Friday, August 03, 2012

Yikes - Back to school

Surf school session behind Coconuts at Minutemen Cswy.
Just hearing those words puts a knot in any student's stomach unless you're talking about surf school. We've only got a few days before first day of school, Wednesday August 8 for most Brevard County students. We are lucky in Brevard County to have highly ranked schools. Among Florida's high schools, four of Brevard County's are in the top 50 with three in the top twenty, according to USNews and World Reports

They are:

Edgewater Junior/Senior High - Merritt Island - # 6 in Florida and #43 nationally
West Shore Junior/Senior High - Melbourne - # 9 in Florida and #64 nationally
Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High - Cocoa Beach #18 Florida and #188 nationally
Satellite Senior High School- Satellite Beach - #45 in Florida and #794 nationally

To put these rankings in perspective this is out of 990 Florida high schools and just under 22,000 nationwide. The top three on our Brevard list have been awarded the gold medal as best schools in their categories nationwide. Only 30 schools in the nation received this designation.

As of this writing I'm not aware of any rankings of surf schools but based on my casual observations this summer, our local surf schools would probably rank higher than our high schools. They have churned out a healthy quantity of stoked young grommets this year judging from the smiles on the young faces. See the photo above of a class carrying their boards back from a morning session. Look for the lineups to be crowed into the foreseeable future.

"The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught,
as that every child should be given the wish to learn." __John Lubbock