Cape Coral High School

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Cape Coral High School
2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard
Cape Coral, Florida 33991
United States
Coordinates 26°36′30″N 81°58′31″W / 26.6084074°N 81.9753669°W / 26.6084074; -81.9753669Coordinates: 26°36′30″N 81°58′31″W / 26.6084074°N 81.9753669°W / 26.6084074; -81.9753669
Type Public high school
School district Lee County School District
Principal Jeff Spiro
Faculty 78 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1658[1] (2013-2014)
Student to teacher ratio 21.26[1]
Campus Urban
Color(s) Blue and orange         
Mascot "Breezy" the Seahawk
Newspaper The Seahawk's Eye

Cape Coral High School is located in Cape Coral, Florida. It is one of four high schools in the city of Cape Coral and is also a part of the Lee County School District system.

As of the 2013-2014 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1658 students and 78 classroom teachers (on a FTE basis) for a student-teacher ratio of 21.26.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

During the 1988–89 school year, Cape Coral High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[2] the highest award an American school can receive from the department.[3][4]

In 1996, Cape Coral High School's newspaper The Shell won the NSPA's high school newspaper competition in Orlando, Florida. It went on to rank 8th nationally. In 1997, The Shell repeated its win for the state of Florida. The paper, now known as The Seahawk's Eye, won a first place award from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) during the 2008–2009 school year. It has also won first place from the National Scholastic Press Association during both the 2009 and 2010 school years.[5]

In spring 2006, the school was one of 17 in Florida selected as part of Sports Illustrated's "model SI Schools steroid and drug prevention initiative" for high school athletes.[6]

In April 2007 the school was awarded accreditation by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the IB Diploma Programme, making it the second IB school in Lee County and putting the school on track to graduate its first IB class in 2009.[7][needs update]


Cape Coral High offers many diverse classes. Some offered classes included Honors, AP, and IB classes. The school also offers foreign language classes including Spanish and French.


In February 2008 the Model United Nations brought home the "Best Large Delegation" award from BosMUN, a conference in Boston, MA hosted by MIT and Boston University. This conference was attended by schools across the world including those from Canada, China, and Guatemala. Student representatives were the recipients of several "Best", "Outstanding", and "Honorable Mention" awards. This feat was repeated in 2010, where delegations came from 5 different continents, including a delegation from Ghana. Cape High students took home 15 individual awards, and the "Best Large Delegation" award once again. In 2011, the Model UN team once again reigned supreme at George Washington University's WAMUNC. Cape Coral High School received "Best Large Delegation," and obtained 17 individual awards at this conference in the nation's capital. The website, now recognizes Cape Coral High School as one of the most elite Model UN programs in the world. In 2012, the team returned to BosMUN in full force, sweeping the floor and receiving best delegation by over doubling the second place school's score. 20 of the 24 students from Cape Coral High School received awards, and 7 walked away with best delegate awards.

March 2008 marked the first time that Cape Coral High School hosted a regional math competition. At the competition, Cape Coral High School placed first among Lee County high schools, and fourth among overall participating high schools.

For the first time since the school has been erect, Cape Coral High School earned an "A+" as the school's grade for the 2010-2011 school year.

Cape Coral High School's Marching Band, the Marching Seahawks, also placed 3rd overall in its division at the Preview of Champions competition at Mariner High School on November 13, 2010. In the 2011 Indoor drumline season, the drumline was able to win one competition, place second in another, and came in 5th place in the state in division AA.

The Cape Coral High School boys soccer team won the Class 4A State Soccer Championship 2010-2011.[8]

The Marching Seahawks continued its improvements from previous years by qualifying for FMBC State Semi-Finals. The Marching Band placed 2nd place in the Bronze Division at the Palmetto Ridge Marching Band Invitational on October 22, 2011. With a score of 71.8, the Marching Seahawks well over qualified for States and went on to perform with over 25 marching bands in Tarpon Springs, FL, on November 19, 2011.


Cape Coral High School offers a variety of athletic programs for students during the fall, winter and spring. Sports offered include:

Teaching staff[edit]

Measurement[9] Cape Coral State Ave.
Students per teacher 22 16
Classes taught by out-of-field teachers 2% 6%
Average number of years teaching 16 13
Teachers with advanced degrees 40% 35%

In 2006-2007 school year, two of Cape Coral High School's teachers, Mr. Michael Cook and Mr. Robert Snyder, received the Golden Apple Award, given to only five teachers every year. It is a first for a single school to have two Golden Apple Winners in one year because there are numerous schools in the district area.

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)[edit]

The Florida Department of Education "graded" Cape Coral High School with a "C" in 2005-2006. For the previous school year, the school received a "B".[10]

The state uses "school grades" to measure the overall performance of schools in Florida on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test. The grades (A-F) are based on three criteria: overall performance on FCAT, percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. In 2007-2008 school year, Cape Coral High School scored a "B".[10]

Student body[edit]

Ethnicity[9] Cape Coral
White, not Hispanic 53%
Hispanic 33%
Black, not Hispanic 8%
Multiracial 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8%
Cape Coral State Ave.
Eligible for free/reduced price lunch 36% [9] 47%

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Cape Coral High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 15, 2016.
  2. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF) Archived March 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., accessed May 11, 2006
  3. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  4. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
  5. ^ "Awards 2008-2009". Cape Coral High School. Retrieved 2009-10-01. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ [1]"Cape Coral part of SI program for steroid/drug prevention", article "by Daily News staff" in The Daily News of Naples, Fla., May 25, 2006, accessed March 1, 2007
  7. ^ Cape Coral High School, International Baccalaureate Organization. Accessed August 25, 2008.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-24. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  9. ^ a b c [2] Great Schools Website, which cites "Source: FL Dept.of Education 2005-2006", accessed February 28, 2007
  10. ^ a b [3] Great Schools Web site, test scores page for Cape Coral High School; Web page cites source as Florida Department of Education ("Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2005-2006"), accessed March 1, 2007

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