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Plant High School

Public | 9-12 | 2332 students

 

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Posted March 2, 2013

Here's the problem, we all need to make sure that fairness is infiltrated throughout schools. That would solve many problems currently in all schools. Entitlement is what I'm reading. We're looking for a school in this area, and wanted what was best for our children that two have special needs, one adopted and exposed to alcohol. Any suggestions about this school, Currently we pay for Catholic schools in Michigan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2012

As someone who switched to Plant from another highschool, I can tell you for sure that this is the best school in Florida. I went to Berkeley Prep for all of middle school and found it too stressful and all the kids the same. I went to Blake High for the Arts in 9th grade and found it way too relaxed and too.. for lack of a better word, ghetto. Now that I'm finishing my highschool years at Plant I see why everyone at other schools wish they could go there too. Perfect level of academics; challenging but definitely not something to shoot yourself over, huge student body that you can find many friends in no matter what your interests are, and gorgeous campus. I've never been so excited to go to school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2010

kids are snobby and form allot of cliques, very overcrowded. i personally enjoy Robinson way more
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2010

my daughter went to plant as a junior and senior and them 2 years were the best years of her entire life as a student. never had a disciplinary problem or academic problem. did better than she ever did at the academy or berkeley. that is why i am proud of my grandson going to plant.


Posted April 19, 2010

We paid $15,000 last year to send our son to a highly selective top rated private school and were very disappointed with the academic program taught by extremely new and in one case exceptionally out of date teachers. We have been awed by the quality of the acadmeic programs, extracurricular activities, sports programs and also the exceptional administrtive team and faculty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

My son was a freshman at Plant last year and moved to a local private school his sophomore year. We found the academics at Plant lacking with the school seemingly more interested in maintaining high GPAs than in adequately preparing kids for college. The sports programs also seem to be geared toward kids who have played in the coach's camps and/or off season travel teams (moneymakers for the coaches) as opposed to selecting kids based strictly on playing ability and work ethic. Plant is probably a good choice relative to other public high schools in the area (excluding Robinson IB) but a poor choice compared to local private schools, or at least the one that our son attends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Although I focused on the negative in my below review, Plant does have much to offer in terms of academics, athletics, extracurriculars, and service opportunities. Personally, I enjoyed competing on the math league team, participating in the Latin club and rowing on the crew team. Just a note: Having glanced around this site, I noticed that the list of AP tests offered does not include some of the tests that I took as a student at Plant, which I would assume are still available: Statistics, Physics C: Electro/Magnetism, Latin: Literature, Psychology, World History
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 13, 2009

As both a parent of two sons in this school and having substituted there as well, I would not have my kids go anywhere else, public or private. Great teachers, great administration, teriffic student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2009

I agree with the statement that we are very cocky at Plant High School. But I'd also like to wonder why we shouldn't be. We've got some of the best teachers, students, and programs in Florida. I think a little cockiness is in order. As for the rude part, I have yet to run into a student I didn't get along with at this school. I realize that with parents the fault never lies with their child, but in this case I suggest that some perspective is in order. Maybe the problem is not with the kids at Plant. This is based purely on my four years of experience at Plant.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 14, 2008

I think plant is an ok school, but my child has told me the kids are rude and cocky. My other child at Robinson High says it is a great school, she is in the IB program there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2008

I attended Plant and did not realize how great of a school it is until I left the state and finished at another high school. Not only did I not realize, I had to research Plant once I finished high school and see that Plant is one of the top 100 high schools in America. That's way learning was made so much easier, we had true teachers and that mattered most ;)
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2008

I am a minority that went to Plant and I had one of the best experiences that life has to offer. I was very involved with all programs that they had to offer and was on the executive board of the school and a president of two of the clubs that I was involved in. If you go to school to study and want to be involved as a minority and stay out of the stereotypes then you too will have a wonderful high school experience and also learn a lot along the way. This school is great for anyone.


Posted November 19, 2007

I don't recommend this school for anyone, especially minorities. The school has lots of oppurtunites and great stats education wise, but it isn't distributed evenly among the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2007

This school taught me so much, I got the highest education there, and I will send my kids there in the future.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 5, 2007

This school makes a difference and puts your child's future first! The Plant faculty has shown me that parent envolvement is welcomed and encouraged. They provide an excellent environment, strong school spirit, and teachers who truly want their students to succeed. Thank you Plant H.S for successfully guiding our children to have successful lives after highschool!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

Let's be honest. Even though Plant has great AP and Honors courses, they are not on the same level as the private schools in the area. It is a great public school but it is key to remember this school is still public. Hence, graduation rate is around 85% and while some of the students turn out to be wonderful people to lead the future, you still have many 'mess-ups'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2006

Plant HS is an excellent school for the high achieving student. I have found that students who need a little extra help get lost and do not have any support or resources to help them succeed. My oldest daughter needed that help and it wasn't there for her. The guidance counselor was pleasant and understanding but wasn't able to provide anything to help her. My second daughter is an Honors/AP student and even before entering her first year was receiving additional attention and orientation. Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled for it. I just wish they would have given my first student a little more attention that way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2006

I am currently attending this school and I am in love with it. The academics program is wonderful. Most of all the students are the best, there are 'groups' at the school but even still the gothic kids get along with the preps. this is a big plus for students. please consider this while you are searching for a school. your children will love plant.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2006

This is a wonderful school with many learning programs. There are great people and well respected teachers with high intelligence.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 4, 2006

Great school. Lots of programs and terrific staff.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

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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.

598 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
77%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%
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.

573 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

565 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
94%
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.

572 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
97%

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 66% in 2014.

159 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
43%
Biology I

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

614 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
85%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

565 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
87%
U.S. History

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

558 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 70%
Hispanic 17%
Black 7%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
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 18%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 93%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%67%61%
Master's degree 44%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 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ROBERT NELSON
Fax number
  • (813) 272-0624

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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2415 South Himes Avenue
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