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FAU’s PK-12 Schools and Education Programs Earn Awards, ‘A’ Ratings

BOCA RATON, FL (January 13, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s PK-12 schools and education programs recently earned numerous awards and excellent ratings from Palm Beach County and the Florida Department of Education for the 2011 school year. School grades communicate to the public how well a school is performing relative to state standards. 

“These ‘A’ ratings and awards further demonstrate FAU’s commitment to community engagement in the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade levels across Southeast Florida,” said Glenn Thomas, assistant dean of FAU’s pre-kindergarten through 12thgrade schools and educational programs. “Our schools are built on strong collegiate and community partnerships to serve as vibrant learning, demonstration and research laboratories for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and researchers university-wide. The schools are funded at the same level as other public schools in Florida, with students selected by lottery to demographically match other public school student profiles in Florida based on gender, race, ethnicity and family income. We have much to build upon for future years.”

The Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development received a perfect score on the Palm Beach County quality rating scale. Located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, the Center is a lab school for approximately 100 children from birth to five years of age.

Alexander D. Henderson University School received an “A” from the Florida Department of Education for the 12th straight year and achieved federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status.  AYP is part of the federal No Child Left Behind law and is based on Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores, as well as on how many students improved scores from one year to the next. Located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, A.D. Henderson is a kindergarten through eighth grade public school district.

FAU High School also received an “A” from the Florida Department of Education with a perfect score on the state accountability report. FAU High School opened its doors to students for the fall semester in 2004. This highly selective program offers students in grades nine through 12, an opportunity to experience college-level courses in the environment of the university classroom, laboratories and support facilities.

Palm Point Educational Research School at Tradition, located in Port St. Lucie, received an “A” from the Florida Department of Education for the third consecutive year. Palm Point is a kindergarten through 8th grade charter laboratory school operated by FAU-Treasure Coast University Schools in collaboration with St. Lucie County Public Schools. 

Criteria for the Palm Beach County quality rating scale for preschools includes licensing compliance, ratio and group size, health and safety and curriculum. Elementary and middle schools are assigned a grade based primarily upon student achievement data from the FCAT and are calculated based on annual learning gains of each student toward achievement of Sunshine State Standards, the progress of the lowest quartile of students, and the meeting of proficiency standards.  Fifty percent of the high school grade is based on student achievement and learning gains data from the FCAT, and 50 percent is based upon several non-FCAT based components, including graduation rates and student participation and performance in advanced coursework.

Florida Atlantic University Schools serve as laboratory schools for FAU’s College of Education, offering demonstration and fieldwork sites for FAU students enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. FAU faculty, students and teachers conduct research at the schools to advance scholarship and innovation in early childhood, elementary, middle and high school education and related fields of study. 

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