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District earns a "B," increases number of "A" schools

TAVARES – Lake County Schools is a “B” district for the second year in a row, according to data released by the Florida Department of Education on Wednesday afternoon.
 
The district earned 631 total points in 2017-18, 22 points higher than the 609 points earned in 2016-17.
 
Additionally, the data shows the number of “A” schools in the district increased to eight in 2018 from six in 2017. The “A” schools for 2018 are Cypress Ridge Elementary, East Ridge Middle, Imagine Schools at South Lake, Lake Virtual, Pine Ridge Elementary, Pinecrest Lakes Academy, Round Lake Charter and The Villages Elementary of Lady Lake School.
 
Twenty-one schools earned a “B,” up from 16 last year. The “B” schools are Alternative Educational Developmental Program, Clermont Middle, East Ridge High, Eustis Elementary, Eustis High, Eustis Middle, Grassy Lake Elementary, Cecil Gray Middle, Lake Minneola High, Lost Lake Elementary, Minneola Elementary Charter, Mount Dora High, Mount Dora Middle, Seminole Springs Elementary, Sorrento Elementary, Spring Creek Charter, Tavares High, Treadway Elementary, Triangle Elementary, Umatilla Elementary and Windy Hill Middle.
 
Eleven schools in the district increased by a grade and only six dropped by a grade.
 
No schools in the district earned an “F” or an Incomplete grade, and no Lake schools are listed among the lowest-performing elementary schools in the state.
 
“I set a long-range goal of making sure that every district-operated school in Lake County earn a grade of B or higher,’’ said Superintendent Diane Kornegay. “I am pleased to say that we are well on our way, as we have more A and B schools this year than we did the year before. That’s a direct result of the focus and determination of our teachers, administrators, support staff, students and parents. We are headed in the right direction, and I am confident we will continue to excel.”
 
The Florida Department of Education calculates school grades annually based on up to 11 components, including student achievement and learning gains on statewide, standardized assessments and high school graduation rate. School grades provide parents and the general public an easily understandable way to measure the performance of a school and understand how well each school is serving its students.
 
“The school grades announced today are the result of hard work by our students, parents, teachers and leaders,’’ state Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart said in a news release. “I am extremely proud that Florida’s accountability system continues to ensure all students have access to the high-quality education they deserve and that it prepares them for college, a career and life.”
 
See all school and district grades at this link: http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org