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Port St. Lucie High School

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Posted March 22, 2012

I think the school has just escalated into a bunch of people who no longer care. The students don't want to learn and the teachers don't want to teach. Both students and teachers do the minimal effort necessary. There are the select few teachers and student who try, but besides that the school has no hope. We're rated as one of the lowest schools and no body is trying to do anything about it. That's why it won't change and no one will be satisfied.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2012

It's pathetic they call me at work cause my sons not wearing a belt. I mean really. Dean said it's the dress code, I said Ive seen kids dress in mix match outfits logos girls shorts boys underwear showing and he said it's like getting a speeding ticket if u get caught then u do. Well mr. Dean walk around ur school open ur eyes
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2011

This school is ok. Pretty much all the teachers only care about dress code. PSLHS has the most strict dress code system in st.Lucie county! Other than that, a lot of teachers have bad attitudes and and they learn from you more than we learn from them. This needs to be changed! It is always really hot in the class rooms and there are almost no windows! It looks like a prison! 1/4 teachers are nice and 3/10 teachers actually teach us something!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2011

It's not THAT bad but it's not exactly good. It needs to be completely knocked down and rebuilt. There is not even one window in the whole school. What if there was a fire? How would we all get out, when we have fire drills the hallway is so packed that you can't even move. It is INFESTED with millipedes and it is absolutely disgusting! The students aren't that nice and there is one teacher that falls asleep during class. The dress code is ridiculous! The bad kids wear whatever they want and don't get in trouble but the good kids have to go along with the dress code because they don't want to chance getting in trouble. So, pretty much, the good kids have a HORRIBLE dress code! Whereas, the bad kids, wear whatever they want, whenever they want. This school needs some major changes!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2009

3/4 of the reviews below are extremely biased. I transferred here from LPA becasue LPA has a miserable atmosphere for students due to the almost cocky nature of the students. At PSLHS its more comfortable and diverse. There are almost no gangs at this school at all. The olny 'gangs' we have are fakes and compose of the most pathetic of the pathetic kids. Teachers vary when it comes to dress code but honestly a dress code is not a big deal at all so quit your whining. the real world has a dress code too. the school itself is decent. it is always always up to the student him/herself to do well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2009

Eh, it's alright I guess. I think they take the dress code more seriously than the students actually showing up to school. I don't understand why it's so important. Some teachers care, but not enough to make a difference for those who don't care of don't act like they care.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2009

i believe pslhs is the best ... except for the dress code and certain teachers have bad attitudes, but i believe we should get a new school and knock it down. and to all these parents below port st lucie is a good school just dont tolerate foolishness. well we should have more athletic help and support but we dont thats one thing that i hate the most
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2009

It is just not really that good of a school. My daughter hates it. She wants to go to Centennial or Treasure Coast but we're not in the right 'zone' and Centennial has even more strict of a dresscode than PSLHS. The highschool punishes all of the students for the acts of a few unruly students. The school looks like a military and it's not a friendly environment. Basically, all of the exceptional kids go to Lincoln Park Academy, all of the decent kids go to Treasure Coast, most of the okay/decent kids go to Centennial, and Port St. Lucie Highschool is where everyone else goes. It's the catch all school. Coming from Marathon, FL., this school is unacceptable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2008

My daughter has attended pslh for 3 years.i do see some flaws in the school as with any school you will find if you look for them. my daughter has had her share of good & bad teachers and she mentions to me about gangs thank god she stays away from the gangs which are in every school there band is great and the ese dept is always willing to help ive found if you want something done by administration you need to nag but i have yet to find a school i didnt have to nag to get something done these teachers certainly arent there for the money they care but they have rules to follow and bosses to answer to so cut them a break ive met many that go over and beyond the call of duty when necessary.my daughter loves it there
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

I am a current student at PSLHS. There are very few teachers that care here, and those that do don't make up for the rest. All the administration cares about is dress code this, and dress code that. Instead of focusing on our shirt tails being out, they should be care more about our education and our futures. After all, our futures aren't looking as bright and cheerful as they said they would be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2007

The worst school they are more worried about the way we dress and look then our education. Some staff are completly out of there mind when it comes to dress code and also bug you for the most ridiculous things, this is why i give the school a poor rating. I have been at psl high for 2 years and already extremly dislike this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 10, 2007

good school alota kids but its mad fun
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2007

I have been attending PSLHS for almost 4 years I'm about to graduate this year and while the school has some down falls it seems like many people are focusing on the negative.I believe that the school does need some changes but that it isn't anyones fault other then the state of Florida! They are the one that made the FCAT!The teachers are forced to teach a stupid test to the kids otherwise the school gets no funding from the state.Not all the teachers are great but their are many that have shaped my life considerably! So don't blame the teachers for the curriculum! its the state that deserves the blame and the governor to go along with it!Not the low paid teachers that help me day to day to ensure I graduate.The state is to blame!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2007

I ve taught here 3 years and my daughter is a student. I m proud to work with our excellent teachers and administrators. We do care! We work under atrocious conditions; many years in the making. Despite deplorable lack of respect for our work, a filthy building needing repair and countless students who, sadly, lack communal manners and academic rigor; our staff puts themselves on-the-line everyday to move toward a solution. We smile to bring sunshine into our building. We struggle to keep standards high. It s a balancing act. There are just too many fronts that need change. Our schools need help at every level. Please do not judge PSLH(students and staff). The situation is not our making. We care and work hard, long hours. Please, instead, think of some small or large thing(s) you can do to help. Our children need us all working together to rise above. Right here in Port St. Lucie
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2007

I recently graduated from pslhs and am now starting college (coommunity) and honestly feel that this school has not prepared me for college in any way, shape, or form! Some teachers try, but the students dont care what so ever. It is more like a day care rather that an learning institute. I would not reccommend this school to anyone looking for a worthy education. The staff cares more about dress code over anything else. The guidence office is very rude and unwilling to help out....I give creidt for the teachers that did try, but the majority just are there to get paid and babysit. Sadly, an 07' graduate from PSL
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 14, 2007

I taught at PSL High for 3 1/2 years in a curriculum designed to help students pass the FCAT. I did not agree with how the curriculum was set up or how students were placed in it. I cared and I tried very hard, but I felt that the administration was interested in not making waves. As a parent, I would not send my children to that school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 10, 2006

This school and its administration are horrible. The ESE department, the art department and the gym are deplorable. The school facility itself looks like it's 30 years behind the times. The teachers are overworked and underpaid & underappreciated by teh administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2006

The new administration is amazing, and it is overall a good school if your child wants to try.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

The academic program is marginal at best. Music and sports are available, but the students rarely participate because they do not have school spirit. Parents rarely attend functions and are rude and inconsiderate when they do attend. Getting help from a guidance counselor is like pulling teeth. The other schools in the district are just as awful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2005

We moved to PSL 2 years ago. While we are happy with our child's acedemic performance, we can not say the same about the administration. The guidence dept. is far from helpful, in fact they are rude. The more we try to get involved at school level, the more roadblocks we run in to. The teaching staff is fine and I beleive they try their best. But it is like pulling teeth to get information or help from administrators.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 2013.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
42%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 54% in 2013.

453 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

463 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
95%

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

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.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
23%
Biology I

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

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%
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 State average
White 50% 42%
Hispanic 24% 29%
Black 21% 23%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 75%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 59%65%61%
Master's degree 38%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 12%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Performing and written arts
  • Drama

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  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Bridgette Hargadine
Fax number
  • (772) 337-6780

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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1201 SE Jaguar Ln
Port St. Lucie, FL 34952
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