Freeport High goes to the head of the class in state grades

Published: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 05:11 PM.

It was right before winter break when Freeport High School got its best Christmas gift: an 'A' grade. The last time the school earned the high mark was in 2008.

After last year's B grade — previous years were Bs and Cs — principal Shirley Foster, administrators, faculty and students, all worked together to improve.

"We were really close to an A last year," Foster said. "This year, we just had an all-school combined effort to improve. We are thrilled."

Foster explained that school concentrated on using Advanced Placement curriculum in all classrooms, studying Cornell note-taking and concentrating on reading strategies.

"We also focused on individual attention — concentrating on the needs of the student," Foster said.

A Florida high school's grade reflects the amount of points they receive in the previous school year. The points derive from FCAT scores, graduation rates, accelerated coursework participation and performance and postsecondary readiness.

To the principal, faculty and students, the A grade means hard work pays off.

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