Oakcrest Elementary School


School grades: Santa Rosa up, Escambia stays the same

School grades provide parents and the general public an easily understandable way to measure the performance of a school and understand how well each school is serving its students. Read full story


Building relationships for school improvement at Oakcrest

Getting new students to meet academic standards, adjusting to new tests and developing new teachers are a few of the challenges Oakcrest Elementary School faces to pass muster on statewide assessments. Read full story


Helping 5-year-olds make the grade

With new guidelines for kindergarten readiness being rolled out this year, preschool and kindergarten teachers are working both ends of the readiness issue. Read full story


Poverty pockets hold back Escambia

Research by the Studer Community Institute and UWF has found that the poverty rate for households with children is 10 percent or higher in a third of the Census tracts in Escambia County. Read full story


Summer school helps students make the grade

Students in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties can take advantage of an array of programs and classes in summer school to improve their grades and earn credits for promotion and graduation. Read full story


The foundation for learning begins long before elementary school

Parent and community involvement is the Oakcrest way, says Principal Linda Bonifay. Read full story

Brownsville Middle School

Nearby scrap yard offers to buy Brownsville Middle School

Company plans to use property for office space, parking and traffic

GSI Brokerage Inc., a scrap yard company, has offered to buy Brownsville Middle School for $475,000. Read full story


Oakcrest principal honored at state leadership academy

NEWS RELEASE — Mr. Denny Wilson, former principal of Oakcrest Elementary School and now the director of continuous improvement and school choice, graduated from the prestigious Commissioner’s Leadership Academy and has become a valuable asset to the Escambia County School District and the Florida Department of Education. Wilson was selected as one of the 50 highest performing principals in the state to participate in the Academy designed and coordinated through a partnership with the Council for Educational Change. The yearlong experience enabled Wilson to build on his successes and influence the leadership of colleagues at the local and state levels. “Mr. Wilson will have many opportunities to utilize his dynamic leadership skills and multiple talents in his current role as the Director of Continuous Improvement and School Choice,” said Superintendent Malcolm Thomas.  “Because of Mr. Wilson’s abiding commitment and dedication to students, parents and staff, his legacy will continue to live on at Oakcrest Elementary School.” Linda Bonfay, former assistant principal at Pleasant Grove Elementary, has replaced Wilson as the principal at Oakcrest. The Commissioner’s Leadership Academy is sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines, Florida Blue, and Publix Super Markets Charities.  It has impacted approximately 750 principals and aspiring school leaders as well as an estimated 300,000 students over the past two years. The Council for Educational Change is the successor organization to the $100 million dollar South Florida Annenberg Challenge and is a statewide 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. This article originally appeared on Progress+Promise. Read full story


The “Million Dollar Teacher”

Some of the kids at Oakcrest Elementary School are calling John Herber “the million dollar teacher.” Read full story