Martin County is located on Florida’s east coast and situated between St. Lucie County in the north and Palm Beach County in the south. Stuart is the county seat where the offices of the Martin County School District are located at 500 SE Ocean Boulevard.
The Martin County School District consists of 28 schools and programs with the total population of all schools being 17,711; the breakdown of schools by category is as follows: 4 high schools, 5 middle schools, 12 elementary schools, 2 charter schools and 2 specialized programs.
The Martin County School District has made many achievements over the years. One achievement has also earned longevity as the school district is now celebrating a decade of excellence as an “A” rated district for 10 years. In a press release dated May 17, 2011 by the Florida Commissioner of Education, Dr. Eric J. Smith, who stated the following:
“Today the State Board of Education approved the designation of 13 Florida school districts as 2011-12 Academically High Performing School Districts. These districts have met the rigorous eligibility criteria as outlined in statute that includes compliance with class size, earning high school and district grades, and receiving sound financial audits. Of the 13 school districts meeting the eligibility criteria, 12 are maintaining their designation and five are in their fifth consecutive year, two are in their fourth year, and two are in their third year.”
Martin County is one of the five in its fifth consecutive year of being designated an “Academically High Performing School District”. The student – teacher ratio in the Martin County school district is 16 students to one teacher. The high school graduation rate is at 90% and the high school drop out rate is less than 1% which far surpasses from a positive perspective the state average graduation rate of 73% and drop out rate at 2%.
As far as teacher credentials are concerned, 69% of the teachers in Martin County have Bachelor degrees; 29% of Martin County teachers have Master degrees while 1% have Doctorate degrees.
Martin County School District is a strong, progressive district keeping up with technology with “Virtual School”. Go to the Martin County School District website www.martinschools.org to learn more about this productive school system on the Treasure Coast with a proven track record.
For more information about the 2011-12 Academically High Performing School Districts, visit http://www.fldoe.org/board/meetings/2011_05_17/acad.pdf