JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Sneads Elementary School was recently recognized at the Florida Exceeding Expectations Conference in Orlando.
"We were just one of only eight schools in the entire state of Florida that were recognized for the second time, so we were beyond excited," Sneads Elementary School Principal Mindy Howell said. "I got the phone call about a year ago."
Maintaining or increasing the school grade is just one of the criteria the award requires.
"It is a small community, but it is a tight knit community and there's a lot of pride in the school and they just want to keep on doing the best they can," Jackson County Director of Elementary Education Carolyn Pilcher said.
School officials attribute the school's success to special rememdial programs and a family atmosphere.
"We know their grandmas and their granddaddys and we make sure that we go and visit homes," Sneads Elementary School Counselor Cindy Applewhite said. "We call them and they come. We do special things for them that they wouldn't normally have that opportunity to be able to do."
"Our students know that we love them and we have high expectations for them every day," Howell said.
This is also the 10th year Sneads Elementary has been an "A" school.
"I know how hard those teachers work down there from personal experience," Pilcher said. "All of our teachers in Jackson County work very hard. Sneads Elementary has been blessed to have that achievement and I know that all of our schools are going to reach that level as well."
Pilcher said every Jackson County school is making strides toward success.
Sneads Elementary School also received $300 to go along with the Exceeding Expectations award. Howell said that money is being used to reward teachers for their hard work.