School Details

George W. Jenkins Senior High School

6000 Lakeland Highlands Rd, Lakeland, FL 33813
(863) 648-3566
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2210 students 19 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

53%
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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 2013
  • Polk County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
42%
54%
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85%

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.
78%
80%
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 2013
  • Polk County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
54%
64%
61%
52%
67%
50%
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64%

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 2013
  • Polk County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

George W. Jenkins Senior High School is a public high school. The principal of George W. Jenkins Senior High School is Mr. Buddy Thomas, who can be contacted at buddy.thomas@polk-fl.net. 2,210 students go to George W. Jenkins Senior High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 2% of the George W. Jenkins Senior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 35% of the 2,210 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at George W. Jenkins Senior High School is 19:1. Highlands Christian Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 45%
Multiracial 4% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Asian 3% 2%
Hispanic 17% 28%
Black, non-Hispanic 15% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 67%
Limited English proficiency 2% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We moved here from out of town and it was a task to register my daughter for school at GJHS. The people who work in the guidance office are very rude and condescending. My childs teachers are on their phones texting and facebooking instead of teaching! No wonder the testing scores have fallen at GJHS in the last several years!! Getting a phone call back from higher up staff is a big task! They do not return phone calls or emails at a timely manner which is very unprofessional. My child will not be returning to GJHS next year!

  • (1 year ago)

    Many label this school as the "rich" or "wealthy" school. Well I assure you my family was neither of those. I attended and graduated from GJHS with high honors with a full scholarship to any college in FL. The teachers and staff are wonderful. Like any school you do have problems but they are resolved to the best of the staff's abilities and the really do care about each student as an individual. Don't set expectations for others that you wouldn't be willing to meet yourself. GJHS was a wonderful school and I hope to move back to the area and have my own children graduate from here. Go Eagles!

  • (2 years ago)

    If the county cut budgets then where did the new IPAD for everyone and new mascot come from?

  • (2 years ago)

    I worked at GJ for almost ten years. Yes there are problems but it was the best teaching experience I have had. The kids are just kids and the teachers I knew cared. The budget cuts come from the county. Don't blame the teachers. My children will go to GJ.

  • (2 years ago)

    I absolutely agree with the last post. It's a shame that they decide to do budget cuts on the important things that the students need.

  • (3 years ago)

    I disagree with you. I worked in this school for 14 years and I can tell you that even though some kids are rude and dress crazily (they are teenagers!) the majority of the school body works hard get to classes on time and get admitted to college. The school provides lots of clubs sports and other activities to try to engage the vast majority of the school body. No school can be 100% good if it has to admit everyone; that is why public education requires.

  • (3 years ago)

    Three of my kids have attended this school. There is a great selection of courses and the teachers challenge the students for the most part. My kids have said a few classes weren't that interesting--but isn't that true of most schools? The sports programs are also pretty good. The schools on the south side of Lakeland have all been good and are probably as close as you'll get to a private school education without paying the steep price.

  • (4 years ago)

    its the greatest school in lakeland my daughter is in the band and my son is on the swim team.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school looks great from the outside. But once you really get to see it it's just a place where rich immature kids can prance around and not get in trouble. Most of these kids are rude and think that they are better then everyone else just because their parents have money. If you have any self integrity you wouldn't go or send your child to this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is just like a 3 ring circus. The people in charge have no idea what they are doing. The registrar didnt feel like registering my son the day I went so it took me 4 days to register him-another parent was trying to register their child for a month the counselor refused to get grades from another counties school placing my son a year behind since they didnt have the right credits showing stranded my son at school without a bus and told him oh well just find a ride home I've tried to call and speak to a principle or assistan principle for 8.5 hours and only get a very rude "paraprofessional" and students. The authority figures in charge of caring for our children their education are in dire need of supervision and direction themselves.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has horrible administration and a riduculously unpracticall policy called the 'choice room'. It has some wonderful teachers but they are the only thing good about this awful school.

  • (5 years ago)

    The rules at this school are outrageous. The teacher are rude but on the academic level this school is GREAT!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have had two son's graduate from George Jenkins already and I have a sophomore there now. The entire staff at GJ truly cares about the education of each and every child. The principal knows all the students. They expect the best of every student and they help them to reach that goal. I would recommend to school to anyone who wants their child to have an education that prepares for college or the work world. Learning whatever it takes is the motto of the principal.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love George Jenkins because it offers a array of classes the campus is beautiful and the people (staff/students alike) are friendly.

  • (6 years ago)

    As far as the school's condition it's excellent. Very nice quality buildings but the problem I had with GJHS was the fact that the school counslers suggested I quit and go to a trade school. I did quit this uncaring school and went to Lakeland high school and graduated over there. I feel that if you are a 'C' average student and in need of help you better not to go GJHS. They only want the best and that's it. You are better off at Lakeland high school atleast there they try everything they can to help you unlike this school. On the other hand if you are an 'A' average student you got nothing to worry about.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a transfer student I have felt unwelcome and undesired. Don't let the facade fool you. This school is only good academically because most of the parents are college educated and have money. If I had had a choice I would not choose to go to this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    i love this school my kids started off and were definately worried about coming.they new that it was a wealthy school and we didnt have much money but just the same as anyone elses kids if they have a good personality they will fit in.

  • (7 years ago)

    mixed feelings about the school have two graduated and one still there. It is true about the rich elite feel from a lot of the students and staff tends to talk at the kids instead of to them but overall it is a good school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Top rate school upper middle class excellent sports teams (other than football) girls and boys soccer teams made it to the final fout last year. Excellent Teachers!

  • (9 years ago)

    I find the school to be in exalent condition and the staff and falculty to be top of the line. The school is open to a wide variety of classes the students are able to take and enjoy them with great helping teachers. The faculty is open to every students request and fullfiling them fully. The parents are a big part of the school with the booster clubs and activities that take place and are able to get in touch with whomever in the school they request to speakwith. Of that rangeing from a teacher to the principal upon request to answer any and ever question asked. Therefore i find GJHS to be a very honorable and trustworthy school.

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