Every one of Ponte Vedra’s public schools earned “A” ratings in school grades released July 8 by the Florida Department of Education.
“A” ratings were awarded locally to Ocean Palms and PVPV/Rawlings elementary schools, K-8 school Valley Ridge Academy, Alice B. Landrum Middle School, and both Nease and Ponte Vedra high schools. In addition, the rankings show that the St. Johns County School District was the top-performing district in the state for the eighth year in a row and one of just three districts statewide to earn the coveted “A” rating. St. Johns County had 22 “A” schools, six “B” schools, four “C” schools and one “D” school.
“I am very proud of the performance of our children; this has been a strategic effort by our outstanding teachers to implement the new and more rigorous standards,” Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner said. “It is gratifying to see how our teachers have embraced the standards and continue to be committed to every student’s success.”
Across the county, 11 elementary schools, four middle schools, all three of the district’s K-8 academies and four high schools received a grade of “A” this year. Durbin Creek Elementary School’s grade is pending and is expected to be an “A.”
In addition to Ocean Palms and PVPV/Rawlings, St. Johns County elementary schools receiving “A” ratings included Cunningham Creek, W.D. Hartley, Hickory Creek R.B. Hunt, Julington Creek, Mill Creek, Palencia, Timberlin Creek and Wards Creek.
“A”-rated middle schools included Fruit Cove, Pacetti Bay and Switzerland Point, while Liberty Pines and Patriot Oaks also received the top grade. Bartram Trail and Creekside high schools also earned “A” rankings.
Ketterlinus Elementary, South Woods Elementary, R.J. Murray Middle, Gamble Rogers Middle, and Pedro Menendez and St. Augustine high schools received a “B” this year. John A. Crookshank Elementary, Otis A. Mason Elementary, Osceola Elementary and Sebastian Middle schools received a “C” this year while the Webster School received a “D.”
This is the first year the new, more difficult school grading system is in place under the Florida Standards Assessment which includes a change in the metrics used to calculate learning gains. To review the state report, visit http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.