Section 1003.631, Florida Statutes, requires the State Board of Education to designate a school as a School of Excellence if the school's percentage of possible points earned in its school grade calculation is in the 80th percentile or higher for schools comprised of the same grade groupings (elementary, middle, high and combination) for at least two of the last three school years. The Schools of Excellence Program was established to provide administrative flexibility to the state's top schools so that the instructional personnel and administrative staff at such schools are able to continue serving their communities and increasing student learning to the best of their professional ability.
In the 2020-2021 school year, 767 schools throughout the state earned the School of Excellence designation. Of these schools, 578 maintained their designation from 2018-19, 181 renewed their designation and eight were newly designated by opting in to their 2020-2021 school grade and meeting the requirements for the first time.
Congratulations to the following Martin County schools for earning the School of Excellence designation in the 2020-2021 school year:
- Bessey Creek Elementary School
- Palm City Elementary School
- Hidden Oaks Middle School
- Clark Advanced Learning Center
- Jensen Beach High School