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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Hillsborough County Public Schools is an above average, public school district located in Tampa, FL. It has 211,923 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 52% of students are at least proficient in math and 50% in reading.
Address
901 E Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33602
Telephone
(813) 272-4050

Hillsborough County Public Schools Rankings

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  • Elementary
  • Middle
  • High

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
50%
Percent Proficient - Math
52%
Average Graduation Rate
79%
Average SAT
1130
7,095 responses
Average ACT
25
2,345 responses
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Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
211,923
Free or Reduced Lunch
58.8%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$39,593
Teachers in First/Second Year
41.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
$1,894,010,000
Expenses Per Student
$9,870/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    61%
  • Support Services
    33%
  • Other
    6%

Hillsborough County Public Schools Reviews

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Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), the eighth-largest school system in the country, received a $100 million Gates Foundation Empowering Effective Teachers Grant in 2009. This grant recognized and enhanced the long history of collaboration and pay-for-performance programs in HCPS. According to Hillsborough County Teachers Association (HCTA) President Jean Clements, the HCPS teacher compensation plan will be regarded as "reliable, valid, fair, and easy to understand."

The HCTA, administration, and community have been recognized for their collaboration. In a Boston Consulting Group survey of more than 6,000 teachers and 500 school administrators, HCPS demonstrated extraordinary levels of employee engagement, with scores in the top quartile of all benchmark organizations. Both teachers and administrators attribute their success as a district to a high degree of trust, collaboration, and engagement.
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Being in Hillsborough County has its ups and downs; but one thing I can say I like is how we have programs like Avid to get us ready for college. As a freshman now and even when I was in Middle School I have always been in avid and I love it! Avid it's a great program forgetting kids ready for college. Because of avid I have better team building skills, more knowledge about college, and I'm more confident when I speak in front of people. One thing I would like to see change is the lack of resources; when I was in Middle School we barely had working computers or good recent textbooks. For us to get a better education having these resources can really help.
As a mother of children earning their education in Hillsborough County, I have conflicted views on what’s best for their future, now that safety has become a chief concern. Additional security measures should have already been in place, especially with innocent, young lives at stake. While the schools maintain their “A” rating, I’ve had to address numerous issues with students and faculty. I am now considering virtual school instead. As a college student, I feel safest at HCC Ybor Campus, with copious police presence long before school shootings became a major threat. Still, none are exempt from falling victim to these catastrophic events. I have much more confidence in HCC being proactive and appropriately reactive, should an incident take place. Safety aside, the professors from whom I’ve had the honor of learning and becoming more inspired, are immeasurable.