7 local schools recognized as Five Star Schools

Posted on December 31, 2018 by Staff reports

The Florida Department of Education December 20 announced the names of schools in Florida’s Panhandle that have earned the Five Star School Award for the 2017-2018 school year. The award is bestowed upon schools that are committed to incorporating family and community members into the school environment to enhance student learning. Statewide, over 700 schools earned the recognition.

“It is an honor to recognize these schools with the Five Star School Award,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “As a former teacher and principal, I have seen firsthand the positive impact family and community involvement can have on the lives of students. When school leaders and educators engage the community, the result is higher academic achievement and more students prepared for future success.”

To earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show that it has achieved all of the benchmarks and criteria in five categories – Community/Business Partnerships, Family Involvement, Volunteerism, Student Community Service and School Advisory Council. Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above or a school improvement rating of “Maintaining” or “Commendable” for the year being recognized.

Below are Santa Rosa County District Schools which received the Five Star School Award for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • Chumuckla Elementary School
  • Gulf Breeze Middle School
  • Oriole Beach Elementary School
  • Pea Ridge Elementary School
  • S. Dixon Intermediate School
  • S. Dixon Primary School
  • West Navarre Primary School