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Lake Howell High School

Public | 9-12 | 2159 students

 

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Posted December 7, 2012

We have a freshman and a junior at Lake Howell High. Our kids "love" Lake Howell. They love the sports teams they are on and the clubs they are involved in. They used to think that they wanted to go to Oviedo when they were in middle school but say now that they are glad they are at Lake Howell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

I am the grandmother of one of your students.My grandson faces some challenges at home and he was doing so poorly in school for 9th and 10 grades. This year the school placed him in a special program for him to try to make up the work he had missed and he has blossomed. I am so grateful to the school because left unattended to he would have eventually dropped out of school and God only knows what else. He was going is such a bad direction. Today he is thriving, still facing his challenges at home but well on his way to a happy adulthood. Thank you so very much for the program that steps in and says no you will not fail. This is a very bright kid and you were there when he needed you badly. Thanks again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

Speaking as a student here, I can honestly say this is not one of the best schools to attend, especially if you intend on being in honors classes. The faculty really doesn't care about the students, and all they want is money. They are getting rid of regular and honors classes so students have no choice but to take AP classes, so they get more money, and get higher ratings. They then punish all the students because so many kids that aren't ready for AP fail. If you have a choice, don't go here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

The faculty are the best in seminole county always interested in helping the students succeed! I love being a Silver Hawk parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2009

Although our facilities are well below par, the extracurricular sponsors are incredibly creative and make excellent use of the resources we do have. A few of the outstanding employees I have come to highly respect are Mrs. Skipper and Mr. Brendlinger. I had Mrs. Skipper two years straight- one for English II hon, one for AP Lang- and she consistently offers each student individual attention and concern. Even now, I visit her regularly for help on my college applications and she cheerfully guides me to the right course of action. Mr. Brendlinger is the theatrical director. He is greatly committed to the program and offers opportunities rare to any Florida school. We perform an average of twelve student-directed plays a year. Our performances are entirely student-run. We also receive huge donations from Disney and a yearly free workshop with famous make-up artists. GREAT OPPORTUNITIES!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2009

Disappointed in this school. From reviews and data prior to enrolling my child, I expected a more achievement oriented student, teacher, and administration. Administration seems to value bringing lagging students to higher level, and not enough importance (focus and support of AP and Honors classes) to high achieving students. For all High Schools, the No Child Left Behind handicapps Florida schools into an emphasis on the low achieving versus nurturing the bright, capable students. President Clinton said the education crisis in Florida is comprable to the poverty crisis in Haiti.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

Lake Howell High School seems to have a nice edge to it.I love the expectations that they serve
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2009

The administration at this school is awful. Cannot have meaningful dialog. They are always going to look into things with no resolution ever offered. I have to agree with the other post about no support for parental participation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

There are truly fantastic teachers at this school. The arts at Lake Howell are in the top 90% in Seminole County despite perhaps the worst facilities, and sports programs have allowed several atheletes - most recently Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos - reach the highest level.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2008

great teachers but irresponsable school and not support from principle for any other sport except the football and basketball teams.she show no supprort for the great 3rd in the state 8th in the NATION njrotc program!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2007

The administration is solely concerned about their numbers for rating! They do not work on behalf of the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

The school offers great extra curricular activities for the students. However, their is no support from the administration that encourages parent participation, or encouragement to the kids. The administration here stinks. Frustrated parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2007

Good students, good teachers, terrible administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2006

The extracurricular activities are supported very well in the school. But to get in touch with your child in case of emergency is terrible. The channels you have to go thru is unbelieveable whereas in middle school they look up the hour see where the child is and contact the teacher at that appointed time immediately and your able to speak to your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2006

An excellent center of learning. My child made a smooth transition from private to LHHS despite my concerns that it would be our first public school experience. Great faculty! Super performing arts and theater opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

School too big and impersonal.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 1, 2006

Having three children attend Lake Howell , and being an involved parent, (PTSA and School Advisory Council), I feel very fortunate for the opportunities that my kids have been provided at Lake Howell. Lake Howell is one of Seminole County's 'oldest' schools, however, the leadership and curriculum are second to none. It is also the smallest (population) of all of Seminole County high schools. There is a diverse student body population - which mimics the 'real world.' The course offerings are varied and appeal to a wide range of interests. Additionally, there are clubs for almost anything- from sports, to theater, Future Teachers, future Heatlth Care providers, Anime, Government and Debate, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, SADD, etc. I highly recommend visiting the school and meeting the administration. You will be impressed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2005

It was an okay school. I do not feel they prepared students for college. Students were not taught how to write well writen essays.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 28, 2005

Lake Howell High School has dedicated teachers, excellent athletic programs, and students who care about their education.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 21, 2004

My son graduated in 2001. He is now a senior in college, due to graduate with honors and plans to go on to a M Div and PhD, wanting to be a professor. The art teacher, Mrs Mears, and drama teacher, Mr Brentlinger, are directly responsible for his success as a college student. I am an educator myself (college level) and highly educated. The entire Seminole County school system is to be commended for its many programs, sports, and special schools that are themed. LHHS has become a school for the Broadcasting Arts since 2001, and I recommend it highly to parents who have talented children. The Orlando area is a second Hollywood, with Disney and Universal Studios here. This school should give any promising student an excellent background in broadcasting and the performing arts in general. - Dr. Constance T Johnson PhD JD MLn
—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 2014.

502 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
61%
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.

549 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

527 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
86%
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.

522 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
99%

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 "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.

306 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
56%
Biology I

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

484 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
72%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

477 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
60%
U.S. History

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

500 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%
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 52%
Hispanic 32%
Black 9%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 3%
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 44%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 80%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 54%53%61%
Master's degree 42%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%2%1%
Other degree 2%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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PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Visual arts
  • Architecture

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • German

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. FRANK CASILLO
Fax number
  • (407) 746-9025

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • German

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(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
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
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