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Twice as Nice: Lake County’s high schools register two A’s in grades from state

For the first time since the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) has been assigning grades to schools, two of Lake County’s high schools notched A’s in one year.

“Our high school teachers have been working diligently to ensure rigorous instruction is occurring in the classroom,” said Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent of Lake County Schools. “We are seeing the results of their efforts at a time when the standards continue to increase.”

East Ridge High School and Lake Minneola High School received an “A” grade for the 2011-2012 school year. Lake Minneola High School received its grade in July along with the middle and elementary schools since the new high school did not have a graduation rate to calculate into the grading formula. East Ridge High received its “A” on Friday when FLDOE released grades.

“I am very proud of our students,” said Julie Robinson-Lueallen, Principal at East Ridge High. “My staff has worked very hard. When I say my staff I mean from our custodians to the teachers in the classroom; everyone has pulled together to make this happen. Our kids have just been excellent.”

The largest gain in performance came from Mount Dora High where the school jumped from a disappointing “D” last year to a “B.”

“We are very pleased with our school grade of ‘B,’” said Pam Chateauneuf, Principal at Mount Dora High. “The faculty, staff, students and parents have worked together to continue to meet the needs of our students. We still have more to do to make all of our Canes College and Career Ready but I know that we are up to the challenge. We are on our way to an ‘A.’”

Lake County Schools nearly registered three “A” grades. Tavares High School actually received the highest points in the District, but was penalized a letter grade for not meeting the mark for at-risk graduation rate.

The 2011-2012 grades for each high school are (and grades for the previous four school years):

·         East Ridge High School “A”                     (2010-11: “B”; 2009-10: “C”; 2008-09: “C”; 2007-08: “B”)

·         Eustis High School “C”                             (2010-11: “B”; 2009-10: “B”; 2008-09: “D”; 2007-08: “C”)

·         Lake Minneola High “A”                          (new school)

·         Leesburg High School “C”                       (2010-11: “C”; 2009-10: “C”; 2008-09: “D”; 2007-08: “D”)

·         Mount Dora High School “B”                   (2010-11: “D”; 2009-10: “B”; 2008-09: “C”; 2007-08: “B”)

·         South Lake High School “B”                   (2010-11: “B”; 2009-10: “C”; 2008-09: “D”; 2007-08: “D”)

·         Tavares High School “B”                         (2010-11: “B”; 2009-10: “A”; 2008-09: “B”; 2007-08: “B”)

·         Umatilla High School “C”                        (2010-11: “C”; 2009-10: “B”; 2008-09: “D”; 2007-08: “B”)

For more information about high school grades, log on to http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.