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Duval schools honored for exemplary community involvement

We need a city where everyone can be a responsible citizen and contribute to Jacksonville. Ensuring that children are given their best chance to grow, thrive and fulfill their roles as citizens should be our top priority. That’s why it’s important to recognize the people working in and around our public schools, who are committed each and every day to incorporating family and community members into the school environment to enhance student learning. Through the Florida Department of Education’s Five Star School Award, twenty-four schools in Duval County earned recognition for the 2016-2017 school year.

“It is an honor to recognize these schools with the Five Star Award,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “As a former teacher and principal, I have seen firsthand the positive impact family and community involvement can have on the lives of students. I commend our state’s parents, guardians and community members for going above and beyond for Florida’s students and the schools for encouraging parent and community involvement.”

Below are the schools in Duval that received the Five Star School Award for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Alimacani Elementary School
  • Atlantic Beach Elementary School
  • Baldwin Middle-Senior High School
  • Bartram Springs Elementary School
  • Beauclerc Elementary School
  • Cedar Hills Elementary School
  • Crystal Springs Elementary School
  • Duncan U. Fletcher Middle School
  • Enterprise Learning Academy
  • Fishweir Elementary School
  • Holiday Hill Elementary School
  • Jacksonville Beach Elementary School
  • John N.C. Stockton Elementary School
  • Loretto Elementary School
  • Mandarin High School
  • Mandarin Oaks Elementary School
  • Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School
  • Neptune Beach Elementary School
  • Oceanway Elementary School
  • Reynolds Lane Elementary School
  • Sabal Palm Elementary School
  • Sandalwood High School
  • Seabreeze Elementary School
  • Twin Lakes Academy Elementary School

To earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show that it has achieved all of the benchmarks and criteria in five categories – Community/Business Partnerships, Family Involvement, Volunteerism, Student Community Service and School Advisory Council. Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above or a school improvement rating of “Maintaining” or “Commendable” for the year being recognized. Statewide, over 700 schools earned the recognition. To view the entire list of schools awarded, please visit Five Star School Award.

In many ways, we are living up to our obligations to our city’s children and to our city by working together. Teachers, principals, school leaders and community partners know there’s more to do, but Jacksonville is coming together to make good things happen.