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Robinson High School Attains Prestigious “A” Rating

Recently, Robinson has been on its A-Game.
Photo Malia Rodriguez
A photo of Robinson’s new courtyard. This year, RHS earned an “A” rating from the Florida Department of Education, its second in a row.

Robinson is officially an ‘A’ school in Hillsborough County for the second year in a row.

Out of 27 high schools in the district, Robinson is one of only six who earned the rating. The ‘A’ rating shows the school’s commitment to academic achievement. Schools are graded on an A-F scale, with each letter representing the academic achievement of the schools. This grade comes from several factors and test scores in the core subjects, as well as graduation rates and the percentages of students who excel in higher-level courses. To receive an “A” rating, high schools need a 70%. Robinson earned a 73%.

As the only IB school in the district, out of five, to receive an ‘A’ rating, Robinson High School stands out. This accomplishment not only maintains Robinson’s image inside the district but also sets the school apart from the rest of the state. The ‘A’ rating is one of the highest honors a school can achieve and comes in the same year as Robinson received a blue star rating for the new campus.

“This helps [Robinson] because if you’re a parent and you’re looking to send your kid to a great school, why send them to a school far away when there’s one down the street,” Principal David Brown said.

Parents use these ratings to determine where they want their students to attend school.

“My parents wanted me to go to a good school,” Tran Van (’26) said. “Robinson was close and because they saw it’s a good school, we decided on here.”

This achievement didn’t come from only the IB students though, this achievement can also be accredited to the hard work of traditional and accelerated students such as the ones in the AP and AICE programs. The rating also reflects the commitment and dedication of the administrators, teachers, and other staff members of the school who not only teach the student body but also support them.

“We can attribute this to everybody,” Brown said. “Well, everybody but last year’s seniors but they’re already gone.”

The standards for school ratings have recently changed. This year learning gains weren’t factored into the rating system, only the raw test scores. However, Assistant Principal for Curriculum Christopher Pettit does not believe this will negatively affect Robinson’s future grade.

“It’s hard to say how it will line up but I’m still confident that we would excel as we always do gain,” Pettit said.

This achievement has not only boosted morale within the students and administrators but also in teachers who are proud of the work the school has put in for these past years, despite setbacks with construction and change brought to the campus.

“I think it’s amazing that Robinson continues to stand out as just the best school in the county and it makes me so proud of all the students and parents who worked so hard and I’m confident I can do it again,” said Judi Charley-Sale, a long-time math teacher at Robinson.

This recognition positions Robinson as a leader in the district, emphasizing its contributions to academic advancement and with the full commitment of the Robinson community, there are high hopes of Robinson continuing on this path.

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Malia Rodriguez
Malia Rodriguez, Senior Staff Writer
Maila Rodriguez is a sophomore at Robinson and a senior staff writer for Knight Writers. This is her second year on staff. When writing, Rodriguez tends to lean towards Opinion and A&E stories, where she infuses her distinctive perspective and voice on a variety of topics. "[I like] writing opinion stories and A&E stories; [last year,] I even won an award for my review "M3gan" was Mediocre," Rodeiguez said. Aside from using her pen and paper, she loves to socialize with her friends and practice her editing skills on Adobe Photoshop in class. Rodriguez is also very involved at Robinson as a member of multiple clubs including Marine Biology, Photography and Model U.N. Outside of Robinson, she partakes in ballet for Kari and DiMarco South Dance. When Rodriguez isn't writing or practicing ballet, you can find her listening to her favorite artists such as Taylor Swift and Lana Del Ray while crocheting or painting. Her paintings tend to be still life watercolors and you will often see her drawing inspiration from her surroundings. "I'll usually paint what I see around me so like right now I've been painting my cat," Rodriguez said. In the future, Rodriguez has not decided what she wants to pursue yet, but plans on making a positive impact on the world by helping others in her future field of profession. "I want to do something that helps a lot of people like something with a charity organization or I want to be like a lawyer in the future," Rodriguez said. "I want to especially help people who are less privileged, and you know, can't afford to help you."
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