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Hillsborough High School

Public | 9-12 | 1814 students

 

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Posted November 24, 2011

im a 10th grader at hhs n the school is a good school but its true the principal really only care about the ib students like there is a separation between the traditional and ib students. But its really up to the student to how they view the school. For example before i started I asked people how was hhs and they all told mi different things and for mi non of it was true (that was for mi anyways) so its actually how the student takes it in.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2011

If your child is not in IB take him/her out inmidiately before loosing time. The teachers do nothing, in their own word "nothing" because the majority of the kids don't care, talk back to teachers and they are afraid. The principal only cares about the IB the rest they are just there (in the school) so they are not in the streets that is their goal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2011

Everyone needs to be aware that HHS has an IB magnet program and a traditional program. They are two totally different animals and just because you live "in district" doesn't mean you automatically get into the IB program. You must apply and be accepted as a freshman. The IB program is wonderful for the self motivated student. If your student is not self motivated, do yourself a favor and do not apply. As for the traditional program, you may want to do some research and talk to other parents before committing. Definitely not the same experience, teacher attitude or caliper of teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

RUN THE OTHER WAY if your child is not in the IB Program! The faculty is just plain incompetent. I'm a parent of two traditional students at Hillsborough. If you inquire within the school, the staff doesn't even acknowledge you as a concerned parent. If they treat adults like this it's not hard to conceive how the kids are treated when you are not around...My kids and I talk about school and the teachers are cursed at and threatened by students with no actions taken. One wonders if they are reprimanded for reporting it????
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2010

IB Program is second to none. If you're lucky enough to gain entrance into this program, don't make a mistake and pass it by. Don't believe what you hear that the child is too busy doing homework to have a 'life'. My child is in many clubs and does a sport. Traditional students may look 'rough' but are harmless. Populations are kept seperate with different bell schedules. Administration is on top of things and the teachers are the absolute cream of the crop. Your child will be better prepared for college than in a regular high school plus will probably enter college as a sophomore or higher. IB is the best program around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

this is a really great school and i love it there it has a great atmosphere and is very cultural school
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 9, 2009

My daughter started the at the IB program a month ago and so far, it is wonderful. The teachers, students and sports have all inspired my daughter to do her best. They also seem to be encouraging her to be well rounded, not just a bookworm. My children came from charter schools where the schools expect the parents to donate a lot of support (money and time) to the school. This school doesn't ask for much from the parents (which is a relief, but I think the parents would be willing to do more if asked). The technology of the school is a little behind, but I'll take quality teachers over technology, any day of the week.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Why do you love Hillsborough High School? it enriches the minds of our future generation
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

All 3 of my children have attended their IB program. 2 have graduated, & 1 is in her JR year. This school has dynamic teachers, & great programs, but like many others, is currently suffering from lack of funds. There are so many supplies & improvements that could be made with this money, please help us out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

If you are lucky enough to gain acceptance into the IB Program at Hillsborough.....your childs future is assurred.....There is NO BETTER ACADEMIC PREPARATION ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY>>>>>You child will enter college as Sophomore or Junior....This program is a class act....but only 145 Freshmen out of 800 who apply are accepted each year....Good Luck
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

The school has been totally refurbished and is beautiful inside and out. My son attends the I.B. program there and has had no problems with the traditional students. Our main complaint is with the I.B. administrative staff, they are aloof and unresponsive to questions or problems concerning their own curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2006

It is a very good school with a very good academic program
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 9, 2006

The school has very good academic program, including IB program which are oriented towards academic excellence.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 8, 2006

I am extremely displeased with Hillsborough High School. I have a child in the Traditional program. I don't believe the quality of the academic programs is very high, but that may be due to the poor quality of the administration. Trying to contact the administration and/or get any results can be next to impossible. Hillsborough has many sports and extracurricular activities to choose from, but if your child does not choose to be involved in sports, there is not much left to offer. I am not sure about the level of parental involvement, but it could be because there is an signficant amount of trouble getting anyone to contact you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2005

This school has a very strong IB program that produces students with very strong SAT/ACT scores that gain admission to Ivy league schools.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted February 23, 2005

This school has many issues to deal with. Not only are there portables now but the rest of the school is trashed. There is mold growing in the ceiling tiles, Holes in the walls, overall its just unsanitary. This is a beautiful school with a horrible grade, suroundings, and reputation. There is no one on one interaction with the students it all boils down to referrals. The administration is all new but one. The new adminisration needs to step up and make this school a better one acadimically and just in overall quality.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2005

HHS has one of the best IB programs in Florida, if not the nation, according to test scores. Definitely recommended for advanced students. However, a new administration brought in to bring up FCAT test scores is floundering. Support of teachers is poor and there is inadequate discpline procedures and follow-up when disruptive students are referred to their assistant principals. Only one of the four assistant principals has adhered to district discipline guidelines with the expected positive results for classrooms in which the bad behaviour was stopped. Also, efforts to improve reading scores has gotten off to a disorganized and sluggish start, with poor leadership in this area from the administration. High teacher absenteeism. A poor physical communication system set up makes it difficult for parents to reach students and for teachers to reach other teachers and administrators. The media center is the school's crown jewel, with experienced, supportive professionals.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 11, 2005

Some good teachers, beautiful old school. Unfortunately in a bad neighborhood, drawing 'tough' kids. Never felt safe.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 30, 2004

As a former student, graduated in 1958, our school was and remains to be one of the most beautiful facilities in the Deep South. The present rehab of the building will give it new life. I am a proud alumnus and wish the current students were able to enjoy the same friendly attitudes of the students and their teachers of yesterday. It was fun and a time we will never forget.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 23, 2004

Hillsborough was established in 1885, so it's a pretty old school. It had a nice gothic look to it on the outside, until a couple of monthes ago. Now there are about 20 to 30 portables on the school's front lawn, and it looks horrible. Hillsborough was one of the nicest looking schools in the county but on it's outside just matches the inside, its ghetto. The air conditioning works every once in a while, in half the rooms, the drop-down ceiling panals that cover the orginal roof have actually dropped down on the floor and on people. Paint is coming of over all the walls in every room, other than in the places where there are holes in walls. And in these holes rats live. Not enough room to finish all my thoughts, but other than the portables, I love it here, so get rid of them. Peace. Dave
—Submitted by a student


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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.

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

431 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

436 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.

455 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "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 64% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
18%
Biology I

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

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

408 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%
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
Hispanic 36% 29%
Black 30% 23%
White 24% 42%
Asian 7% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
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 61%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 69%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 52%67%61%
Master's degree 47%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%0%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 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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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Dr. William Orr
Fax number
  • (813) 276-5629

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Tennis

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Music
  • Band
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5000 N Central Ave
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