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Media Releases: June 18, 2003

School grades for the St. Johns County School District increased at eight schools, stayed the same at 13 schools and went down at one school. The number of “A” schools increased by 59 percent over last year, with 17 schools receiving an “A” ranking. This figure includes all six middle schools and totals 68 percent of all schools in the county. Grades for the 2002-2003 school year also show St. Johns County with 3 “B” schools, 2 “C” schools and 1 ”D” school.

Schools receiving an “A” include nine elementary schools, six middle schools and two high schools. Elementary schools keeping their “A” status include Cunningham Creek Elementary School, R. B. Hunt Elementary School, Julington Creek Elementary School, Ocean Palms Elementary School, and Rawlings/Ponte Vedra Elementary School. Schools moving from a “C” to an “A” included Ketterlinus Elementary School and Osceola Elementary School. Two other elementary schools, Mason and Mill Creek Elementary Schools, moved from a “B” to an “A.”

Other elementary school grades included Crookshank Elementary and The Webster School, which both remained stable with a “C.” Hartley Elementary dropped from an “A” to a “B,” while Hastings Elementary kept its “D” rating.

At the middle school level Landrum Middle School and Switzerland Point Middle School both maintained their “A” ranking. Sebastian Middle School moved from a “C” to an “A,” while Murray Middle School and Gamble Rogers Middle School both increased from a “B” to an “A.” Fruit Cove School, the districts only K-8 school, also received an “A” in its first year of grading.

At the high school level Nease High School received an “A” for the fourth year in a row, and Bartram Trail High School received an “A” for the second year. Pedro Menendez High School remains a “B” school, while St. Augustine High School moved from a “C” to a “B” rating.

“It’s not about programs; it’s about people, both teachers and administrators, who care about kids and will do what it takes to help them succeed,” said Dr. Hugh Balboni, Superintendent of Schools.

Two schools serving non-traditional students also received grades for the first time. The Evelyn Hamblen Center received an Incomplete, and First Coast Technical High School, a charter school, received an “F”. Students attending these schools are those who have been unsuccessful in a traditional academic setting.

“Students who come here are more technically oriented,” said Chris Cothron, President of First Coast Technical Institute. “They achieve better at math so we will increase our emphasis on reading and writing in the coming year.”



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