St. Johns County Schools are tops again

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By NewsLine Staff
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School grades released today by the Florida Department of Education show that the St. Johns County School District continues to be the top performing district in the state for the eighth year in a row and is one of only three “A” rated districts in Florida. St. Johns County had 22 “A” schools, six “B” schools, four “C” schools and one “D” school.

Eleven elementary schools, four middle schools, all three of the district’s K-8 academies and four high schools received a grade of “A” this year. All northern St. Johns County schools received a grade of “A.” Durbin Creek Elementary School’s grade is pending and is expected to be an “A.”

“I am very proud of the performance of our children; this has been a strategic effort by our outstanding teachers to implement the new and more rigorous standards,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “It is gratifying to see how our teachers have embraced the standards and continue to be committed to every student’s success.”

The elementary schools receiving an “A” are Cunningham Creek Elementary, W.D. Hartley Elementary, Hickory Creek Elementary, R.B. Hunt Elementary, Julington Creek Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Ocean Palms Elementary, Palencia Elementary, PVPV/Rawlings Elementary, Timberlin Creek Elementary and Wards Creek Elementary.

The middle schools with an “A” are Fruit Cove Middle, Alice B. Landrum Middle, Pacetti Bay Middle and Switzerland Point Middle. Liberty Pines, Patriot Oaks and Valley Ridge academies received an “A” as did Bartram Trail, Creekside, Allen D. Nease and Ponte Vedra high schools.

Ketterlinus Elementary, South Woods Elementary, R.J. Murray Middle, Gamble Rogers Middle, Pedro Menendez High and St. Augustine High schools received a “B” this year. John A. Crookshank Elementary, Otis A. Mason Elementary, Osceola Elementary and Sebastian Middle schools received a “C” this year. The Webster School received a “D.”

This is the first year the new, more difficult school grading system is in place under the Florida Standards Assessment which includes a change in the metrics used to calculate learning gains. Additional details and information can be found at http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.