Lake Forest Elementary to Close at the End of the 2018-19 School Year
June 4, 2019 - Duval County Public Schools shared with parents and guardians of Lake Forest Elementary that the school would be recommended for closure at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
The recommendation to close Lake Forest is one of several strategic moves from Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene to address persistently low-performing schools in the district. Prior to the Lake Forest announcement, the district announced plans for Northwestern to close at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
“One of my chief goals as incoming superintendent was to address our D and F schools as we march toward becoming an A-rated district,” said Dr. Greene. “Our recent decisions regarding Lake Forest and Northwestern are difficult, but we must do everything possible to ensure our students are in higher performing schools.”
As a result of Lake Forest closing, students who are currently enrolled in the school will be placed in North Shore Elementary.
This is in keeping with Florida law. As part of statute 1008.33, students who previously attended a school that closed while being monitored under a “differentiated accountability plan” must be reassigned to a school designated as “high-performing” (school grade of C or higher).
Lake Forest was being monitored under a “differentiated accountability plan” after receiving failing grades. Therefore, with its recommended closure, students will be enrolled in North Shore Elementary, which has a C school grade. Students also will be provided with any Opportunity Scholarship options for which they may be eligible when school grades are released this summer.
An informational session was held for parents last week, and additional resources will be made available to help families transition.
Additionally, if students are eligible for transportation to North Shore, it will be provided at no cost.
Parents who have questions can contact the Turnaround Region Office at (904) 924-3722 or the School Choice Office at (904) 390-2082.