Top High Schools in the Tampa, FL Metro (page 2)

Top High Schools in the Tampa, FL Metro

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Updated on Aug 23, 2011


Plant High School

Hillsborough School District


Plant High School provides students with many opportunities both in and out of the classroom. The school offers a number of AP courses to challenge and help students prepare for college.


To help ease the transition to high school, the school provides a freshmen orientation before the start of the year. The school has an active student government that gives students a voice on campus and student leadership is promoted throughout the school.


Students can apply to be a part of the AVID program, in which students from low-income families are supported by a dedicated coordinator in taking IB and AP courses. The goal of the program is to increase the number of students attending four year colleges after graduation.


Performing arts programs have a top reputation and are popular amongst students. Students can play an instrument in the many bands and ensembles, including the marching band, wind ensemble, symphonic band, and jazz band. Students can also take the stage in the many theater programs or sing in the chorus. Students can also play on a number of varsity athletic teams and several club sports, including lacrosse, crew, and hockey. Clubs are active on campus and students can choose from service, interest, and honors/leadership clubs.



St. Petersburg Collegiate High School

Pinellas School District


Over 97 percent of St. Petersburg Collegiate High School seniors are handed their high school diplomas one day and then an Associate in Arts degree from St. Petersburg College the next.


The school provides a family-like feel while allowing students to dually enroll during their junior and senior years. The school gives students the opportunity for “traditional high school experiences,” including dances, prom, and social nights.


During the Pre-Collegiate program, which can be taken during the ninth and tenth grades, students take a few college courses to acclimate to the rigor of those higher-level classes. The school helps students learn the skills they need for college and help plan future education through the Student Leadership program.


While the school does not offer sports, students can play on their base school athletic teams and some even try out for the cheerleading squad at St. Petersburg College. Students can participate in either high school specific clubs or join college clubs.


"Our students and visitors often remark that we have a 'family' feel to our school. Many of our students have commented that they have formed relationships that will last a lifetime," said Principal Starla Metz.



Please note that only the following Florida counties were considered for this article: Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas.

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