As a parent, I have always taken pride in being a part of each school my child attends. Always wanting to lend a hand and offer my freetime to any program. Since the principal and AD have been changed to the current members, this is not encouraged or accepted because they don't want to do more work than they have to. When I as a parent want to help and offer my time and services but always have been told NO because it would cause more work for them or the people involved. They only want to do what is required and have never chosen, at least all the times that I have offered, to do anything extra. Not the type of school I would reccommend if you are interested in "the interest of your child". Their interest is only in what works for them (the principal and AD) Truly sad
In the last two years the administration has gone downhill. The AD is very disrespectful toward students and peers. Because he rules with fear instead of respect, many will not approach since he makes people feel stupid or unimportant. Not a role model I would want my children around.
Gaither is a good school to go to if you are looking into the athletics program but the student affairs office staff is very rude to parents, students, and other staff members. They do encourage individuality and having fun at pep rally's etc.. but also dont show much respect to students and most teachers allow the students to cuss, have out phones and put on inappropriate media without the parents consent.
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!
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.
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..
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.
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.