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Palmetto High School

Public | PK, 9-12 | 1785 students

 

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2011:
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Posted February 15, 2014

This school.. Some great teachers.. Some teachers give to many referrals.. Not a place for racist people.. Not really much bullying going on.. Drugs and smoking are a bog problem here. So if you worry about your child getting into that i'd be careful. . Soda machines only have diet . Some classes you do absolutely nothing others they pile work on work.. Big school, a lot of walking . Can get confusing sometimes.. Theres not much of a popularity problem.. Theres the boys( mostly) & girls who think they're better than everyone because they play football or cheer or what not.. Its an okay school. Some call it Palmghetto .. This came from a student. So ya


Posted February 5, 2014

I am a senior here at Palmetto high school +class of 2013) and I can ensure you that palmetto us great school with great opportunities. I have been a part of the Aice Program,Dual enrollment, and honors program for four years. These are all programs that will you stand out in the crowd to colleges 60% of my class are graduating high school with college classes already done. This school works to make sure everyone achieves their success. We have went from a D school to a b school in a year. Everything is getting stronger and the students here want to learn. The environment is so comfortable. We have had no fights or drama. If you ask someone who never went to palmetto what type of school it was they'd tell you many negatives. That us because outsiders voice their opinion in the past. The school has changed, there's new teachers and administration. They have everything going good.


Posted June 4, 2013

I am a teacher at palmetto. While I think we have an overall decent administration and many good teachers, it seems to me that there are some teachers out there who are too lenient and lax based just based on student behavior. Some do not enter enough grades and some put all their grades in at the last minute. It drags down morale, and referrals/conferences rarely help student motivation. Some classes are huge (approaching 40 students per class!) so this also does not help create an educational environment. Unfortunately, many students do not have a stable family structure at home and this also leads to a difficulties in the classroom, specifically with a teacher's expectations for achievement. There is a big, big drug/alcohol/absentee problem and many do not fear the repercussions. The school could improve with stricter guidelines for teachers, more guidance from administration, and a firmer, vocalized stance from the principal, specifically with using the intercom more. Overall, it's an average/okay school, but it could be so much better, because there is potential, but it is unrealized.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 3, 2012

I attended PHS in the late eighties. Even though I'm fond of the memories, the education that I received was not very good. I used to find myself using the excuse, "I went to Palmetto High," as an reason for my lack of knowledge in the real world. Oddly enough, people understood what I was talking about. I hope that things are better now for the children that are attending PHS.


Posted November 22, 2011

this was a great school sure it may not have good test score but i loved Palmettto High


Posted November 4, 2011

We are very happy with Palmetto High! This had been a wonderful school with and awesome AICE program and is very competitive in all sports. I would recommend this high to to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

I go to palmetto as a 2013 student i think that to school is a great place for your child to learn how to mingle with other races and such and also most of the staff are caring and supportive people.


Posted April 22, 2009

I'm currently attending Palmetto High i'm a Sophmore and as a Freshmen I let my grades slip but the guidance counselors here are great they will listen to you and help you do and get better grades and they will personally walk up to your class and tell you cool opportunity's on how to get your credits and getting a higher GPA for example palmetto high offers an after school program after school called 21st century where students can recover credits that they need if they failed a class also the sports here are great go tigers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2008

i go to palmetto and i think it is a great school!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2008

I think Palmetto High needs more help with ESE . They tend to push thoses kids under the carpet and there very unorganized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

A fine lady and an excellent teacher whom I will never forget is Maggie Shope...!


Posted June 14, 2008

Need stronger attention to the things that work for the school. Sorry to see you let team success program slip away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2007

I attended Palmetto High School for my 9th, 10th, and half of my 11th grade year. Plametto High School has been my favorite school by far. Palmetto has great teachers and great sport teams. The school will keep you very involved. The Team Success Organization made students want to at least get a 3.0. The only downfall about the school is the guidence counselors. I would very often go to my guidence counselor for advice with college, and I can not say she helped me once. Overall, besides the guidence office I believe that any child who wants to be involved and have a good, memorable high school life should attend PHS!


Posted September 20, 2007

i love it it's amazing. it's a little unorganized but the memories are worth it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2007

I attended Palmetto High, and thanks to them I am now achieving my goals as a member of the U.S Army! Without the help of great teachers and role models, I honestly dont want to know where I might be now in life!!


Posted July 24, 2007

I went to Manatee school for the Arts for my Freshman/Sophomore years, but switched to Palmetto for my Junior. Gargantuan mistake. The administration only cared about sending me to a state school. Did not care about my interests. Uninvolved with my life. I have never fallen asleep in class until I came to this school. I can only say good things about Mrs. Cassidy. She was a phenom math teacher. She is overqualified for the position, but that means she knows the material better than her hands. Art was better than other public state schools, but still a joke. P.E. was a joke. We stayed in the gym the entire year of soccer Class. Ms. Valcercel is a horrible principal. Does not listen. If you want sports, come here. If you want growth, fun, and exploration, go for MSA. Can't stress horrible administration enough. Bad Disciplinary. Fights. Sorry I attended.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 8, 2007

I attended Palmetto High 4 years, all of my high school life. My freshman and Sophomore years were the best! I had passionate teachers, who'd do anything to see you succeed and actually enjoyed their job and it reflected amongst us students. However, Junior year was a stressful year. Members of my class were suddenly failing classes for the first time and we all had the same excuse...The teachers. It kinda felt like they gave up on us. My only advice to future students and parents is to get involved in your students academic life. Find out what it takes to get your students to where they want to be before its too late. If they are interested in College, Make sure they focus on academics and Advanced Placement courses. Make sure you see what they are learning and get them any extra help they need. Students: Get involved!!!!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 27, 2007

This school gives students the chance to live & learn all at the same time. For example, this January all of the students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher got to celebrate with a day at the fair. This sets a goal for the other students to accomplish. The teachers are great and try to make learning fun. They reach out and improve not only their school work but their day. They put a smile on everyone's face and I would recommend this school to anyone in a heartbeat.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2006

I have attended palmetto senior high schools as well as other school and the school is very unorganized and presents itself in a very sloppy manner. I highly recommend not sending your child to this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2006

PHS enforces silly dress codes but when it comes to the important things they fall short by a mile. Many - but certainly not all, of the teachers don't really care if their student are actually learning the material they are teaching. Guidance counselors and administrators don't consult with parents about crucial schedule changes. It's ironic what this administration feels is important for parent involvement.
—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 2013.

435 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
32%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 54% in 2013.

428 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

435 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "D".

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 64% in 2013.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
31%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

408 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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 State average
White 48% 42%
Hispanic 32% 29%
Black 17% 23%
Two or more races 2% 3%
Asian 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 80%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 45%54%61%
Master's degree 47%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%2%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Willie Clark
Fax number
  • (941) 723-4952

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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1200 17th St W
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