School Details

Venice Senior High School

1 Indian Ave, Venice, FL 34285
(941) 488-6726
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1866 students 20 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 2013
  • Sarasota County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
65%
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.
89%
87%
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
  • Sarasota County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

69%
73%
64%
78%
73%
67%
80%
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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
  • Sarasota County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Venice Senior High School is a public high school in Venice. The principal of Venice Senior High School is Mr. John Turgeon, who can be contacted at jack_turgeon@sarasota.k12.fl.us. 1,866 students attend Venice Senior High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 1% of the Venice Senior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 38% of the 1,866 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Venice Senior High School is 20:1. Venice Christian 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
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 85% 66%
Hispanic 8% 18%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Asian 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 52%
Limited English proficiency 1% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I think this school is good clean and have a lot of sport which is good for all kids special for the teen.

  • (1 year ago)

    Venice High is non responsive when it comes to the academic progress of students. We had to fight for our child when they needed help. We were shooed away and told to contact this or that person all of whom could not help or did not know the answers to our questions. We have no complaints on any of the teachers they have been good. The administration ignores your requests. Trying to get any help for your student is next to impossible. Much time is wasted and students fall behind fast. Mastery of the basic skills need to come first before any elective courses are attended. The use of the school day is managed poorly. Kids are allowed to fail basic skills while they spend half their day in non essential elective courses like art hope or gym. They need to be prepared for college.

  • (2 years ago)

    It's a public high school not much more than that. PROS I graduated & because of some pretty good AP teachers I have 18 credit hours for college. Their performing arts programs are filled with wonderful people! Their isn't as big of a drug problem as people assume it's actually minor compared to other highschools in the area. CONS The performing arts programs are EXTREMELY under appreciated the running- joke is "Can't do Math? Probably went to Venice HIgh" the guidance couselors are laughable they can't help you with ANYTHING students & parents really need to look out for themsleves when it comes to schedule planning to graduate in time & college preperation the school tends to talk up anything that will get them money the only way a student is recognized my administrators is if they are a "trouble maker" I had my fair share of horrible teachers in my 4 years. but hey! it's a public high school... I wouldn't worry very much just stay active in your child's education. As a teenager they don't want your help but they need it.

  • (2 years ago)

    Overall no good. The construction may offer a good investment for staying but the staff teachers and management here is just atrocious. In fact atrocious isn't ugly enough an adjective to describe this facility. I'm not just saying this because I'm some angsty high school student but I'm talking from a perspective of experiencing four different high schools from a first person view and saying that this is the worst high school experience I've ever had. Most of the teachers and faculty could care less about your personal welfare let alone help you perform better. The psychological outfit in this school is no good no matter who you ask. I could go ON AND ON about how terrible this school is. My divorced parents agree on both sides successful graduates I've become acquainted with are on the same page even my doctor agrees. The 1 star I'm giving this location is ill deserved. Excellent teachers [N] Strong/prominent principal/school leadership [N] Challenging academic programs [N]

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is fantastic! There is a reason it received a 9 for its rating. It is like a college campus! The guidance department has been very helpful with my child. The school will address any problem and follow up. All in all... GREAT SCHOOL!!!! Most of the children LOVE going to this school. They have an excellent music department great academics and a wonderful environment. I give this school a 10! Now I have read other reviews about people not living here their whole life and being excluded by other students. This is really not the case. Some of the students are very clicky but my child has made plenty of friends since they have been there.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great music and sports programs.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was a student at Venice high school for five years so I learned the in and out of the school. Who to avoid and who to go for to for help. I grew stronger because of what I went through at Venice high school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Venice High School is amazing! I'm in my Sophomore year and I've been there since 9th Grade. There's so many clubs to choose from the classes are great and most of the teachers are really nice people. I feel so confident walking around in Venice High and proud that it's my school. People generally respect others and there's fighting at a minimum.

  • (5 years ago)

    I must agree with the student who is unhappy with the guidance department and it's lack of organization and follow-thru. My child says they are grumpy and dismissive whenever he goes there for either a problem or direction. They shoo him away telling him 'they'll call him down' but as of yet it has not happened. He has been happy with most of his teachers however finds them interesting and 'not boring'. As mentioned previously if you have not lived here your whole life the other students pretty much leave you to yourself not welcoming and very judgmental. He has tried to blend in make friends join sports but is basically ignored because he's 'new'. Venice High could be a great campus but it lacks that extra support that some students need. And if you don't excel or make a name for yourself in some sport well...you're on your own.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is great if you're into the physically academic aspect although not much effort for the students not involved in a sport. I feel many teachers need to either be monitored more often or take extra curriculum courses to freshen up their knowledge many seem very uninterested. Most students are not friendly around there and that may be because of the small town feel. Most students only confine themselves to their own kind and very unwelcoming. The guidance department is always unorganized the counselors are very unhelpful and impatient. Not to mention the principal I've seen her around campus maybe 3 times in the 4 years and is unaware on how to formally greet a student very unapproachable. However 3/60 Teachers should be recognized for their hard work dedication and compassion for the students well being and further success.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am reading the ratings and the comments about the guidance department. I must say that the guidance department has gone out of their way to help my student and other students that I know. I feel that it is a shame that a person would state that the department is less than par perhaps you should give guidance a try yourself and you will find great counselors. Please also note that some ratings are from years ago and they now have a new department with lots of smiling faces.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of two kids who graduated from VHS and brother to 3 siblings who are also graduates and can attest to the long term commitment to excellece in academics athletics and activities to promote the inclusion of all students. As the only high school in town VHS recieves unparalled support from the community both financially and spiritually. The school will be completely rebuilt by 2010 on the same campus as mandated by the public to keep the school as the geographic focal point of the city. If you are a parent considering this school know that we have won state championships in Football Baseball and Volleball (twice) and have more girls athletic teams than any other school in the area. Couple this with with Award wining music and theater programs and A-Rated academics you could not make a better choice.

  • (7 years ago)

    All the teachers are fantastic. They help me with my problems in life and with my school work so I can have a great future. Although the Guidance Dept. is always busy and I'm not being able to get help when I need it the most. I think that they should get more information out for 9th and 10th graders to participate in school and after school acticities. I would choose this school if you are confident in yourself and an easy-friend maker... Enjoy Venice High.

  • (7 years ago)

    I just recently graduated from Venice High School and I believe the school to be of great quality. Their efforts to improve the student's environment shows that they are really trying to better the school and some of the staff there are the most caring and experienced individuals that I have ever encountered. Not many schools provide you with counselors and administrators that actually remember your name and the conversations that you have had with them. They also have an amazing performing arts program that provides students with experiences besides from the typical academic structure of school and they encourage students to follow their passions whether they be music acting painting writing or whatever. This is a great school and I am proud to say that I have graduated from Venice High School.

  • (8 years ago)

    I'm a parent of 2 students that attended VHS one in the honors academy and the other in the ESE program. The honors academy was exceptional in preparing my child for college. However the ESE program didn't begin to prepare my other child for the outside world. Seems to me VHS policy is to just push the kids through that aren't top students. Being a tax payer which pays the salaries of these so called councilors and teachers the ESE students deserve a lot more then they're getting

  • (8 years ago)

    As a parent of a senior and a member of the School Advisory Council I have seen VHS up close and am very pleased with the quality of education for my gifted student as well as for average and at risk students. Should a student not be athletically inclined there is an excellent music (choral band and orchestra) department as well as a vast assortment of clubs. Community involvement is incredibly high. $6 million was spent over the summer to improve science labs beautification of the campus and increased security. We are very proud of VHS.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is unable to handle students that did not start out there in 9th grade. If your student is a good studier smart started VHS in 9th and does not need any assistance at all (including guidance dept.) then they would probably do well at this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    The principal is ineffective. She 'talks the talk' but does not 'walk the walk'. Both the ESE and Guidance center are slow to respond.

  • (8 years ago)

    Both of my children attend venice high. Either of them graduated there. It seems to me that if your not in a sport at this school you wont be treated fairly. The students there are very rude and dont seem very disciplined. If i would of known how that school was before hand i would of never sent my children there.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter went to this school and was not very happy there. The kids were not very nice and sometimes the teachers and staff wouldn't be very helpful. I am so glad the North Port high school was built.

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