Murray Middle and SAHS Recognized as Florida Arts Model Schools

Arts Education lives strong in the heart of R.J. Murray Middle School and St. Augustine High School, whose exemplary arts programs made them two of the best public schools for the arts in the state.

The Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE) recognized 15 Florida public schools as Florida Arts Model Schools. R.J. Murray Middle School received the designation for outstanding programs in Dance, Theater, and Visual Arts Education. St. Augustine High School was recognized for its outstanding programs is Music, Theater and Visual Arts Education. 

“Excellence in Arts Education is still very much a vital goal of the Florida Department of Education,” said Julie Hebert, Executive Director of FAAE. “Through the Florida Arts Model Schools program, we’re ensuring that schools who have made a commitment to providing the highest quality arts programs for their students not only receive the recognition they deserve, but also receive the support they need in order to share the models for their success with schools that want to improve.”

Teams of school administrators and teachers from each of the Florida Arts Model Schools have been presented with full-conference scholarships to FAAE’s annual Leadership Summit in Orlando to further strengthen their engagement with arts education best practices and help them connect with other arts educators and administrators from around the state. The winning schools will also be presented with their Florida Arts Model Schools Award at the Leadership Summit during a special luncheon in their honor on Friday, June 12.