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Gaither High School

Public | 9-12 | 2094 students

 

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2011:
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Posted May 7, 2014

This school is fantastic for academics, sports and their very large marching band program. The band program has had an instrumental affect on many kids. So, many of the kids are high achieving and a lot of that is just the hard work and determination that they show for both the band program and their academics. I have been impressed all 3 years that my daughter has been there and look forward to her final year as well as when my younger child attends Gaither. The entire staff at Gaither is incredibly dedicated and cares tremendously about the student body. Responses from teachers and staff from phone calls or emails is quick aside from what we know to be busy times (beginning of year, FCAT testing or AP testing). In those cases, the teachers have their hands full. The kids are wonderful and truly treat one another with the utmost respect. Fantastic school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

This school, admin, teachers and staff will make youy thrive if you wish. They will pick you up when you are down, and show you humility when you reach the top of the world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 5, 2013

Very nice school, excellent administration, great students, tutoring available. However, horrible staff teachers in the Exceptional Education Department. They have no clue, as how to help students with LLD or exceptional education needs in any core academic area such as math, reading and/or science. The football coach does not return parent phone calls, teachers do not respond to emails. Regular education teachers are excellent. Overall, this would be a five star school if they did an overhaul within the Exceptional Education department, encouraged/afforded more students to play sports, and worked harder at helping all students succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2013

Both my boys had a great 4 years here. My oldest was involved in the Band program which is one of the best in the county. My youngest just graduated and participated on both the baseball and football programs, which were both well run. Academics were challenging, and they both graduated with over a year of college credits and earned several academic scholarships. I was pleased with both the administration and faculty, and would recommend this high school to any parent looking for a solid school that supports both the arts and athletics..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2012

Next year I will be attending high school somewhere. I was looking at Gaither but i am out of the district. Does anyone have a reccomendation on how to get in?


Posted July 27, 2012

The Great Schools 5 out of 10 mark is based on the Florida FCAT results, which is not an accurate representatation of the school. Gaither, like many Florida schools, has a population of latinos still learning the english language. This has an affect on the overall average of the FCAT. Not to mention that the FCAT grading scale was changed and is being changed again. Recommend actually going to the school and meeting the staff and kids, in person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2011

my daughter attended gaither high at first she really didnt want to, but now she doesnt want to leave and her grades started shooting sky high. she went from a d or c student to an a b student. i'm so proud of her and i thank the teachers/staff of gaither high school for making her feel more excited about school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2011

hello my name is denise and this well be me and my son's first year next year to be part of gaither being new to the area to come!!! reading the review seems like it will honor my incrediable son attiude he's president and multipy culcutre leader of his school sounds like he will and i will make a great fit!!!! can't wait to join the family see you soon!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

It is the best school in the world because everyone gets along here and we all have a good time. We have so much to offer in clubs, guidance, and friendship!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 17, 2009

It is my son's first year in high school and he is happy to be going to Gaither the school administrators this year are very helpful and friendly I have always heard good things about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

I am having the same problem with returned phone calls or emails. What do you have to do to get someone to return a call.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

This school is fine when you are attending it- but once you graduate- Good Luck getting a return phone call or email! I have been writing and asking for some information regarding a transcript for over a week now and just got an email back saying, 'Can't help with this, sorry.' Wow, very helpful! So once you graduate, don't expect them to be there or help you in any way, shape or form. They are terrible with that!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2009

This school is the worst, most of the teachers don't care and the admistrators are just as bad. They never return phone calls, emails. IF this the best the public schools can do our children are at a tremendous disavantage.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2008

I'm so happy my daughter attended Gaither.She was not happy moving here from Chicago at first ,but soon made some wonderful friends. She became very active with the different clubs and school activities changing her from shy and soft spoken to a very confident young women. The AP classes helped prepare her by giving her a sampling of what to expect in college. She will attend USF this fall and i can't tell you how excited we all are. Thanks Gaither!! Job Well Done!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2007

I LOVE the Gaither band program! It is such a good influence on the students. It is great excercise and teaches them many life-long values like responsibility and social skills. The instructor and volunteer parents and adults from other schools and parts of the state are extremely helpful. I wish I still had kids in the Gaither band so i could be a part of it all over again - send your children here and get them involved in the MARCHING COWBOYS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2007

I love this school! The teachers here are all amazing and they really care about the students! I am going to send all of my children here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2007

The school who saved my son without discrimination! Thanks to Gaither and their great staff my boy is graduating!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2006

Very impressed with this school. My son just started here and love it. The Band program is great and the students are highly motivated. I feel very fortuante to have him attend Gaither.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2006

I consider Gaither High School one of the top five schools in hillsborough county. It's a fantastic school with a caring staff. Their classes provides great education for those who are interested in learning. Gaither also has various extracurricular activities for every kid to join. Gaither highschool is most likely to be the number one school in Tampa.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2006

An outstanding school with outstanding parent involvement! Highly reccommended!
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

528 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
54%
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.

500 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

519 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

512 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
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 "B".
  • 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.

244 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
51%
Biology I

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

541 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
65%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

538 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
64%
U.S. History

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

457 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 44%
Hispanic 38%
Black 10%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 29%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 74%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 53%67%61%
Master's degree 45%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. MARIE WHELAN
Fax number
  • (813) 975-7349

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
Girls sports
  • Cross country

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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16200 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
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