Indian River County School District earns “A” while several schools slip

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The Indian River County School District has earned an “A” grade for the third year in a row, based on students’ performance on the FCAT.

Despite the district wide grade of “A,” several schools slipped from their “A” rating last year to a “B” or “C” grade this year.

 

Though some individual schools’ performances were less than last year, Schools Superintendent Dr. Harry La Cava said he was proud overall.

“It is not easy to achieve an A as a District; it is even more difficult to maintain it, especially three years in a row. I want to thank our students, teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, and community for their perseverance and dedication,” he said.

Fourteen of the district’s 21 graded schools received “A” grades this year, down from 20 out of 23. Grades for the district’s high schools will be released in November and are not part of this release of grades.

Three schools in the district received “B” grades, while four received “C”s. Both grades are up from last year’s two and one, respectively.

Last year, 20 of the district’s 23 graded schools earned “A”s, two received “B”s and one got a “C.”

Five schools lost at least one letter grade from what they earned last year. Those schools include Fellsmere Elementary, Vero Beach Elementary, Thompson Magnet, Glendale Elementary, and Highlands Elementary.

Vero Beach, Glendale and Thompson dropped two letter grades, going from an “A” in 2009 to a “C” this year.

All other schools maintained their grade level from last year, including Imagine Schools at South Vero, which had and has a “C.”

The Florida Department of Education’s release of school grades came later than usual this year due to the late return of FCAT scores. The department audited the late FCAT scores to determine they were accurate before releasing schools’ grades.

The Florida Department of Education determines school grades based on students’ performance on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores.

Students in grades three through 11 took the exams in the spring this year.

Money is awarded to schools that earn an “A” grade or that improve their grade level. Those monies can be used for teacher and staff bonuses. How much money will be handed out this year is unclear.

What grade did you student’s school earn?

School201020092008

Vero Beach High School*

 No Grade 

B

B

Rosewood Magnet School

A

A

A

Osceola Magnet School

A

A

A

Beachland Elementary School

A

A

A

Gifford Middle School

A

A

A

Fellsmere Elementary School

B

A

A

Pelican Island Elementary School

A

A

B

Citrus Elementary School

A

A

A

Dodgertown Elementary School

B

B

A

Vero Beach Elementary School

C

A

A

Sebastian River Middle School

A

A

A

Thompson Magnet School

C

A

C

Sebastian Elementary School

A

A

A

Glendale Elementary School

C

A

A

Highlands Elementary School

B

A

A

Oslo Middle School

A

A

A

Sebastian River High School*

 No Grade

A

B

Liberty Magnet School

A

A

B

Treasure Coast Elementary School

A

A

B

Storm Grove Middle School

A

N/A

N/A

Indian River Charter High School*

 No Grade

A

B

St. Peter’s Academy

 No Grade

A

C

North County Charter School

A

 No Grade 

A

Sebastian Charter Junior High School  

A

A

A

Imagine Schools At South Vero

C

C

N/A

 

 

 

Total Graded Schools

21

23

23

Total “A”s

14

20

15

Total “B”s

3

2

6

Total “C”s

4

1

2

Total “D”s and “F”s

*Source: Florida Department of Education

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