Booker Middle School named College For Every Student Brilliant Pathways School of Distinction

Program introduces students to college and career possibilities and provides professional development opportunities for educators

LaShawn Frost. Photo courtesy Sarasota County Schools

Booker Middle School in Sarasota has been named a College For Every Student (CFES) Brilliant Pathways School of Distinction, the Sarasota County School District has announced.

“CFES Brilliant Pathways, founded in 1991 in central New York, aims to help students unlock their brightest futures,” a news release says. “CFES Brilliant Pathways empowers educators and gives communities a chance to participate in the 21st-century economy,” the release points out. The programs have reached 100,000 students over more than 25 years, the release adds.

The programs “introduce students to college and career possibilities, provide crucial resources to educators — such as professional development, support and evaluation, and workshops — and help students and their families demystify the path to college,” the release explains.

“Booker Middle School not only developed and executed an exemplary plan for its CFES Scholars,” the release adds, “but [it] also involved the entire school in the CFES core practices of Mentoring, Essential Skills, and Pathways.”

“We are thrilled to be selected as a CFES Brilliant Pathways School of Distinction,” said Booker Middle Principal LaShawn Frost in the release. “Our team strives hard every day to ensure a high-quality education for our students.

“The foundation for college and career success starts early,” she continued in the release. “Our plan embraces CFES principles and enables students to hone in on vital concepts they will carry with them well beyond their time at Booker Middle. We are empowering them to take hold of their brilliant futures.”