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District earns a "B" and doubles the number of "A" schools

TAVARES – Lake County Schools is a “B” district, an improvement over its “C” status last year, according to a report released by the Florida Department of Education today.

Additionally, the report showed that the number of “A” schools in the district doubled this year, jumping from three in 2016 to six for 2017. The “A” schools are Grassy Lake Elementary, The Villages Elementary, Lost Lake Elementary, East Ridge Middle, Lake Virtual School and Imagine Schools at South Lake.

Sixteen schools earned a “B,” up from 13 last year. The “B” schools are Clermont Elementary, Eustis Elementary, Sorrento Elementary, Gray Middle, Round Lake Elementary, Astatula Elementary, Clermont Middle, Windy Hill Middle, Triangle Elementary, Umatilla Elementary, Pine Ridge Elementary, Cypress Ridge Elementary, Spring Creek Charter, East Ridge High, Lake Minneola High, and the Alternative Educational Developmental Program.

No schools earned a "D" or "F." 

Of the 46 Lake County district schools graded by the state, 15 increased at least one grade, 26 remained the same, and only four dropped by a grade. One school, Eustis High School, has an incomplete grade for now.

“I am proud of the hard work and evidence of student learning gains,” said Superintendent Diane Kornegay. “I applaud the work of the previous administration and I am excited that we are well on our way to becoming a destination school district.”

One of the biggest increases was seen at East Ridge Middle School, whose grade jumped from a “C” last year to an “A” this year.

“We are overjoyed by the success!” East Ridge Middle School Principal Stephanie Mayuski said shortly after learning of the grade. “It is a true testimony of the teamwork of all, including teachers, students, staff and families. Our teachers are committed to providing a high level of instruction and engaging lessons for our hard-working students. I am so proud of everyone’s hard work and as always, it’s a great day to be a Spartan!”

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.

“I am incredibly proud of our state’s students, parents, teachers and leaders for their hard work, which led to these exceptional outcomes,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “Today’s announcement is further evidence that Florida’s accountability system is integral to ensuring all students have access to the high-quality education they deserve. It is particularly important in identifying low-performing schools that need additional assistance to help their students reach their full potential. I am proud that more than two-thirds of the schools that were being monitored through the school improvement program improved to a C or better.”

See all Lake school grades at this link: