Education

Grades are out, and Manatee School District kept its B. How did your school do?

Manatee County School District has once again maintained its B grade during the 2018-2019 school year.

Schools and their districts learned how they fared on Thursday morning when the Florida Department of Education released schools grades, as well as overall grades for all 67 school districts.

Of Manatee’s 60 schools, there were 20 schools that received an A; 19 that received a B; 18 that received a C; and two that received a D. No school in the district received a F, but Manatee Virtual School once again received an incomplete.

“The grades released today are a gratifying reward for all of the hard work performed by our students, teachers, school administrators and support staff. We are clearly moving in a positive direction and this would not be possible without the overwhelming support of our School Board and our community,” Superintendent Cynthia Saunders said in an issued statement.

This is the third consecutive year that the district earned a B grade.

The state calculates school grades based on 11 components which include: four achievement components in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies; four learning gains components; middle school acceleration; graduation rate; and college and career acceleration.

Palm View Elementary saw the biggest improvement this past school year, raising its grade from a D to an A. Palm View is a Title 1 school, serving hundreds of economically disadvantaged students in Palmetto.

“We are amazed at the successful efforts of our school leadership, teachers, staff, families and students,” principal Kaththea Johnson said in a statement released by the district. “Collaboration was critical towards achieving our ultimate goal to raise our school grade.”

Major changes are coming to the school next year, as it transitions to a K-8 school and welcomes the Woz Pathways program. Created by Apple’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak, the program will allow students to pick from five pathways, or areas of study, that include: engineering, drone repair, coding, cybersecurity and mobile development.

Sixteen schools improved their grade, including several that increased by two letter grades. Samoset Elementary and Blackburn Elementary climbed from a D to a B, and William Monroe Rowlett Academy for Arts and Communication jumped from a C to an A.

Of the six schools that went down, none dropped by more than one letter grade. The majority of schools — 38 — maintained their existing letter grade.

Here’s how each individual school scored:

  • Anna Maria Elementary School, A
  • Ballard Elementary School, C
  • Bayshore Elementary School, C
  • Bayshore High School, C
  • Manatee Elementary School, B
  • Manatee High School, B
  • Jessie P. Miller Elementary School, B
  • Myakka City Elementary School, A
  • Oneco Elementary School, D
  • G D Rogers Garden- Bullock Elementary, C
  • Palm View Elementary School, A
  • Palma Sola Elementary School, B
  • Palmetto Elementary School, C
  • Palmetto High School, C
  • Robert H. Prine Elementary School, C
  • Blanche H. Daughtrey Elementary, C
  • Samoset Elementary School, B
  • Southeast High School, C
  • James Tillman Elementary Magnet School, B
  • Blackburn Elementary School, B
  • Frances Wakeland Elementary School, C
  • W. D. Sugg Middle School, B
  • H. S. Moody Elementary School, C
  • Martha B. King Middle School, B
  • Florine J Abel Elementary School, B
  • Ida M. Stewart Elementary School, A
  • William H. Bashaw Elementary, C
  • Braden River Elementary School, A
  • Braden River Middle School, B
  • Sea Breeze Elementary School, C
  • Tara Elementary School, B
  • Louise R. Johnson Middle School, A
  • Gene Witt Elementary School, A
  • Carlos E. Haile Middle School, A
  • Lakewood Ranch High School, A
  • Marjorie G. Kinnan Elementary School, C
  • R. Dan Nolan Middle School, A
  • Electa Lee Magnet Middle School, C
  • Braden River High School, A
  • Gilbert W Mcneal Elementary School, A
  • Freedom Elementary School, B
  • Virgil Mills Elementary School, B
  • Robert Willis Elementary School, A
  • Annie Lucy Williams Elementary School, A
  • B.D. Gullett Elementary School, A
  • Buffalo Creek Middle School, B
  • Manatee School Of Arts/Sciences, C
  • Team Success A School Of Excellence, A
  • Manatee School For The Arts, B
  • Rowlett Middle Academy, A
  • Manatee Charter School, C
  • Oasis Middle School, B
  • Imagine Charter School At North Manatee, C
  • Imagine Charter At Lakewood Ranch, B
  • Palmetto Charter School, A
  • State College Of Florida Collegiate School, A
  • A Visible Men Academy, B
  • William Monroe Rowlett Academy, A
  • Lincoln Memorial Academy, D
  • Manatee Virtual School, I
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Jessica De Leon has been covering crime, courts and law enforcement for the Bradenton Herald since 2013. She has won numerous awards for her coverage including the Florida Press Club’s Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting in 2016 for her coverage into the death of 11-year-old Janiya Thomas.
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