A is for ABC: Charter school bucks state trend

ABC School kindergartners take part in a May 29 graduation ceremony marking the end of the 2012-13 s Photo available for purchase

ABC School kindergartners take part in a May 29 graduation ceremony marking the end of the 2012-13 school year.

DAVID ADLERSTEIN
Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 13:49 PM.

The Apalachicola Bay Charter School swam against the statewide current last week, as it posted its second consecutive A grade, and fourth in the last five years.

The grade for the kindergarten through eighth grade school was achieved even as the number of A schools throughout the state dropped sharply, from 1,242 in 2012 to 760 this past year. The number of A schools went from being 48 percent of the total number of schools, to 29 percent, a decline of nearly 20 percentage points.

“We were extremely proud that we maintained the A status and A ranking,” said Principal Chimene Johnson. “I feel like it comes from the support of our volunteer board of directors, our students, our staff, our parents, who all focus on the mission of our school, to reach the child’s social and academic potential.

“It was an outstanding effort, a lot of team effort went into play.” she said. “We’re very thrilled and excited for our students. Everyone is focused on the mission of our school.”

The ABC School produced a total of 614 points, well above the minimum of 590 needed to earn an A. “It is comfortable but there’s always room for growth,” said Johnson.

Because Franklin County High School is a combination kindergarten through 12th grade school, its grade is pending until December. As it stands now, the school has produced 504 points and will be assigned additional points for student participation in accelerated curricular, performance in accelerated curricular, graduation rates, and college readiness in reading and math.

“Growth in learning this year has exceeded levels from last year,” said Superintendent Nina Marks.



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