Nearly 70 percent of all Pasco County’s public high school earned an A or B grade from the state, with no D’s or F’s — and graduation rates are up to almost 80 percent as well.
Florida released its grades for high schools on Thursday following a more strict grading scale that suggested some schools may not improve as well as educators may have hoped. Yet, five schools in Pasco received an A grade — with Land O’ Lakes High School improving from a B to an A.
Graduation rates in the county hovered around 76 percent last year, but climbed to 79.4 percent this year, well above the state average of 76.1. Pasco County Schools superintendent Kurt Browning said it’s that statistic, not the grades, that parents should be focused on.
“I’m ecstatic about the significant increase in our gradation rate,” Browning said, in a release. “I can say that I’m pleased that most of our schools either maintained or raised their grades, especially when the bar was set higher this year. But I’d still caution anyone from reading too much into these grades.”
The preliminary grades this year for Pasco’s high schools were:
|Anclote High School||C|
|Fivay High School||B|
|Gulf High School||B|
|Hudson High School||C|
|Land O’ Lakes High School||A|
|Mitchell High School||A|
|Pasco High School||B|
|Ridgewood High School||C|
|River Ridge High School||A|
|Sunlake High School||A|
|Wesley Chapel High School||B|
|Wiregrass Ranch High School||A|
|Zephyrhills High School||C|