By Stacey Bomser
Weston students can take pride in knowing they are attending some of the best schools in Broward County and the State of Florida. The eleven public elementary, middle and high schools that serve Weston all received an “A” grade from the Florida Department of Education for the 2016-2017 school year.
Once again, Country Isles Elementary, Eagle Point Elementary, Everglades Elementary, Gator Run Elementary, Indian Trace Elementary, Manatee Bay Elementary, Imagine Charter School at Weston, Falcon Cove Middle, Tequesta Trace Middle, Cypress Bay High and Western High schools have all scored A’s on the state’s school grading scale.
Even more impressive, Country Isles, Eagle Point, Everglades, Gator Run and Manatee Bay elementary schools and both Falcon Cove and Tequesta Trace middle schools have maintained straight A’s for the past ten years, 2007 to 2017.
Each year, public schools in Florida receive a school grade on an A-F scale, indicating how well the school is performing. School grades are based on a variety of factors, including results from the Florida Standards Assessments and End of Course exams, levels of achievement, learning gains, industry certifications earned and graduation rates.
“The school grades are the direct result of the hard work and tremendous dedication of our teachers, school leaders, students, families, staff members and the entire Broward community,” said Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie. “Our School Board members and I appreciate and thank everyone for their continued support, as we continue to focus on providing all students with a high-quality education and ensure we are meeting the diverse needs of students and families.”
The fact that all the Weston schools earned A grades in 2016-2017 is quite impressive, especially considering only 87 Broward schools earned an A and statewide only 30% of schools received an A-rating.
Not only was this quite an accomplishment for Weston schools, it means extra money in their coffers. Schools that make an A grade receive extra money from the state.
School grades were first issued in 1999 under the A+ Plan for Education and the program has evolved over the years. Today, annual testing is required as part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
To view how the Weston schools have scored over the years, visit www.westonfl.org/Residents/Schools/SchoolsHome.aspx. For a full report on the 2016- 2017 School Accountability results for Florida, visit http://schoolgrades.fldoe.org.