Hawthorne Middle/High gets "C" grade to remain open

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) -- Hawthorne Middle/High School will remain open after receiving a "C" grade, ending a string of ‘Ds’ and ‘Fs’ over six years.

Superintendent Karen Clarke expressed her relief at the grade, “Now everyone can really focus on making this school year even more successful.”

The fate of Hawthorne Middle/High School was unknown as it was given a "incomplete" grade by the Florida Department of Education for the 2017-2018 school year.

Under the state’s stringent school accountability system, the school faced the possibility of closure or takeover by an outside entity if it did not earn a C grade in 2018.

Hawthorne Middle/High implemented a number of new programs and strategies to boost the performance of students. The community was also heavily involved in reinvigorating the school, with citizens from the city of Hawthorne, the Alachua County Council of PTAs and other organizations and individuals taking an active role in supporting students and staff. The involvement sparked the hashtag #allin.

“That support clearly had an impact,” said Clarke. “I think the students and staff recognized that there were a lot of people committed to helping them turn things around.”