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Plant City High School

Public | 9-12 | 2178 students

 

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Posted August 24, 2014

I went to PCHS and from other students from other schools were surprised how much the school offers. All four years I was involved with the medical program there. There was also web design, automotive, cosmotology and much more. PCHS can give experiences that other schools cannot. I had wonderful teachers that were willing to help. For parents and future students keep in mind if you try and advocate for yourself then you will have the helpful teaching staff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2013

Terrible school, administration is horrible, teachers are rude as along with the entire staff. I would highly recommend not to send your child here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 23, 2009

Plant City is a great school. You know everyone and you may not like everyone but you learn to deal with it. Plant City has the envirnment to make you a better and the best person you can be. The teachers and administrators are great. They know many people and will get to know you as a person if you don't have a problem with that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2009

PCHS is a great school. Most, if not all, the teachers are nice and the administration is good. The classes here are amazing. Most school don't offer a lot of the ones PCHS does. It's a pretty awesome school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 10, 2008

I have live in Plant City and go to school there. I learn much and the teachers and administrators have help me in my future and this school have a great agriculture program and has prepared me for working in the strawberry fields.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2008

OMG! PCHS is the best school. it has a wonderful principal, great administrations, great staffs. the only thing i dont like is some of the teachers, well one of my teacher makes us remember all the definitions that she gives us, and on the quizzes you have to write the definitions that she gave you, no more or less. and i really dont have time to memorize 5 definitions in 4 days 'cause i have other homeworks to do and other things to study for. but i really like PCHS it cool!! there are a lot of activities to do and sports to play. Go Raiders!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2008

I went to Plant City High School, as did my two older brothers, and I have to say that I loved every minute of it. Extracirricular activities were diverse and available to anyone that wanted to join; the prinicpal strives for academic excellence, and the teachers (that I had, at least) cared about their students. Because of the school I was prepared for college and even for the world. When I have kids, if I still liver here, I plan on my children attending.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2008

I went to PCHS for my first semester of Freshman year. I am currently enrolled in a school in a diffrent county and compared to PCH... it's HORRIBLE. The teachers here are better but AP classes are only offered to upperlcassman. The have little to choose from when it comes down to electives and only three languages to pick from. Plant City had so much more to offer it's students, especially seeing as it had such a large amount of diffrent races within the school Plant City is a bit overcrowded but overall it's an amazing school. To all incoming freshman: Do your best to get Mrs. Luce for English, she's the best teacher at PCHS.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2007

This school has great teachers and a excellent JROTC program. I love Mrs. Plant, the english honors 2 teacher and Master Sargeant bayard
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 19, 2007

I am a third generation Plant City High School grad. I have lived in a number of other cities around the U.S.,including Colorado Springs, which is in one of the top rated school district, I can say that Plant City is one of the best schools I have dealt with. The academic and athletis exellence is amplified by the communities amazing support for the school. I can say the school is spoiled after seeing some othe cities either be completely uninterested in the local school or have to many local schools to give quality support to just one. And lastly after being one of Principle Coleen Richardsons students at her various levels of service to the school I can say no one is better at getting students through the challanges of high school than she is.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 28, 2007

I have not been exactly thrilled with Plant City High's quality. I find them lacking in both teacher quality, principal leadership and safety and discipline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2007

i live in lakeland iam a parnet of five.i think plant city is the best school in the united states i think they should be able to have whatever rescores they need to become even better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

The academic programs at Plant City are exceptionally well. At Plant City there is an open enrollment AP system which allows any student who wants to take an AP course take it. The only problem with this is that some students who don't have the work ethic nor the discipline to be in such a course are allowed to take it. This makes classes that should be much smaller larger and increases the work load on teachers. I think that the school is understaffed but that's not the school's fault, it's the county's, and even with these difficulties I still think that the school is a great place for students to attend due to its wide variety of classes and diverse student body population. I've loved every second I've spent at Plant City.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 26, 2007

I grew up in PC and went to High School here. I thought this would be good for my daughter as well, I was mistaken. I agree that the counselors have no idea about the students they are advising. And getting teachers to reply to emails is just ridiculous. I think a lot of the teachers are just their for the paycheck and that is really sad with a school this big. And if you have a child that struggles in school this is definitely not the place for them. I will give credit where it is due. There are a handful of teachers who go beyond what is expected, but not many. I hope the school takes these reviews into account and makes some changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

I have been very disappointed in the counselor ratio. These counselors have no idea who their students are. With a school this large there must be more. When the only time you see a counselor in 4 years is when you are in trouble is just not acceptable. Regardless, no school should be this large without adequate staffing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

Plant City offered my kids a great place to learn and apply themselves in music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2006

I personally do not like plant city high. Some of the teachers there dont care if you pass or not. They just give you the work without explaining it. Oh, and if you miss a day they assumed you where skipping even when you bring in a yellow slip. Kids at plant city are so cruel and unruly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2006

It is a fabulous school because of all the avialable classes and activities. I'd recommend PCHS to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

plant city high school has a very diverse population which can sometimes lead to problems among the students that i feel arent always taken care of in the best manner. the academics are o.k. but the vocational programs are the major things that they have got going for them....from agriculture to the healthcare program they are great but they definitely need to work on some aspects of the student body and the order of things.things around the school were smoother before the change of staff such as the principal and many of the assistant principals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2005

Friendly Environment, Losts of opportunities to excel. Student abilities vary widely but if they work hard, there is no reason why they cannot meet the state standardized test level. Scores are improving as teacher quality improves.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

575 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
48%
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.

572 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

569 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
87%
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.

490 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "B".
  • 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.

298 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
56%
Biology I

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

604 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
60%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

482 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
87%
U.S. History

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

436 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%
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 47%
Hispanic 37%
Black 11%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50%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 82%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 70%67%61%
Master's degree 29%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%0%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 7%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. COLLEEN RICHARDSON
Fax number
  • (813) 757-9135

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Cross country

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