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Durant High School

Public | 9-12 | 2203 students

 

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Posted January 24, 2014

This school is hardly worth two stars. First and foremost, I will introduce myself. I moved to Valrico from out of state midway through sophomore year. I would describe myself as academically inclined, take initiative as a leader through ROTC and did partcipate in SGA but discontinued that as the goals and missions were not the same as in my home state. Thank God for dual enrollment, which Mrs. Dupre is extremely helpful and offers amazing guidance for, because then I would have been completely robbed of my high school education. Many teachers here lack the passion and ambition to teach. The honors classes are a joke. For example, in English II Honors, we spent three weeks learning transitions! It's an honors class, not a review of the eighth grade! My experiences with both counselors I've had over my high school career have been very non-welcoming and stressful. Last time I checked, or at least compared to my old high school, guidance counselors are supposed to be helpful and listen to the students needs. In all, the only thing good about this school is Mrs. Dupre, ROTC, and the teacher care (Mrs. Griffith, Mr. H, and couple more).


Posted May 18, 2013

Although I have had a few problems with my guidance counselor with scheduling, overall I love this school. If you are involved with theatre or any arts program, this is your school. The arts teachers are very passionate about what they do. Also I have had great academic teachers with very few exceptions.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2011

I am an alumni of Durant HS. During my time at Durant, I was very involved with sports, clubs and student council. Being involed is one of the most important aspects for students. I battled a family issue my Junior year, and everyone at Durant helped me through. From talks with the principle, families bringing food over and friendly hugs from other students, I can honestly say I got through it because of my Durant family. I will always be proud to say I was a Durant Cougar.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2010

Every school has issues and my kids have enjoyed their time at durant but I agree with the support staff is RUDE and/or never bothers to return calls. Football Coaches won't return calls even though your new to the program and get upset with the kids for asking questions. Guidance, please where do I begin. With the depature of the head of the department I was hoping for a geat new start however now the replacement does not return calls either, do they teach that? I thought Durant would have better structure in place. You wonder why parents don't want to get involved here, they can't no one calls you back and if they do, they have attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

Leadership staff is rude and disrespectful to both students and parents and are allowed to ridicule students as well. FL statute 1006.09 (b) line 13 'No student shall be suspended for unexcused tardiness, lateness, absence, or truancy.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

Durant may have some bad things about it, but overall this is by far one of the best schools in the county! I recently moved away and the new school i am attending is eons behind Durant both in technology and curriculum. I have always thought that northern school have left southern school behind when it comes to the talent of students, and until recently, in my mind that was true. After experiencing the move i have gone through it seems like teachers at Durant are more caring and helpful than anywhere else i know of.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2009

i loved this school while i attended
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 24, 2009

My daughter was invited to go through their GAP program coming into High School as a freshman. She loved it. The exercise made all the difference in making her feel like part of the school. She got very excited just hearing the kids talk about their experiences in Durant. Orientation was just as great. Teachers willing to take a minute and talk to you. Students seemed very respectful and just comfortable in the school. So far so good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

So far i have enjoyed this shool teachers and all
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 12, 2008

I am impressed with the school as a whole, however, I am concered about the ESE department & opportunities given to borderline students, so that they have access to grade level info for FCAT testing. It seems that unless students specifically ask for it, Grade level FCAT INFO is never presented. It also appears that Low Income students are more inclined to fail if they do not purchase items requested in the Honors classes by teachers. Teachers nor Guidance return calls or vmails left for them. Not everyone owns a computer, nor has access to internet. As Far as the Prinicpals & Administration, no complaints at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2008

Between all my kids we have been at this school now for 6 years. The administation is caring and wonderful and the staff has been there a long time. That says alot to me. I have had a good student and a not-so-good stud. so i have been able to see first hand both sides of administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

I graduated from this school in 2004. I fought tooth and nail not to go there orginally. I was glad my mother made me go, it was the best experience ever in my life. My little sister now goes there. We moved just so she would be in boundaries of the school.


Posted January 8, 2008

I was a student at Durant, and if I could I would go back. This school has so much to offer. There IEP program is amazing and the teacher give so much. It's a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2007

Durant is such a high spirited school.We go to school,are happy to learn and are very school spirited and it brings the student body and faculty together.I give it an A+ !
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2007

very disappointed in the IEP programs and communication with guidance. I have left many messages that have not been returned.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2006

Well...I'm not a parent but I am a student at Durant. And I must say that this school has everything to offer you. The staff is so helpful to tend to all you needs as an individual person. Not only does Durant offer outstanding academic classes the electives are incredible! I can honestly say that Durant is the best high school in the Plant City area!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2006

This is a great school so many choices! All the kids are laid back but still get there work done. Great staff also.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 27, 2006

The wide, varied choice of classes is incredible, one of the best I've ever seen in a high school. Elective choices vary from aerobics, to web design, to sewing, and one of the most amazing social studies departments I've ever seen. It's great to see kids have an opportunity (and interest!) in history and things of that like. The teachers are great, they keep the kids interested. One field I'd say needs improvement would be the math and science classes, however. A little more energy from those instructors could possibly get the kids more interested in the classes, and lower the failure rate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

This high school is amazing! They have great technology and the block scheduling allows students to take more AP classes and college credit courses to prepare themselves. I recommend special assignment if you aren't in the district.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 18, 2005

Lots of potential in terms of areas of study. Many interesting alternatives that I haven't seen offered in major cities.
—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.

581 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

575 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

566 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

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.

550 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "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 64% in 2013.

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
38%
Biology I

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

596 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

519 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
White 59%
Hispanic 26%
Black 10%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 143%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 25%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 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 86%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%67%61%
Master's degree 37%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. PAMELA BOWDEN
Fax number
  • (813) 707-7079

Resources

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

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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4748 Cougar Path
Plant City, FL 33567
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