Duval High Schools Show Significant Improvement
100% of high schools earned A, B, or C grades
Jacksonville, FL - Following recent news of an improved graduation rate, Duval County Public Schools saw eight of its high schools' grades rise in 2012. Most notably, Andrew Jackson High School rose three letter grades, from "F" to "B," A. Philip Randolph Academy and Jean Ribault High School earned their first "A" grade.
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Overall 100% of high schools scored A, B, or C grades, an increase of 15 percentage points from last year. 90% of high schools increased or maintained their letter grade. Schools with "A" grades increased from four to seven, including Darnell-Cookman Middle/High School, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Jean Ribault High School, Stanton College Preparatory School, A. Philip Randolph and Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology. Schools with "B" grades were Andrew Jackson, Atlantic Coast, Englewood, Fletcher, Mandarin and Sandalwood high schools.
"I want to congratulate our high school principals, teachers, support staff, students, parents, and partners on their outstanding improvement. I am especially proud of the work at Andrew Jackson and other traditionally lower-performing schools. Our work now rests on sustaining and accelerating the improvement into the future," said Duval County Public Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti. "The enhanced focus on these schools by the former School Board and Superintendent helped to ensure the progress that we see today. We must continue this path of progress to ensure that all of our schools are 'A' schools."
Now that all school grades have been released for elementary through high school, 86% of Duval County public schools have A, B, or C grades.
"I have personally seen tremendous progress in our high schools over the last two years, and learning today that the numbers parallel what I have seen solidifies the fact that we are moving in the right direction," said Board Chair Fel Lee. "As a district we have worked exceptionally hard to achieve our goal of ensuring that our students will graduate prepared to succeed in postsecondary education or the workforce. This past year we challenged our high schools to raise the bar and I am proud to say that they exceeded our expectations."
"The gains in achievement are important because it shows not only the level of commitment, but the passion that the teachers, administrators, and community stakeholders have for student success," said Board member Paula D. Wright. "The passion for success allows our students to take their progress to the next level."
"The sacrifice by our teachers has allowed our students to realize their potential and rise to our level of expectation," said Andrew Jackson High School Principal Iranetta Wright. "I am proud of the work of our students and teachers for their success in the face of adversity."
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