Dear CHS Community,
It is with great pride that I welcome you to Clearwater High School. Our campus is home to almost 2,000 students in grades nine through twelve, and has over 170 staff members. Over 20% of the staff, including myself, are alumni. It seems that at almost all hours of the day and night, our campus is alive with the sound of people learning, working, playing, laughing and enjoying educational activities, athletic events, musical performances, art exhibitions and so much more! We believe in the words "Tradition, Honor and Pride" with a focus on building rigor, relevance, and relationships into all we do at our school. We take our traditions seriously, honor one another, and take pride in everything we do.
During a typical day, students and staff can be seen coducting classroom lessons, reviewing for exams, working together on club initiatives, planning field trips, or working on group or individual projects. Our dedicated faculty works incredibly hard to demonstrate exceptional teaching that is reflective of the best practices in education. They are also able to provide as many extra opportunities to help students who are struggling and for students who wish to be challenged at higher levels. Some students can be found working with teachers before first period, as well as, throughout the day, after school, and into the evenings. Our staff is continually at the forefront of exploring new and innovative ways to improve the delivery of classroom instruction.Three times Clearwater High School has been recognized as a Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Hundreds of schools apply, and approximately twenty of the nation’s highest performing and rapidly improving schools are accepted as models. Also, three year's in a row, The Washington Post has rated Clearwater High School as the most rigorous high school in Pinellas County! We were ranked 1st in Pinellas County! The Career Academy for International Culture and Commerce (CAICC) has been designated a MODEL Academy by the National Career Academy Coalition (N.C.A.C.), and our BLIS, FAME, SHARE, and STEAM academies have been designated as academies of distinction.Perhaps what is most important is recognizing that everyone desires to feel connected to someone or something to be a productive member of that group. I see that idea come to life on a daily basis in my role as principal. Students are encouraged to find their passions and connect with the person or people who are involved with that activity on our campus. With a wonderfully committed faculty, over fifty sports teams and fifty club offerings at Clearwater High School, I would like to think there is something for everyone to connect to and with.
What has impressed me most though, is the maturity our students demonstrate, and the consistent theme of acceptance that is evident among our student body. We recognize that our school community is a microcosm of “the real world” and we understand that we must respect each other and learn to live together in peace and harmony. The mission of Clearwater High School is to provide an educational process, which gives students the information and skills needed to develop a foundation for life that enables and challenges them to be successful in a global and multicultural society.
Clearwater High School utilizes a “Wall to Wall” Academy model with industry certification and dual enrollment opportunities. Upon entering our school, our students will choose an academy with a themed approach. This is an exciting opportunity for our students! Please click on the link above to find out more about our “Wall to Wall” Academy model. Along with Dual Enrollment and Advanced Placement course work, our students can take courses in the renowned Cambridge AICE program as well! Please visit our program page for AICE for more information. We are also the only school in Pinellas county to have a partnership with Embry-Riddle University. Students at our school can earn college credits from them, as well as a ground pilot's license! Please visit our program page for CASA for more information on that as well!
It is extremely important that your student attends school daily and that you are actively involved with their progress. I encourage you to use our on-line service, Focus, to monitor your child's progression. Simply contact your guidance counselor and get the information you need to start using it! We need everyone's assistance to educate our students! Therefore, we encourage you to get involved with and volunteer at our school. Please call us and get involved!