Sneads schools hang on to high marks; Grand Ridge surges

Schools in East Jackson County are celebrating following the Florida Department of Education’s recent release of 2018-2019 school grades. 

A rare feat for Panhandle schools, for the fourth year in a row Sneads Elementary distinguished itself with an “A” ranking. That’s in spite of the disruption caused by Hurricane Michael, the October 2018 Cat5 storm that laid waste to much of Jackson County, including Sneads and surrounding communities.

And speaking of Hurricane Michael damage, Grand Ridge School was particularly hard hit, suffering substantial damage to many key campus facilities. Yet the pre-k through eighth grade school surged from a “C” grade for the 2017-2018 school term – its third C in a row – to an “A” this past year, the 2018-19 school term. 

Sneads High School lost a bit of ground, going from an “A” ranked school in 2018 to a “B” in 2019. Regardless, both Sneads schools plus Grand Ridge easily outshined their counterparts in the rest of the county in this most recent round of state evaluations. Except for these bright spots in East Jackson, most of Jackson County’s public schools fared similarly to schools in neighboring Gadsden County: marginal declines, few gains. 

 Below is a complete listing of school grades for Jackson County. Additional data from the Florida Department of Education’s 2019 evaluations can be viewed at SneadsSentinel.com.

Jackson County Public Schools
2019 school grades:

• Sneads Elementary School – A
Also A in 2018

• Sneads High School – B
Down from A in 2018

• Marianna High School – C
Down from A in 2018

• Grand Ridge School – A
Up from C in 2018

• Riverside Elementary School – C
Also C in 2018

• Marianna Middle School – C
Down from B in 2018

• Malone High School – B
Down from A in 2018

• Cottondale High School – B
Up from C in 2018

• Cottondale Elementary School – C
Down from B in 2018

• Graceville Elementary School – C
Also C in 2018

• Graceville High School – C
Down from B in 2018

READ MORE:

• Download complete listing of Florida school grades from 2015 to 2019: School Grades

• Find out how the Department of Education calculates school grades here

• Additional school grades information and data is available here


Brian Dekle is a reporter and editor at The Chattahoochee News-Herald & Sneads Sentinel. He can be reached at editor@prioritynews.net


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