Lake County Schools is a “B” district for the third year in a row, according to data released by the Florida Department of Education today.
Additionally, the data shows the number of “A” schools in the district increased to 10 in 2019. Lake had eight “A” schools in 2018 and six in 2017.
Out of the 10 Lake County Schools receiving an “A” rating, 8 were located in south Lake County.
- Pinecrest Lakes Academy
- Cypress Ridge Elementary School
- Imagine Schools at Southlake
- Lost Lake Elementary School
- East Ridge Middle School
- Pine Ridge Elementary School
- Grassy Lake Elementary School
- Lake Minneola High School
Round Lake Elementary School and The Villages Elementary of Lake Lake School also achieved “A” rating.
Out of the 13 Lake County Schools receiving a “B” rating, 5 were located in south Lake County.
- Windy Hill Middle School
- Minneola Elementary Charter School
- East Ridge High School
- Gray Middle School
- Clermont Middle School
Astatula Elementary, Lake Virtual, Seminole Springs Elementary, Spring Creek Charter, Tavares Middle, Triangle Elementary, Umatilla Elementary, Umatilla Middle also received a “B” rating.
Superintendent Diane Kornegay set a long-range goal for every district-operated school in Lake County to earn a grade B or higher. “We’re getting there, but there is still work to do,” she said. “I’m very proud to see that we have more ‘A’ schools than we did last year, and that the vast majority of our schools either improved over last year’s grade or maintained. The hard work of our teachers, administrators, support staff, students and staff is paying off.”
However, some of our schools continue to struggle and need additional support, Kornegay said.
Leesburg Elementary was one point shy of maintaining its “C” from the previous year, largely because of a drop in math learning gains. Leesburg Elementary slipped to a “D” this year, and Beverly Shores Elementary dropped from a “D” to an “F.” Both schools will start the school year with new principals and specific plans for improvement that address academics, attendance and parent engagement.
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.
Statewide, 1,172 schools earned an “A” in 2018-19 compared to 1,043 in 2017-18.
“It is a great day for education in Florida and today’s announcement shows we are on a successful trajectory,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said. “We are resolute in our continued efforts to ensure that Florida students have the chance to receive a world-class education regardless of their circumstance. The ultimate gift we can give future generations is the ability to achieve their life’s ambitions. I appreciate our state’s hard-working educators who made it possible and applaud our students on a job well done.”
To see a full listing of all school and district grades and for more information about Florida school accountability, visit the School Grades page on the Florida Department of Education’s School website.