As we take time to reflect on what we are thankful for, I would also like to take a moment to give thanks. I am grateful to be the principal at Clearwater High School and to have an opportunity to work with the very best students, families, educators and staff in the country.
I am thankful for our students, as it is quite obvious that they put forth a strong effort into developing the required skills for them to be successful in a global and multicultural society. They are open to new ideas, concepts, and willing to learn! They come from different backgrounds and experiences, and all work hard to learn and grow together. I am proud of them, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity in assisting in their success! They truly understand the words, Tradition, Honor and Pride!
The parents at our school are the most engaged and enthusiastic team in the nation, and Clearwater High School would not be what it is today without their support and devotion to our classrooms, outside support organizations, advisory boards, and for the mentoring roles they play to ensure our students’ success. Thank you.
What we do at Clearwater High School could never be achieved without the dedication of the staff behind the scenes! Our plant operations, office, cafeteria, and support staffs go out of their way to ensure student comfort, safety, and security. The continued commitment they demonstrate is uncommon, and I appreciate their dedication and professionalism to our school.
Our administrative and guidance teams are dedicated to our school’s success, and it is clear that their work is essential to establishing our organization's culture, positive environment, and student-centered instructional program! I am grateful every day for the opportunity to work with and learn from them.
I want to extend a very special thank you to our teachers. Our teaching staff is tireless, and they constantly challenge our students and themselves to reach higher, and accomplish more. Our teachers are continually adjusting their instruction to help each child reach his or her potential, and truly understand rigor, relevance and relationships! Thank you for your service to our students, our school and our community.
To all our students, families, faculty and staff, I wish for you a very happy Thanksgiving!
Principal, Clearwater High School
Clearwater High School believes in the philosophy of continual improvement. Over the last few years, we have made numerous enhancements to our curriculum and facility. Our advanced placement, dual enrollment, and honors programs continue to grow and excel. Dual enrolment opportunites are available to our student through Saint Petersburg College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautial University. The Advanced International Certificate of Education program (AICE) is an innovative and accelerated method of academic study offered solely through the University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE), a division of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England. Please see your counselor if interested in this wonderful program.
As we all know, students are more engaged with technology than ever before! Thus, we have been compelled to utilize the concept of “Bring Your Own Technology” (B.Y.O.T.). As a result, students are allowed to appropriately use their own technology on our campus, and we encourage it! Students are allowed to engage their own devices for researching the internet, gaining access to digital materials and content, review grades and attendance, and much more! If your child does not own their own technology, or if you prefer, they may check out a electronic reader from our school. As we progress, technology will continue to become a more integral part of our school curriculum. Rules and policies for appropriate technology use while on our campus, and how to obtain an e-reads will be given out during your child's homeroom. Homeroom lists will be posted soon!
To ensure and improve student performance, Clearwater High School implemented a sweeping change from traditional school enrollment to Wall-to-Wall Academies with industry certification options, truly preparing our students to be college and career ready!
These academies function as Small Leaning Communities and are centered on key interest areas of our Clearwater High students. This “academy environment” offers each student more personalized attention, recognition and care from teachers, staff, and peers. Integral to this “Academy Methodology” is the interest and career-themed approach designed to engage all students with learning that is rigorous and relevant!
1. BLIS Academy of Business, Leadership, & International Studies (includes CAICC & ROTC)
2. STEAM Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering, Aeronautics, & Mathematics
3. FAME Academy of Fine Arts & Media Education
4. SHARE Academy of Sports, Hospitality, and Recreational Education
If you have a not selected your academy, please see contact your child’s counselor to declare it!
CONGRATULATIONS CLEARWATER HIGH SCHOOL RANKED #1!
The Washington Post recently ranked the most challenging (rigorous) high schools in the nation for their offerings of rigorous course work. As of April 22, 2016, Clearwater High School was ranked 385, which is first out of all the public high schools in Pinellas County!
Clearwater is also in the top 23% of the state of Florida (84 out of 370), and in the top 17% of the nation (385 out of 2300)!
Note: The rankings may change as more schools throughout the nation are added However, the first place designation will not change due to the fact that all of the public high schools in Pinellas have already been ranked!
WAY TO GO CHS!
Congratulations to the City of Clearwater! Clearwater High School nominated the City of Clearwater as our Pinellas Educaton Foundation Business Partner of the year! The City of Clearwater was named a finalist in the Large Business Category (one of three)! Way to go! Clearwater High School is fortunate to have a great working relationship with the City of Clearwater! Many thanks!
2015-2016 MANY SUCCESSES!
• Six students received the AICE Cambridge Outstanding
Learner Award for exceptional results in their Cambridge
Girl's Varsity Basketball - District Champions
• Boy’s Varsity Football - District Champions
• Girl’s Varsity Volley Ball - District Champions
• Boy’s Golf Team - Regional Qualifiers
• Girl’s Golf Team – Regional Qualifiers
• Girls Cross Country – 1 State Qualifier (ranked 20th in the State)
• Boy’s Cross Country – 1 State Qualifier
• Girl’s Swim Team – 1 State Champion
• Girl’s Swim Team – Ranked 6th in the State
• Girl’s Varsity Basketball – 1st Place at the Indian Rocks Christian Holiday Tournament
• Boy’s Varsity Wrestling – 1st and 3rd place at the Eastlake Invitational
• JROTC – District Champions
• Clearwater Drama Department - 1Critic’s Choice, 1 Honorable mention, 13 Superior and 9 Excellent ratings at our District Competition
• Clearwater Marching Band and Color guard – First Place at the Wiregrass Ranch FMBC Regional competition and also won best music, best color guard, best visual and best effect. They also brought home the first runner award up overall trophy for group 1A, 2A and 3A.
• FORD NGL Model School
• Model School Designation from ICLE
• Melinda Gates Grant Recipient for Personalized Learning
• Five Star School award for community Involvement for 15 years
• SACS Accreditation Status – Centennial Member
• Over 300 students were awarded the opportunity to go and see Star Wars: The Force Awakens on December 18, 2015 on opening day for reading outside of the school day during our second quarter reading initiative!
2013-2014 = 82%
2014-2015 = 87%
A 5% gain!
Passing Scores in Accelerated Curricula:
AP & AICE 2013-2014= 244
AP & AICE 2014-2015 = 370
Dual Enrollment 2013-2014= 122
Dual Enrollment 2014-2015= 183
An increase of at least 187!
Enrollment in Accelerated Curricula (AICE, AP, & Dual Enrollment):
2013-2014 = 837
An increase of 456 students!
2013-2014 = 657 earned, with 114 on the CAPE list
2014-2015 = 948 earned, with 126 on the CAPE list
An increase of 291!
Learning Gains in the L25:
2013-2014: 60 %
2014-2015: 67 %
A 7% gaiin
For the second year in a row, Clearwater High School has been recognized as a Model School by The International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Hundreds of schools apply, and only approximately twenty-five of the nation’s highest performing and rapidly improving schools are accepted as models.
Clearwater High School is the first and only school in the Tampa Bay Area to receive this distinction! Clearwater High School is being recognized for the way we continue to raise rigor and relevance for our students by utilizing a personalized learning approach within a Wall-to-Wall Academy Model with industry certifications options for our students. Their program truly prepares our students to be college and career ready!