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Firestone High School

Public | 9-12 | 1225 students

 

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Posted October 9, 2013

Good school with good teachers but half the students dont act right. The teachers need to control their students so they arent ruining it for other people. Other than that its good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 12, 2012

I don't know who is in charge of it, but someone needs to look into a few of the teachers. Some are a bit crazy and probably shouldn't be teaching. Overall, even though I have had some dreadful teachers, I truly loved my experience at FHS. The school is huge and there are so many different groups of people that you will always find a group. I never myself had troubles with bullies; I wasn't the most social and really didn't hang out with people I didn't like... Haha. I had a few teachers in particular who I can honestly say were excellent people. Although I had some tragic experiences with certain teachers, a lot of them were exceptional people who taught me so much and really helped me with my life. Overall, I wouldn't change my FHS experience with anything. I am so thoroughly grateful that I chose this school. Thank you to all the teachers and principals who helped me so much! I truly don't think I would have succeeded without your help. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 7, 2012

Bad behaving, rowdy students. Not as good as it used to be. Was once excellent. Now is chaos. Inner city school. No class anymore.


Posted August 4, 2012

Firestone has a large mix of good and bad. The I.B. program is wonderful, filled with hard working students that are pushed by very capable teachers ( my niece was in this program). The performing arts program was a great way for my daughter to expand her interest in the Arts ( theater and dance) . I personally believe they need to hire more teachers for this area. Much gets neglected and it is because there are not enough full time paid staff. Basically the whole theater program rest on the shoulders of one teacher. There is a lot of unruly behavior and the school falls below most state minimum scores. The low scores are not a problem if your child will be in the I.B classes, but if your child is in the general population classes there are a lot of poorly behaving teens that don't want to learn anything and they are only there to hang out and cause problems. I will not be sending out next child to Firestone --which breaks my heart , since everyone in my family has been a proud graduate. The school has just gone so far down hill it is unrecognizable. My hope is that more money, new staff and some hands on learning initiatives will miraculously appear. you tube: Firestone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2011

I love it here,there are so many opportunities here at 333 Rampart class of 2014
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2010

Wonderful performing and visual arts programs of a caliber rarely found in schools today, plus an International Baccalaureate program. We also appreciated the ethnic and economic diversity of the student body, which we feel helped our children be better prepared for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2010

My daughter went to BYU, which is a pretty competitive school. Her first semester, she took an advanced art history class, where most of her classmates were juniors. She had the number 2 grade in the class, and she knows that she wold not have done that without the background of Firestone. I am so glad that we stayed in Akron for my daughter. She is head and shoulders above her classmates, and I contribute everything to her experiences at FHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2009

There are a lot of diffrent behavior problems that arent adressed when they need to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2008

I cannot imagine my high school experience being spent anywhere other than Firestone. I was a VPA student, and had to drop IB and just do AP in order to to VPA, but it was well worth it. The IB and AP classes pushed me, and the art and music classes made me gain a great understanding and appreciation for all things art. Now, in colege, I am breezing through my first semester, and have the highest grade in my Humanities class, all thanks to Csjetey's Art History class, and Spondike's Music Fundamentals class. Take those classes. It is such a blessing to have those opportunities in a public high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2008

This school won't open doors for you, but it has all the tools you need to open doors for yourself--which I would argue is better. The teachers are fantastic, the classes are great. My only complaint is that the school was over crowded when I went there. Some hallways you felt claustrophobic because so many students were trying to move through them. The building could use a renovation, but then again, don't all schools?
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2007

Teachers are great. People are great.Enviornment?Great.....but no A/C.IB is hard, but if your kid is willing to 'suffer' then it should be worth it in the end.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2007

Great International Baccalaureate Program!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2006

We have been very impressed with Firestone. The IB and AP programs give students an opportunity to exceed in learning. Coupled with the extracirricular activities give a student the well-rounded educational experience that is essential in a smooth transition to college and life, in general. Diversity is embraced and makes the experience real for a student. Life is not always a white picket fence and it is good for a student to see and experience this in a controlled environment rather than when the start college and are our of the eyes and ears of parents. We have been very impressed in the passion that each and every teacher at Firestone has in teaching the students. They want students to learn and move forward in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2005

Great school for opportunities in the arts! Awesome varsity and jv sports programs! All around excellent learning experience...
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

Math

All Students85%
Female81%
Male90%
Black, non-Hispanic77%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial75%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabled43%
Non-disabled93%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female90%
Male87%
Black, non-Hispanic78%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial92%
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabled48%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students81%
Female82%
Male81%
Black, non-Hispanic67%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial83%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabled30%
Non-disabled91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students84%
Female83%
Male86%
Black, non-Hispanic72%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial75%
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabled53%
Non-disabled91%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a

Writing

All Students92%
Female93%
Male92%
Black, non-Hispanic87%
Asian or Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial>=95%
White>=95%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Disabled58%
Non-disabled>=95%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Ohio Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

 
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101 (2010)
 
101 (2009)
 
101 (2008)

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Ohio uses the Performance Index to provide an overall indication of how well students perform on its standardized tests each year. The Performance Index scores are based upon how well each student does on all tested subjects in grades 3 through 8 and 10. Schools and districts earn anywhere from 1.2 points for each student scoring at the advanced level to zero points for each untested student. The Performance Index ranges between 0 and 120, with 100 as the statewide goal for all students.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

No Value-Added data was reported for this school.

About the tests


In 2010-2011, the Ohio Department of Education used the Value-Added Measure to show how much growth students made on the Ohio Achievement Test since the last school year. The state expects that student test scores will show an average year's worth of growth compared to test scores from the previous year. Ohio's Value-Added Measure is not the same as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a federal measure which uses different criteria.

Source: Ohio Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

22%
of schools in the state are Below average
54%
of schools in the state are Average
24%
of schools in the state are Above average

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ACT participation

84%

Average ACT score

21

Graduation rate

92%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 OAA/OGT results from the state of Ohio.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores, ACT participation (% of 11th graders taking the ACT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 50% 16%
White 39% 74%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Asian 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95%N/A47%
Female 52%N/A49%
Male 48%N/A51%
Students with disabilities 16%N/A15%
Source: OH Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Tutor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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

School Leader's name
  • Miss. Lavonne E. Humphrey
Fax number
  • (330) 873-3318

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
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333 Rampart Ave
Akron, OH 44313
Phone: (330) 873-3315

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