District Schools Beam With Pride After Receiving Prestigious Five Star School Award

October 2017

Seventy-five District schools that earned the right to call themselves a Five Star School for 2016-2017, gathered on October 25 for a celebratory breakfast in honor of the impressive achievement.


Superintendent Robert Avossa was on hand to congratulate the schools as well as thank the Principals and Five Star Coordinators for their hard work.

“It’s so important that we take the time to just stop and celebrate, and look back at the kind of success that we’ve been able to accomplish,” Dr. Avossa said.

The Five Star School Award was created by the Florida Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Community Involvement Council and is presented annually to schools that have shown evidence of exemplary community involvement.

In order to earn Five Star School recognition, a school must provide documentation that it has achieved 100 percent of the established criteria in the following categories:

• Business Partnerships
• Family Involvement
• Volunteerism
• Student Community Service
• School Advisory Councils
• Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above, or school improvement rating of “maintaining or improving” for the year of nomination.

Two schools in attendance, Loggers’ Run Middle and Palm Springs Middle, have earned Five Star status for each of the 23 years of the existence of the Five Star recognition program. Dozens of other schools have been recognized each year for a decade or more.

Deputy Superintendent Dr. David Christiansen delivered the event’s closing remarks, expressing his gratitude and appreciation to the schools for their hard work and dedication. Click here to see the full list of Five Star Schools.

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