About Chiles High School
Lawton Chiles High School opened its doors in August 1999, welcoming 767 freshman and sophomore students from Leon County's northeast region. By the time the first senior class graduated in May of 2002, the school's population was just over 1,600 students. Our current enrollment is just over 2,000 students.
In the fall of 2001, the stakeholders of Chiles High School defined the school's mission statement as “building a tradition of excellence by providing an environment where students are challenged to be active learners, leaders, achievers and contributors within a global community”. From that, the school's motto was born: “Cognosco; Duco; Perficio” (Latin for “I learn; I lead; I achieve”).
Chiles PrinciplesThe structure and curriculum of Lawton Chiles High School is based upon many strong beliefs. Among the top principles are those which stakeholders feel are paramount to student success.They are as follows:
• Education is a life-long process.
• Students maximize performance by developing self-discipline and effective critical thinking, academic and leadership skills.
• Diversity can enhance students' understanding of all people and cultures.
• Students should be active learners and have ownership of their learning.
In order to successfully enter the workforce, data suggests that students must possess the attributes of good communication and interpersonal relationship skills, time-management, problem-solving, personal accountability and ethical behavior, computer literacy and adaptability. At Lawton Chiles High School, it is our goal to help students develop those skills as we prepare them for life after high school—in both college and career.
Since its beginning, Chiles High School has boasted a strong academic curriculum consisting of honors and Advanced Placement courses as well as vocational programs. FCAT data from the school's second year placed CHS in the top three percent of all Florida public schools, and standardized test results consistently reflect above-average ability in our students. Chiles High School has been awarded an “A” grade eight of the last thirteen years, and it was ranked 33 out of 450 high schools graded in the state of Florida (based on school grades from the 2011-2012 school year).
In addition to its outstanding academic offerings, Chiles High School has an extensive list of extracurricular activities. The nearly 25 athletic groups include football, basketball, soccer, track and field, lacrosse, flag football, swimming, dance and cheerleading. CHS also has over 40 clubs, both academic and community-oriented. Academic clubs include National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, English National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Junior Classical League, Spanish National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Psychology Club, Brain Bowl, STAND, International Thespian Society, Chorus, Band and WolfCenter. Community-oriented clubs include Anchor, Key, Green Team, Human Relations, Big Bad Wolves and Little Red Riding Hoods, PALS, FCA and Breast Cancer Awareness.