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T. Dewitt Taylor Middle-High School

Public | 6-12 | 1075 students

 

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Posted July 19, 2014

My Middle/High School is the best one I have ever been to!!! I don't care what any person I the world says about this school!! I think it is #1!!!!!


Posted July 15, 2012

The teachers and staff of this school have adjusted the teaching/testing given to the student's so that even the most challenged child can pass tests,exam's with flying color's. When this happens it helps the teacher's of the school look like they are doing a great job as teacher's but once the kids are in real world and go to college they can't even get into the school because they have not gained enough education to make it through. I am a step parent of a 15 year old daughter that has learning disabilities She goes to this school and makes the honor roll every report card but if you ask her something simple like "what is 5x5=" she wil get this wrong ask her "how to spell "about" and she will not spell it right simple things that elementary school children should know she cannot accomplish on top of all that she never has any homework after school the kids are not challeneged at all in this school but everything looks A OK when you look at the kid's report cards. when FCATS come around that test the kids at a level where they should be at compared to all the kids in the state my daughter makes a 1 she totaly fails every single section of the test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2011

Notice how the person who wrote something bad about Taylor has very good grammar and the people who said something good about the school did not. In my opinion I would much rather go to a different school. First of all the teachers gang up on you and gossip like they are the ones attending the school instead of the students. Teachers loose my tests and papers all the time so even when I try my best I still fail. There are a couple of teachers I do happen to like though. One is my favorite because she pushes me to try and actually makes the class challenging. She pushes me to be perfect but she is pushing me in the right direction. Alot of teachers will assign book work and that is what we call busy work. It's just work to keep the students busy, while the teachers do whatever it is they do. I'm Sorry for some of the teachers there who actually do their job and do it right, because thanks to the other teachers who could care less about the students, they give this school a bad rate. Thank you for reading.


Posted March 10, 2011

As a former student, I couldn't wait to get out of there. It wasn't because I was "too lazy" or hated school. I personally loved school, I just hated that nothing was challenging enough. Taylor High focuses on their athletes only, so if you don't want to play a sport (not that the teams are great anyway) chances are you won't be challenged mentally. I had bad teachers, was assaulted by students, and got deducted letter grades for my religion and the faculty did nothing about it. There were some good teachers, but as a whole the bad teachers by far outweighed ones who cared and recognized students. With only a couple hundred students you'd think they'd remember at least some faces but only 2 teachers knew me when I showed up for graduation,I had been going there since 8th grade!


Posted May 8, 2009

I really liked the school it had nice teacher with very academic students
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2007

The school is just all together a great school. It is small so there for the kids get a better education.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

173 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

172 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
37%

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

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

187 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

188 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
35%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

156 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

157 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
36%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
32%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
86%
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 78% in 2012.

144 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

138 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
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 "D".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
40%
Biology I

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

136 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
84%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

148 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
35%
U.S. History

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

2014

 
 
n/a
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 59%
White 36%
Black 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 13%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 3%N/A2%
Graduation rate 64%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%56%61%
Master's degree 34%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 6%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • Choir / Chorus
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. RON PAGANO
Fax number
  • (386) 626-0051

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

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