Total Enrollment: 72,538
|Students identified as exceptional:||17.2%|
|Students identified as free/ reduced lunch:||43.2%|
|Students identified as minority:||32.6%|
|Students identified as English language learners:||2.3%|
|Students Identified as Gifted:||7.1%|
"All kids can learn at significantly higher levels, we believe it!" stated Cynthia Van Meter, Associate Superintendent of Brevard Public Schools in Florida. As one of only three associate superintendents in a district that serves close to 73,000 children across a 75-mile stretch of east central Florida (known as Florida's Space Coast), Van Meter is responsible for curriculum and instruction for every student across the district's 113 schools. Brevard County Schools (BPS) is organized into three areas – north, central, and south – spanning 1,300 square miles and 16 municipalities.
Van Meter's responsibilities include not only elementary, middle and secondary school programs, but also accountability, testing, and evaluation; adult and community education; career and technical education, and all student services, which encompass exceptional student education (ESE) services. This organizational scheme is not surprising, considering the district's commitment to eliminating silos, using a common vision to guide the education of every child, and focusing first and foremost on student success.
We're never satisfied with where we are, we're always reaching.
– Dr. Michael Miller, Principal
Saturn Elementary School
BPS has been recognized for its achievements in a number of areas, including having 100% of its schools rated as "Grade A" schools by the state, being ranked second overall in the state by the Florida Department of Education, second in the state in graduation rate, and third in the nation for the percentage of teachers holding National Board certification. In 2005 and 2006, the district led the state in science in 5th and 11th grade assessments, had five of the top 10 elementary schools in the state, was in the top 10 in the state in each of the 22 areas of state assessment, led the state in the 10th grade writing exam, and had higher SAT scores than any other Florida school district. More recently, the state's release of the 2011 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) scores – Florida's primary measure of student achievement of the Sunshine State Standards – showed that Brevard's sixth grade students ranked first in Florida in both reading and mathematics, and in June the district was honored for the third consecutive year by the Association of School Business Officials for financial excellence.