Charter School Earns Excellence Designation

Eleventh-grade students Anderson Park, left, and Sabrina Mead build an Elastic Energy Prop Racer on Wednesday in the Applied Engineering I class at The Villages High School. The Villages Charter School just earned a new “School of Excellence” award.

Hard work and many hours spent in the classroom are paying

off again.

The Villages Charter School is one of only five schools in the tri-county area to earn a new “School of Excellence” award for receiving three consecutive “A” ratings from the state and demonstrating high performance over several years, according to the Florida Department of Education.

Lake Panasoffkee Elementary, another Sumter County school, made the cut, too. Three Marion County schools also are on the list of 347 elementary, 116 middle, 96 high and 84 combination schools recognized Wednesday at the State Board of Education meeting at Florida State College in Jacksonville. To qualify, schools had to rank in the 80th percentile or higher of their type and receive at least a “B” grade in recent years.

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