Pinellas elementary school gets national honor
Since 1996, the National Title I Distinguished School Program has recognized schools serving heavily low-income communities for achieving high academic standards.
This year, Sawgrass Lake Elementary School in Pinellas County received the honor. Florida education commissioner Eric J. Smith made note of the award today:
"Sawgrass Lake’s designation as a Distinguished Title I School affirms the school’s ability to maintain its focus on success by creating an environment where learning is a priority and students can excel. I am immensely proud of what this school has been able to achieve, and am confident it will continue providing opportunities for students to succeed for many years to come."
Sawgrass Elementary has about two-thirds of its students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, a measure of low-income status. Even so, the school has earned an A or a B grade from the state every year since 2002-03.