Despite challenges due to the pandemic, Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) continues to lead the way with unparalleled accomplishments.
SCPS is perennially an “A”-rated Premier National School District and was named the Fourth Best School District in Florida for 2020 by Niche.com!
More than 67,000 students populate our county’s public schools, and they graduate high school at the highest rate of any of the 17 largest school districts in Florida. SCPS has the fourth highest graduation rate out of all Florida school districts. Our 2019-2020 graduation rate of 94.5% is the highest we’ve ever achieved as a district. SCPS also remains ranked #1 in the state in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
In 2019 our graduating seniors earned more than $58 million in scholarships and earned more than 3,800 industry certifications. More than 7,300 students participated in AP exams and SAT scores remain above the state and national average for the 43rd consecutive year.
This 2020-2021 school year saw the opening of the new Pine Crest Elementary School of Innovation campus, a new Intermediate Learning Classroom (ILC) Building, and a new gymnasium at Crooms Academy. The district broke ground on a new Career & Technical Education (CTE) Building at Lyman High School and have begun construction on the new Casselberry Elementary School campus.
In addition, the new gymnasium at Milwee Middle School is also nearing completion, and the district recently launched a second Physics Bus focused on optics for elementary students. The first bus in circulation is dedicated to mechanics. The Physics Buses will be making scheduled stops at SCPS elementary schools to provide fourth- and fifth-grade students with STEM experiences that develop critical math skills. Next year, we plan to launch a third bus focused on the principles of electricity. Physics is mathematics in action. Students need to experience the joy of math and science in a fun, hands-on, and creative setting.
The SCPS Physics Bus was created to capture the attention of elementary school students and inspire them to pursue accelerated STEM courses in middle and high school. We aren’t the #1 STEM district in the state by accident. It’s because of our deliberate efforts to make a difference for all students.
Thank you to all who help make SCPS such an overwhelming success!
Dr. Walt Griffin is the superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools.
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