The St. Johns County School District will inspire good character and a passion for lifelong learning in all students, creating educated and caring contributors to the world.
Superintendent's Weekly Review 5-15
There is so much to celebrate in the district this week. I am very proud to announce the VyStar Academy of Business and Finance at Pedro Menendez High School has earned Model Academy status, the highest designation awarded by the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) bringing the total number of Model Academies in St. Johns County to five.
We have made a commitment to develop high-quality career academies framed by the National Standards of Practice for Career Academies. Many academies across the United States are reviewed on 10 standards, but few reach model status. The Model Academy designation is the highest recognition that an academy can receive nationally and places us in a very select group. The business partners, staff and students have simply been amazing and we are very grateful for their support.
Students graduating from this academy will leave Pedro Menendez High School with a well-rounded education in general business principles, employability skills, on-the-job training, and a completed online portfolio documenting their qualifications. All business programs within the academy articulate to the St. Johns River State College. Students may earn college credit through institutional exams, portfolio review, sequenced courses, and/or dual enrollment. Congratulations to everyone involved in the success of this academy.
Also this week, 13 graduates of the St. Johns Academy of Future Teachers at St. Augustine High School will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining the pay incentive at this month’s School Board meeting. Creating opportunities for students to excel as future teachers is a good thing for our district. We want to train and recruit great teachers, so we have an added incentive for academy graduates to complete their education and return to the St. Johns County School District—students who come back to us to teach will be placed on Level 2 of the pay scale.
Last Thursday, May 9 was designated as St. Johns County School District Day in a proclamation by the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners...