After several years of work, improvement, and transitioning to a new building, teachers, students and parents have earned a distinction long-waited by the entire community:
Boca Ciega High School is now an “A” school.
“The collective efforts of our students, parents, community members, support staff, administration, and teachers over the past few years have led to dramatic and visible improvements and learning gains for our school,” Principal Michael Vigue said in his weekly e-mail last week. “We all know how difficult it can be to remain intensely focused on high academic achievement, but by now you also know that hard work pays off.”
Boca Ciega High School regularly earned a “D” rating. Last school year (2010 – 2011) that grade rose to a “C” for the first time in almost a decade.
Last week, for the first time in the high school’s history, the school earned an “A” grade for the past school year (2011 – 2012).
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for all of us and it should serve as a reminder that anything can be accomplished when we eliminate excuses and demonstrate hard work and determination in everything we say and do,” Mr. Vigue said. As principal, teachers say he’s forced students to embrace a stricter code of behavior and held them to high standards. “Moving forward, it is our collective responsibility to continue to improve our performance and to maintain our status as one of the top schools in Pinellas County and across the state.”