Local school district and Florida Charter School Alliance representatives honor top charter schools
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA – MAY 24, 2016 – The Florida Charter School Alliance (FCSA) recently held a Florida Honor Roll “A+” event, recognizing top-performing public charter schools in the greater Tampa area. The event was held at Kid’s Community College Charter School, located in Riverview.
Part of a series of Florida Honor Roll events held throughout the State, this lively event highlighted charter schools’ academic successes and recognized the ones that earned an “A” in 2014 – 2015.
The local schools honored at the event were:
- Kid’s Community College Charter School, Riverview Campus
- Pinellas Preparatory Academy, Largo
- Valrico Academy, Riverview
- Terrace Community Middle, Thonotosassa
- Winthrop Charter, Riverview
- Bell Creek Academy, Riverview
- Lutz Preparatory, Lutz
- Hillsborough Academy of Math and Science, Tampa
Administrators and educators from these schools were honored at this event, which was also attended by Jenna Hodgens, Hillsborough County Public Schools charter school department, and Lynn Norman-Teck, executive director of FCSA.
Above and beyond the school grades, there is evidence that charter schools are helping students succeed. A 2013 – 2014 report released by the Florida Department of Education analyzed the performance of students in charter schools as compared to students who attended district-run public schools. That data showed that charter schools performed better in 87% of 531 comparisons of reading, math, and science assessment results.
“For twenty years, Florida’s public charter schools have been closing the achievement gap between minority and non-minority students, raising graduation rates – especially among minority students, helping students achieve academically and getting them to college, and providing parents with quality school choice options. It’s important we celebrate those successes and continue to support our school leaders and teachers so they can continue to help students prosper,” said Norman-Teck.
More than 270,000 students in Florida attend a public charter school. Charter school growth has been driven by parental demand for quality public school options. Enrollment has grown by more than 200% over the last decade.