West Florida High School is Escambia County’s only consistent “A”-rated school, with test scores and graduation rates higher than all other county high schools. While the School District’s overall graduation rate reached 66 percent last year, West Florida’s graduation rate — at 94 percent — is one of the highest in the U.S.
Hundreds of miles northeast of Pensacola, North Charleston High School in South Carolina has shown some of the highest gains in test scores and graduation rates in the state. With a minority enrollment of 95 percent, and nearly all students eligible for free or reduced-price meals, North Charleston is shining a bright light in education.
Robert Grimm arrived at North Charleston High School in 2011 with a crystal clear picture of the looming challenges facing a new principal.
If traditional high schools are like practical, safe family sedans and vo-tech schools are like work trucks, then West Florida High School in Pensacola is a combination of the two – and then some.
People like being around TaDarius Hall.
By now it’s old news: “It’s never been more important to get a good education than it is today.”