Media Releases: January 16, 2003
Twelve schools in the St. Johns County School District have received “STAR” (Schools
Taking Action for Reform) Recognition from the Florida Committee on Elementary
and Middle Schools of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
This is a 71 percent increase over the number of STAR schools during the 2000-2001
Out of the 992 Florida schools accredited by the Elementary and Middle School
Commission, 520 have received STAR Recognition for 2001-2002.
To qualify for STAR status, schools must meet the following criteria: they
must be SACS accredited under the Elementary and Middle School Commission,
must have been assigned a performance grade of A or B for the 2001-2002 school
year, and must have an accreditation status of “All Clear” or “Advised.”
St. Johns County Schools receiving STAR Recognition are Cunningham Creek Elementary
School, Hartley Elementary School, R. B. Hunt Elementary School, Julington
Creek Elementary School, Landrum Middle School, Mason Elementary School, Mill
Creek Elementary School, Murray Middle School, Ocean Palms Elementary School,
Rawlings/Ponte Vedra-Palm Valley Elementary School, Rogers Middle School and
Switzerland Point Middle School. All STAR schools will be presented with certificates
at the February 6 School Board meeting.
SACS is one of six regional accrediting bodies in the United States and works
with schools and colleges in 11 southern states, Mexico, the Caribbean and
Central and South America. Accreditation is a non-governmental and voluntary
process concerned with improving educational quality and assuring the public
that member institutions meet established standards.