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St. Johns elementary, middle school grades for 2012 released
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Elementary and middle school grades were released by the Florida Department of Education on Wednesday and the St. Johns County School District had 16 "A" schools, 7 "B" schools and 2 "C" schools. High school grades are scheduled to be released later this year.

"With the constant changes in the criteria, school grades have become a much less reliable measure of school success," said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner in a release from the district. "We are much more focused on the growth of each individual child. In spite of these changes, our students met the challenge and I could not be more proud."

The district's only K-8 school, Liberty Pines Academy, attained an "A" grade. Also achieving an "A" grade are the following schools:  Cunningham Creek Elementary, Durbin Creek Elementary, Hartley Elementary, Hickory Creek Elementary, R. B. Hunt Elementary, Julington Creek Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Ocean Palms Elementary, PVPV/Rawlings Elementary, Timberlin Creek Elementary and Wards Creek Elementary. These schools also retained their "A" grades from the previous school year.

The four middle schools with an "A" grade include Fruit Cove Middle, Landrum Middle, Pacetti Bay Middle, and Switzerland Point Middle. These schools also retained their "A" grades.

Schools receiving a "B" grade include Ketterlinus Elementary, Mason Elementary, Osceola Elementary, South Woods Elementary, Murray Middle, Sebastian Middle and Gamble Rogers Middle. All of these schools dropped from an "A" grade the previous school year.

Schools receiving a "C" grade include Crookshank Elementary and The Webster School. These schools had "B" grades in the 2010-2011 school year.

School grades are based on the following items:

  • Student proficiency in FCAT Reading, Math, Science and Writing,
    including students with disabilities and English language learners;
  • The percentage of students making one-year gains in reading and math; and
  • The percentage of the lowest performing students making one year gains in reading and math.

High schools face additional scoring criteria:

  • The percentage of students who participate in college level courses (AP, IB, AICE and Dual Enrollment);
  • The percentage of students who successfully complete college level courses;
  • Overall graduation rates and at-risk students' graduation rates; and
  • College readiness in reading and math.
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