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Ponte Vedra High School

Public | 9-12 | 1529 students

 

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Posted February 19, 2014

At first this school will dazzle you with stories about how grand they are and that by having your child attend there, they will have the Ponte Vedra name behind them when applying for colleges and how they are #3 in the state. They are not. According to US News and world report 2013 rankings they are #19 and have a 55.2% college advancement. According to. UNF admissions officer, college admissions no longer looks at ethnicity, high school name or legacy. Their World Language Department is less than stellar with many teachers leaving each year. One would wonder why that department alone. They make policies but then do not follow them, only if it benefits a particular teacher or student otherwise it's just policy. Currently there are four high schools in Duval County with higher rankings. There are many fine teachers and Departments there. If considering the school for your student I would urge you to do some research.


Posted June 28, 2013

This School is amazing. Wonderful academic and athletic programs. Committed teachers, very much parent involvement. Positive atmosphere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2012

The school does a great job in every respect. The teachers are high quality and committed to the students. The school offers a great variety of courses with a broad range of AP subjects. The business/marketing and science Academies are very good. We had children go to Bolles and Episcopal (both excellent private schools) and we are very happy with PVHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2012

Outstanding School, Outstanding Teachers, Outstanding Admin.. They believe in what they say and stand by it, with no exceptions to the rules, Kudo's to the staff and teachers, keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2011

This is the best high school in the best school system in the state of Florida. Period. There are virtually zero discipline problems. Parent involvement is high and the administration is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2011

What a disappointment for a new school. I have several different school systems to compare to in different states. This school has some serious trust issues with students, expecting the bad all the time. Administration is more concerned with image of the school and dress code than it is the students. The Guidance department is the worst i have ever encountered. If you are not an athlete, or going to attend the top two state universities, counselors don't have time for you. Teachers leave much to be desired. Only a handful are good. The foreign language department is terrible with little cohesiveness from year to year. The math department is awful with more emphasis being placed on topics covered than on ensuring students understand the topic. The language arts department isn't much better. Students are very snobby and not welcoming or open. The nicest person at this school is the nurse. Other parents i have talked to feel the same way, but won't speak up for fear of retribution. sad.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2011

Administration unsupportive, most teachers here act as if they hate their job, parents run the coaches and athletics so if your not on the board forget your child having a fair chance, conflicts of interest in most sports especially cheer. Much better Saint John's Schools to attend wuld not recommend moving here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2011

Excellent school!!! Very challenging for my child. The teachers are exceptional. This school has a lot to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2010

Although often targeted and stereotyped, this school has students that are dedicated and hard working. Peer pressure is evident in any high school, but I would say that Ponte Vedra actually has a lower amount than most. The idea that the students of this school are "ponte vedra princesses" is not only untrue, but it is also unfair to those who don't fit this stereotype.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 20, 2010

This school is a disaster. The drug and alcohol problem and lack of parental and faculty concern is appalling. It is a school for the priviledged and if you are not your child may face great difficulty and peer pressure to fit in. The lack of respect the students have for authority is troubling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2010

My daughter faces academic challenges at this school and loves the wide variety of AP classes there is to choose from. All the teachers are great and put learning first!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2010

This school has assigns nearly no homework. The teachers are not at all strict and the dress code is constantly violated by students without any discipline.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2009

Best school in the world for students and parents.... 10 Out of 10! Football is very addicting at this school! Everyone is involed in everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2009

Outstanding school. Even though it's brand new, they have a strong curriculum offering, great teachers, excellent sports program, and an awesome arts/drama department. Highly recommend this public high school over private schools.
—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.

404 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
89%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%
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.

362 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

358 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
96%
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.

401 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "A".
  • 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.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
79%
Biology I

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

370 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%
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 91%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 2%
Black 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 100%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 97%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 42%58%61%
Master's degree 49%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 9%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. CRAIG SPEZIALE
Fax number
  • (904) 547-7355

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Parent center
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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460 Davis Park Rd
Ponte Vedra, FL 32081
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Phone: (904) 547-7350

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