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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
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
“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