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Alachua county high schools make the grade

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School grades released by the state show Alachua County High Schools performing very well. Alachua County Public Schools Spokeswoman Jackie Johnson says the school district is happy with the across-the-board improvement.

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She says the scores go beyond just FCAT performance.

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Among the 6 high-performing schools, Buccholz, Newberry and the Professional Academies Magnet at Loften High School earned “A” grades, and Eastside, Gainesville and Santa Fe High earned “B”s.  78% of the state’s high schools were rated high performing.

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