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2800 - Elevate Schools

The Board and Superintendent recognize the importance of ensuring all students have equal access to a quality education.  Certain schools face unique struggles in ensuring students receive a quality education.  To ensure that all students are prepared for life, certain schools will be identified as "Elevate Schools".  The schools identified as Elevate Schools will receive additional support and resources.

A school may be designated an Elevate School by the Superintendent if any four of the following criteria have been met:

  1. The school has received 2 consecutive grades of D or F;
  2. The school is a Title I school; 
  3. The school’s percentage of students ready for Kindergarten is below 30%;
  4. The school’s Level 3 and Grade 3 Elementary Language Arts (ELA) is below 30%;  
  5. Less than 80% of the students have a 90% attendance rate;
  6. Less than 80% of the students have zero suspension; or
  7. Reading and math gains of the bottom quartiles are less than 40%.

Staffing at Elevate Schools is paramount to ensuring success.  Elevate Schools shall be staffed at a 100% level at the start of every school year.  Elevate Schools shall be exempt from hiring freezes and pool placements of teachers rated NI or U.  Staff at Elevate Schools shall be given priority for professional development.  A principal at an Elevate School must have at least two years of experience as a principal.  The Superintendent, in collaboration with the staff of an Elevate School, will identify the unique and local barriers that triggered the Elevate School status.

The physical environment of Elevate Schools is important.  The Superintendent shall identify resources to ensure Elevate Schools are properly equipped and maintained.

Elevate Schools shall be monitored on a regular basis to ensure success.  Elevate Schools will be reviewed to assess the progress being made on improving the identified benchmarks.  An Elevate School shall have the status of an Elevate School for a minimum of three years to ensure continual success.  A school will no longer be considered an Elevate School after the criteria that led to the school’s selection have been brought above the identified benchmarks.  

F.S. 1001.41
Adopted - March 7, 2017
Revised - December 5, 2017

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