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9-12
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Tampa, FL
Students enrolled: 2,078
 

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17410 Commerce Park Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33647

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June 05, 2014
My school is ok, it is not the greatest school but I still received a better education than I did at Wharton. The news blows everything out of proportion at this school. I honestly feel safe and that there is no threat to my well-being, however at Wharton I did not feel safe.

- submitted by a student
September 23, 2013
This school is NOT so great at all. Teachers and faculty do not return phone calls. You have to physically go down there and sit and wait for them to finish socializing and having their coffee. My son has been there for 3 years. Every phone call I have made with questions regarding scholarships, edsby, just anything in general we get no phone call back (in 3 years!)... My son has never been in trouble or had any issues thus far with students as long as he stays to himself. Some teachers find it impressive to tell students about their arrest record, etc. We need roll models! Very frustrating as a parent. You would think because of the area that there would be GREAT schools. Not here.....

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
I currently go to freedom high school now. And ive hated it since day one. Im currently in my junior year at freedom and ive been trying to transfer to steinbrenner since I went to freedom. It gets worse and worse as the years go on. I havent even had an English teacher for this year. And the subsitute I have hasnt taught us anything. Most of the teachers there dont care either. They write kids passes to their class just so they can skip other classes. Some teachers will write passes for students to come to their class just so they can leave school and come back later as long as they come back with mcdonalds coffee for the teacher. This is definitely not a school I would recommend going to unless you dont plan on getting a good education.

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2013
I went to Freedom high school 9th to 12th grade and to be honest it used to be a Great school, it just got worse and worse every year. I am a foreigner, English is my third language and reading teachers were terrible. They didn't help me at all. Math teachers were excellent, science teachers were very good, social studies teachers were very good and English teachers were average, and when it comes to counselors they are not helpful at all. I always had to bring my dad to school so they could talk to me in a "nice" way. All of my 4 years at freedom I had problems with my schedule. So over all it's an OKAY school.

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2012
I went to freedom for 9th (10/11 school year) and 10th grade. I was new during my freshman year and I deal with social anxiety. It honestly wasn't that bad. A lot of the kids were nice to me and introduced themselves on the first day. There are lots of cute guys and one even took it upon themselves to show me around. It's huge, but you get used to it quickly. No one bullied me, even when I sat by myself sometimes at lunch. I remember throwing up in class once and everyone was more concerned about me than amused. I've made many new friends and I do miss the school very much, seeing as it's nowhere near as crappy as the school I attend now (in New York City). The teachers and admins are all very nice and although I missed the bus on the first day of school and one of the admins was a douche about it, the school is very good overall. I do recommend it, seeing as it's one of the best schools in Tampa and is located in a good area.

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2012
I have been a Freedom High School parent for 6 six--four during the previous principal's leadership and two during the current administration. Like any large high school, there will be issues that must be dealt with. With that being said, neither of my children have ever been bullied, involved in fight or had any other negative experiences. My daughter was well prepared to enter college and was able to receive two semesters of credit toward her college classes based upon the AP classes she took at Freedom. My son, who is currently a student at Freedom, is receiving an excellent education at Freedom and is involved in the many extracurricular activities that are offered. As an educator, I looked carefully at all the choices offered through Hillsborough County Schools including the magnet and IB programs. We actively chose to attend Freedom because of their excellent academic program and the responsiveness of administration and dedication of the majority of their faculty. I can strongly recommend Freedom High School to other parents who are looking for an excellent public school education for their child.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2011
My oldest child is a senior this year (2011-2012) and is glad that this is her last year there. Her younger sibling ( a freshman ) decided not to attend Freedom HS because of the students who do attend the school and the years he spent with the incoming freshmen from Liberty Middle School. The school has continued to go down hill in the years we have lived in the community and we have experienced bullying, theft, and unresponsive administration help in making my child feel safe. I have children in the magnet (chapter one) schools (high school and middle) and if the district would take those Principals and put them in these two Tampa Palms Middle and High schools - these schools would be exceptional schools. I think the district needs to consider taking those administrators and give them a chance to run these two poorly run schools - they may be amazed at the turn around they'd see in these schools that in my opinion deserve an "F" in the way their ships are run today.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2011
Well, I'm a Freshman at Freedom and I've had brothers that went here. Honestly, it's an okay school, but the school spirit is VERY low. In fact, our football team is slowly disappearing since they are all quitting. The only thing worth coming to Freedom for is the NJROTC or maybe the Band. Other than that, not much to talk about.

- submitted by a student
June 11, 2011
I read the St. Pete Times this morning and was impresseed with the article on Freedom High. It caught my attention because the young man in the article was accepted at Yale. My grandson lives in the area and I am interested in finding a middle school with good AP or gifted program and a good music dept.

- submitted by a community member
June 02, 2011
School provided a well-rounded education in a clean, modern, safe environment. Majority of teachers were very dedicated and enthusiastic about their classes. Large focus on clubs and extracurricular activities. I was actively involved in sports, which were supported by school, classmates, and parents. Freedom prepared me well for my university studies and for starting out in my career.

- submitted by a community member
October 22, 2010
I am currently a teacher and a coach at Freedom. I have taught and coached at four different schools. Three that have outstanding academic and athletic programs. None of my former schools have created unity with such a diverse group of students. Creating a positive learning environment which supports all of the communities is not easy, but the school does a great job of making all students feel a part of the school. I've been a part of both Administrations and the current Administration has increased school spriit. Both Admin. have been high on academics, but the current administration is pro student in all aspects. It is very important that students feel a sense of belonging and the new era brings that to the school. Look for Freedom to produce in academics and athletics at a high level in the near future. I strongly recommend students to attend Freedom.

- submitted by a teacher
April 27, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 19, 2010
my son attent this school the last year and its horrible, the kids stole everything, the asist principal, she just dont care. they have a very bad actitud.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 09, 2010
I am currently a sophomore at Freedom and ive only been there for a month and I can say the school is a good school. Some teachers are good and dedicated and others are okay. The school focuses a lot on academics. Because Im new I dont know much about athletics but recently the girls made it to the regionals. The school is very diverse but I dont like the guys with their pants hanging. They offer a lot of APs and plenty of clubs. The facilities are nice and eveything seems clean. Ive only seen that fight. Overall the school is great and I recommend you to go to freedom.

- submitted by a student
October 28, 2009
I am currently a Junior at Freedom and ever since my freshman year I have seen major improvments with the school. The school focuses a lot on academics and strive for their students to succeed. It is also a very diverse school. The clubs at freedom and the sports are plenty and are also well supported. The principal and APs are strict but are also very nice people. If you live in school area I recommend that you go to Freedom.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 19, 2009
I am a new student in freedom high school and i personally think that this school is not great..... Some teachers are hard-headed... Some r just ok..... This skool doesnt even do the plege of alligence and they call themselves pariots... That's pathetic...... I think the ap is ok... Not that great at all.... This school is just not good

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 05, 2009
Freedom High School is not only a good school as a whole, but it has given my child the opportunity to excel. The teachers of 2008-2009 was awesome. Look forward to even better in 2009-2010

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March 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
i am a student and i think the new principal is doing much better. we are like any other school we have fights and bullying but we have a very wide range of ethnicities and its good to experience that. the teachers do care for students i guess it just depends what teacher you get really. but overall it is a good school and i do feel safe at it

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December 02, 2008
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December 01, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 06, 2008
The new principal has made a huge difference at Freedom. Spirit is up, he talks to the kids, the teachers are happier! The PTSA is fantastic, active, and huge - something you don't find in most high schools. Under great leadership, the board is excellent. Most teachers are great, and the coaching of the sports are coming around. Freedom was an A school in 2007-2008. Look for more improvements as the year goes on.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2008
The new principal has made a world of difference at Freedom. Freedom has always been a good school and now it;s gotten even better. The teachers seem more enthused, the students are happier this year and the sports teams are no longer bogged down by the nonsense that had taken place under the previous principal. Things are finally the way they should have been since 2002. Bartels was fooling a lot of people. Mr Farkas is doing a great job!

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August 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 27, 2008
Although Freedom has had its problems this year, it is a great school with many great accomplishments. My child feels very safe and has a great time.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2008
The principal has definitely been out of touch with students. My daughter has one more year and I prayer that she gets better teachers that care about her future. Why do some teachers stay working with teens when they can't stand them, I don't know! I wish that all high school teachers would have to go through basic training on how to work with teens. Microsoft's Bill Gates stated information from a study that proved that teachers who showed interest and cared about their students, got the students to try harder for them. My oldest daughter graduated from here a year ago and was poorly prepared for college. But, is struggling through. Come on Freedom let's all try harder this coming year!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2008
Principal is a lame duck who doesn't really care and is no longer vested in the school's well being. The teachers are burned out and not motivated. A few teachers are neither receptive nor responsive to parent emails. In some cases my kids did not receive any assessment grades back for over entire 4 weeks after Spring Break and with lack of on line grading ... it is all one big mystery. The teachers had mentally checked out. Lots of indifference and total lack of school spirit at this school. Hopefully Mr. Farkas will turn this around.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 03, 2008
Very poor communication between teachers and parents, principal and parents. Principal doesn't care if student succeed. School was in the news several times this year 2007-2008. Does not have an online service to check your childs grades and progress in their classes. Extremely dissatisfied with this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2008
I think Freedom has internal issues that need to be solved. The place runs like a 15 year old car, everything is a slow process, the administration is divided and does not take the best interest of the kids. Many of the teachers are remarkable, however the school just does not work.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 29, 2008
The administration staff needs simple people skill training. Sometimes they are very rude. I have 3 teenagers that attend Freedom. I have countless encounters with the student affairs dept and there unprofessional manners. The teachers are awesome. I have no problems with them. Lately, the school has been getting a bad name but i think it will overcome these issues.

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January 29, 2008
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August 14, 2007
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June 09, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 09, 2007
Comparatively speaking, Freedom is arguably one of the best 2 or 3 schools in the county. Most of its shortcomings are more attributable to the dysfunctional policies and poor leadership of the local school board than the school itself. I have two students there and most teachers I've encountered have been professionals who take their work seriously. Although I think school spirit is generally a bit lackluster at Freedom, I have been very impressed with the academic accomplishments, including state and national recognition, of several individual students and clubs over the last couple of years. Trust me, in FL this is not something to be taken for granted. As with most public schools around the country, there's plenty of room for improvement, but overall, you probably can't do a whole lot better than Freedom at the vast majority of public high schools in FL.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2007
This school worries more about small things than it does on educating our students. There isn't many after school functions for teens - whats wrong with having some dances at the school? Some admin review is def needed. Don't get me started on the teachers. Not that all of them are bad - but many are... My son graduated in 2005, my daughter still goes there - we are seriously thinking of a transfer for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 19, 2006
Administration (Principal, APs and office staff) need serious work, with the exception of Rosanna Hoit, Guidance. Could be Freedom's hands are tied and Hillsborough County School District is too blame for not focusing more on education. The teachers we have had the pleasure of dealing with however are exceptional. Words of advice...they should not 'sweat the small stuff' and vocus more on educating our children.

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August 28, 2006
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March 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
Freedom High is a in it's fourth year, and my kids have enjoyed it. The school is focused on reaching a high academic level. The teachers are kept to a high standerd , enforced by the principle.The sports program is moving forward and gets better each year.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
October 07, 2005
There is a high level of parent involvement, however the students are often below par.

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2005
What more can you ask for ? An improving High School that is on its way to becoming one of the best in Tampa. All it needs are more involved parents and it can potentially be one of the better ones in the state of Florida.

- submitted by a former student
September 29, 2005
The school isn't so bad, but there is room for improvement. Reading test scores still leave a lot to be desired but Math is improving. I like the fact that the teachers do work with parents who are concerned for their child's improvement. Not many parents are involved though.

- submitted by a former student
September 25, 2005
Band gets more hype than anything else. The orchestra is having trouble right now.

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2005
Overall the academics are a great but there is no family caring atomosphere. My child loves her friends & teachers but I wish some things were different.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
The academic programs at Freedom are one of the very best in Hillsborough County. THey offer many choices in many different areas of curriculum. They encourage all parents to be involved with their students.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
I think the school is smart. It has great extra-curriculum activities. Many parents are active in students lives. Again, this is a great school.

- submitted by a former student
April 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
I think that Freedom High School is a good school because i didnt have any trouble with getting around and what not. This is my first year at Freedom and its really good. I believe that the teachers are really good and they are always focused and ready to help you with anything. One of the things that are good with this school is that they have a good lunch. Other schools that i have attended before had really bad lunches and unsuffient variety. Overall i suggest this school to anyone!

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March 08, 2005
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January 10, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 12, 2004
This school has a lack of organization in administration, particularly regarding absences. The lunchroom is far overcrowded, lines too long. It is an overall good school academically. Dedicated teachers and a very diverse student body. Still building up in the extra-curricular activities area as far as strength, but leadership and dedication to growth is definitely there.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2004
We just moved to this school district from Minnesota. This school is 2 years old and is experiencing growing pains. Administration is disorganized overall. However, Freedom is one of the only high schools in it's region that is not yet filled to capacity. Freedom is not a strong competitor against other schools in extra curricular events due to it's newness, but the atmosphere at these events is a positive one. The student body is extremely culturally and economically diverse due to the school choice program where students are bussed to the schools of their choice from many areas of Tampa. The curriculum is not as challenging as it was in MN, but my son says he likes this school compared to others he's seen & heard about in Tampa. Freedom is looked upon with promise as one of the newest and best schools in the area. The facility itself is beautiful.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2004
I've come to realize that no matter how involved you are as a parent, most teachers never really get to know your children. Despite efforts to become involved, teachers seem to be overworked and frustrated, and the administration appears uninterested, especially when your child requires support beyond the norm. Opportunities to provide quality support to my child has expired. Now in our last year we look at the possibility of no graduation but a certificate of completion due, in part, by the schools failure to recognize and act on a learning disability. One would think that continual contact via telephone, conferencing, guidance meetings, etc. would eliminate the confusion...unfortunately, this is not accurate. In the very best interest of your child, remain highly involved in the course selections and progress of your child...don't assume admin/guidance or teachers will voluntarily keep you informed until its too late.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2004
I am a teacher at Freedom High and I know it is a great school! I have worked at three schools previously and Freedom is by far the best. We have a great principal and a great faculty. Freedom High is about academics and it shows!

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February 05, 2004
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Freedom High School
17410 Commerce Park Boulevard, Tampa, FL  33647
(813) 558-1185
Last modified Freedom High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Freedom High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 59 reviews. Top