State Names Local Five Star School Award Winners

January 10, 2017

Four North Escambia elementary schools — Jim Allen, McArthur, Lipscomb, and Molino Park — were named Five Star Schools by the state on Monday.

The Florida Department of Education announced the names of schools in Florida’s Panhandle that have earned the Five Star School Award for the 2015-16 school year. The award is bestowed upon schools that are committed to incorporating family and community members into the school environment to enhance student learning. Statewide, nearly 700 schools earned the recognition.

“Family and community involvement is essential to student success, and I am grateful for the parents, caregivers and community members who invest their time in our state’s schools.” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “When school leaders and educators engage the community, the result is higher academic achievement and more students prepared for future success.”

To earn Five Star School recognition, a school must show that it has achieved all of the benchmarks and criteria in five categories – Community/Business Partnerships, Family Involvement, Volunteerism, Student Community Service and School Advisory Council. Schools must also earn a grade of “C” or above or a school improvement rating of “Maintaining” or “Improving” for the year being recognized.

Listed below are all of the Escambia County schools that received the Five Star School Award for the 2015-2016 school year.

  • A.K. Suter Elementary School
  • Beulah Elementary School
  • Blue Angels Elementary School
  • Cordova Park Elementary School
  • Ferry Pass Elementary School
  • Hellen Caro Elementary School
  • Jim Allen Elementary School
  • McArthur Elementary School
  • Molino Park Elementary School
  • Myrtle Grove Elementary School
  • NB Cook Elementary School
  • Pleasant Grove Elementary School
  • R.C. Lipscomb Elementary School
  • Scenic Heights Elementary School

The following Santa Rosa County Schools also received the award:

  • Gulf Breeze Elementary School
  • Gulf Breeze Middle School
  • Holley Navarre Intermediate
  • Oriole Beach Elementary School
  • S.S. Dixon Primary School
  • West Navarre Primary School


3 Responses to “State Names Local Five Star School Award Winners”

  1. Mary Grier on January 15th, 2017 4:30 pm

    Congratulations to Cordova Park Elementary again for being one of the top 5 schools. My grandchild has attended this school, out of district for two years. From day one to present, teachers, students, staff & volunteers have been fantastic. We were made to feel welcome by all. The communication between teachers & parents ( her 4 & 5 grade classes) has been great. Thank you Cordova Park.

  2. Chris Saul on January 11th, 2017 12:32 pm

    Way to go Jim Allen. The Staff at Jim Allen is phenomenal when it come to Education and genuine care for the childrens well being.

  3. Melodies4us on January 10th, 2017 10:55 am

    I am proud that so many of our schools were on the list. Teachers, keep up the good work. All good seeds grow.

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