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Lawton Chiles High School

Public | 9-12 | 1942 students

 

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Posted June 22, 2014

Chiles High School has a large population which makes it hard to have consistent structure. Dress code violations abound and teacher inconsistency makes it difficult for students to adapt. Some teachers are ridiculously strict and other extremely loose. The office staff doesn't create a warm atmosphere and is somewhat intimidating when you want to interact personally - email and phone calls are better received. The school is achievement driven and sets high academic standards so motivated students will excel if they make good choices and pick the competent teachers. There seem to be lots of cliques (typical of most high schools) and because it is so large, that can make it tough on "new to the area" students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

Can I give this so-called school zero stars? At Chiles, you're either a favorite or an outcast. If you are the latter, then you will not benefit from anything this school might offer.


Posted December 20, 2011

The School should be held accountable for the many students that act out inappropriately. There are way too many trouble making kids that obvsiously are school for other reasons than to learn. Other committed students suffer as there is too much profanity, contraband and skipping of classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

Too many spoiled, trouble-making kids are allowed to act out here. It's unfair to the ones who want to do well and actually learn/succeed. I substituted here as a teacher and couldn't believe the horrible behavior that is tolerated. The teacher's grade books were full of entries about the same kids I had problems with acting out constantly. Why are they still in this school?! Put them in alternative high schools and stop them from interfering with the other students' education.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 22, 2010

Office staff is unfriendly, intimidating, and uninterested in students (and parents to!). Most teachers are helpful and great w/ communication. I've found that some coaches who are teachers are usually the worst. They are mainly focused on their sport and not on the kids. ESE students receive support, but as a parent, you have to stay on top of things, or they will be overlooked.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

It is a safe school and provides the best High School curriculum
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2009

I have now had two children who will have gone through Chiles high. I've been extremely pleased with the education, the extracurricular activities, the leadership of the administration and the teacher and coaches. I also have to add the parental involvement is truly amazing. With a relatively new school as Chiles their incredible reputation for college prep has spread throughtout the southeast like wildfire. I also want to commend the parent involvement. This is huge. I've never been part of a school whose parents did and donated so much time and ideas. Keep up the good work. Go Wolves!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

Chiles is the best school I have ever attended. I am currently a freshman at Chiles, and I'm very pleased with the school. In the past I've attended six differents schools, none of which amount to the satisfaction Chiles offers. I've only been to one other high school, but Chiles simply outshines the others. There is something for everyone take part in, the teachers are encouraging, and I am proud to be a student. I look forward to the next three years at Chiles.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2009

Chiles is a very well-rounded school. Many of the upper-level teachers are very enthusiastic about their job and are very effective in teaching and making sure the students learn the appropriate material. However, there is a lot of tension between the administration and the students and I would like to see more interest and involvement with the students' futures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

For the most part, I think Chiles provides a well rounded education to students. There seems to be a fairly good balance between the academic and psycholsocial perspective, in addition to many well qualified and excellent teachers. My daughter has participated in gifted, honors, and now AP classes, and her experiences have been mostly positive. I do think she is being well prepared for college. In terms of the sports program, I have heard several negative things, and know of boys that have been transferred out due to conflict. The administration seems heavily 'bureaucratic' at times, and the communication takes persistence, but my experience with both the guidance staff and the Assistant Principal of Academic Curriculum has been excellent. Overall, my experiences with Chiles have been very good, but I would be more hesitant in recommending this large school to parents of a child who struggles, or needs assistance/support even minimally.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

I've had two children at Chiles and I have found teachers and staff to be excellent. The schools in this area, including Chiles, have a great deal of parent involvement. I do think Chiles should make it a goal to find options for children who do not learn well in regular class environment. I have a child who extremely smart but did not do well in the classroom. He quit and got his GED. I would like to have seen some other options for him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

Poorly supportive school for students and students, No parent teacher interaction. Office staff members are unfriendly, ineffective on following up on messages and intimadating to students who are late or absent!! No positive reinforcements for freshman and students say no one at the school cares about their progress or about them. Teachers do not respond to parent e-mails, and assistant principal does not return parent messages for a call or meeting to discuss problems.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2005

Generally a great school. With a new building and up to date on tech, and is really focused on academics.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2005

Generally a good school. School is a nice size and reasonably fits all 1200 students well. A very strong academic program, with many Honers and AP classes. Most (not all) teachers care about their students and will work with them personally (letters of recomdation) to help team achieve their goals. A great sports program but at times taken a little to seriously, many coaches place team selfs with 'college' coach attitudes and pretty much run things their own way (cutting people when their are students who just want to participate), shows you the how strong the admin watches over the athletic department. Admin does a good job, but like mentioned some are just unfriendly and really bad about returning parent phone calls and/or emails. Like all schools Chiles has discipline problems but sometimes like said their more focuses on punishing the students than correcting whatever it wrong.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 23, 2005

Very pleased with the staff and programs available at Chiles. I have two children currently attending Chiles. Many of the educator staff go above and beyond to assist them in their academic success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2005

Wonderful academic programs with a lot of choices on extracurriculars. Most teachers are very knowledgeable & helpful. Be prepared for your child to have a homework workload which can seem excessive. Overall this is a great school with the right priorities. As a parent, my only complaint would be the unfriendly & condescending administative staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2005

Excellent academic programs with emphasis on nontradtional vocational skills. Wide range of extracurricular programs ranging from all State sponsored sports to the arts. Strong volly ball, cross country, tennis and golf programs for both boys and girls. Excellent feeder schools at both the elementary and middle school levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2005

Chiles has a very strong academic program. Ranging from wide selection in AP programs to strong ESE support. The Music is growing quickly into a top quality, competitive program. The athletics are varied and accessible. Clubs ranging from service to competitive math provide a variety of students a way to connect. However, Chiles is not a very diverse school compared to the demographics of the city. It would greatly enhance the curriculum and student experience to look at school boundaries to include Chiles as a school choice option and include a wider range of students.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted July 20, 2005

Very good school. AP programs are excellent. Extracurricular activities abound, all different types. Parents are typically very involved, its an upper middle class school, and thus there are a lot of stay at home moms that volunteer.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 3, 2004

Chiles High School is a will rounded new school that offers a wide cirriculum and organizations.
—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.

487 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
79%
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.

467 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

416 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
83%
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.

464 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%
Biology I

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

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

455 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%
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
White 80%
Black 8%
Asian 5%
Hispanic 5%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%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 90%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 60%58%61%
Master's degree 35%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

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PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. JOSEPH BURGESS
Fax number
  • (850) 488-1218

Resources

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

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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7200 Lawton Chiles Lane
Tallahassee, FL 32312
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