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Winter Park High School

Public | 9-12 | 3206 students

 

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Posted October 15, 2009

Winter Park is a great school for academics..I have had one graduate and one now in tenth grade. My only reservations are the overtones of the elite and money. Lets face it a lot of the families there have money and their children don't hesitate to flaunt it and exclude those who are a little more middle class. There's also a lot of children of parents who graduated there who have a snooty, arrogant air passed down from the parents who act no better at times!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

It has the best principal who attends all the after school events and shows that he cares about his students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

winter park is a wonderful school. they have a wide variety of academic programs that many other schools envy. winter park also has a great reputation compared to other high schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 12, 2009

moved here from an IB school in California to IB here at winter park high great school, awesome teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2009

I love my school. Great academic program and a large and supportive staff. A lot of kids, but a safe school. Amazing extracurricular activities!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2009

Winter park is a great school but when it comes to the Principal he is not good. In other schools I see the principals interacting with the student but he does not do that. When a student gets in trouble they go to the dean they should at least go to Mr. gordons office too. but this is a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

I love WP! I'm in the IB program, and the teachers are top-notch, I'm very happy here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2008

Winter Park High School is one of the greatest High Schools. All of the teachers and staff go out of their way to help the students no matter what the situation may be, they always find a solution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

I have a 10th grader at WPHS and my two oldest graduated in 2007 and 2000. The band program is the best I have seen. Principal Gordon really cares about his students and makes each one feel important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2007

WPHS is the best high school in florida, we have the greatest band, amazing sports programs as well as the acedemic knowhow to get us into college. GO WP!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 30, 2007

Both of my sons went to Winter Park HS. One just graduated from Duke and the other attends UCF.I also mentored a young lady who will be attending UF in the fall. I can not say enough good about WPHS, it's staff,teachers and principle.It has been a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to every parent in Orange County. Thank you for 8 great years Winter Park!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

My daughter is a graduate from Winter Park class of 2006. For the most part her school career at WPHS was wonderful. She was very involved in the rowing program at Winter Park which is second to none in the State. As far as parental involvement, it seems the PTA needs to realize that parents want to be involved in their children's school but we work for a living and can't always be there at noon for the PTA meetings. A little effort to accommodate the working class parent would be helpful. Overall though excellent experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

Aside from outstanding extracurricular activities, the education one receives from Winter Park High School is no where near superb. The IB program is challenging, but only because there is little to no teacher involvement. (Although there are few exceptions- Mr. Bertossa is a phenomenal teacher). Lunch is extremely disorganized, and it seems the administration is often oblivious to what goes on behind the students' 'angelic' facades.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 26, 2007

I am a graduate of Winter Park High, class of 1991 and am proud of the education I received. Because of the IB diploma, I was able to go to FSU on full scholarship and received enough credit hours to enter as a sophomore. I've since gone on to earn two master's degrees. I owe all my success to the foundation and love of learning that Winter Park provided. Most all my teachers had advanced degrees (Master's and Doctoral) and challenged students not only to think of the whys and what ifs, but also how the subject matter relates with the current world environment and interrelates with other subjects. Extracirricular activities are plentiful at WPHS. Although I remember one individual upset that WPHS didn't offer an ROTC program. We did have plenty of others and students were encouraged to have a well-rounded educational experience.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 6, 2006

Winter Park is still an 'A' rated school. Though they were given a 'B' for the 2006, their stats on the scoring all around as well as the teacher's credintial will still show that they are 'A' school... especially the IB program. Go Wildcats!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2006

Winter Park High School is consistently been proven to have a high success rate for their students to be successful in a career oriented world. Their teachers have high standards for themselves as well as their students. Bravo, Winter Park High.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 9, 2006

Winter Park High School is the best in the area. My kids have attended the IB Magnet Program which enabled them to receive full college scholarships. They have a wonderful band program, excellent and dedicated teachers, and a very safe environment. I would recomend this 'A' rated school to any caring parent looking for a quality education for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2006

Winter Park is outstanding academically and athletically!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2006

Winter Park High School has a wide variety of educational and extracurricular activities. The principal and staff support teachers and students above and beyond what would be expected. Winter Park High School strives to provide a quality education for it's students that will equip them to persue their goals be it college or the work environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

My son is a 3rd generation graduate of Winter Park High School and I can honesty say their quality of education has only improved over the years. Since my graduation in 1978, Winter Park High School developed their IB program and I was extremely impressed with this academic opportunity. His IB classes were taught by some of the most outstanding teachers in Central Florida who really care about the educational success of their students. My son was selected by his college during early decision and he firmly believes the IB program was responsible for his level of preparedness at the college level. Because of his advanced credits, he was reclassified as a junior during his first year at college. Winter Park High School clearly paved the way for his success. This is an outstanding educational environment for students and parents alike. Go Wildcats!
—Submitted by a parent


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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 2013.

790 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
71%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 54% in 2013.

761 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

754 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

796 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

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.

424 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
47%
Biology I

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

765 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

610 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%
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 State average
White 56% 42%
Hispanic 22% 29%
Black 15% 23%
Asian 6% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 94%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 59%66%61%
Master's degree 40%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 1%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Timothy Smith
Fax number
  • (407) 975-2434

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Flag football
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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2100 Summerfield Rd
Winter Park, FL 32792
Phone: (407) 622-3200

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