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Annual Report

Annual Report

Student Learning

  • Increased Graduation Rate: HCPS graduation rate has increased to 79.1%, up 3 - percentage points from last year. Total number of HCPS students using concordant scores to obtain a standard diploma has increased by over 400 from the previous year.

  • Academic Achievement: Seventy-nine seniors were recognized in 2015 for their outstanding academic achievement among U.S. high school students - 59 National Merit Finalists Scholars, 14 National Hispanic Scholars, and 6 National Achievement Scholars.

  • Industry Certifications: More than 4,000 students earned Industry Certification making them more marketable to future employers.

  • College Readiness: Through dual enrollment programs and Advanced Placement classes, families saved more than $10 million dollars in college credits.

  • Magnet School Excellence: In March 2016, 21 of our 33 magnet schools were recognized by the Magnet Schools of America as either a Magnet School of Excellence or a Magnet School of Distinction.

  • Nationally Ranked High Schools: All of Hillsborough County’s traditional public high schools were listed on the Washington Post’s list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. Hillsborough High School was the highest rated in the Tampa Bay area, ranked 55th in the nation.

  • Digital Learning: Over 8,000 laptops were deployed for classroom use and online instruction and 3,000 laptops deployed for 1:1 classrooms via Project Innovate.

Your Child and HCPS

HCPS has one main goal, to provide an education that enables each student to excel as a successful and responsible citizen. With that goal in mind, we offer a host of school choice options for parents and students to consider.

Your Attendance Area School

  • The first option open to every student in Hillsborough County is to attend his/her attendance area school. This is the school assigned to each student based on address.

  • If you aren’t sure of your attendance area school we can help you find it by using the School Locator.

School Choice

  • School Choice provides parents and legal guardians of children entering grades K-11 the opportunity to apply for up to three non-magnet schools or Career & Technical programs.

  • Parents can choose from a list of schools where space is available; however, transportation may be limited or unavailable.

Magnet Program

In Hillsborough County, families have the opportunity to apply for up to three magnet schools at the elementary and middle school level and up to five schools at the high school level.

  • Families can expect a unique experience for their children in a researchbased, technology rich environment that includes a smaller school community, leading technology, and hands-on learning.

  • Magnet Schools and Programs are elementary, middle, and high schools with theme-based curriculum offering innovative and rigorous academic instruction by specially trained teachers in smaller learning communities.

  • Magnet programs include (but aren’t limited to) visual, performing, and communication arts, STEM, environmental studies, international studies, and International Baccalaureate.


211,031 *

Includes charter school students

* Florida Department of Education
Florida Education Financial Program, December 2016


Asian 3.7%
Black 21.3%
Hispanic 33.0%
Indian 0.2%
Multi-Racial 5.5%
White 36.2%
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