Lakewood High to be named an "A" school
Lakewood High School has never received an "A" since Florida started assigning grades to its campuses in the late 90s. That's about to change, Lakewood's principal said Wednesday.
Bob Vicari said he had received Lakewood's preliminary score and seen that it was an "A," receiving applause at the monthly meeting of the Concerned Citizens for Quality Education for Black Students.
"It's the first time we've ever had it so it's a good, solid thing," Vicari said.
The school had been working hard to get students to graduate, calling homes, making sure absent and tardy students had a way to get to school, he said.
Lakewood has been a "B" for two years, after earning a "C" in 2010 and "D"s for the five previous years.
Nine Pinellas high schools received "A" grades last year: Boca Ciega, Countryside, Largo, Osceola Fundamental, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs, Palm Harbor University and East Lake.