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Press Release

Monday, May 18, 2010

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(850) 245-0413

State Board of Education Recognizes Distinguished Title I Schools

~ Nine schools honored with academic awards for exceptional student achievement ~

TAMPA - The Florida State Board of Education today recognized nine Title I schools for their superior performance in raising student achievement and promoting academic progress for all students. Each of the nine schools, honored as Title I Distinguished Schools, met rigorous state and federal accountability measures for five consecutive years in order to earn the awards. Title I schools receive federal funding for low-income students.

“Each of these schools is evidence that given the right learning environment and proper amount of academic support, every student has the capability to excel,” said Education Commissioner Dr. Eric J. Smith. “I am tremendously proud of what they have been able to accomplish, and am confident their achievements and motivational spirit will serve as an inspiration to other schools throughout our state.”

The following schools were recognized as Title I Distinguished schools:

  • Charles R. Hadley Elementary School – Miami
  • Crossroad Academy Charter School of Business – Quincy
  • Fairlawn Elementary Community School – Miami
  • Madie Ives Community Elementary School – North Miami Beach
  • Sweetwater Elementary School – Miami
  • Treasure Island Elementary School – North Bay Village
  • Tropic Isles Elementary School – North Ft. Myers
  • Watkins Elementary Magnet School – Pembroke Park
  • Youth Co-Op Charter School - Hialeah Gardens

“Tropic Isles is extremely honored to receive this recognition from the Department of Education. We work hard to make data-driven decisions and differentiate our instruction to target the needs of students in each of our subgroups, and help them develop their individual strengths and talents,” said Donald Bryant, Principal of Tropic Isles Elementary School. “Our vision is to be a national role model for academic excellence, and being recognized as a Title 1 Distinguished School encourages us to continue to pursue that vision.”

Title I Distinguished schools serve as models for and provide support to other Title I schools, especially those identified for improvement. These schools earned the award by meeting 100 percent of federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements and achieving a school performance grade of “A” or “B” for five consecutive years.

“This award is a testament to the impact high expectations, hard work, and collaboration can have on student achievement no matter who you are or where you live,” said Kevin Forehand, Principal of Crossroad Academy Charter School of Business. “I would like to congratulate the hard working teachers, students, staff, and families for consistently going beyond expectations and for believing that everyone deserves the right to obtain a high quality education in spite of the status quo and the times we live in… without excuses.”

For more information on these schools, including student achievement data and a description of the strategies that led to their improvement, visit (PDF, File Not Found)