Area high schools received their preliminary grades for this school year Friday morning. The overall grade for Bay district high schools dropped form an A to a B this year.
School district officials say there is still cause for celebration because all high schools in the area have either exceeded or maintained their graduation rate.
Officials attribute the B score to several factors including the changes in the FCAT and extra emphasis on writing.
According to data, Bay, Mosley, and Arnold each earned enough points to be achieve an A status, but due to rules regarding the annual improvement of at risk students, the school was given a B by the state.
"The states says, you can't be an A school. You know, you've done really great in these areas, we're proud of you for doing so well, however these students didn't quite meet the state's expectations so they were unable to earn the A," said Camilla Hudson.
Schools will have an opportunity to appeal the grades in January.