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Pensacola High School

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Posted December 14, 2013

Pensacola High School is a pretty good high school as they come. As a graduate of the IB program who received a full scholarship as a result, I can definitely attest to it's merits. The faculty really care about improving students, but the real challenge is uncaring students both in the traditional AND IB programs. As a minority, I somewhat agree with the comment below about the typical attitude of IB peers. But they grow on you. If you pick IB, stay strong! I love you. Class of 2013
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 4, 2013

Pensacola High is an amazing school. The teachers are excellent, the administrators are great, and the overall environment is flawless. I love it there, and couldn't imagine getting as fine an education as the one I am receiving now. Class of 2015 out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2012

Wow, i am so suprised that people are really jumping on the bandwagon saying that IB is the only thing that is boosting the schools grades. I was in Health academy, and graduated with high honors. I knew plenty of general population graduates that did very well in school. Not because of any magnet program but because they had great teachers that care. My teachers at Pensacola High School really challenged me. They also made me want to be involved in extracurricular activities, and community service. If anything I feel like the IB program only causes division and a false sense of superiority (race/class/education). Only to disappoint the students involved in the program when they graduate because once again they are in "general population". One of my best friends went through this and she was totally burned out by the end of highschool. At least with the Health academy and law program, if you do decide to go into those fields it's considered practical experience and you have a leg up because you already speak the language. I even used my shadowing experience in health academy to get into P.A. School. No school is perfect, but I think this is a really great public/magnet school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2012

PHS isn't a bad school for Escambia County. I'm in the IB Program (and a black student) if you are a minority and decide to join this program (which is an excellent source for college prep) be ready for discrimination. Many of the students will be rich, white, and Republican. I felt more comfortable in regular classes for electives because unlike in IB classes, you didn't feel like you had to prove yourself to your classmates because you're a minority. I'm still going to stay (and recommend this program to other students) because of the great reputation this program offers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2010

I'm in IB, and I'm going writing about it and PHS. I hate PHS. With a passion. I'm tired of being pushed around and cussed at, hearing idiots in the halls screaming at each other. People fight over fried chicken for goodness sake! IB itself is wonderful, however. I love (most) of my teachers, even the GP ones. I enjoy the challenge of IB, but it can become overwhelming. I must say, though, that the Wikipedia page is true. IB was implemented as a last-ditch resort to save the school. I think that if the students themselves just cared more, maybe the school itself would be better. 'We' are currently a C school. Also, certain sports are good, others bad. Volleyball for me was terrible, but swimming was awesome! Also, I believe there should be WAY more parent-teacher-administration interaction/involvement. Lastly, the area IS very scary to be in every day. UGH.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 22, 2010

I attend PHS. I am going to be an incoming junior. I am not in the IB Program. I am in the Law Academy. PHS, like all other schools, has its issues and flaws. Just because you are in IB doesn't mean that you are helping boost the school's grade. I found this out first hand. Many of the IB students that I know were placed in remedial reading due to LOW FCAT scores. So, this comes to show that IB isn't everything. I am an honor student. I have a constant GPA of 4.05 weighted. PHS had great teachers as well as students. Stereotypes and the school's location us what brings people to rough assumptions. PHS is a great school. The student just has to want to learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 2, 2010

I graduated from PHS, was even in the IB program. Like any other school, PHS has its flaws. As many will attest, the IB program is indeed boosting the overall school grade. But its what any other city/state does with their lower grade schools to boost student morale and funding. If the school is dirty, then its your students who litter without care (including the IB students), if having a coach as a teacher isn't for you, then apply yourself and transfer to another class (I had the 'pleasure' of having a coach as a teacher for American History, by second semester he wanted to send me to the AP class but I just wanted a rather no-brainer class since nearly all my other classes where Honors or AP). As for the GE students pushing around the IB students, then its mostly because the IB students are too busy proclaiming they'rebet


Posted February 26, 2010

My daughter's Freshman experience has been terrible at this school. Her phone has been stolen twice and administration did nothing. Teachers that don't teach, and coaches that have terrible attitudes. The school itself is dirty. I am embarrassed that my daughter is even attending. Will not be here next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2010

this school is terrible only the ib program puts this school on any charts!!!


Posted August 23, 2009

unless you are in IB don't bother
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 28, 2009

I am a graduating IB student of PHS(2009!). PHS displays a general diversity from the academic programs,teachers,and students alike. Though the IB program had a wondrous influence upon the school,I believe the Health Academy and ROTC program equally make contributions of their own. I personally experienced the rigorous ,demanding aspects of the IB program ,while my friends of the Health Academy and ROTC also had to apply themselves academically. PHS also offers various sports and clubs that contribute towards uniting the student body with common interests. I have to agree there was growing animosity between students of different programs ,which I wholeheartedly did not enjoy. However, most teachers are very competent--the problem is mainly with the students and their willingness to learn and apply themselves.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2009

PHS is currently a 'B' school. So, it technically not that bad of a school. I'm in the International Baccalaureate program. I agree that the 'general population' kids push the IB kids around, but it's just that they don't like that there are people who belittle them. It is not as dangerous as people may think. I feel as though I get a quality education. Being in the International Baccalaureate program is a great way to prepare for college. PHS offers many AP courses and the teachers that teached the IB program are the best. It is for this reason, I believe, that PHS is one of the 100 top public high schools in the United States.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2009

I'm currently enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program as a freshman at PHS. I was referred to the school by my eighth grade english teacher, being told that it would be the safest school for em to go diversity-wise. However, when I look around all I see are the general education kids who crow the hallways and push me out of the way after betting mad because they ran into your backpack. The IB students are not as open-minded as I was told they would be, and had the impression that they would be. I am afraid to be in school sometimes. Not for my life like I was at my other schools, but for my mental well-being from close to everybody being so unaccepting of anybody different than them. Not to mention I hate eating and learning in a repulsive and filthy environment that the facilities turned out to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 14, 2009

At first beginning, PHS, i was scared because of the notorious rumors spreading around such as 'You'll get shot if you walk on campus'. To be honest, if you meet the right people, you'll enjoy it there. I mean the facilities are poor, the deans are very strict in dress code, but it's not a bad school. If your educationally concerned, join the IB program here, it's well organized compared to my new school. If your socially concerned, like i said if you meet the right people, and are nice to everyone without snobbing them off, you'll be fine.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2008

Like somebody else said, the IB program keeps the school afloat. I'm a former student, and I HATED being taught by coaches. They knew nothing of the subject they taught and their classes were absolute chaos because they just didn't care about teaching. Coaches shouldn't be forced to teach. The result is a bad education for students like myself. Of course, there are no coaches teaching in the IB program. I had sports coaches for almost all of my science classes. I passed with ease but learned absolutely nothing. I won't discredit all teachers though, I had some VERY good teachers. We just need to sort out the ones who can't teach. Marching band was great, by the way.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2008

extreme lack of ability to stay organized, communicate with parents and the adminstration bascially only cares about football and baketball. the only thing that keps this school afloat is the IB program - if not for IB this most certainally would be a 'F' school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2008

I am a student in the IB program at PHS, and it's been the greatest educational experience of my life. I strongly disagree with Mr. Reed's review though. I think a lot of us don't become arrogant about the general population. There are only a few of us who do, who are snobby to begin with. On the other hand, there isn't a single student in the regular program that neglects to pick on an IB student when necessary. Truthfully, it's one of the greatest experiences of my life, and the IB program itself, while there is a bad teacher here and there, is incredible. You're surrounded by highly intelligent students, who (for the most part) think just like you. I love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 8, 2006

I have two children in the IB program at Pensacola High school. Through serving on a parent board, I have been privileged to work with the PHS principal, Mrs. Lewis. She is a strong, capable leader with the best interests of the children at heart. PHS offers strong academics with numerous IB, AP and honors courses offered. Students are often accepted into the most sought-after colleges and universities in the country. Sports, clubs and extracurricular activities abound and are available to all students, providing numerous leadership opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2006

I have 2 boys that attended PHS, International Baccalaureate Program. Both received the best education offered while growing from the experience of diversity. Not only were they academicaly challenged, they were given the opportunity to be part of the football, soccer and track team. The principal, Mrs. Lewis, is very competent and concerned that each student be successful. She is very supportive of her staff and willing to work with parents on all issues. PHS provides much more than academics; it fosters a true understanding of people from all walks of life, cultures and religions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2006

Pensacola high school is very nice and kind school.The people is very respectful and they try to help in everything..
—Submitted by a student


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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.

403 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
47%
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.

327 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

332 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
72%
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.

388 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

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

240 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
57%
Biology I

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

259 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
68%

2013

 
 
67%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

271 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
64%
U.S. History

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

198 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%
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
Black 49%
White 31%
Asian 8%
Hispanic 5%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 165%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 23%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 62%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 46%59%61%
Master's degree 48%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%1%1%
Other degree 5%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

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  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. DAVID WILLIAMS
Fax number
  • (850) 595-1519

Resources

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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