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About This School

Plant High School is a public high school in Tampa. The principal of Plant High School is Mr. Robert Nelson. 2,308 students attend Plant High School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 2% of the Plant High School students have "limited English proficiency." 16% of the 2,308 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Plant High School is 23:1. Jefferson 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
    • German
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 21%
White, non-Hispanic 69% 38%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Asian 3% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Hispanic 18% 33%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16% 57%
Limited English proficiency 2% 12%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Here's the problem we all need to make sure that fairness is infiltrated throughout schools. That would solve many problems currently in all schools. Entitlement is what I'm reading. We're looking for a school in this area and wanted what was best for our children that two have special needs one adopted and exposed to alcohol. Any suggestions about this school Currently we pay for Catholic schools in Michigan.

  • (1 year ago)

    As someone who switched to Plant from another highschool I can tell you for sure that this is the best school in Florida. I went to Berkeley Prep for all of middle school and found it too stressful and all the kids the same. I went to Blake High for the Arts in 9th grade and found it way too relaxed and too.. for lack of a better word ghetto. Now that I'm finishing my highschool years at Plant I see why everyone at other schools wish they could go there too. Perfect level of academics; challenging but definitely not something to shoot yourself over huge student body that you can find many friends in no matter what your interests are and gorgeous campus. I've never been so excited to go to school.

  • (3 years ago)

    kids are snobby and form allot of cliques very overcrowded. i personally enjoy Robinson way more

  • (4 years ago)

    my daughter went to plant as a junior and senior and them 2 years were the best years of her entire life as a student. never had a disciplinary problem or academic problem. did better than she ever did at the academy or berkeley. that is why i am proud of my grandson going to plant.

  • (4 years ago)

    We paid $15 000 last year to send our son to a highly selective top rated private school and were very disappointed with the academic program taught by extremely new and in one case exceptionally out of date teachers. We have been awed by the quality of the acadmeic programs extracurricular activities sports programs and also the exceptional administrtive team and faculty.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son was a freshman at Plant last year and moved to a local private school his sophomore year. We found the academics at Plant lacking with the school seemingly more interested in maintaining high GPAs than in adequately preparing kids for college. The sports programs also seem to be geared toward kids who have played in the coach's camps and/or off season travel teams (moneymakers for the coaches) as opposed to selecting kids based strictly on playing ability and work ethic. Plant is probably a good choice relative to other public high schools in the area (excluding Robinson IB) but a poor choice compared to local private schools or at least the one that our son attends.

  • (4 years ago)

    Although I focused on the negative in my below review Plant does have much to offer in terms of academics athletics extracurriculars and service opportunities. Personally I enjoyed competing on the math league team participating in the Latin club and rowing on the crew team. Just a note Having glanced around this site I noticed that the list of AP tests offered does not include some of the tests that I took as a student at Plant which I would assume are still available Statistics Physics C Electro/Magnetism Latin Literature Psychology World History

  • (5 years ago)

    As both a parent of two sons in this school and having substituted there as well I would not have my kids go anywhere else public or private. Great teachers great administration teriffic student body.

  • (5 years ago)

    I agree with the statement that we are very cocky at Plant High School. But I'd also like to wonder why we shouldn't be. We've got some of the best teachers students and programs in Florida. I think a little cockiness is in order. As for the rude part I have yet to run into a student I didn't get along with at this school. I realize that with parents the fault never lies with their child but in this case I suggest that some perspective is in order. Maybe the problem is not with the kids at Plant. This is based purely on my four years of experience at Plant.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think plant is an ok school but my child has told me the kids are rude and cocky. My other child at Robinson High says it is a great school she is in the IB program there.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attended Plant and did not realize how great of a school it is until I left the state and finished at another high school. Not only did I not realize I had to research Plant once I finished high school and see that Plant is one of the top 100 high schools in America. That's way learning was made so much easier we had true teachers and that mattered most ;)

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a minority that went to Plant and I had one of the best experiences that life has to offer. I was very involved with all programs that they had to offer and was on the executive board of the school and a president of two of the clubs that I was involved in. If you go to school to study and want to be involved as a minority and stay out of the stereotypes then you too will have a wonderful high school experience and also learn a lot along the way. This school is great for anyone.

  • (6 years ago)

    I don't recommend this school for anyone especially minorities. The school has lots of oppurtunites and great stats education wise but it isn't distributed evenly among the students.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school taught me so much I got the highest education there and I will send my kids there in the future.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school makes a difference and puts your child's future first! The Plant faculty has shown me that parent envolvement is welcomed and encouraged. They provide an excellent environment strong school spirit and teachers who truly want their students to succeed. Thank you Plant H.S for successfully guiding our children to have successful lives after highschool!

  • (7 years ago)

    Let's be honest. Even though Plant has great AP and Honors courses they are not on the same level as the private schools in the area. It is a great public school but it is key to remember this school is still public. Hence graduation rate is around 85% and while some of the students turn out to be wonderful people to lead the future you still have many 'mess-ups'.

  • (8 years ago)

    Plant HS is an excellent school for the high achieving student. I have found that students who need a little extra help get lost and do not have any support or resources to help them succeed. My oldest daughter needed that help and it wasn't there for her. The guidance counselor was pleasant and understanding but wasn't able to provide anything to help her. My second daughter is an Honors/AP student and even before entering her first year was receiving additional attention and orientation. Don't get me wrong I'm thrilled for it. I just wish they would have given my first student a little more attention that way.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am currently attending this school and I am in love with it. The academics program is wonderful. Most of all the students are the best there are 'groups' at the school but even still the gothic kids get along with the preps. this is a big plus for students. please consider this while you are searching for a school. your children will love plant.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school with many learning programs. There are great people and well respected teachers with high intelligence.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great school. Lots of programs and terrific staff.

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