DOE Gives SCF Collegiate School an ‘A’ Grade
(Bradenton, Fla., July 11, 2012) — In its second year, State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) earned a second consecutive ‘A’ grade from the Florida Department of Education (DOE).
SCFCS was awarded 642 points, the highest of all middle schools in Manatee County, on the 2012 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test School (FCAT) Grades released today.
Schools are awarded points based on how they performed on the FCAT and the percent of students who made learning gains in reading and mathematics.
“Being recognized as an ‘A’ school for the second year in a row is extremely rewarding,” said State College of Florida President Dr. Lars A. Hafner. “By substantially outperforming both the state and district on the FCAT, the data support the SCFCS model as an innovative concept to be studied and replicated.”
Kelly Monod, SCFCS head of school, praised students and teachers for their continued progress.
“We’re proud of our students for their hard work, and credit goes to our teachers who did an excellent job preparing students academically, which was reflected in their high FCAT scores,” Monod said.
SCFCS has garnered international attention and accolades, including being recognized via Twitter in a tweet by former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush, who said, “SCF Collegiate School is making a difference in students’ lives, thanks to Lars Hafner’s leadership and vision.” Bush’s interest in and support for innovative approaches to education were cited as key influences in the development of SCFCS.
SCFCS is a tuition-free public charter school, located on the Bradenton campus of SCF. In its second year of 2011-12, the SCFCS student population of 198 students included 64 percent from first-generation families, meaning neither parent has abachelor degree; 43 percent who received free or reduced lunch; and 37 percent minority populations.
Students have the opportunity to earn simultaneously a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. A partnership with Florida Gulf Coast University provides a scholarship program for SCFCS graduates to continue to FGCU for a baccalaureate degree after graduating from SCFCS.
SCFCS opened in Fall 2010 with sixth and seventh grades and expanded to include eighth grade in the 2011-12 school year. In the upcoming 2012-13 school year, SCFCS will include grades six through nine and the first year of the Accelerated College Program with students in grade 11.
Applications are now being accepted for the 11th grade class starting this Fall. Applications and information are available by calling 941-752-5494 or visiting scf.edu/SCFCS. Maps and directions are online at scf.edu/maps.