SCF Collegiate School Named National Blue Ribbon School

(Bradenton, Fla., Sept. 29, 2016) — State College of Florida Collegiate School (SCFCS) has been recognized as one of the best schools in the country. U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced Wednesday, Sept. 28, that SCFCS has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. SCFCS is one of 279 public and 50 private schools to receive the honor this year. 

The state departments of education nominate schools for the award. The schools are then tasked with completing a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing — among the top schools in a state — or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing — schools making the fastest progress in their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.  SCFCS was one of only four Florida schools to receive the honor.

In submitting the application, Kelly Monod, head of school, wrote: “SCFCS employs an innovative model, influenced by the Swedish Kunskapsskolan, which nurtures motivation, independence and support for student success with the guidance of an academic coach. The role of the coach is to be an advocate for the student, as well as a mentor providing assistance in academics or personal and social concerns. ”

“Beginning in 6th grade, SCFCS students progress in a rigorous academic environment, permeated by technology, preparing for a full-time college schedule beginning their junior year.”

SCFCS has been designated a high performing charter school by the Florida Department of Education. It also has been graded as an “A” school since it opened in 2010. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.

SCFCS representatives will attend a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their hard-won achievement.

For more information about SCFCS, contact the school office at For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, visit


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