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Booker High School

Public | 9-12 | 979 students

 

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14 reviews of this school


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Posted April 2, 2014

This is my child's Freshman year and I am really impressed and happy with all aspects of this school. The VPA and AICE programs are excellent! And we loooove Principal Shelley. Keep up the good work!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

I give Booker High School 4 stars because the VPA programs are amazing. For any teen that is into the arts, this is a great school for that! But the reason why it's not a 5 star, is due to the academics. The teachers I had were mediocre. They either taught with all their might, or didn't teach at all. But that's not to say that there weren't smart students that attended due to the VPA program. I know of two former students that have been granted the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship and they both went to Booker all four years and graduated from there. So it all depends on how the student's attitude is, not by the area that surrounds the school. A lot of SRQ residents will say that this school is dangerous, but in my entire 4 years as a student, I have never once felt that I needed to be on guard at ALL times! I felt more safe, than threatened.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2010

I must say that I award a 5 star Rating to Booker High School, it's Principal, Teacher Quality, Saftey and Discipline. And most of all To the VPA Dance Department that has guided my daughter as a dancer, she who has received a full dance scholalship to Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. From here she will attend Florida State, you can't ask for anything better. A proud Father.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

It has a fantastic visual and performing arts program. Seriously.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2009

It has a great arts program and serves minority groups with great fervor!


Posted September 16, 2009

This is an excellent school for the visual and performing arts. My daughter is a senior there and, her talents have expanded so much in the few short years she has attended this school. This school deserves an A+!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2008

Booker gives students the opportunity to explore their creative abilities while receiving an excellent education. As a student at Booker, I truly enjoy going to school everyday to a safe environment where teachers and fellow peers are like family.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2008

as a current senior i have been here for 2 principals (mrs.white-davis and mrs.dorset) though they both had/have many flaws they have also made the school better. mrs. dorset made the kids want to come to school and for that i miss her. mrs. white-davis has stressed the importance of accidemics (which i agree was much needed) but she has stressed it too much. i see other students who just dont care anymore. and as a student has has gone to florida schools all my life, when teachers/administration over stress the 'importance' of the FCAT, you get so annoyed with hearing it and just give up and dont try. i think that to make booker better they need to not stress the students out so much.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 11, 2008

My daughter is in 9th grade at Booker High and this school is out of our county but it is where she really wanted to attend. I was so leary because of all the horror stories I had heard. That's what they are, just stories. The school is great and the kids are great. There is alot of homework because she is in the honors classes but she is learning so many things, I watched her and her friends do a presentation on power point for a group science project and I was so impressed at what they knew and how creative they were. I have no complaints. It is also a safe school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2008

I am an alumni from Booker. I graduated in 2007. Now I attend USF in Tampa. Booker taught me so much about life, and I think about how luck I was to go there every day. College is much different from high school. Booker left me prepared to deal with the challenge, though.


Posted October 2, 2007

I am an alumi student now attending UCF. Booker High School taught me many things besides just acadmics. There is something for everyone at the school and the adminstration and most of the teachers are very helpful in making sure you are successful.


Posted September 13, 2007

my son attends this school he moved to fla from NY state he is doing well in his classes and from what he tell me it is a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2007

Fabulous theatre program, much better than expected. Dedicated teachers, well-designed curriculum within the theatre program. The rest of the school is a big compromise. Facilities are old and not well maintained. We have not had good luck with the academic teacher assignments, although there are good teachers there. We just haven't been in those classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I feel the schools academics could be more important then the arts. The principal could be more parent friendly and stop showing favoritism for those students in the arts programs. Also she could value those teachers who really want to teach...not the teachers who get a name from teaching the arts. This school also seems to be too clicky...teacher and parent wise. There needs to me more team work all around and make this a parent friendly campus. The 5 star rating doesn't mean the parents are invited!
—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.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
41%
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.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%
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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • 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.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
55%
Biology I

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

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%
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 36% 42%
Hispanic 31% 29%
Black 26% 23%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 3%
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 67%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 3%N/A2%
Graduation rate 68%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 38%41%61%
Master's degree 57%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%2%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. Rachel Shelley
Fax number
  • (941) 359-5757

Resources

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

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
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needs to be verified by school leaders.

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