As Hillsborough County schools open their doors to a new school year the public schools located inside and around FishHawk Ranch also welcomed new and familiar students alike with the gift of great grades. Five of the public schools designated for FishHawk Ranch students have once again been recognized as top schools by the 2009-10 statewide grading evaluation.

FishHawk Creek Elementary School, Bevis Elementary School, Stowers Elementary School and Randall Middle School all received “A” grades in the recently released state grading evaluation. One of the community’s newest schools, Barrington Middle School, received a “B.” The rankings, based on test scores and state standards, reinforce the benefits of everything FishHawk Ranch offers children and families. 

Education is such a critical component to building healthy communities,” said Rick Harcrow, senior vice president of operations for Newland Communities.  “We are honored to offer such superior, public education options to our residents.” 

According to the Florida Department of Education, state grades are calculated by determining annual learning gains of each student toward achievement of Sunshine State Standards, meeting proficiency standards and reviewing the progress of the lowest quartile of students.

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Kate Quesada
Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.