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Team Success Achieves ‘A’ Grade in Two Years

Sep 06, 2012 02:11PM


In a year that Florida school grades have dropped because of stricter Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test standards, one local school stands out for achieving an “A” grade against all odds. Team Success: A School of Excellence, a charter school in Bradenton serving about 300 elementary and middle school students from the poorest neighborhoods, has climbed from an “F” school to an “A” school in just two years, after a concerted effort by school administrators and teachers to raise student performance.
Team Success charter school was opened in 1997 by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office as the Police Athletic League Academy to serve students in at-risk neighborhoods threatened by gangs, drugs, violence and poverty. It is now independent of the Sheriff’s Office. After years of dismal student test scores and consistent “F” ratings for the school, the board of directors was faced with shutting the school down or turning it around.
Students are tested throughout the year to make sure they are on track, including state and district mandated assessments, as well as three of Team Success school’s own assessments.
“It is our primary goal for our students to achieve at their highest level, and in order for them to be able to do so, we foster their intrinsic motivation,” said school director Fleming.
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