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Leon High School

Public | 9-12 | 1993 students

 

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Posted today

I graduated from Leon and received an appointment to West Point. Leon does a great job preparing its students to succeed beyond high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2014

I graduated from Leon High School with a scholarship to a prestigious Chicago-land university. After orientation week I was certain I was the most ill-prepared student at my college. I walked shoulder to shoulder with the children of America's, Europe's and Asia's elite. I called my mother weekly crying on the telephone, "I will never graduate from Northwestern. I was not prepared for a university of this calibre, much less one that operates under the quarter system at a break-neck pace. Mom, this school is not for the faint of heart." I did graduate and as I surveyed the wreckage of those who had to drop-out, or transfer to another university; students with great minds, access and priveledge, I realized that it was the foundation that Leon High School built that not only prepared me for success, but also a lifetime of appreciation for the classical education I recieved at Leon High School. Leon is an incredible school with a rich history and traditions that link all lions from the days of the 'Academies' to the present.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 29, 2014

Leon High school Is a great school, my daughter enjoy attending this school, her school sprite has improve greatly
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2013

Like everything else...Leon USED to be great when Rocky was the principal. Most of the teachers are great. I've only had a concerns with a few teachers. The administration leaves much to be desired, especially since Rocky left. It seem as if the new administration is "of the elite, for the elite". The principal is unresponsive to parent input. So, as long as you are good with "my way or the highway" and "we know what's best for your child", you will be satisfied with your interaction with school administration. The principal sends his kids to private school, so what does that tell you?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2011

I have a son going to the 11 th grade now and he is 15 years old. We are from the Netherlands and we send our son to this school and we are very pleased, all the teachers are great and the pricipals are Super great! Ou son is happy in this school and as a parent for me and my husband this is a happy feeling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

I attended Leon High for my Freshaman Year of High school , its a Very , Very excellent school . Only thing i didnt like was the Attendance Policy .
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 18, 2010

Although I take full responsibility for my bad decisions in skipping classes my senior year of high school, I think Leon and the administration should be held accountable as well. I was 17 years old, a minor, and my dad was never called regarding my absences. I got my act together and was in school without misses any classes for a month before I was called down to the office and informed that they withdrew me a month prior and that I would not be graduating. I had made up all of the work I had missed and was passing all of my classes and feel strongly that I should have been able to walk. I ended up walking with the class after mine and found out that a cheerleader was able to graduate although she missed more days than I did. This is typical of public schools, however. I am now a mother of a 4 year old daughter and will do my best to keep her in a private school.


Posted February 22, 2010

This is an amazing school. A principle who never lets his students down, and a faculty who cares about their students.


Posted April 29, 2009

I graduated from Leon High a few years ago & we had more commended students, semi-finalists, & finalists in the National Merit competition than all the other public & private schools in Tallahassee put together. We had more finalists than all of the schools put together. Anyone that complains about the quality of preparation LHS gives to move forward with higher education has not spent enough time paying attention, studying, and attending classes. Thanks to my overall education at LHS, I scored an 800 on the math PSAT and a 740 (my fault) on the language portion. I had quite a few friends that did as well or better. LHS helped me to become a well-rounded student & I learned to love Shakespeare & other classical literature. Music & all the arts were also encouraged. I will soon be receiving a PhD from a very selective college. Thank you Leon High!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2009

I have attended Leon for four years, and I must say, I would be sad to go to any other high school. Leon is a great place to get an education, get involved in the community and learn about yourself. The extracurriculars are terrific, and the faculty is great. Our school really is one of the best around.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

My granddaughter is not allowed to bring text books home to facilitate stuying particularly in areas where she needs additional work. How is a student expected to do homework without textbooks? All of her recent midterm examinations were multiple Choice! How does that facilitate critical thinking for a 9th grader?


Posted January 14, 2009

with my friends and even my home situation. So if your son or daughter isn't doing so hot at Leon, do not blame the faculty because it's not they're fault, it's your sons or daughters. Maybe they got in with the wrong crowd or maybe you're not monitering their work properly. Rocky is amazing, also, so to say he isn't very involved is bull. He and Mr. Feely are always coming up with ideas to get the students and parents involved in school activities. Leon has been amazing and i am so lucky to have attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2007

LHS prepared all three of my children for success in college. We worked with all teachers to make sure that our students received what they needed. Parents MUST be involved in their child's education, even (or maybe especially) in high school. All three of our Leon grads were accepted into selective schools including NYU, West Point, and St. John's College (with their wonderful great books program), and were extremely successful. The schools had heard of Leon especially due to their wonderful Latin program, math department, and of course the crew team was know in the northeast. Kids on the crew team also happen to be very successful academically. There is no other place this former Yankee would have been happier to have my children in school. Opportunities abound, and our children flourished.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

Great school! Great faculty, students and programs! Excellent reputation in the community. Very successful people in all walks of life have graduated from the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2007

I'm surprised to see negative comments about Leon. If you are a parent who wants your kid to have a great high school career that he or she will remember for the rest of his life, send him to Leon. There is no school around that has the school spirit and tradition that Leon has. With many AP courses offered, as well as dual enrollment, honors and gifted, this school pushes your kid to reach sky high. If that's not possible, there are general courses and tutoring after school. The teachers are great (many nationally certified), and the new administration is better than it has been. All extra activities are great and numerous. You can't find a school anywhere in Florida like Leon. Whether your kid wants to be in ROTC, band, chorus, SGA, or just be enthralled in academics, Leon is the school to attend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2006

For the average high school student with average academic and social skills, Leon HS might be fine. However, Leon is a huge school, nearly 2000 students, with overcrowded classes, overworked teachers who don't bother to get to know their students, an ESE program that's a joke, and an inexperienced administration that, to put things in the kindest light, appear to be in over their heads.. The administration and ESE department seem to think that IDEA doesn't apply to Leon. Coming from a school of similar size in a different Florida County, where we experienced caring staff and teachers who involved themselves in their students' learning, we were rudely disappointed with the lack of concern shown for our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

Leon is as good a high school as one will find in Florida. We moved here from South Florida four years ago, where our oldest daughter, who graduated after three years at Leon, attended the ninth grade in the best public high school in Palm Beach County, a very popular magnet school. Leon certainly was as good if not better. We have two other children attending Leon now, and we are pleased with their progress, as well. We love the new principal, and have always loved the teachers. The only weakness is with the special ed. program, where the varying exceptionalities should be better recognized and the classes smaller. School spirit and Leon's traditions are probably unequaled in Florida.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2006

I have a son who attended Leon and graduated. Their ROTC program is one of the best around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2005

Leon is one of the best public schools in Florida, let alone the nation. The academics are top-notch. There are countless APs offered, and whatever isn't offered, you can dual-enroll at TCC, FSU or FAMU. There is not a subject you could want that Leon does not offer or would somehow get to you. As far as extracurriculars go, Leon has it all: top-ranked choral, band, sports. They even offer a steel drum program. They have clubs for nearly anything, and students are encouraged to form their own if they desire.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 7, 2005

Leon is an outstanding institution. The teachers appear very interested, intelligent, and competent. The music program is incredible, as are several other programs.
—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.

519 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

515 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

494 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
81%
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.

454 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "C".

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 66% in 2014.

262 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

388 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
74%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

433 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
85%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

303 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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%
Black 32%
Hispanic 4%
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 192%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 21%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 85%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 46%58%61%
Master's degree 47%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 4%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

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  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. WILLIAM EPTING
Fax number
  • (850) 922-5311

Resources

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

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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550 East Tennessee Street
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Phone: (850) 488-1971

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