School Details

Escambia High School

1310 North 65th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32506
(850) 453-3221
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1745 students 17 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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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 2014
  • Escambia County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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.
75%
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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 2014
  • Escambia County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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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 2014
  • Escambia County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Escambia High School is a public high school in Pensacola. The principal of Escambia High School is MR. MIKE SHERRILL, whose e-mail is msherrill@escambia.k12.fl.us. 1,745 students go to Escambia High School and identify mostly as Multiracial, Hispanic, and Asian/Pacific Islander. 83% of the 1,745 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Escambia High School is 17:1. Christian Institute of Arts & Science 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
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% 6%
Hispanic 6% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 48% 50%
Black, non-Hispanic 33% 35%
Asian 3% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83% 57%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    This school is horrible. I tried to address many issues this past year and administration never corrected the issues at hand. My daughter was bullied though out the year by her teachers not students. I tried to meet with the principal and he would only email me. My daughter put in several request to speak with the principal and her never allowed her speak to him regarding her issues.

  • (10 months ago)

    The engineering program at EHS is top flight. My child has completed all 4 yrs and was accepted at 5 major engineering universities and will attend Auburn next year with a full ride. She was not even the top student in the program! As with all schools there are problems with the duds but these are mostly hard working caring and smart teachers. The ROTC program is the best in the country and the music program is hands down the best in the area. The honors science and math programs are of the highest quality. In short this is a good school in an old building with a diverse student population.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the school we are zoned to go to. I wish we could afford Private school this school is a joke and so is their Sports department. My son tried out for Basketball and they told kids that a list would be put up the next day. Well guess what his name was not on there but Kids that did not try out were How is that fair to anyone? Teachers are just there to get a paycheck.

  • (1 year ago)

    Escambia High School is a terrible school. The administration is a joke. I would NOT recommend sending your child here. I will not be allowing my younger children to attend Escambia High School.

  • (3 years ago)

    I graduated from Escambia some time ago. It definitely is not the best school out there. There were constant fights a high dropout rate and some pretty bad teachers that didn't do their job. The school was too poor to afford cameras so it was easy to skip class. However it is possible to obtain a good education there. In my experience all of the honors AP and dual enrollment teachers were the best teachers in the school and were caring about my performance in class. Regular-level courses should be avoided as they tend to be led by poor teachers. If you have no other place to send your child to school and you are reluctant I believe it is possible to make it work out. My parents were skeptical about sending me here at first but were glad I stuck around and I ended up graduating here with honors.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a parent and reading all the high school reviews has led me to this school. I have searched the web but would like feedback from actual students. My son is a freshman and has great grades. Tell me something about the classes and teachers.. How do they add up? I am reading some bad reviews but do know that you can succeed once you put your mind to it. I am an involved parent and DO NOT tolerate bullying or bad teachers.

  • (3 years ago)

    I believe this school is like any other school it is what you make it. The faculty and staff are very supportive and if you make yourself friendly and take the right steps they will support you fully. I took a part in academic programs all honors courses and even played in the orchestra. Escambia has wonderful opportunities for growth and development and the top band orchestra and ROTC in the county. The all county orchestra is led by students from escambia high and so is the all county band. The Band and ROTC programs are top rated in the country and win many ward. If you stick with the right crowd and put the effort in your opportunities are endless

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is worse the worst in the county. Some of the teachers speak very bad English and there are almost no resources. Overcrowding is a huge problem along with fights and not just your typical fights. Two students once got into a fight over fried chicken. Also the buses show up late all the time. Today it showed up 30 minutes late yesterday it didnt even come.

  • (3 years ago)

    Honestly Escambia is not that bad. I moved here my sophomore year from a AMAZING high school and was quite reluctant to come here once hearing about it. Now I am almost done with my junior year and I love it here. I find that the teachers students and counselors are great. Yes there are fights and lock downs but what can you really do? Maybe these things happen more at one school than the next but it's all what you make of it. I am involved in honor courses many clubs and stick with the right crowd. Chose you friends and classes wisely and you will be fine.

  • (3 years ago)

    New Leadership is badly needed! the school has great potential but unfortunitly this leadership promotes incompetence! What a shame! I have seen this school through the eyes of a student and parent and have seen good leaders come and go and this current poor leader stay!

  • (4 years ago)

    Before moving here we checked all the local schools and settled on EHS after speaking with a few parents with experience. I've not been disappointed. Granted it's not a wonderful as the school we just came from- but this is Florida. I graduated from high school in Florida and can tell you - EHS is just one of many like it. Our child has great grades honors classes and a good bunch of friends. If the parents stay involved with their child's school life they can keep everything in check. Know their friends know their classes and teachers and teach them right from wrong and ensure they are strong enough to stay out of trouble. There is good and bad at every school - it's just what you make it.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter just started school here. I had heard dismal reviews before she started but because this was our district and her grades were consistently high enough to go out if district I got stuck sending her here. It is a joke of a school. The 1st time mid term progress reports were to go home half of her teachers "didn't have theirs ready". I set up a parent teacher conference and her Math teacher and ROTC instructor didn't even show up. I followed up to her Math teacher with not one but two emails requesting an update on her grades and progress in her class she ignored both of them. I then called the Principal to try to find out some info. I got the secretaries voice mail. She failed to return my call. Also Mrs.White in guidance is beyond RUDE as are most of the staff! Horrible school!

  • (4 years ago)

    As the parent of an 11th grade student and another who graduated and is in her 2nd year of college I have GOOD things to say! Honors' classes academic fairs clubs sports PTSA and scholarships! I have found the Principal to be incredibly committed and entirely approachable from the start! She has personally reached into her pocket to address student and school needs on many occasions. I have met many wonderful Teachers and Coaches who see teaching as a calling and have a real heart for the kids. I'm sorry to hear that others have had a lesser experience but feel that Escambia H.S. affords students a great all around academic experience with ample opportunities for growth on every level. My children have gone to Magnet Schools Gifted Schools and had eligibility to choose any school. We chose EHS.Parents are encouraged to get involved and PTSA is a great way !

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter attended Escambia High for about three months before I pulled her out of there and enrolled her in homeschool. This is absolutely the worst school I have ever had to deal with. There are entirely too many administrators and none know what the others are doing. The staff are cold rude and uncaring. Drugs fights and the 'gang-banger' attitude are prevalent in the student body. Walking into this school felt like walking into a prison. Only one of my daughter's teachers seemed to be interested in making sure she was catching on and keeping up as a new student to the district. The others were just plain rude. Also the curriculum is almost a full semester behind schools in other states. If you can help it at all don't send your kids to this school. It's absolutely horrible.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have traveled quite a bit and have experienced many different academic environments and this has be the worst. The principal is far too busy with other things to be truly concerned with the students. The majority of the office staff is rude and uncaring and most teachers are the same way. There are huge issues with fights especially in the bathrooms drugs etc. and the principal is reluctant to install new cameras to provide a bit more protection but the teachers have smart boards in the classrooms that are rarely used. What about protection of the students? The school PTSA does not provide any real assistance and are concerned with luncheons fund raising and beautification. This was my first last and only year at Escambia High.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a sophomore at Escambia High. Yes there are fights and drugs etc. However it is in the other schools just as much it is just publicized more from Escambia. Having gone there for a year and a half I'm in honors classes many clubs and play sports there and I am most definately proud to call myself an EHS gator.

  • (5 years ago)

    I go to Escambia High Its not what they are saying it is .There are fights ex..... There for this school is ok but its not the best

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Escambia High School! D When people say it's a bad school 99.9% of those people have never been there. It has just as much druggies gang members slackers as any school. It all just depends on who you hang out with. If you have great friends who don't do drugs and don't fight and you keep up your grades you'll make it through. )

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children enrolled at EHS and for the most part they would not go anywhere else but there are a few teachers there that are really rude and uncaring about the students (in my opinion).My biggest concern at the moment is the dangerous situation in front of the school during drop off and pick uupup

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a going to be a sophomore next year and i loved my year at escamabia. I am proud to call Escmabia my school. And can't wit to go back next year. I also love there sports program Go Gators!

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