Old Kings third-grader Gianna Seifert, left, plays a magnet fishing game during the school's bass release. Photo by Paige Wilson

From a C to an A in one year: Old Kings principal attributes marine science program and tutoring efforts for grade jump

Find out how the Owls improved from a C to an A in one year.
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Jun. 30, 2017

The Owls at Old Kings Elementary School flew from a "C" to an "A" over the last school year. It was also the only elementary school in Flagler County to earn an "A" this school year.

Old Kings Principal Benjamin Osypian credits a shared vision for success, combined with before-school and after-school tutoring efforts and the marine flagship program, for the school's improved grade.

The hands-on experiences the marine science program helps excite students to learn the material, he said.

"There's a very concrete approach by giving students hands-on opportunities like labs and by going through the scientific process, as well as doing a spiral review with certain questions that they could be exposed to on the test," Osypian said.

Osypian said many teachers dedicated themselves to tutoring sessions before and after school, as well as Saturday camps, to leave no Owl behind.

"An 'A' is representative of the total hard work everyone has put in, not just the teachers or the students or the administration, but it’s a combined effort," Osypian said. "We appreciate the support all the parents and families have given their students to show that success."

Osypian said Old Kings is taking steps to ensure it maintains the "A." There is going to be a continued focus on the marine flagship program, which will be getting a dedicated outdoor learning space. The school will also focus on its bottom quartile in the upcoming school year to make sure tutoring is provided for students who need extra help.