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.


District

608 square miles

209,647 residents*

89.7% white, 5.7% black, 4.6% Asian and other minority*

Ethnicity – 5.8% Hispanic or Latino*

*Source: quickfacts.census.gov


Schools

18 Elementary Schools (K-5)

3 K-8 Schools (K-8)

7 Middle Schools (6-8)

7 High Schools (9-12)

1 Alternative Center (K-12)

6 Charter Schools (including a Vocational-Technical College)

3 Juvenile Justice Facilities

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)

1:15.81 (PK-3)

1:16.61 (4-8)

1:20.1 (9-12)

A fleet of 230 school buses transports over 19,200 students over 4 million miles every year in addition to more than 3,300 field study trips.

School cafeterias serve an estimated 2,366 breakfasts, 8,607 lunches and 10,921 a la care meals daily.

Approximately 23 percent of the district’s students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.


Financial Facts 2013-2014

Third in the state in percentage of budget spent on instruction (2011-2012, most recent data available)

Operating Budget – $262 million

Annual Operating Fund Payroll – $218 million including salaries and benefits

Capital Outlay Budget – $123 million

All Operating Income SourcesLocal – 54 percent, State – 40 percent, Federal – 6 percent

Funding per student – $6,810

Millage Rate – 7.342, the maximum rate allowed by state law

Five-Year Building Plan

  • Two new K-8 schools (Opened in 2014-2015)
  • Two new ninth-grade centers (“FFF” & “GGG”)
  • One new middle school (“JJ”)
  • Other school improvements including site improvements and district-wide recommendations
  • Continued maintenance, remodeling and renovations at existing schools
  • Purchase of equipment to support school-based educational programs
  • Purchase of additional and replacement school buses
  • Purchase of new technology and playground equipment

 


Staff

The school district is the largest employer in the county, with 4,046 full-time and part-time employees.

2,194
Instructional Staff
1,694
Support Staff
93
School-Based Administrators
65
District Administrators
Gender: Male – 22 percent

Race: White – 89 percent

Female – 78 percent

Other – 11 percent

Approximately 37 percent of all full-time teachers hold advanced degrees and 109 ar National Board Certified.


Students

Enrollment

Elementary
15,644
Middle School
7,896
High School
10,567
Alternative Schools
296
K-12 Total
34,403
(as of Sept. 16, 2014)

Race

White 87.1 percent
African-American or Black 7.5 percent
Asian 3.7 percent
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.2 percent
Native American or Alaskan 0.2 percent
Multi-racial 1.4 percent

Ethnicity

Hispanic
7.8 percent
Non-Hispanic
92.2 percent

Student body represents 113 different countries speaking 72 different languages

2,274 gifted students and 5,156 disabled students who have learning or intellectual disabilities, emotional/behavioral or autism spectrum disorders, speech/language or sensory impairments and developmental delays.


Test Scores

2013-2014 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) State Rankings:

First in the State in Reading:

3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade, 9th grade and 10th grade

First in the State in Math:

3rd grade, 5th grade and 7th grade

First in the State in Science:

5th grade and 8th grade

First in the State in End-of-Course (EOC) Exams:

Biology I, Geometry, Civics and US History

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

Readiness for College –78.7 percent of St. Johns County graduates ready in all three areas tested (math, reading, and writing) compared to state average of 62.4 percent

SAT – 1577, above state average of 1448 and national average of 1497

ACT – 22.2, above both state average of 19.6 and national average of 20.9

AP Exams – 65.9 percent received college credit, above state average of 49.4 percent

Graduation Rate – 86.7 percent based on the federal graduation rate compared to the state average of 75.6 percent

Dropout Rate – 1.1 percent, less than state average of 2.0 percent

2014 National Merit Semifinalists – 22 seniors placed in top 1 percent on the PSAT

Class of 2013 Scholarships – over $17 million

Florida Bright Future Scholar’s Fund – over $7.6 million


Awards

First in the State out of 67 districts in total FCAT points for the past six years

Grade A District – one of only five school districts in the state to receive an A for 10 consecutive years

2013 School Recognition Award Program – 19 schools to receive $2,016,898

2013 Energy Star Label by the EPA for being in the top 25 percent for energy efficiency with 100 percent of school campuses qualifying

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

2013 Healthy School District Silver Award – one of only seven districts to earn Silver or Gold level for maintaining a healthy environment for students, employees and the community

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

A+ Rating from Standard & Poor’s and an A1 Rating from Moody’s for exemplary financial oversight and sustained financial health

Governor’s Points of Light Award – CHARACTER COUNTS! program

2012 AP District Honor Roll – one of only 11 school districts in the state for increasing access to Advanced Placement (AP) coursework while simultaneously increasing the percentage of students scoring 3 or higher on AP exams

2011 FERMA Best Practices Award by the Florida Educational Risk Management Association for excellence in implementing and managing an employee risk management program

2014 St. Johns County Teacher of the Year: Daryl Cullipher, St. Augustine High School (2014 State Finalist)

2014 Rookie Teacher of the Year: Rebecca Royal, Palencia Elementary School

2014 School-Related Employee of the Year: Danielle Cook, Administrative Assistant, Community Relations

2014 Outstanding School Principal of the Year: Cathy Mittelstadt, St. Augustine High School

2014 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year: Nigel Pillay, Pedro Menedez High School

2014 Volunteers of the Year

  • Youth – Mimi Haley, Ponte Vedra High School
  • Adult – Corey Walker, The Webster School
  • Senior – Elizabeth Smallridge, Ocean Palms Elementary School

2014 Five Star School Awards – 12 schools for outstanding community involvement

2014 Golden School Awards – 33 schools for parent volunteer programs

2014 Silver School Awards – 14 schools for student volunteerism (secondary schools)

2014 American Youth Character Awards – 31 seniors received $400 and 54 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

2014 Winner – Trevon Bryant of Pedro Menendez High School

2014 Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Katherine Batenhorst, graduate of St. Augustine High School
  • Jim Browning, graduate of St. Augustine High School

 


Community Support

Investing in Kids (INK), formerly the St. Johns County Education Foundation, 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, Get on the Bus St. Johns, Arts Alive Academy, Tools 4 Schools, Take Stock in Children, License for Learning and One for the Kids. www.ink-stjohns.org.

More than 300 business partners support St. Johns County schools and 16,773 volunteers donated over 300,375 hours during the 2012-2013 school year.

2014 Outstanding SJCSD Business Partners of the Year

  • Beaver Toyota, St. Augustine

Instruction

That 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 K-12
  • Provided through standard and advanced programs including Programs of Choice, Dual Enrollment and/or the St. Johns Virtual Instructional Program of required and elective classes
  • Reinforced through Academic Recovery Labs, tutorial opportunities, summer learning camps and other academic-support activities
  • Supplemented through Head Start at four elementary schools, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) at 12 elementary schools and Pre-school Exceptional Student Education for at 11 elementary schools
  • Supported by Advanced Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs offered at six elementary schools
  • Broadened by Community Education which offers fee-based, non-credit evening classes for adult learners

 


Career Academies

15 High School Career Academies – www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/academies

Bartram Trail High School

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

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 Architerctural Design

Creekside High School

Academy of Environmental and Urban Planning – a STEM program focusing on two strands: Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering

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

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

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

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

St. Johns Technical High School

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


Acceleration Academies

  • AICE – Advanced International Certificate of Education (SAHS)
  • IB – International Baccalaureate Program (NHS, PMHS)
  • AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination (BTHS, PMHS, NHS, SAHS)
  • AP – Advanced Placement Courses (All Schools)

 


ROTC Programs

Air Force JROTC – Bartram Trail High School

Army JROTC – St. Augustine High School

Navy JROTC – Allen D. Nease High School

Charter Schools

First Coast Technical College (FCTC) – a secondary, postsecondary vocational school and adult and community education center. www.fctc.edu

The Academy of Business and Leadership Education (ABLE) – provides entrepreneurship and leadership fundamentals to students in grades 5-8. www.ableschool.org

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/

St. Paul School of Excellence – provides a learning opportunity with emphasis on academic, linguistic and social growth for grades K-5. www.spschoolofexcellence.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 educational to developmentally disabled students ages 18-22, combining vocational training and integrated employment with community-based work experiences


Administration

Joseph G. Joyner, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

Martha Mickler, Deputy Superintendent for Academic Services

Tim Forson, Deputy Superintendent for Operations

Brennan Asplen, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources

Michael Degutis, Chief Financial Officer

Bruce Patrou, Chief Information and Technology Officer


School Board

District 1 – Mrs. Beverly Slough, Chair

District 2 – Mr. Tommy Allen

District 3 – Mr. Bill Mignon

District 4 – Ms. Kelly Barrera

District 5 – Mr. Patrick Canan, Vice Chair

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

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 2014-2015 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

Christina.Langston@stjohns.k12.fl.us

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

www.stjohns.k12.fl.us