School grades released today show that the St. Johns County School District has maintained its ranking as one of the top performing districts in the state. St. Johns County had 15 “A” schools, four “B” schools, five “C” schools, one “D” school and one school with a pending status.
Ten elementary schools, four middle schools and the district’s only K-8 school were “A” schools this year.
“I have always advocated for higher standards and it is very difficult to explain how school grades can go down at the same time students’ test scores improve,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “This year’s school grades are not reflective of lower student performance, but rather of the higher proficiency standards. The revised passing scores and additional changes had an obvious negative impact on school grades.”
“We remain focused on individual student growth. I am very proud that our students continue to improve and excel with the higher standards.”
The 10 elementary schools receiving an “A” status are Cunningham Creek Elementary, Durbin Creek Elementary, W. D. Hartley Elementary, Hickory Creek Elementary, R. B. Hunt Elementary, Julington Creek Elementary, Ketterlinus Elementary, Ocean Palms Elementary, PVPV/Rawlings Elementary and Timberlin Creek Elementary. The four middle schools with an “A” status are Fruit Cove Middle, Alice B. Landrum Middle, Pacetti Bay Middle and Switzerland Point Middle. Also receiving an “A” is Liberty Pines Academy (K-8).
Schools receiving a “B” include Mill Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary and Gamble Rogers Middle. Schools receiving a “C” include Otis A. Mason Elementary, Osceola Elementary, South Woods Elementary, R. J. Murray Middle and Sebastian Middle. With the new rigorous proficiency standards, John A. Crookshank Elementary drops to a grade of “D” and The Webster School’s grade is pending due to its ESE population.
High school grades are expected to be released later this year.