Roaring with Pride

First Coast YMCA’s Tiger Academy Named a ‘B’ School

Tiger Academy, the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast charter school, was recently named a ‘B’ school by the Florida Department of Education. Additionally, Tiger Academy was within one percentage point of the Department’s grading scale of receiving an ‘A’ rating.

Average 2017 Florida Standard Assessment (FSA) scores for Tiger Academy students jumped from 40 points to 53 points in reading, representing a 75 percent increase from 2016. Math scores grew from 37 points to 58 points, a 63 percent increase.

“We are thrilled with Tiger Academy’s new rating as a ‘B’ school, which reflects our commitment to offering a high-quality education to our students,” said Tiger Academy Principal Charles McWhite. “This achievement is a joint effort of our staff, our board, community leaders and, most importantly, our parents and their scholars.”

Tiger Academy is a free public charter school located in Northwest Jacksonville. It is operated by the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. Through a unique partnership with the Johnson Family YMCA, Tiger Academy’s students enjoy enrichment opportunities and benefit from family support services.

“Tiger’s terrific ‘B’ grade is an external validation of a powerful internal school discipline and culture combining rigorous academics and nurturing teacher/student interaction that helps the children soar to the height of their ability,” said Peggy Bryan, Chair, First Coast YMCA Metropolitan Board of Directors. “It’s so exciting and wonderfully well earned!”

Tiger Academy Board Chairman Ted Baker also shared his gratification for the charter school’s significant accomplishment. “I would like to congratulate the Tiger students, parents and staff. It is great to see so much hard work rewarded.”

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