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Bonita Springs Charter School earned ‘Five Stars’ for parent, community involvement for the 2016-2017 school year!

News-Press.com story: 16 Lee County schools given ‘Five Stars’ for parent, community involvement.

Family involvement and community outreach can make all the difference to students, learning and a school’s culture.

And for 16 Lee County schools, these important connections have landed them statewide recognition as Five Star School Award winners.

They are:

  • Bayshore Elementary 
  • Bonita Springs Charter School 
  • Bonita Springs Middle Center for the Arts
  • Caloosa Middle 
  • Cypress Lake High 
  • Franklin Park Elementary 
  • G. Weaver Hipps Elementary 
  • Ida S. Baker High 
  • J. Colin English Elementary 
  • Lehigh Elementary 
  • North Fort Myers Academy for the Arts
  • Pelican Elementary 
  • Tanglewood Elementary 
  • Three Oaks Elementary 
  • Three Oaks Middle 
  • Villas Elementary

More than 700 schools in Florida were honored for their work in the 2016-17 school year.

To be considered, schools must have earned a ‘C’ or higher on the state’s annual report card, or carry a school improvement rating of either “maintaining” or “commendable.”

Also, schools must excel at building community and business partnerships, engaging families, promoting volunteerism on campus, offer students the chance to give back through community service and have an active school advisory council, better known as SAC.

Schools honored were chosen from nomination forms, and an application can be found on the state education website.

Pam Stewart, Florida’s commissioner of education, says this award is a great honor. 

 “As a former teacher and principal, I have seen firsthand the positive impact family and community involvement can have on the lives of students,” Stewart said in a news release. “I commend our state’s parents, guardians and community members for going above and beyond for Florida’s students and the schools for encouraging parent and community involvement.”