School Details

James W. Mitchell High School

2323 Little Road, Port Richey, FL 34655
(727) 774-9200
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1809 students 19 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

70%
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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pasco County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
57%
55%
73%
60%
64%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

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.
90%
86%
84%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pasco County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
66%
66%
74%
70%
68%
72%
67%
64%
81%
71%
65%

Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Pasco County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James W. Mitchell High School is a public high school in New Port Richey. The principal of James W. Mitchell High School is MR. JAMES W MICHAELS, who can be contacted at JMICHAEL@PASCO.K12.FL.US. 1,809 children attend James W. Mitchell High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 3% of the James W. Mitchell High School students have "limited English proficiency." 0% of the 1,809 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at James W. Mitchell High School is 19:1. Gulf High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 66%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Asian 3% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Hispanic 10% 20%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0% 53%
Limited English proficiency 3% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    The school is horiabbly over crowded and keep getting more crowded from all the new houses being built. There's as much as 35 students in a class and makes it hard for the student to get 1 on 1 help from the teacher. The school has outdated technology. Also the school was not designed to have a lot of students so traffic and hallways are hard yo get through.

  • (1 year ago)

    Mitchell is an excellent school. Two of my children have graduated from JWMHS and two more are soon to follow. My two oldest daughters are in college and have received honors scholarships from Florida State as well as Bright Futures and a few other miscellaneous scholarships. I believe this is directly due to the excellent education they have received at Mitchell. The Trinity area is a wonderful place to live and the public schools are unrivaled. I have read some bad reviews dating back seven years or more which I find hard to believe. I could not have chosen a better community to raise and educate my children. My children have all flourished in this environment. They love their school and are involved in sports and social activities. I truly believe that Mitchell is the best preparation for a successful college education and beyond. GO MUSTANGS!

  • (1 year ago)

    Great quality educators parent involvement curriculum and school layout. Great team spirit~ They want your child to be a success as long as your child strives for it as well. Fantastic!

  • (3 years ago)

    is the perfect school if your child isn't a trouble maker then the school wont end up as a bad school

  • (4 years ago)

    All three of my kids have gone through this high school. The last one will be a senior in 2011-12. The oldest attended UCF and now works as an engineer for a very successful company. The second one is completing his engineering degree at USF. All three have received a superior education to the private school they were in previously. The best investment I could have asked for in my kids was supporting this school and its faculty. GO MUSTANGS!

  • (4 years ago)

    JW Mitchell is now an "A" school. I am the parent of two students at this school. One graduated in 2009 & is now thriving at UF and one is currently a junior at Mitchell. I could not be happier with the education & quality of teachers here. Both my students have been in the honors & AP classes and if possible I'd say this is the route to take. Teachers have been caring attentive and always answer my emails when I have a question. Mr. Michaels started as principal back in 2009 and he's done a great job so far. In addition the school population is smaller & no longer overpopulated now that Anclote has opened.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a teenager at J.W. Mitchell and I find it very difficult to reach some of the teachers. Many of the teachers will respond in a timely fashion to an email or a phone call but it is the teachers that there are problems with that can never be reached. I have even experienced this with the principal assistant principal and counselors. It is difficult to follow progress of your child when you can not reach the sources. I have tried to contact the school board and was passed from person to person and event the school board didn't respond to me in a timely fashion. I am very disappointed since I try to be an involved parent but find only closed doors.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a parent of a J.W. Mitchell HS student. I moved into this area specifically for her to attend the elementary middle and high schools. I agree that last year it was over-populated however with Anclote opening that has brought the student count down and also reduced many problems. Yes some teachers do go there for just a paycheck but then again - I don't think teachers are paid enough to begin with. Education is something that parents need to be involved with. Whenever I've had a problem I have always been able to email call or meet with a teacher with no problem. Keep in mind.......there's a NEW principal and I TRULY believe he WILL make a difference.

  • (5 years ago)

    I pulled my child out of J.W. Mitchell after 2 years. There appears to be some gang activity and other criminal elements. I had the feeling my son was just going through a big diploma machine rather than getting a quality education. The majority of teachers seemed to be not motivated at all and a couple didn't even know the students names. The school is over-populated.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a former student of J.W. Mitchell High School. I graduated in 2008 and I cannot say enough about this excellent institution. I've read several reviews by parents on this website and do agree that the former principal wasn't fond of speaking to parents however everyday I would seen him in the halls of the school available to students. The administrative staff is fabulous they we're always able to help me w/ whatever issues I threw @ them. This school is preparing students for a future in our community. They do an excellent job of helping students with their education and preparing them for the workforce. This school has managed to keep a high overall rating. Mitchell is a very neat&clean school with a better group of students attending with its location in Trinity. I'm so glad I attended JWMHS. I will always consider myself a Mustang.

  • (6 years ago)

    the school rules are strict and the other students break the rules because they are too strict.

  • (7 years ago)

    The overall lack of communication from the administration is the biggest frustration. The fact that a parent can contact the guidance office for advice about the student and get no response is a huge disappointment. I am hoping to move my child to a better enviroment.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think the school is really good the Navy ROTC program is excellent but I must say the school is over crowded.The cafeteria is too small for the amount of students and now they dont allow the students to eat their lunches outside.The principal is 'MIA' I have see him only once and it was at my daughters graduation ceremony doesnt look too friendly.Some teachers are excellent but there are others that get defensive when asked about a students progress.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son graduated from this school. Many of the teachers are great but there are some that hold FL students to NY standards for example because that is where they previously taught. A Sr. is not able to change his study habits at that part of the game. For the most part the teachers are great. They have a 'NO HANDS ON' policy which means that if you child gets hit he/she is not allowed to hit back without getting suspended. This is the DUMBEST rule of the school. There is no PTA so parent involement is almost non-existent. The principal and teacher rule and then there is a Disciplinary Committee whose hands are tied because they have to follow the principals ordrers. Overall for the four years my son was there he had a good high school experience with a few quirks along the way.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have a child currently enrolled in this school and I don not feel comfortable letting my child attend there she is not learning well and it is to over crowded

  • (8 years ago)

    I have a son at Mitchell and a daughter at Seven Springs Middle School. The difference between the schools is like night and day. The principal at Mitchell is a hands off administrator. The teachers at Mitchell seem to care about the education of the kids and are eager to help out in any way.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a student at this school and it is a very low class school. I do not recomend it to anyone looking for a good school for their children. Same with the middle school. There is not enough room at lunch even though it is split into three lunches kids still have to sit on the floor. So many kids skip classes and the rules are really bad guidelines. Ive been to many other schools and this is the worst of them all. The education is very far behind and the sports as well are not good. A few teachers are good but I still do not recomentd it. No kids are really involved in the school and neither are parents. It isnt safe people get in fights non stop and people are so rude. Dont send your child to this school please. Nicole

  • (8 years ago)

    The principal's leadership is very poor and he is always 'away from campus at this time' or on vacation. There are many great wonderful teachers a few bad ones. The sports programs are a little off giving most if not all the sports money to football cheerleading and volleyball. It was an exceptional school until last year.

  • (8 years ago)

    The Navy ROTC Program is the best in the county. There health and clinic services are excellent.The staff is slow in returning phone calls. The principal is not a student friendly person. He is not involved with the students. That what he has his 'people' do. He does not return parent phone calls promptly. He is quick to become defensive when a parent involves district superintendents.

  • (9 years ago)

    Good school. The teachers mostly care about student sucess.

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