It's okay academically, however we have issues with administration. We've had 4 principals since I've been at this school (6-12) as well as a few poorly performing teachers. Overall I think my school is overrated and not at all what it appears to be.
This school is not anywhere you want to send your child. The main focus of the school is the "dress code" which is a joke. They completely ignore the growth of knowledge and true learning, there are probably 7 teachers out of the whole school that actually care about teaching the students. The counseling is also horrible, they don't help with your future at all. The school is unorganized at everything, events, clubs, sports. You don't even get your schedule until the first day of school and they don't make them until the week before school starts. They also have bad communication with the parents, plus it's a lab school so it's just FSU treating your children like unpaid lab rats.
At the time of my involvement , I thought the school to be very good. But that has been many years ago..
After 9 years at Florida High, I think of pulling my children out daily. The constant change in the administration is mind boggling. I find the majority of high school teachers mediocre at best. There are a few that are phenomenal but it's not enough. The athletic department needs help drastcally. Sports for girls seem to be secondary, the coaching staff turns over every year if not more often. Very inexperienced to say the least. The director of the Athletic Dept is ancient and should have retired years ago. He is rarely seen. Communication is poor from all angles but ONE english teacher. Our elementary experience was a good one, I'll add but since most teachers have been "let go" with the advent of a new admin last year, I can not in good conscience recommend this school to anyone. I'm so very disappointed in the current Florida High.
I am a mother of three, and all of my kids are currently at FSUS. I think that I couldn't be a happier mom than to see all of them at FSUS.Whenever we think of moving from Tallahassee, my biggest concern is 'Would I ever be able to find such a good school for my kids again'.
I am am a ninth grade student at Florida High. I live in Jefferson County, which has awful schools, so Florida High was truly my only option. The Elementry was phenomenal, except when they added 'stations' during my 4th and 5th grade years. The elementery teachers were wonderful overall, with a few expetions. Then came middle school, which had many unstable teachers and many teachers who don't last more than a year. The science and math teachers are unexeptional, but the English and History ones are wonderful. It was not as good as the elementary, but was decent and I had no major problems. Then came high school, and right now after finnishing my first week I am extremely dissapointed. It is soooo random, had mostly bad teachers, I have awful unmotivated classmates, and I am begging my mom to send me elsewhere. Not recommended for smart kids with potential!!!!!
I like this school. My kids are getting a good education. As long as the parent stays involved and keeps pushing issues that you are concerned with they will be handled. My oldest is into sports. I do believe there is a disconnect between adminsitration and athletics, but for the most part I am pleased.
So much better than other schools in tallahassee. Is not the best but overall safe and a pretty okay school. It is not dirty. Some teachers are the best I have ever had in my life, however there are a few horrid ones. Good principals. Nice school I do recomend it and I go here si I know!
Garbage everywhere. Environment for 5th grade and up is extremely poor. Angry teachers who do not care whether child learns or not.
Extreme dress code, teaher quality inconsistant across the board. Pulling my two highly able sons out after a decade. They are not learning anything. Enough.
Academic level, for starters, is dazzling. My kids have learned so much at this school. If they weren't learning anything, I would have pulled them out by now. Campus grounds are kept clean 24/7. The floors are regularly mopped, and the bathroom toilet seats are okay to sit on. There are hundreds of clubs and sports. My son is in 6! Parents are allowed to volunteer for anything. Serving lunch, arts and crafts, even to lecture a class! If every school were as safe, secure, clean, and most important, scholarly, as FSUS, every school would be amazing.
My children have been at FSUS since kindergarten. Elementary teachers and administration were excellent. Middle school teachers range from excellent to poor. However, the new middle school principal is excellent. High school has been extreme disappointment, mainly due to poor/weak leadership administration. Thinking of leaving the school for the first time after 8+ years.
For teachers their is lack of accountibililty. Administrative doesn't communicate with parents. Also high teacher turnover.
Mediocre academics for a lab school; discipline policy and dress code for upper level students are draconian; seems to be catering strictly to upper income Southwood residents, diversity of student population has decreased dramatically over the past few years. Teacher communication poor. Top heavy on number of administrators and principals. High teacher turnover, many first year teachers.
Our daughter is in K so our experience is limited but we have been extremely pleased. Her progress has been amazing and she loves it.
No gifted program, high teacher turnover. The only thing it has going for it is the front desk staff.
Dirty school building and grounds. Children wander with no supervision. Academic programs mediocre to luke warm. The whole school has gone downhill in recent years. high teacher turnover. Avoid if possible. D-
My 2 children have been attending FSUS for 3 years. I haven't been overly excited about it. We were very lucky and came from a great school district with ESE programs that actually were used. The 'gifted program' does not exist here. If you are looking to challenge your child, this is not the school. We are pretty much stuck here unless we move. From the kids viewpoint, they like the people there and most of the teachers. There does seem to be alot of turnover. I know they get student teachers in and I don't know how much that disrupts their learning cycle. They just seem to be very disorganized. Replacing teachers, principals etc. On the other hand, there are teachers that have been there for many years. I'm not sure what is going on there.
We live in Jefferson County. Our son has been going to FSUS since 8th grade, he is now in 11th. FSUS admin, teachers, and curriculum have been outstanding. The choice of classes has been varied and has helped him to become a well-rounded young man.
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