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Leto High School

Public | 9-12 | 1816 students

 

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted July 20, 2014

My daughter is going into her third year and it has been a great experience. The administration especially the principal is top notch and have worked hard to elevate the school. Most of the students Ive met are polite and motivated. Many teachers are great and dedicated. Sports are ok but there is a lot of spirit and tradition. The band ROTC and culinary are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2014

My daughter just graduated from this school. Her experience was mostly positive and for the 1st 3.5 yrs, we had a great guidance counselor that was super helpful with making adjustments to her class schedule to accomodate for the dual-enrollment classes she was taking at HCC etc. Unfortunately, that counselor left midway through the year and her replacement has been singularly unhelpful. I still have my son to get through 2 more years and, if I have to continue to deal with this woman, I think my head will explode. Bottom line I guess is, that it all depends on who you are forced to deal with in the school. I can name a couple of dozen teachers and admins that are terrific. Unfortunately, I can also name a few that need to retire or get fired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2014

I had the opportunity to visit this school in my role as a school counselor. The infrastructure is well maintained and free of architectural barriers. The cafeteria is one of the cleanest and best themed dining rooms I've seen in my life. The administrative and teaching staff is a highly competent and professional, especially the school principal. If given the opportunity to select a school as either workplace or school to mine, Leto High School would be my first choice in Tampa. - Lic. Myriam Rivera, San Juan, Puerto Rico


Posted August 13, 2013

Students & Teachers equally make or break schools and for that very reason Leto is a great institution. . Our student body is respectful and hardworking and our faculty is highly dedicated and committed. A perfect recipe for greatness.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 6, 2013

Most of the staff are supportive and inspiring but some just sit there and do nothing while you take notes on a useless power-point and when they test you you're supposed to know everything when they have not been teaching at all. The kids are not that bad but very rude at times. The ROTC program is excellent but the football team is awful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

I Attend Leto as a Sophomore now in 2011 and this school is horrible. The education is horrible and so are the teachers and the assistant principles. The school is unorganized when it comes to Fcat and our final exams.The kids are rude and don't want to learn. The teachers actually make fun of each other, the students, and parents. The teachers also say stuff like "What Do you expect it's Leto" Or They say comments about the many Hispanic races in the school. One of my teachers were talking to an assistant principal about someones mom and how she wears a scarf around her head and how stupid it looks. I Have begged my mom to let me go to a different school to continue my education because the teachers are lazy and don't want to even teach you. I was a straight A student my freshmen year and i didn't go to Leto. I come to Leto and I Get a D which i have NEVER gotten before. In my opinion Leto is the worst school in Hillsborough county.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 13, 2011

My son graduated this yr 2011 after transferring to leto for his senior yr. I was suprised it was not as bad as anticipated. My only complaint is there was very little communication to the parents regarding senior deadlines for pictures, grad night, cap and gown ordering etc... I found most of my information out through another parent from another local high school that kept their families informed. I would call the school to inquire and get the run around. But all in all not bad my son enjoyed his senior yr there and completed his high school education!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2011

I graduated from Leto in 2008. I attend the University of South Florida on a full scholarship. I am double majoring in Psychology and Elementary Education and plan to graduate Spring 2012. I believe that school is what you make it. I had an amazing time during my four years there. I had motivating teachers in the criminal justice, foreign language, and English departments. A long with the counselors, they helped me get to where I am today.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2011

These reviews are a joke. They are clearly written by the teachers themselves becuase there isn't a student there that would agree with most of the "Student Reviews". First the school scored a 3 on statewide testing. As a student I can say with all honesty that the score may be higher than my own experience. Quality teachers are not the norm - they're overwhelmed with large class size, unruly kids - it's all they can do to keep order in the class. There have been teachers who have truly inspired and motivated me (thanks you Mr. Bassett) but for the most part the teachers care about educating about as much as the students care about learning - it's sad. I begged my mom to let me transfer out of Leto and move to ohio and live with my aunt becuase the learning is tough there. And there is a world of difference between Leto and my new school Copley Fairlawn in ohio - I truly feel that when I graduate I will I will be fully prepared for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 19, 2009

My daughter graduate from Leto in 2006, attended UF on a full scholarship, now is is completing her masters 2009 with UF under a full scholarship. Leto gave her the foundation
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

LETO has great teachers who are always there to help their students. Although Leto my have a bad reputation, it really isn't as bad as some people protray it to be. Every school has have something bad happen, i've heard from countless students that if you walk in the halls of Leto you could get stabbed. I've been at Leto since freshmen year and i have not been stabbed,my brothers went to Leto High and were are all still alive and unharmed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 30, 2008

I love it at Leto it's a wonderful place to go to highschool.Everyone is so friendly and the teachers are amazing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2008

My son attends Leto High School, he is an honor student and in the magnet program and doing great. I am very happy with the school, office staff and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

I love Leto. This is my first year here. But what I've noticed is that people seem to think that it is a bad school because of our grade. But the letter grade is just based off of stupid things. It dosen't mean anything. But overrall. I love this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 29, 2007

I think this is a very great school and kids learn alot from teachers and also ther own friends...
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 26, 2007

The school refuses to comment back also when issues are brought up to them. The teachers need to stop being the kids' friends and start being teachers with ethics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

Leto High is great. It has many programs to prepare kids for life & for college! I am very happy to say that I attend there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2006

Leto is a good high school with a solid academic program. There are several high quality programs at the school, including a health occupation program and an early childhood education program. There are many well qualified teachers who truly have the students best interest in mind. However, many of the students are a tough group and the learning environment can be a difficult one, where it is no easy task to engage these students. Parent involvement could definitely be better, but is probably about average for a high school in this area. There are numerous extracurricular activities and quite a few clubs that spend time involving themselves in the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2005

Great school, superioir rated band, best vo-tech programs in Hillsborough County.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 9, 2005

Good School. My son just started and he enjoys it.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

461 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
25%
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.

453 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
32%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

457 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
80%
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.

386 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
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 "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "D".

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.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
37%
Biology I

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

470 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%
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
Hispanic 77%
White 12%
Black 7%
Asian 2%
Two or more races 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 1%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%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 69%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 69%67%61%
Master's degree 31%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%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 8%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. VICTOR FERNANDEZ
Fax number
  • (813) 872-5314

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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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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4409 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33614
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