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Gibbs High School

Public | 9-12 | 1345 students

 

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Posted August 27, 2013

I agree with the first 2 posts learning here is a joke they do bride kids to pass tests my son passed the F-Cat with no problems but it really made him angry when they started offering Universal passes and free prom tickets to those who could re-take the test and pass, my son was in the arts program and he was not one of the select few who was privileged to participate he was treated like an outcast and the regular classes were so disrupted by rude kids they didn't learn as much as they should have. When he got to college he had to take a lot of math and chemistry classes to catch up and begin working on his degree
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

Gibbs is a terrible school. The academics are substandard with many "retakes" on tests while the arts program is clearly established for only a select few (so select that the majority of arts kids can't even participate). Why there is still funding for this school is beyond me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

gibbs is an amazing school...i love it sooo much my friends love it also we have soo many laugh s in this school...my grades are very good and i will always be a gladiator!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 3, 2009

Gibbs High School's Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA) program is the best in the county. Top-notch teachers, facilities and AP/Honors course offerings give students an excellent head start. Gibbs has a proven track record that has opened many doors for students leading them to a successful career in the arts. PCCA offers focused comprehensive concentrations in Visual Art, Technical Theatre, Theatre, Dance and Music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2009

it's definitely an interactive school whatever type of person you are there's always a plce where you can fit in
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 6, 2009

I am a Senior this year (Class of 2010) i am in travel and Tourism. since 10th Grade (sophomore) year because all freshman not in Beta or PCCA are in the renaissance program. And i have to say even though Gibbs is now a F school (one point from a D) and now declared the worst school in Pinellas county. Gibbs High School is still a great school. I've been here since my freshman year. they have a lot of great programs. One of them is the JROTC program. There are a lot of fights at this school and other bad things. Some of the activities are bad. they barely give us the chance of Pep-Rallies. we need more of them. We really don't do anything activites outside of school corresponding with Gibbs. But i guess its alright because i have great friends and some of the teachers are amazing. IfYouPickTheRightClassesThenYouWillHave A great time.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2008

Yes I can agree with some of the comments of Gibbs. I am in the PCCA Program, and I would actually say I am impressed even though we are treated like we are in jail. It is unfair to me that what the general population does, they think every one else will do. I love the program, and the kids at Gibbs and I do plan on staying for my whole high school experience. I would say the teaching is a lot better than my old high school (Osceola High).
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 11, 2008

Gibbs High School is a D school for good reason. Speaking honestly, as helpful and understanding as the staff can be, many hate being there as much as several students. If you are a smart indidvidual don't plan on learning anything Freshman or Sophomore year. You have to wait until you can start taking all AP classes Junior and Senior year. The school struggles so much, and students pay so little attention that I have actually been provided answers on exams just so the school keeps good records. The only salvation the school has are its magnet programs, the PCCA and BETA programs. Unfortunately, because the facultycan't trust the students at all, in fear that there will be an uprising of some sort, there is little, if any student freedom outside of these Magnet Departments.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2008

'Top notch' arts education at the PCCA program at Gibbs High School comes at a significant price to students due to parent frustrations. For example a parent cannot plan from week to week for transportation. The schedules that are sent home state start times for rehearsals, recitals, etc not end times. They never end at a consistently. When you call the school to find out, they say they don't know... it depends on how many kids are performing that day. Our lives as parents are basically on hold pending the next loosely scheduled event. The traffic circle there is second to none in ineptitude. We have cross US 19 without any help from faculty or the SRO who stand up on the grass and watch the traffic-- no one directs it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2007

As a recent graduate of the BETA program at Gibbs I can say that while it sounds excellent in theory, in practice it has many glaring flaws. The organization of the staff is non-existent; if an assembly is scheduled for today, not one of your teachers will know about it until 5 minutes beforehand, when the announcement is made. The BETA classes were across the street at PTEC when I attended and was something of a blessing and a curse. However our separation from the Gibbs 'society' at large was a benefit as we we're therefore able to actually try to learn, rather than given passing grades so the school could improve it's dismal score. I would not recommend this school to anyone serious about learning.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 5, 2007

I'm a student at this school and it's ok, alot of people from my neighborhood go to this school.I have a rough neighborhood so there,s gonna be some bad language here and there, but other than that it,s a stand-up school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2007

Not so hot with following the IEP special instructions. Be sure to add a goal to provide teachers with education based on your childs disability. Then follow up every step of the way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2007

Gibbs High School is a wonderful school with ,many extra programs and activities. It has PCCA, BETA, and many more inside programs your child can attend. It must be the only school that allows children to have all the possibilities with music, art, sports and the most technology in the county. Parents are readily involved in the school with volunteering. There are also many clubs here at Gibbs. There is something for everybody at this safe diverse school. I hope all parents can give it a chance because it is truly a wonderful school with many opportunities.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 11, 2006

For students who enter the school with direction there is actually much to offer.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 7, 2006

I attended Gibbs and it was a great school. I just felt the Doc Allen messed up my senior year. He had no activities for the seniors. It could of been handeled WAY better.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 16, 2006

The academic programs at Gibbs High school is amazimg. The teachers there really care. Many of them have been voted best teacher of the year, and many have been in the top twenty and even ten. The availability of music and art is astounding. Being that Gibbs is host to not only the BETA program but the Pinellas County Center for the Arts (PCCA) program as well, students expierience many kinds of music, art, and performance within the same school. The school just welcomed a new principal for the '06-'07 school year and she is, so far, wonderful for the school. It is for the most part believed that she will be a great person for Gibbs High school. There is a great level of parent involvement as well. I see parents all over the place whether they be voulenteers in the cafeteria or otherwise around Gibbs' campus.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2006

The academic program has alot to be desired. Poor guidance and administration is definately a problem
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

With Doc Allen as Principal of Gibbs High School, something almost magic and wonderful has occurred. Gibbs used to have a reputation of being a place that brought to mind the worst about public schools. There were stories about all types of negative issues and not many parents had any desire for their children to attend classes there. Safety, academics and technology were all issues that had been marginal at best. The transformation including the building of a new facility has been truly miraculous. Gibbs has reached new highs in student development and academic achievement under the current administration. Now parents are proud to say, My child attends Gibbs High School .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

Some teachers are just collecting paychecks.They don't really care about helping your reach their fullest potenial.Some teacher's just don't have the training to recognize and deal with certain learning disiablities that our children may struggle with.Maybe it is not the school maybe it is just the teachers style of teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2006

This school has an excellent JROTC program. The teachers in charge really care about the kids and have a great impact on shaping them into mature, responsible young people.
—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 2014.

331 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
38%
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.

312 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
36%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

305 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

346 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
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 "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "F".

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.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
23%
Biology I

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

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%
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
Black 68%
White 22%
Hispanic 6%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%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 75%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%60%61%
Master's degree 39%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 3%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Mayors Top Apple Award (2006)
  • Most Comprehensive Multicultural High School Program (2007)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:05 am
School end time
  • 1:35 pm
School Leader's name
  • MS. STEPHANIE A ADKINSON
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (727) 893-5461

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Emotional behavioral disabilities
  • Hearing impairments
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
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Parent involvement
  • Through volunteering and sport participation
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