want to learn and succeed in life while I don't think the regular students care! Bullying, Drugs etc... goes on at every High School. Go to Largo or Gibbs High School for a day! Sure there are cliques but just join a sports team of club that you are interested in and I can bet you a majority of your friends will be in that club. No school is perfect but that doesn't mean nasty comments need to be left about all of them. The IB teachers are great and care because their students care. Maybe the problem isn't the teacher or the school, it's the student. Just something to think about...

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2014
I have two kids at PHUHS right now and I wish there was a better school in the area for them. Unless you are a IB student or a Medical Student THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOU. My daughter has spent her entire Freshman and Sophmore years at that school in those wretched trailers in the back. She has never had a class in a building. The IB kids/Medical are in doors all day long enjoying the A/C, but traditions are out in the rain and heat all year long. The drug problem is absolutely out of control. There has been two kids OD within a month or so of each other and died. The wealth there has to be the main factor contributing to this. The school has way too many students in it and boarders on unsafe. My kids tell me that the traditional kids really do feel like they are segragated against because they aren't IB/Medical, and that is just an absolute shame. Unless you absolutely have to go to this school don't. If we had known going in this was how it was going to be we would have seriously considered a home school program.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
I had heard that PHUHS was a highly rated school and highly sought after. I feel that this is true for the Ib and the Medical program only. It appears that the other kids are just lumped together and assigned to the 30-some portables on the property. It looks like a trailer park back there. This is a wealthy area and it is a disgrace that this school has not been enlarged to hold the overcrowding. Teachers are arrogant and condescending for the most part and seem rude and overwhelmed. One teacher doesn't talk, She just says look at the board. One teacher not only continually eats in front of her students but is now selling, yes selling, food to them . Teachers are slow to enter grades into the Portal. I am not impressed at all. This used to be a much better school than it is now.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
My two boys attend PHUHS. One is in the traditional Univeristy program and the other in the Medical magnet program. The education quality is excellent in both and frankly I think the public schools in FL are reflective of parental involvement. The kids are generally strong academically and of course there are others that don't care. Sadly, I would blame the parents for the poor showing for some of these kids. The school offers accelerated honors and AP courses so if your child is not challenged , I would say there are opportunities. I really dont see other Pinellas ISD schools as better than PHUHS. Actually I would say PHUHS is tops in the district when you factormin other social issues of drug use, fights, self ego-wealth, etc...

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Don't let the "A" fool you! (That's the IB Program pulling that grade up) This school is losing its reputation, for good reason, students are segregated, there are 40+ portables with no catwalk, kids get soaked when it rains, and it's Florida so it rains a lot. Teachers are snobby (some are bad and don't even realize the only reason their school perpetually gets an "A" and extra MONEY is because of their prized IB/Medical students are children of wealthy doctors or lawyers, can afford Sylvan tutoring or frankly would still get "A"'s if they went to Gibbs etc.) , students are snotty with cliques (absolutely cruel to one another, the stuff you hear about on Facebook doesn't tell half the story). Administration on cruise control or completely useless. If they were at a REAL High School they wouldn't have the foggiest of an idea what to do. It's not all bad, there are many good kids (if they have good responsible parents) and some good teachers, the sad part is that this is probably the best (if not, top 3) High school in the county. If this is the best Pinellas can do, students & parents should be asking for their money back & marching on Tallahassee with pitchforks & torches!

- submitted by a community member
July 17, 2013
I am a parent trying to find more info about Palm Harbor University high school.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2013
I just recently graduated from this school and I was in the university which is just the normal part of the school I went to this school for four years and while most the student were extremely nice and helpful there were a few that I wish would have gotten fired also the student that go to this school all they take about is drugs the violence in the school is very very low the fights that I have seen and heard were just a bunch of yelling. as for "fitting in" the only people that did were the ones talking about parties and rowdies and sports kids. there was also the kids that were left out of everything because they dressed weird. I hope when reading this you understand that high school is not a perfect place but it is the best and somehow the safest then most. To the parents hope this helped.

- submitted by a student
June 15, 2013
We are a military family moving back to Florida and PHHS was recommended to us. I had my son go into the office and ask for a registration form, I wanted to see how he would be treated without a parent accompanying him. He was treated unprofessional and yelled at for not having his registration forms in yet, if this school was professional and caring to their students she would've taken the time to help him and understand our lifestyle. He came out and told me how rude the women at the front desk was, I walked in and I was treated as if I was bothering her, before I even got a word out she said "we don't give tours". I knew then I was dealing with someone not happy with her life. PHHS should hire someone to represent their school (especially in the front office, where your parents of future doctors, lawyers, teachers etc. see first) with professionalism enthusiasm, school spirit, also have knowledge of the school instead of saying go to the Internet. I hear great things about your students, but good lord your secretary with short dark hair full figure sitting up front would've been fired if she was my employee. And I'm most positive this isn't her first complaint.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2013
This school is horrible, I wish I could give it 0 stars. There are so many reasons why this school is retched. It is over crowded, the teachers don't care about their students, the IB kids and regular kids are segregated, and the people are extremely snotty. If you can help it DO NOT go to this school.

- submitted by a student
August 09, 2012
The teachers were awful and the people were snobby. Don't go at all costs. I was in the ib program

- submitted by a student
September 13, 2011
My review may be one-sided because I was merely a part of the IB program and did not experience much of the University program, aside from a few electives. However, within the IB program I feel the majority of the staff (not every single one of them) truly care about teaching the students rather than collecting the paycheck which I saw in middle school and even later in college. Many of them will stay after the hours they are paid to be hear to make sure you succeed. As for the people in the school, they were generally nice and its fairly easy to find your niche if you truly try. I don't understand the complaints of other reviewers there. Though, I was only in the IB program. The school's extra curriculars are particularly strong. The school boasts superb and competitive academic organizations, along with a variety of other activities from Drama to various community services-the extra curricular activity choices here are immense. My major complaint is the admin. I have had several instances where they lose papers/important things & get cranky. One time they mailed another girl's FCAT scores to my house

- submitted by a student
April 13, 2011
I graduated in 2008 from the traditional program. I had applied for IB, and was "accepted", but put on a waiting list due to lack of available spots. I decided to forget about IB and just get everything out of the traditional program that I could. I graduated with 30 college credits from my AP courses (and I am graduating now, a year early, from UF because of it!). In a couple cases, I passed the AP classes in spite of the teacher (the AP US History class was notably poor, and requires a lot of self-teaching). However, I found the AP English classes AMAZINGLY helpful. Also, Mrs. Becky Bride, the head of the math department at the time I attended, is one of the best teachers I have ever had. Some teachers push you, but it pays off. You truly can get a quality education here even if you are not part of the IB program. I also had several teachers that were a lot like mentors to me: Mr. Burt Farley (retired) and Dr. Scott Applebaum most notably. They truly care(d) about their students and their futures, and offer so much more guidance than just teaching the coursework. There are downsides to the school, but a resilient and self-directed learner should get a lot out of this school.

- submitted by a student
January 31, 2011
PHUHS is an amazing school. The teachers are very helpful and caring. This school fully prepairs you for college. The people here are nice and there are pretty much no fights or drugs.

- submitted by a student
November 05, 2010
I must say that the school is well too overcrowded. That may just be me because I came from a small town of only around 2,000 people, whereas this school alone has 2,700+. It's really stressful for me. It's sort of irritating when the school is just so big that they have to add an extra 36 trailers on the campus because there's that many kids. As well as that, some of my teachers do a bad job at trying to keep the class under control and it's hard to pay attention. I came into school as a freshmen and so far it's been stressful for me to pay attention and whatnot there. Also some of the teachers seem to not have a clue what they're doing which can be agitating on its own. There's nothing I have nice to say besides it is a beautiful campus, but that's it.

- submitted by a student
August 27, 2010
I attended palm harbor this year. I would never recomend to go there. I started as a junior as a new student which is extremely rare in that school because they dont want any new students and the staff is rude about it besides counselors. I was treated horrible. I was made fun of because i didnt have a mercedes, but im happy with my chevy malibu. My sister who was also new asked to sit with a group of girls at their lunch table and they gave her a dirty look and said no. My sister was called ugly and she honestly is GEORGEOUS. I hear the IB program and medical magnet is good, but i wasnt able to get in because of my grade level. Me, my sister, along with 15 other new students transffered to Tarpon the first day because of the rude students at the school.

- submitted by a student
May 26, 2010
It is a common understanding that this school is the most sought after in the Pinellas county system. If this is the best we have, are we in trouble. Two drug related deaths in two months. I have personally witnessed a teacher of an honors level class do nothing more than issue barely related word puzzles each day as classwork. Then when the textbook's (curriculum's) test is issued, the material has not been covered. When students complain that they have not been taught the material being tested, he changes their grade. Again, this may be the best around. All I can say is "shame" on this state of Florida, and the county specifically. The IB and medical magnet programs here are the only saving grace of this school. I can look forward to my student using what he learned in private school through 8th grade to carry him through college.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
This review is to let other families know that, at an extremely rigorous college, our daughter is well-prepared to handle the coursework she is now encountering. Our daughter graduated from the IB Program in 2009. Now that she is handling college level work, we can see that she knows how to learn, how to study, and she knows how to speak with her professors. We attribute the latter to IB teachers encouraging students to go to them and review questions that were missed on tests. Additionally, with the collaborative learning in IB, our student was already in control of herself and already taking responsibility for her own education when she arrived at college. The first year, when many students were experimenting with new freedoms, she knew her education was her responsibility and continued to focus on her studies (while having fun). She was prepared to succeed at a top college.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2009
School facilities are great, the available programs and electives very broad. Athletics represented well. Teacher quality is hit or miss. Have witnessed honors level teachers with very poor competency. About half seemed motivated to teach. Communication is still the weakest link in a public school environment, Palm Harbor and Osceola seem a bit above the rest. On campus pot smoking a concern for us.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2009
I'm currently a student in the IB program. I recommend it to all students because the teachers really care. The students also care about their peers which I find helpful.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 24, 2009
My son is starting the 10th grade at PHUHS in the IB program. We are both thrilled with the school. The instructors provide a challenge, yet are very caring and interested in helping the kids succeed. The school atmosphere is wonderful. He has made many friends and gotten involved in swim team, chorus and drama. I have also found the other parents (including those from the other non-IB programs) to be helpful and friendly. This is truly a top-quality, private school education available in the public school system.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
We have two students at this school and we are generally pleased with their level of education. The majority of the teachers are on the ball but some don't provide even minimal feedback unless prompted by the administration. The sports programs in the school, like all schools these days are severely underfunded and the teachers who run them are usually overloaded. However, they do not do anything to try to groom students with intense interest and talent in a sport and who might need a nudge or a small show of interest from the coach. Coaches also require 120% effort and participation from students to their own academic detriment. Sports should be an activity that students can participate in through earned academic achievement.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2009
parents dont uderstand. the school is ful of cliques and is more consumed in how they look instead of how they are doing in school. i transferred to dunedin high after my first year at phu.dunedin is a very friendly schoool where students strive for excellence.

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2009
I was very happy attending this school. I felt very comfortable there. the staff is helpful and the students are very friendly.

- submitted by a student
February 20, 2009
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January 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
Palm Harbor was one of the worst schools I attended. The administration is a joke and the principle has no idea what he is doing. All the parents that write review have no clue what they are talking about because they never attended. If you are not in IB the teachers hold you to those standards. Which is why I didn't apply for IB in the first place. The school is way over crowded and some classes have to be shared by teachers. If you have the choice dont go their!

- submitted by a student
August 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2008
the schools really nice, campus is clean, provides fun classes but the kids here are all in cliques and alot are just out to impress eachother. not alot of acceptance, at least i dont think so. its okay for a highschool- being that highschool isnt a ball of sunshine all the time anways

- submitted by a student
July 22, 2008
I graduated a few years back, Great school, administration is not the brightest bunch of people, teachers are awesome and fun and don't hesitate to help students. Mr. Steve Johnson (Tech Studies and Drafting) is amazing, best teacher I ever had (if you had him or know someone that did you know). I give this school a 4/5 becauseof the administration

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May 19, 2008
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May 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
PHUHS is an excellent school in many diverse ways. Lowest drop-out rate, lowest discipline problems and highest GPA's in the county, as well as some of the best teachers available. The magnets are excellent as well as the traditional 'university' school. Very few problems with fights, drugs and alcohol. It is true that the current administation is lacking which seems odd as this is one the best schools in the county. Lots of Honors, and Advanced Placement courses are available as well as every sport and music (band, chorus, guitar, etc.) This all goes to support a well rounded student with a high emphasis on coummunity involvement from each student to fulfill the Bright Futures scholarship requirements for Florida colleges. Parent support is exceptional. Beautiful college-like campus. This high school should be your First Choice.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2008
We are very pleased with the school, teachers, staff, and curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 19, 2007
PHUHS IB program has an amzing group of teachers. They are experienced and adept at teaching. The curriculum is inclusive and has much depth which leads to a well educated high school student after 4 years of a lot of hard work. The new administration is weak and provides a lackluster figurehead after years of excellence in that area. Extracurricular activities are available in abundance, for those who take advantage of it. Clean pretty campus. Safety seems on par with other public HS's in the area.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 20, 2007
The academics in the Medical programs are great if you have a self motivated learner, however if your child needs more one on one or actual teaching...that child is sometimes left on their own. The extra curricular activities are available but in the last four years their seems to be an issue in one sport or another. Last year there was a big problem with the wrestling program. Parent involvement is huge at Palm Harbor! The parents are great and really involved. They do many things for the teachers, administrators and the students.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
Palm Harbor is a cake-walk, easiest school to go and attend and get A's in Pinellas County

- submitted by a student
March 11, 2007
The IB program is rigorous. Crucial personal counseling for one's most suited courses was lacking. Administration and academics tolerate- do not coordinate or support all athletics. But no genius should go to any other high school.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
PHUHS is alright, I find it way easier than Dunedin, way less challenging...there is no fights, there isn't much diversity.

- submitted by a student
November 29, 2006
The school has very nice facilities except for the portable classrooms. This seems silly for a new school. The school attracts the cream of the students but, like most FL schools, provides marginal education to the students that are not in the top 10%. The school receives A grades on the FCAT because of the location and the 2 magnet programs. In general, the administration is fairly helpful but usually needs prodding to get things done.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2006
My family moved here from NJ 2 years ago and I was very concerned about the education my children would receive. I soon found out I was worrying for nothing. PHUHS has been more challenging than our 'up north' schools were. Our children have taken honors and gifted classes in both states and Palm Harbor schools offer a greater challenge. The quality of academic programs is excellent, there is plenty of extracurricular activities for those interested, and the level of parent involvement is exceptional. We are very pleased with the education our children are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
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- submitted by a student
April 21, 2006
My son goes to PH University and I am very please with the teachers and other staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2005
palm harbor has great teachers who have very organized classroom settings. I have to be truthful that it is a hard school, but it prepares you for college life and has a great reputation. There is zero tolerance in fighting or campus disruptions. As a student there, there are rarely ever fights. If students get into disagreements, they are solved quickly before they escalate. There are many clubs at Palm Harbor University. We have an improving football and cheerleading team. They are not the best, but then also not the worse. We have alot of parent involvement especially with the Senior class. They find ways to raise money for most events.

- submitted by a student
July 06, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
June 15, 2005
Palm Harbor University is a great high school! It has many extracurricular activities for the students and the academic programs are amazing.

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June 05, 2005
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June 03, 2005
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May 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
overall I'm pleased with this school. Excellent teachers, students are achieving in all aspects. Highly recommend.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2005
Palm Harbor University High School is a great school! It is a very good school for students who are looking for a future in Medicine or business.

- submitted by a former student
April 20, 2005
Pretty school, good scores

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2005
The medical program at Palm Harbor is wonderful. The teachers care so much about the students and are very enthusiastic about teaching. Palm Harbor is a very clean school with an impeccable academic reputation. Most of the kids that go to Palm Harbor are very motivated and create a perfect atmosphere for learning.

- submitted by a student
August 11, 2004
Excellent academic programs and excellent extracurricular programs. Plenty of parent involvement for those who want it. Events such as open house are always packed. Teachers are readily available via email or phone. You can't find a better school in this area.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2004
A great school. The teaching and quality of learning is brillant. I would recommend this school to anyone and Im glad that my daughter went to this school. It is a good school and students can get alot our of it.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I had high hopes for a stringent education plan for my children, what I got was a system that focussed on those students considered above average in intellect and presumably more worth while of attention. The students who required encouragement, and indvidiual attention, to reach the standard, were left to their own defenses. What a pity that the norm for schools throughout the USA is to lower the bar so schools look 'good', parents are happy with that graduation photo' and USA maintains that 20th position in the world for educational standards.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2004
There is not enough communication to the parents concerning their children's educational status and classes/course available. Students/parents are not provided with enough material and resources on what classes or opportunities are available to the child - especially in the traditional program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 08, 2004
PHUHS only gets top marks for 2 reasons. Local Floridian standards are rather low, and this school's programs have attracted the best local students - by choice - for years. Plus, it's a new 'pretty' school. Teachers are average, too impersonal, and often arrogant and lazy. My honest opinion.

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September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2003
Excellent school from educational experience to extra curricular activities. Adminitrators and teachers alike are dedicated to the students. Many of the schools staff are very unselfish of their time and work days evenings and weekends for the benefit of this school community. Parental involvement is the highest I'v seen a the high school level. Many booster groups provide college scholarship opportunities to their graduating seniors. Two thumbs up to the supporting community.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2003
You can't find a school with more of the total package to offer students. Unbelievable campus, facilities, and positive environment. So nice to send both of my kids through, one in traditional and one in the IB program. Both have had outstanding experiences.

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Palm Harbor University High School
1900 Omaha Street, Palm Harbor, FL  34683
(727) 669-1131
Last modified Palm Harbor University High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Palm Harbor University High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 66 reviews. Top