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Sumter County Schools, an Academically High Performing School District

2680 West County Road 476
Bushnell, Florida  33513

Press Release

From:  Colleen Strickland, Curriculum Supervisor

Date:  September 29, 2020

Subject:  Academically High Performing School District


Sumter County’s rich tradition of academic excellence continues, as the Sumter County School District has been named an Academically High-Performing School District by the Florida Department of Education.   Sumter is one of 17 districts of the 67 in Florida to earn this prestigious designation.   “The Board and I are so proud of the hard work of our students, teachers, administrators, and staff. It is nice to see the state award this team for excellence in so many different areas and departments,” stated Superintendent Richard A. Shirley. 

The Academically High-Performing School District designation is based on school and district grades, financial audit reviews for the 2018-2019 school year, and class size compliance during the 2019-2020 school year.  With the release of the most recent school grades in 2019, Bushnell Elementary School, Lake Panasoffkee Elementary School, and the Villages Charter School are designated “A” schools.   South Sumer Middle School and South Sumter High School are designated “B” schools.  The district has three “C” schools, Webster Elementary, Wildwood Elementary, and Wildwood Middle High.  The district has no “D” or “F” designated schools.   Sumter is an “A” district-one of only twenty-four districts statewide based 2019 district grades and is ranked 16th of 67 districts in Florida for student performance on standardized tests.

Standardized testing, on which school grades are largely based, was suspended by the Florida Department of Education in the spring when school closures were extended through the end of the 2019-20 school year.  Standardized testing will resume as usual this spring.  The 2021 school grades will include measures of students’ academic growth and improvement based on test scores from the 2018-19 school year.

This designation is especially meaningful because it encompasses the work of each of Sumter’s employees, while also reflecting Sumter’s community commitment to public education.   Academic performance, fiscal responsibility and systemic compliance with state regulations are all factors that ensure the Sumter County School District is able to carry out its mission of educating all students.