Located just south of downtown Orlando, William R. Boone High School takes pride in being one of the oldest schools in Orange County. The campus was built in 1952 and many original buildings still serve our students. Additions, renovations, and retrofits have occurred throughout the history of our school, but the two main classroom buildings are original to the campus along with the auditorium, cafeteria, and gymnasium. Our campus has 132 classrooms, 15 computer labs, a new media center, visual arts and performing arts complex, administrative and student services offices, and 14 portable classrooms which remain and are still in use after a major campus renovation which concluded in 2005.
Historically our enrollment is 3000 students. The composition of our student body reflects the changing population of the greater Orlando urban area. Approximately 58% of our students are White, 27% are Hispanic, 10% are Black, and 2% are Asian. Our staff reflects the demographics of our students and includes 139 classroom teachers, five administrators, four deans, eight school counselors, nine instructional support staff, two media specialists, and 55 other personnel including clerical, custodial, and support staff. We serve English Language Learners (ELLs) who comprise 7% of our population. Approximately 900 students are transported to our school each day by our 31 school buses. Twelve percent of our students participate in Exceptional Student Education (ESE), and 35% of our students are considered economically disadvantaged as determined by their participation in the Free/Reduced Lunch program. A unique feature of Boone High School is the sense of school pride that began in 1952 and is strong to this day. Many staff members are Boone graduates, and Boone alumni continue to support the school through membership in school organizations and presence at school events.
Boone High School enjoys a tradition of excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts. Our school had been rated an “A” school by the Florida Department of Education and our student scores on state tests consistently place our school in the top five high schools in Orange County in math, reading, science, and writing. Boone has appeared on “Newsweek” magazine’s list of the best high schools in the U.S. Our students consistently exceed the district, state, and national scores in SAT and ACT performance. Our Advanced Placement (AP) program offers 26 different courses, and the number of students participating has doubled in the last five years with minimal reduction in pass rate. The number of students participating in Technical Dual Enrollment and collegiate Dual Enrollment courses continues to grow as we strive to meet the needs of our students as they plan for their futures. Our magnet program is comprised of three distinct and rigorous college-bound programs of students: the Academy of Law, the Criminal Justice Academy, and the Academy of Finance. Our Healthcare Academy prepares students for the workplace upon high school graduation or provides a strong foundation for advanced medical study at the post-secondary level. Boone offers a Junior ROTC program through the Navy which prepares students to enter the military.
In order to help support student achievement, Boone offers a variety of academic support services to students throughout the school year. The media center is open before and after school and also during lunch for student research and study. A free ACT/SAT prep class is offered after school. Our College and Career Center is located in the Student Services office and open every day for students and parents. The coordinator assists in the preparation of college applications and the submission of scholarship paperwork; she also speaks to classes and parents about post-secondary opportunities. During lunch, students can visit the Writing Center for peer assistance with any written work. After school, math assistance is available in the Math Lab. Students struggling with Algebra I attend Lunch+ during their lunch time, and members of National Honor Society or trained Math Lab tutors offer assistance. Parents are able to monitor their student’s progress and access academic support services and activities in numerous ways including the following: 1) ProgressBook (web-based student management system that parents and students can monitor for grades and attendance); 2) parent conferences/phone calls/emails from teachers, counselors, and deans; 3) “Smoke Signals” (mailed home PTSA newsletter); 4) “From the Reservation” (weekly electronic newsletter from principal); 5) School Messenger (robo-calls from school); 6) www.boonebraves.ocps.net (our school website); 7) PTSA, PLC, SAC, the Boone Foundation, and Boone High School Athletic Association meetings; 8) progress reports sent home midway through each grading period; and 9) report cards sent home at the end of each grading period (9 weeks).
We are most proud of our Boone Braves. They continue to excel in academics, athletics, and the arts. Their involvement in community service projects demonstrates their care and compassion for their classmates, their community, and their world. Our students are proud of their school and so is our community. Our graduates include a State Supreme Court Chief Justice, professional athletes, elected officials, and a Miss America. We enjoy tremendous community involvement and support, and throughout Orlando, people are proud to proclaim that they graduated from Boone.