Making the Grade: Number of “A” rated high schools nearly doubles in Collier County
By KATHERINE ROSENBERG
Originally published 10:48 a.m., December 18, 2013
Updated 07:18 p.m., December 18, 2013
For Golden Gate High School, it was a success story 10 years in the making.
The number of “A” high schools in Collier County has nearly doubled from four in 2012 to seve n in 2013, according to preliminary grades released Wednesday by the Florida Department of Education. When Golden Gate High School earned an A, it was the first in the school’s 10 – year history, and marked a significant jump from the C grade it earned last year.
Of 579 high schools in the state with a C grade in 2012, Golden Gate was one of only 16 — or just 2.8 percent — made the jump to an A grade in 2013.
“We have a saying, ‘Making our way to an A,’ and now we made it, on our 10 – year – anniversary,” said junior Adriana Vega. “It was difficult hearing around Collier County that we’re a C school and we’re never going to be an A school and now we proved we deserve to be an A school.”