District Facts

Mission

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.

Vision

All students will choose a learning path that leads to a well-rounded graduate who demonstrates good character and leadership.


District

608 square miles

243,812 residents*

85.7% white, 6.4% black, 7.9% Asian and other minority

Ethnicity – 8% Hispanic or Latino

*estimated
Source: www.co.st-johns.fl.us


Schools

18 Elementary Schools (K-5) 
 6 Academies (K-8)
 7 Middle Schools (6-8)
 7 High Schools (9-12)
 1 Technical College
 2 Alternative Schools (K-12)
 1 Virtual School
 3 Charter Schools
 2 Juvenile Justice Facilities

First Coast Technical College

As the first Technical College operated by St. Johns County School District, this accredited school has 27 programs of study ranging from automotive services to medical assisting. To learn more about the school and its programs, please visit http://fctc.edu/.

The St. Johns County School District is fully accredited as a quality school system by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), a division of AdvancED Accreditation. AdvancED Accreditation is the highest level of accreditation that a school system can receive.

Class Size (Teacher-Student Ratio)

1:15.09 (PK-3)
1:17.52 (4-8)
1:18.20 (9-12)

A fleet of 252 school buses transports over 21,000 students more than 4.5 million miles per year in addition to 3,750 annual field study trips.

School cafeterias serve 73,375 breakfast and lunch meals as well as 44,900 a la carte items weekly.

Approximately 25% of the district’s students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.


Financial Facts 

Budget

1st in state in percentage of budget spent on instruction

Operating Budget – $345 million

Annual Operating Fund Payroll – $250 million including salaries and benefits

Capital Outlay Budget – $192 million

All Operating Income Sources – 53% local, 42% state and 5% federal

Funding per Student – $7,142.63

Millage Rate – 6.543 the highest rate allowed by state law

Half-Cent Sales Tax

On November 3, 2015, the citizens of St. Johns County voted to approve a half-cent sales tax to be used for capital improvements within the school district.

The District has completed construction on two new schools with sales tax proceeds, Picolata Crossing Elementary School and Freedom Crossing Academy (opening August 2018). In addition to fully funding these two new schools, the half-cent sales surtax partially funded the construction of Palm Valley Academy (opening August 2018).

For more information and to view the critical project list visit www.halfcentsuccess.com.


Staff

The school district is the largest employer in the county with 4,534 full and part-time employees.

2,513 Instructional Staff
1,840
Support Staff
111
School-Based Administrators
70
District Administrators

 

Instructional Staff District Staff
Race Race
White – 93% White – 88%
Other – 7% Other – 12%
Gender  Gender
Female – 82% Female – 87%
Male – 18% Male – 13%

 

986 full-time teachers hold advanced degrees and 75 are National Board Certified.


 

Students

Enrollment (Final 20-Day Count 2018)

K-12 Total
39,564
Elementary
17,902
Middle School
9,543
High School
11,732
Alternative Schools 387
Other
First Coast Technical College
447
Charter Schools
156
Virtual School 146
Head Start/VPK 519
Dept of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) 149

 

Race 
White 85.10 percent
African-American or Black 6.92 percent
Asian 4.48 percent
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.30 percent
Native American or Alaskan 0.17 percent
Multi-racial 3.03 percent

 

Ethnicity
Hispanic
8.97 percent
Non-Hispanic
82.78 percent
Undeclared
 8.25 percent

The student body represents 114 different countries speaking 79 different languages.

3,509 gifted students and 6,521 students with disabilities who have learning or intellectual disabilities, emotional/behavioral or autism spectrum disorders, speech/language or sensory impairments and developmental delays. An additional 2,149 students with disabilities receive accommodations through 504 plans.


Test Scores

2017-2018 Florida State Assessment (FSA) and End-of-Course (EOC) SJCSD State Rankings:

First in State in Reading First in State in Math
3rd Grade 7th Grade 3rd Grade (tie)
4th Grade 8th Grade 4th Grade (tie)
5th Grade 9th Grade 5th Grade (tie)
6th Grade 10th Grade 6th Grade
First in State in Science First in State in EOC Exams
5th Grade Civics
8th Grade Algebra I (tie)

For additional information on state assessment scores, please visit http://fldoe.org/accountability

2017 Readiness for College –42 percent of St. Johns County graduates ready in all four areas tested (college English, college algebra, college biology, college social science) compared to state average of 21 percent

2017 SAT – 1158, above both the state average of 1010 and the national average of 1070

2017 ACT – 23, above both the state average of 19.8 and the national average of 21

2018 AP Exams– 67.3 percent received college credit, above the state average of 52.6 percent

2017 Graduation Rate – 90.9 percent based on the federal graduation rate compared to the state average of 82.3 percent

2017 Dropout Rate – 2.9 percent, less than the state average of 4.0 percent

2018 National Merit Semifinalists – 22 seniors placed in top 1 percent on the PSAT


Awards

First in the state out of 67 districts in total school accountability points for the past nine years and is one of only two districts in Florida with A grade each year since 2010

2017 School Recognition Award Program – 28 schools received $2,990,608

2017-2019 Healthy School District Silver Award – one of only seven districts in Florida to earn the Silver level for maintaining a healthy environment for students, employees and the community

2016 Energy Star Award – 27 SJCSD campuses among the top 25 percent in the nation for energy conservation

2015 SUNSPRA Sunshine Medallion Award for excellence in public relations for the Secretarial Leadership Conference ’15 by the Sunshine State Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA)

Cenergistic Energy Excellence Award in 2013 for achieving over $22.3 million in energy cost avoidance over five years.

Exemplary School Safety Award in 2013 – one of only seven schools or districts nationwide to be awarded for having a proactive approach to school safety

Governor’s Points of Light Award – CHARACTER COUNTS! initiative.

2018 St. Johns County Teacher of the Year – Amy Grimm, Julington Creek Elementary School

2018 St. Johns County Rookie Teacher of the Year – Hailey Fletcher, Patriot Oaks Academy

2018 Outstanding School Principal of the Year: Allen Anderson

2018 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year: Tiffany Cantwell

2018 School-Related Employee of the Year: Miriam Testasecca

2018 Volunteers of the Year

  • Youth – Rohan Bhargava, Allen D. Nease High School
  • Adult – Diane Grant, Creekside High School
  • Senior – Norm Perkins, Otis Mason Elementary School

2018 Golden School Awards – 36 schools for parent volunteer programs

2018 Silver School Awards – 12 schools for student volunteerism (secondary schools only)

2018 Five Star School Awards – 12 schools for outstanding community involvement

2018 American Youth Character Awards – 39 seniors received $400 and 56 juniors honored for exemplifying the Six Pillars of Character

Pursuing Victory with Honor – only school district in the state to implement the David Mathis PVWH Award given annually to an outstanding high school athlete.
2018 Winner – Riley Smith, Bartram Trail High School

Tucker McCarty Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to one senior for their exemplary character.
2018 Winner – Raymond Kapperman, Creekside High School 

The Dr. Joseph G. Joyner Sportsmanship Award – Awarded to an adult individual in the community or school system who recognizes that athletics is an important part of the total school program in St. Johns County.
2018 Winner – Paul Abbatinozzi, Senior Director for School Services

2017-2018 Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Michele Perry, a graduate of St. Augustine High School
  • Guy Harris, a graduate of St. Augustine High School

Community Support

Investing in Kids (INK!) is recognized by the state of Florida as the only direct support organization for the SJCSD.  INK! sponsors various programs including the Teacher of the Year Celebration, Tools-4-Schools, Take Stock in Children, License for Learning, One for the Kids, Fund-A-Project, FLY and Ancient City Explorers. www.ink-stjohns.org.

More than 600 business partners support St. Johns County schools and 29,614 volunteers donated over 246,844 hours during 2017-2018 school year.

2017 Outstanding SJCSD Business Partner of the Year

  • CITI

Instruction

SJCSD instruction is:

  • Based on the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, the Florida Standards and best instructional practice
  • Offered with high expectations which leads to higher performance as stated in the Core Values of the Strategic Plan
  • Supported by professional development with an emphasis on reading, writing and critical thinking across all content areas
  • Differentiated to meet individual student needs
  • Implemented and supported by technology at all levels PreK-12
  • Provided through standard and advanced programs including Programs of Choice, Dual Enrollment and/or the Johns Virtual Instruction
  • Reinforced through Academic Recovery Labs, tutorial opportunities, summer learning camps and other academic-supported activities
  • Supplemented through Head Start in 14 classrooms at four elementary schools; Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) in 45 classrooms at 14 elementary schools and FCTC; Pre-school Exceptional Student Education in 36 classrooms at 13 elementary schools
  • Supported by Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs offered at six elementary schools, one K-8, three middle schools and three high schools
  • Broadened by Community Education which offers fee-based, non-credit evening classes for adult learners

Career Academies

20 High School Career Academies – http://academies.stjohns.k12.fl.us

Bartram Trail High School

The Design Academy – a rigorous and relevant Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program focusing on one of three concentrations: Interior Design, Fashion Design or Architectural Design

The Information Technology Academy – a coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards, content includes computer application skills, computer hardware, software applications, web applications, web page design, systems support and network concepts

The VyStar Academy of Business and Finance – an academic and internship program for students exploring career opportunities within financial service and entrepreneurship

Creekside High School

Academy of Emerging Technology – a program that focuses on two strands: Digital Media Technology or Cybersecurity

Academy of Engineering and Environmental Sciences – a STEM program focusing on two strands: Engineering and Environmental Science

Pedro Menendez High School

The Flagler Hospital Academy of Medical and Health Careers – a business/educational partnership featuring internships and dual enrollment for those students interested in entering the medical field

The FMAEF Academy of Architectural and Building Sciences – a program offering classroom instruction, building projects and internships for careers in architectural drafting, carpentry, masonry and other building trades

VyStar Academy of Business and Finance – an academic and internship program for students exploring career opportunities within financial service and entrepreneurship

Allen D. Nease High School

The Stellar Academy of Engineering – a STEM program that offers students a broad base of knowledge, skills and experience in drafting and design technology

Communications Academy – offers one of two career-themed paths: TV Production or Digital Design

St. Johns County of Hospitality and Tourism – The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism has partnered with the North Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, and local companies including Ponte Vedra Inn and Club and Sysco, to give students the professional skills and real-world experience they will need to find success in the Hospitality and Tourism industry.

Ponte Vedra High School

Academy of Biotechnology and Medical Research – a STEM program focusing on the use of living organisms to solve problems or make useful products from biological systems

Academy of International Business and Marketing – a program offering two strands: Business which focuses on hands-on training in an integrated academic and business curriculum or Marketing which focuses on the foundations of marketing management and functions

Academy of Information Technology – a program providing relevant technical knowledge and skills, content includes computer application skills, computer hardware, software applications, web applications, systems support programming and network concepts

St. Augustine High School

St. Johns County Aerospace Academy – a partnership program with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offering an introduction to STEM careers in Aviation and Aerospace Engineering

St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers – a program exploring careers in education, students may earn their AA degree from St. Johns River State College teacher program while earning their high school diploma

St. Johns County Center for the Arts – a program providing artistically gifted students with a pre-professional program of study designed to develop their unique talents in the performing and visual arts

Academy of Law and Homeland Security – a program providing preparation for work in careers to serve and protect the public, state and country in law, law enforcement and Homeland Security related fields

St. Johns Technical High School

Academy of Coastal and Water Resources – a hands-on STEM program focusing on coastal, environmental and water resources

Academy of Culinary Arts – a curriculum that integrates academic and technical training for a variety of careers in the high-demand field of food service, preparation and hospitality


Acceleration Academies

  • AICE – Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (SAHS)
  • IB – International Baccalaureate Program (NHS, PMHS)
  • AP – Advanced Placement Courses (All Schools)
  • DE – Dual High School/College Enrollment

ROTC Programs

Air Force JROTC – Bartram Trail High School

Army JROTC – St. Augustine High School

Navy JROTC – Allen D. Nease High School

Charter Schools

St. Augustine Public Montessori – provides a learning culture grounded in the Montessori philosophy to students ages 6-12 in grades 1-6. www.staugustinemontessori.com/

Therapeutic Learning Center – serving children with developmental and/or medical disabilities from birth to 5 years old. www.arcsj.org/TLC

St. Johns Community Campus – provides alternative education to developmentally disabled students ages 18-22, combining vocational training and integrated employment with community-based work experiences.


Administration

Tim Forson, Superintendent of Schools

Cathy Mittelstadt, Deputy Superintendent for Operations

Brennan Asplen, Deputy Superintendent for Academic and Student Services

 


School Board

District 1 – Mrs. Beverly Slough

District 2 – Mr. Tommy Allen,

District 3 – Mr. Bill Mignon, Chair

District 4 – Ms. Kelly Barrera, Vice Chair

District 5 – Mr. Patrick Canan

School Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the School Board Administration Building at 40 Orange Street, unless otherwise posted.

Workshops are held at 8:30 a.m. on the first and fourth Tuesday of the month as needed.

The SJCSB has earned the designation of Master Board.


School Calendar

View our calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.


Contact Us

For additional information contact:

Christina Langston, Chief of Community Relations
St. Johns County School District
40 Orange Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084

Phone: (904) 547-7504       Fax: (904) 547-7523

[email protected]

The St. Johns County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

www.stjohns.k12.fl.us

Updated 7.24.18