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Homestead Senior High School

Public | 9-12 | 2260 students


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Posted May 24, 2013

I'm a current medical student and I went to Homestead High school all 4 years. Academics is outstanding here. I was able to get so many scholarships for my undergraduate because of all that I learned here. This school really prepares you. The amount of AP classes that are offered are unbelievable. I met so many students at my undergraduate institution who came from high schools that only offered 2 AP classes. By taking AP classes, you become used to the rigor of college-level classes and are able to excel. So may pre-med classes weed out students whose high schools did not prepare them. Choose Homestead and you won't regret it if you have high academic standards. Very impressed of the education I received.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 31, 2012

I was an exchange student back in 1983 .. looking forwards to find old friends ...!! Pls write me back .. Regards, GONZO from CHILE

Posted January 7, 2012

I'm a freshman this year at HHS and I was totally scared going in, but after the first week or so you become comfortable in your own skin and begin to meet new people and love your teachers! An overall great experience!
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 13, 2009

Homestead is the best public school in all of Indiana. The cirriculum cannot be beat and the teacher dedication is top notch.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 1, 2009

Great school! Involved teachers and lots of extracurricular activities!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 23, 2009

I graduated from Homestead in 1982 and our third child will be graduating from Homestead this year. It is an excellent school from academics, athletic programs, arts, foreign language, and music. The student body is very diverse. My children were well prepared for college and were accepted at every college to which they applied. Parent involvement is very high!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 25, 2008

i moved to fort wayne in 8th grade and went to woodside before hhs and i realllyyy love it. im well involved and there are cliques but you are able 'cross-clique' and be friends with lots of people.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 27, 2008

Overall Homestead is a decent school. It is a great school academically and I waas excepted into every college I applied to because of this. However, Homestead is a horrible school socially. If your parents didn't buy you a brand new car and didn't make the most money you did not fit in. There are too many cliques.

Posted April 7, 2008

Academic standards are good. However, as a new parent to Fort Wayne and two students in the high school I have found no communication from the teachers, guidance staff (unless solicited by me, or administration. There was no effort on the part of the school to make sure my children were matriculating well into the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 16, 2007

Dear Lord. Where do I start? Well, I'm a current student, coming from two years at a different highschool(South Side) and those were great. First off, the teachers are great. The only weak department Homsetead has in my opinion is the arts. My other highschool's art department put it to shame. In short, he Academics are great. There is one absolutely huge problem about this school: The students. This school is cliqued up like no one's business. If you try to be friends with everyone, prepare for trouble. It's not going to happen. There are so many drugs circling around the school, it's almost disgusting. I've been asked at least 10 different times to participate in drug activities by different people. Even when walking in the hallways I've heard, 'I was so f**king wasted!' The student's behaviors aren't included in the test scores. Be mindful of that.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 26, 2007

The support for my son even in a large school is very good. The freshman academy helps to ease transition into high school. Variety and quality of activities are high.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 18, 2007

The girls teams are overlooked just about all the time but Id say Homestead is one of the better schools around here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 31, 2007

As a former student, I'd give Homestead a top rating. I went through the district K-12 and involved in what I thought were some of the top extracurricular programs in the state, if not the country. The music program is one of the best. The school has a lot of pride. I was accepted into every college I applied to with lots of breathing room. I may have been only in the top half of students, but the teachers work hard to make sure you end up where you want to, and I did. My kids will go to Homestead.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 17, 2007

The teachers and staff at Homestead High School are good, but what you need to worry about is the students. It's very clicky. I was a student there, and that school is driven by money an power.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 24, 2006

I hated Homestead. I think that the school is great for kids that learn 'inside a box' and fit a certain mold. But for those of us that need a little extra help end up falling through the cracks. The students were great, and most of the teachers were eager to help. However, as with most schools, there are a few bad seeds.
—Submitted by a student

Posted February 9, 2006

I went to this school and it was a great environment to learn. The school has a lot of extra curricular activities, it is very easy to get involved. The education that I recieved helped me get into every University that I appiled too.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 7, 2004

Homestead is an awesome school. We have very good athletic teams. Our academis are ranked one of the best in the state for us being a public school. You make friends very quick. There are many other activites that do not have to do the sports. Those activites are very good as well. If you are thinking about going to Homestead then you have come to the right place.
—Submitted by a student

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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 48% in 2013.

580 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for English was 76% in 2013.

571 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".

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Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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1Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, National Student Clearinghouse, 2011-2012
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3Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education, Indiana Dept. of Education, 2010-2011
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 72%
Black 5% 12%
Asian 4% 2%
Hispanic 4% 10%
Multiracial 3% 4%
American Indian 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A46%
Special education 10%N/A14%
English learners 1%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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4310 Homestead Road
Fort Wayne, IN 46814
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Phone: (260) 431-2202


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