Milton High earns another A from the Department of Education

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Milton High School has earned yet another A distinction from the Florida Department of Education for the 2012-13 school year.

Santa Rosa County, who also received an A for the entire school district, saw five of the six county high schools earn a B or better.

The two previous school years Milton earned an A as well, but were reduced a letter grade because the school did not show adequate improvement among struggling students.

Florida high school grades are based upon Student achievement data from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test 2.0, as well as other components such as graduation rates and improvement among lower-performing students.

Milton High School Principal Mike Thorpe was very excited about the grade the Panthers earned.

“We are very excited to have received the “A”,” said Thorpe. “I feel that it is validation for all of the hard work and dedication to excellence that our school community has been striving for over the last 4 years.  In these 4 years the school community has scored in the “A” range each and every year and we are happy to keep the grade we earned.”

Thorpe feels they have a formula to help the school in the improvement of at-risk students as well.

“As far as At-risk graduates, I feel that we better identify and track these graduates than most schools across the state,” said Thorpe. “Part of tracking these students is to provide them with many mentoring and tutoring opportunities.

“We work hard to help these students see what is available beyond high school with a high school diploma and we try to remove as many barriers as possible for getting the diploma.  We were proud that 72% of our at risk graduates made it.  This was up from 54% and was tops from all high schools in Santa Rosa and Escambia Counties.  But we know that 72%, although substantially higher than the state requirement of 65%, is not high enough for us so we continue to work on interventions to help the kids that struggle the most.”

Santa Rosa County Schools Superintendent Tim Wyrosdick is also very please with the continued level of achievement by the students in Santa Rosa County.

““Santa Rosa District schools celebrates our academic success!” Wyrosdick said. “Our students, through the service of talented employees, have once again performed well.  distinguishing our school district with an “A” grade; one of 5 in the state.  Since the inception of the A+ Accountability recognition, Santa Rosa County has been recognized every year as an “A” school district.”

Central School would have earned a B this year based on test scores, but was one o

f the area school to be dropped a letter grade by not meeting other state standards.

Area High Schools at a Glance

Schools                                 2012          2013

Central School                          B              C

Gulf Breeze High                       B              B

Jay High                                   A              A

Milton High                               B              A

Pace High                                A              B

Navarre High                            B                A

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