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Tarpon Springs High School

Public | 9-12 | 1418 students

 

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Posted September 27, 2013

I was at Tarpon from 02-06 and this is the best school in Pinellas County. I have to admit that some of the teachers are way too focused on FCAT scores than actually teaching anything else, overall the school is great! I was in marching band while I was there and have been blessed with some of the most amazing experiences of my life while in the band. I would certainly recommend this school.


Posted May 16, 2013

Tarpon Springs Vet program was once a great program. The program is very disorganized under the new leadership. Teachers seem very unprepared and lack direction. When all else fails, animated movies are shown, Madagascar, I guess this movie pertains to the vet program it contains animals, to the kids to take place of actual teaching. If the teacher is out handouts are thrown at the kids. There is not a certified substitute to step in if the actual instructor is out. The vice principal that oversees the Vet program is clueless on what goes on. Scheduled a meeting with her and she asked me why I was there even though I explained the subject matter in my original call . When asked how many seniors certify each year, she has no idea. This could be a great program if the instructors were actually excited about the field they were teaching. As far as magnet programs are concerned, this one deserves a thumbs down. Talk to other Vet parents before signing on in this program. Make sure you child shadows this program. The drop out rate in this program is very high due to the frustration of the students with the current staff of instructors. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2011

The fact that this site claims PHU is better than Tarpon is a joke. I experienced both and can tell you from experience that Tarpon is a wonderful school. I had so many teachers and admin that cared about how i was doing. The school has so much spirit whereas PHU i just felt like a number. I really enjoyed my time there. Also, not many drugs go through tarpon unlike palm harbor. I really recommend this school. I experienced some of my best years there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2011

the teachers are great and most of them help your child when needed in the class work after schiil or before school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

Nice school, very good teachers good students , highly above average. VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY good school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

The veterinary academy that is offered is one of the best programs I have seen, comparing all other schools, I am greatful my son was able to get into such a hands on academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Tarpon High is the greatest - it is a wonderful school with great staff members and lots of community support and enthusiasm. Tarpon High has excellent programs and I am proud to say that both of my kids attended and graduated from Tarpon High.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Tarpon High is not only filled with incredible history and diversity, but also with school spirit, great teachers, and a variety of programs not offered at most high schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

Tarpon Springs High is a wonderful school, with a rich sense of community. I am currently a Junior there, and have been going there all 3 years of my high school career. My teachers have been wonderful, and I have found a new passion in the Culinary Arts program. However, I am not a large fan of our newest principal, Vermeer. Many things have been done, by himself, having to do with faculty, that upset me, and my peers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 5, 2009

Exellent school, amazing, glad my son didn't go to East Lake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

Great school. Community friendly. Close knit school with active family volunteers, many scholarship opportunities, great academic programs, and a staff that works to ensuare that all students learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2009

Excellent programs with opportunties for many career and college fields. The staff and students are dedicated toward meeting higher goals. Definitely a friendly, family, community atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

My experience with TSHS has been nothing but positive. Both of my children graduated from TSHS and both went on to get a 4 year degree. One of my children earned a full scholarship and I paid close to nothing for a 4 year degree. That speaks volumes. One of the keys is to keep in touch with the school. Find just one person on staff you know you can communicate with and get results. Get on Parent Connect. No system is perfect. As soon as we parents 'get' that and meet them half way-you'd be surprised at the positive response you'll get. The squeekly wheel get the oil...no? No complaints here. If you keep track of your child-it's our job-you'll get the help you seek.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2008

Great school with many opportunities for all students. This school is very community and student focused. There are a large number of AP courses offered, as well as, Veterinary Science and Culinary Academies, and a Music Leadership Conservatory.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2007

TSHS is a sad excuse for a school. The guidance councilors have no time for students, they are overwhelmed with FCAT problems. councilors are unprepared for junior and senior students looking for advice on colleges and financial aid. There are a few really great teachers who can actually teach . The best teachers are in my opinion are found in the social studies department. The discipline is by far unsatisfactory. If you are looking for a genuine education for your child I would reconsider sending your child to TSHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2007

Great school, great staff, great students, great administration! I love the after school lunch program, the numberous choices in curriculum, the fact that we have so many honors and advance placement classes, and a Guidance staff that offers night meetings for parents to attend to learn more about scholarships and transcripts. You will love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2007

Unsatisfactory all around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2007

I live in Palm Harbor and TSHS was my first choice without a doubt. TSHS is underrated on many levels. I have had better teachers at TSHS than in any other school. Many of the teachers are TSHS grads themselfs. The student body at Tarpon is highly respectable, there are no large-scale cliques that rule all social aspects of the school. I would reccomend Tarpon to anybody who has trouble fitting in like i did for 15 years of my life. At Tarpon everybody is accepted, not just upper-class socialites.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2006

Tarpon Springs High School is one of the hidden treasures of Pinellas County. It's community feeling, and small-town atmosphere is unique. It is also holds a multitude of awards with its journalism, band, chorus,soccer, academic team, and culinary arts programs to name a few. Tarpon High is truly a great place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2006

Tarpon High is not a good school to consider. They can't enforce enough discipline to students especially the cut classes and in academics. Teachers are too loose in dealing with the students. College is a much tougher place, and so they should prepare the students to be ready in the real world.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

365 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
55%
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.

320 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

314 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

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.

388 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
95%
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 "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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
44%
Biology I

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

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%
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
White 73%
Hispanic 12%
Black 9%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 1%
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 41%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 89%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%60%61%
Master's degree 32%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. CLINTON R HERBIC
Fax number
  • (727) 943-4907

Resources

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

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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1411 Gulf Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
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