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Palm Harbor University High School

Public | 9-12 | 2519 students

 

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Posted yesterday

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


Posted Monday, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 7, 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


Posted 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!


Posted July 17, 2013

I am a parent trying to find more info about Palm Harbor University high school.
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Posted July 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 9, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 5, 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


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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.

586 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%
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.

602 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

606 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

616 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "A".
  • 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.

260 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
51%
Biology I

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

594 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
88%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

354 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
77%
U.S. History

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

621 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%
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
White 81%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 6%
Black 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 70%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 97%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 95%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 54%60%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MS. CHRISTEN TONRY
Fax number
  • (727) 725-7936

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Volunteer time after school
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1900 Omaha Street
Palm Harbor, FL 34683
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