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Media Releases: August 20, 2003

Twenty-four St. Johns County Schools have been recognized as Golden Schools for 2002-2003 by the Florida Department of Education, with seven schools also qualifying as Silver Schools. The Golden School Award is presented to elementary, secondary and adult schools that meet requirements relating to school staff volunteer training, school volunteer coordinators and number of volunteer service hours.

Schools designated as Golden Schools are Crookshank Elementary, Cunningham Creek Elementary, Durbin Creek Elementary School, Hartley Elementary, Hastings Elementary, R. B. Hunt Elementary, Julington Creek Elementary, Ketterlinus Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Murray Middle School, Ocean Palms Elementary, Osceola Elementary, Ponte Vedra-Palm Valley Elementary, Rawlings Elementary, Sebastian Middle School and The Webster School. Mason Elementary School will receive special recognition with a ten-year certificate.

Silver Awards are given to secondary schools which provide exemplary services to elementary and secondary schools through school volunteer coordinators, orientation and training, and number of student volunteer hours.

The following seven schools qualified as both Golden and Silver Schools: Bartram Trail High School, Fruit Cove Middle School, Landrum Middle School, Pedro Menendez High School, Nease High School, Rogers Middle School and Switzerland Point Middle School.

All of the Gold and Silver School Awards will be presented at the September 4 School Board meeting.



St. Johns County students taking the American College Test (ACT) in 2002-2003 had an average test score of 21.9, well above the national average of 20.8 and the state average of 20.5. These scores reflect a continued 12-year trend in which countywide ACT composite scores have been above both the state and national levels.

While the composite district scores remained stable, the number of students taking the ACT increased by 160 students for a total of 616. This figure represents a 35 percent increase in the number of students taking the college assessment test.

Subject areas covered by the ACT include English, reading, math and science. The greatest increase was seen in math, with average scores increasing from 21.4 to 21.8. Other subject area scores included 21.4 in English, 22.4 in reading and 21.3 in science.

“The high scores attained by our students reflect the quality of instruction and rigorous curriculum taken by our students,” said Superintendent Joseph Joyner. “I am particularly pleased with the significant increase in math scores since that is an area we are emphasizing this year.”

In college admissions the ACT is designed for use with high school grades to predict academic readiness for college. A perfect score on the ACT is 36.-30-




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