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12 Lake schools recognized as Five Star Schools

The Florida Department of Education has announced the names of schools in Central Florida that have earned the Five Star School Award for the 2015-16 school year. The award is bestowed upon schools that are committed to incorporating family and community members into the school environment to enhance student learning. Statewide, nearly 700 schools earned the recognition, including 12 in Lake County. 
 
The Lake schools are:
  • Clermont Elementary
  • Eustis Heights Elementary
  • Fruitland Park Elementary
  • Groveland Elementary
  • Imagine Schools at South Lake
  • Lost Lake Elementary
  • Pine Ridge Elementary
  • Round Lake Elementary Conversion Charter
  • Sawgrass Bay Elementary
  • Seminole Springs Elementary
  • Sorrento Elementary
  • Triangle Elementary
"Family and community involvement is essential to student success, and I am grateful for the parents, caregivers and community members who invest their time in our state's schools,'' said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. "When school leaders and educators engage the community, the result is higher academic achievement and more students prepared for future success."
 
To earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show that it has achieved all of the benchmarks and criteria in five categories -- Community/Business Partnerships, Family Involvement, Volunteerism, Student Community Service and School Advisory Council. Schools must also earn a grade of "C" or above or a school improvement rating of "Maintaining" or "Improving" for the year being recognized.