SCF Collegiate School Students Earn High Scores on First FCAT

(Bradenton, Fla., June 6, 2011) — The inaugural sixth and seventh grade classes of the innovative State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) made an extraordinary showing in the school’s first Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) results, announced SCF President Dr. Lars A. Hafner.

“The data backs up what we knew – that we have a winner with the SCFCS concept of providing personalized attention and innovative technologies to motivate students to be self-directed,” said Hafner.

SCFCS substantially outperformed both the state and district in all composite score levels. In sixth grade reading, SCFCS students scored 85 compared to Manatee County public school district, 63, and all Florida students’ composite of 67. Sixth grade math scores were SCFCS at 72, Manatee County, 48, and Florida, 57.

In seventh grade reading, SCFCS students scored 83 compared to Manatee County, 65, and Florida, 68. SCFCS scored 73 in seventh grade math compared to Manatee County at 59 and Florida at 62.

Florida students in sixth and seventh grades are tested in reading and math.

“These scores are a testimony to teacher dedication, parental involvement and student empowerment,” said Kelly Monod, SCFCS head of school.

SCFCS is a tuition-free public charter school, open to Manatee County residents. The SCFCS student population of 132 students includes 68 percent from first-generation families, meaning their parents do not have bachelor degrees; 38 percent receiving free or reduced lunch, and 33 percent representing minority populations.

SCF Collegiate School provides students with the opportunity to graduate simultaneously with a high school diploma and Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. Opened in August 2010, SCFCS started with sixth and seventh grades. The school will expand to the eighth grade in 2011 and in subsequent years it will include sixth through 12th grades to offer a seamless continuum of education from middle school through high school. A partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University provides a tuition-free bachelor’s scholarship program for SCFCS students to continue to FGCU for a baccalaureate degree after graduating from SCFCS.

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