Gainesville High School in Gainesville, FL - Niche

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    Public, Magnet
  • Reviews
    291 3.5
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Gainesville High School is a public magnet school in Gainesville, Florida. It has 1,833 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 52% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 291 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

1900 Nw 13th St
Gainesville, FL 32609
(352) 955-6707

Ratings and Reviews
3.5 from 291 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: Kids at GHS like to joke about the school but, deep down, it feels like a home to a large majority of us.

    GHS is stunningly diverse, and the faculty and staff work hard to make the diversity work. I've never felt intimidated or threatened by any of the students at GHS and, in the case I were to, there would be plenty of teachers I would be comfortable addressing it with.

    I can't speak too much for red-ed/honors classes, but the Cambridge classes are incredible. The discussions that occur, especially in English classes, are thought-provoking and surprisingly fun. I've never had a Cambridge teacher that I felt was inadequate (only a single honors math teacher, who is complained about again and again and never removed) and feel as if I've gotten to know and trust the teacher in question, which is an absolute privilege.

    Electives and clubs absolutely make the experience. The groups are tight knit, but not "cliquey." I took video production, and the class honestly felt like an enormous family to me. It's a four year collective class, and when the senior leave each year we're always in absolute tears.

    Only downfalls at GHS: I've never been able to get hold of my guidance counselor without having to go through absolute hell first. Yes, the bathrooms are gross, but improving. And you'll probably get drowned in rain at least once if your classes are primarily based in the 9th grade center. But maybe that's just your initiation to the school.

    Otherwise, it's always a great day to be a Hurricane.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Sports & Fitness: I applaud my school for having all of facilities that they have and everything seems so spacious when Gainesville High School is kind of in a tight space.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Health & Safety: There are security cameras everywhere and police officers walking around our school to make sure we're safe.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Food: The food in the cafeteria is really good, but I prefer to bring my own lunch because I don't like standing line.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Administration & Policies: We have deans and officers always walking around our school trying to keep everything safe for the students.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.66 P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School 2 mi. 1,154
3.33 Westwood Middle School 2 mi. 1,029
3.66 F.W. Buchholz High School 4 mi. 2,080
4.00 Eastside High School 4 mi. 1,324
3.33 Kanapaha Middle School 7 mi. 918

Around Gainesville High School

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Female 51%
Male 48%

Student Diversity

Gainesville High School United States Eastside High School F.W. Buchholz High School Kanapaha Middle School P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School Westwood Middle School
White 48.0% 51.6% 29.0% 60.0% 54.0% 47.0% 41.0%
African American 35.0% 15.2% 53.0% 21.0% 23.0% 22.0% 38.0%
Hispanic 9.0% 24.5% 4.0% 8.0% 8.0% 18.0% 9.0%
Multiracial 4.0% 2.6% 3.0% 4.0% 6.0% 6.0% 6.0%
Asian 2.0% 4.7% 9.0% 5.0% 6.0% 3.0% 3.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 27.6%
Grade 10 26.8%
Grade 11 24.5%
Grade 12 21.1%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 29 responses

  • 86% Yes
  • 7% Not sure.
  • 7% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 29 responses

  • 26% The diversity of unique races and personalities!
  • 20% Sports programs
  • 16% Teachers And falcuty
  • 13% +academic levels
  • 10% The Academy of Health professions
  • 4% Good sports teams
  • 4% The Cambridge Program
  • 3% School spirit
  • 1% Support for students
  • 1% The clubs
  • 1% Student Government

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 27 responses

  • 27% Bathrooms usually not well stocked
  • 25% Hallways are crowded and hard to walk through
  • 16% Equal preference not given to all organizations
  • 9% Inadequate lockers
  • 5% Bathrooms are unsanitary.
  • 5% Short lunches.
  • 4% Sometimes tensions between different groups.
  • 4% No more Club Day.
  • 2% Student Government.
  • 2% Guidance rarely available to help

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 29 responses

  • 52% Diversity among student population
  • 28% The determination to be the best at everything!
  • 7% The Cambridge Program
  • 7% The teachers
  • 3% The different student populations get to mingle.
  • 3% Academy of Health Professions Program

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 31 responses

  • 58% A Melting Pot!
  • 32% You get out what you put in
  • 10% Great

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 28 responses

  • 43% Get involved in as many activities as possible!
  • 32% Maintain good grades.
  • 14% There's some crazy kids here.
  • 11% You will meet ALL types of people. Be prepared.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 10% I love everything about this school.
  • 90% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.