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  • Pensacola High School5

    Pensacola, FL | Escambia County

    December 14, 2013

    Pensacola High School is a pretty good high school as they come. As a graduate of the IB program who received a full scholarship as a result, I can definitely attest to it's merits. The faculty really care about improving students, but the real challenge is uncaring students both in the traditional AND IB programs. As a minority, I somewhat agree with the comment below about the typical attitude of IB peers. But they grow on you. If you pick IB, stay strong! I love you. Class of 2013

    Submitted by a student

    July 4, 2013

    Pensacola High is an amazing school. The teachers are excellent, the administrators are great, and the overall environment is flawless. I love it there, and couldn't imagine getting as fine an education as the one I am receiving now. Class of 2015 out.

    Submitted by a student

    June 14, 2012

    Wow, i am so suprised that people are really jumping on the bandwagon saying that IB is the only thing that is boosting the schools grades. I was in Health academy, and graduated with high honors. I knew plenty of general population graduates that did very well in school. Not because of any magnet program but because they had great teachers that care. My teachers at Pensacola High School really challenged me. They also made me want to be involved in extracurricular activities, and community service. If anything I feel like the IB program only causes division and a false sense of superiority (race/class/education). Only to disappoint the students involved in the program when they graduate because once again they are in "general population". One of my best friends went through this and she was totally burned out by the end of highschool. At least with the Health academy and law program, if you do decide to go into those fields it's considered practical experience and you have a leg up because you already speak the language. I even used my shadowing experience in health academy to get into P.A. School. No school is perfect, but I think this is a really great public/magnet school.

    Submitted by a student

    February 8, 2012

    PHS isn't a bad school for Escambia County. I'm in the IB Program (and a black student) if you are a minority and decide to join this program (which is an excellent source for college prep) be ready for discrimination. Many of the students will be rich, white, and Republican. I felt more comfortable in regular classes for electives because unlike in IB classes, you didn't feel like you had to prove yourself to your classmates because you're a minority. I'm still going to stay (and recommend this program to other students) because of the great reputation this program offers.

    Submitted by a student

    November 1, 2010

    I'm in IB, and I'm going writing about it and PHS. I hate PHS. With a passion. I'm tired of being pushed around and cussed at, hearing idiots in the halls screaming at each other. People fight over fried chicken for goodness sake! IB itself is wonderful, however. I love (most) of my teachers, even the GP ones. I enjoy the challenge of IB, but it can become overwhelming. I must say, though, that the Wikipedia page is true. IB was implemented as a last-ditch resort to save the school. I think that if the students themselves just cared more, maybe the school itself would be better. 'We' are currently a C school. Also, certain sports are good, others bad. Volleyball for me was terrible, but swimming was awesome! Also, I believe there should be WAY more parent-teacher-administration interaction/involvement. Lastly, the area IS very scary to be in every day. UGH.

    Submitted by a student

    July 22, 2010

    I attend PHS. I am going to be an incoming junior. I am not in the IB Program. I am in the Law Academy. PHS, like all other schools, has its issues and flaws. Just because you are in IB doesn't mean that you are helping boost the school's grade. I found this out first hand. Many of the IB students that I know were placed in remedial reading due to LOW FCAT scores. So, this comes to show that IB isn't everything. I am an honor student. I have a constant GPA of 4.05 weighted. PHS had great teachers as well as students. Stereotypes and the school's location us what brings people to rough assumptions. PHS is a great school. The student just has to want to learn.

    Submitted by a student

    June 2, 2010

    I graduated from PHS, was even in the IB program. Like any other school, PHS has its flaws. As many will attest, the IB program is indeed boosting the overall school grade. But its what any other city/state does with their lower grade schools to boost student morale and funding. If the school is dirty, then its your students who litter without care (including the IB students), if having a coach as a teacher isn't for you, then apply yourself and transfer to another class (I had the 'pleasure' of having a coach as a teacher for American History, by second semester he wanted to send me to the AP class but I just wanted a rather no-brainer class since nearly all my other classes where Honors or AP). As for the GE students pushing around the IB students, then its mostly because the IB students are too busy proclaiming they'rebet

    February 26, 2010

    My daughter's Freshman experience has been terrible at this school. Her phone has been stolen twice and administration did nothing. Teachers that don't teach, and coaches that have terrible attitudes. The school itself is dirty. I am embarrassed that my daughter is even attending. Will not be here next year!

    Submitted by a parent

    February 24, 2010

    this school is terrible only the ib program puts this school on any charts!!!

    August 23, 2009

    unless you are in IB don't bother

    Submitted by a student

    June 28, 2009

    I am a graduating IB student of PHS(2009!). PHS displays a general diversity from the academic programs,teachers,and students alike. Though the IB program had a wondrous influence upon the school,I believe the Health Academy and ROTC program equally make contributions of their own. I personally experienced the rigorous ,demanding aspects of the IB program ,while my friends of the Health Academy and ROTC also had to apply themselves academically. PHS also offers various sports and clubs that contribute towards uniting the student body with common interests. I have to agree there was growing animosity between students of different programs ,which I wholeheartedly did not enjoy. However, most teachers are very competent--the problem is mainly with the students and their willingness to learn and apply themselves.

    Submitted by a student

    June 22, 2009

    PHS is currently a 'B' school. So, it technically not that bad of a school. I'm in the International Baccalaureate program. I agree that the 'general population' kids push the IB kids around, but it's just that they don't like that there are people who belittle them. It is not as dangerous as people may think. I feel as though I get a quality education. Being in the International Baccalaureate program is a great way to prepare for college. PHS offers many AP courses and the teachers that teached the IB program are the best. It is for this reason, I believe, that PHS is one of the 100 top public high schools in the United States.

    Submitted by a student

    February 8, 2009

    I'm currently enrolled in the International Baccalaureate program as a freshman at PHS. I was referred to the school by my eighth grade english teacher, being told that it would be the safest school for em to go diversity-wise. However, when I look around all I see are the general education kids who crow the hallways and push me out of the way after betting mad because they ran into your backpack. The IB students are not as open-minded as I was told they would be, and had the impression that they would be. I am afraid to be in school sometimes. Not for my life like I was at my other schools, but for my mental well-being from close to everybody being so unaccepting of anybody different than them. Not to mention I hate eating and learning in a repulsive and filthy environment that the facilities turned out to be.

    Submitted by a student

    January 14, 2009

    At first beginning, PHS, i was scared because of the notorious rumors spreading around such as 'You'll get shot if you walk on campus'. To be honest, if you meet the right people, you'll enjoy it there. I mean the facilities are poor, the deans are very strict in dress code, but it's not a bad school. If your educationally concerned, join the IB program here, it's well organized compared to my new school. If your socially concerned, like i said if you meet the right people, and are nice to everyone without snobbing them off, you'll be fine.

    Submitted by a student

    September 3, 2008

    Like somebody else said, the IB program keeps the school afloat. I'm a former student, and I HATED being taught by coaches. They knew nothing of the subject they taught and their classes were absolute chaos because they just didn't care about teaching. Coaches shouldn't be forced to teach. The result is a bad education for students like myself. Of course, there are no coaches teaching in the IB program. I had sports coaches for almost all of my science classes. I passed with ease but learned absolutely nothing. I won't discredit all teachers though, I had some VERY good teachers. We just need to sort out the ones who can't teach. Marching band was great, by the way.

    Submitted by a student

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