SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Florida Department of Education released the official school grades for the 2016-2017 year with the District of Sarasota County earned an “A” overall and the District of Manatee County earned a “B” overall.
“Credit for this outstanding accomplishment is due to the hard work of our students, teachers and school leaders, and we also greatly appreciate the support of families and school support staff,” said Todd Bowden, superintendent of Sarasota County Schools.
No school in Manatee or Sarasota County received a grade of an “F” overall for the 2016-2017 school year.
“This is a win for the entire community. It takes all of us working together to improve the lives and education of our children. Although we’re excited, we know that we still have work to do. We’re going to keep rolling up our sleeves and working hard,” said Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene.
Statewide the percentage of schools earning an “A” or “B” increased to 57 percent (1,834 schools), up from 46 percent (1,531 schools) in 2015-16.
The number of “F” schools decreased by more than half (61 percent), dropping from 111 schools in 2015-16 to 43 schools in 2016-17.
Governor Rick Scott said, “When I was growing up, I had access to a great public education which helped me achieve my goals and build a great career. Every student in Florida deserves the same opportunity. Floridians should be proud of the continuous improvement of our K-12 schools. I am thankful for the dedicated teachers, students and parents who work every day to advance education in our schools.”
Sarasota County Schools:
'A' schools (28): Pine View, Laurel Nokomis School, Alta Vista Elementary, Ashton Elementary, Bay Haven Basics Plus, Brentwood Elementary, Cranberry Elementary, Fruitville Elementary, Garden Elementary, Gulf Gate Elementary, Lakeview Elementary, Phillippi Shores Elementary, Southside Elementary, Tatum Ridge Elementary, Taylor Ranch Elementary, Venice Elementary, Riverview High, Suncoast Polytechnical, Venice High, Sarasota Middle and charter schools including: Sky Academy, Sky Academy Englewood, Sarasota School for Arts and Sciences, Island Village Montessori, Sarasota Suncoast Academy, Student Leadership Academy, Imagine at Palmer Ranch and Sarasota Academy of the Arts.
'B' schools (14): Atwater Elementary, Emma E. Booker Elementary, Englewood Elementary, Glenallen Elementary, Lamarque Elementary, Toledo Blade Elementary, Tuttle Elementary, North Port High School, Sarasota High, Brookside Middle, Heron Creek Middle, Venice Middle, Woodland Middle and charter schools including: Imagine at North Port.
'C' schools (7): Gocio Elementary, Wilkinson Elementary, Booker High, Booker Middle, McIntosh Middle and charter schools including: Sarasota Military Academy and Sarasota Military Academy Prep.
'D' schools (1): Charter school: Suncoast School for Innovative Studies.
Not Graded or Not Applicable: Oak Park South and Oak Park School.
Manatee County Schools:
'A' schools (14): Anna Maria Elementary, Braden River Elementary, Gullett Elementary, McNeal Elementary, Palma Sola Elementary, Tara Elementary, Willis Elementary, Witt Elementary, Johnson Middle, Nolan Middle, Lakewood Ranch High, and charter schools including: Team Success, Palmetto Charter School, and State College of Florida Collegiate School.
'B' schools (13): Mills Elementary, Sea Breeze Elementary, Stewart Elementary, Tillman Elementary, Wakeland Elementary, Williams Elementary, Haile Middle, King Middle, Braden River High, Manatee High, Southeast High, along with charter schools: Imagine Charter at Lakewood Ranch, and Manatee School for the Arts.
'C' schools (21): Abel Elementary, Bashaw Elementary, Blackburn Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Kinnan Elementary, Manatee Elementary, Miller Elementary, Moody Elementary, Myakka City Elementary, Palmetto Elementary, Samoset Elementary, Buffalo Creek Middle, Braden River Middle, Harllee Middle, Lincoln Middle, Bayshore High, Palmetto High, and charter schools including: Imagine Charter School at North Manatee, Oasis Middle, Rowlett Academy for Arts and Communication, and Visible Men Academy.
'D' schools (11): Ballard Elementary, Bayshore Elementary, Daughtrey Elementary, Lee Middle, Oneco Elementary, Palm View Elementary, Prine Elementary, Rogers Garden-Bullock Elementary, Sugg Middle, along with charter schools: Manatee Charter School and Manatee School of Arts and Sciences.