HOLMES COUNTY - Florida school grades and preliminary grades are in, recently released by the Florida Department of Education, with Holmes County averaging a “C” from the state.
The majority of grades remain unchanged from last year.
Final grades are in for local elementary schools, however, for middle and high school grades, there still multiple factors involved for reaching a final grade, which will not be available until the end of December or beginning of January.
“Bonifay Elementary and Middle Schools did a great job this year, and Ponce de Leon Elementary School had a significant gain from last year,” said Superintendent of Schools Eddie Dixon. “They actually had a 40 percent increase from last year but due to the odd scoring they appear as though they dropped a grade. High school and middle school grades are pending until the end of course exams and possible bonus points based on percentages.”
Ponce de Leon Elementary School dropped from a C to a D, but the school's principal states there was still some improvement.
“Although the state scored us at a D, we improved by 98 points from last year,” said PDLES Principal Anissa Locke. “Last year, we were at 333 points and this year we improved to 431 points, only 4 points from a C. I look for our school to make even more improvements next year. The teachers and students are highly devoted to meeting all the new requires FLDOE has in place for the upcoming school year.”
Bonifay Elementary School maintains their A.
“Out of the last seven years we’ve had five As and two Bs,” said BES Principal Rodd Jones. “At our school the teachers to a phenomenal job, as does the faculty and staff but I also have to say it has a lot to do with the parents too. Parents play an intricate part in our success; we are very proud of our school’s grade.”
Ponce de Leon High School, Bonifay Middle School Poplar Springs High School and Holmes County High School grades are still pending.
“In the past it has taken until November or December before we received our grade,” said HCHS Principal Mickey Hudson. “We are always striving to improve, and will continue to work on analysis to determine where we need to change and what we need to replicate. With that being said, the formula is changing and we are attending some training this week that I hope will help us to better understand the new information.”