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.
608 square miles
89.7% white, 5.7% black, 4.6% Asian and other minority*
Ethnicity – 5.8% Hispanic or Latino*
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)
1 Virtual School
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)
A fleet of 220 school buses transports over 19,600 students over 4 million miles every year in addition to more than 3,700 field study trips.
School cafeterias serve an estimated 2,570 breakfasts, 10,060 lunches and 8,280 a la care meals daily.
Approximately 25 percent of the district’s students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.
Third in the state in percentage of budget spent on instruction (2013-2014 – most recent data available)
Operating Budget – $310 million
Annual Operating Fund Payroll – $237 million including salaries and benefits
Capital Outlay Budget – $122 million
All Operating Income Sources – Local – 53 percent, State – 41 percent, Federal – 6 percent
Funding per student – $6,921.90
Millage Rate – 7.228, the maximum 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. Critical projects include those related to the following:
- New Construction
- Safety and Security
On January 1, 2016, the sales tax went into effect and is expected to generate approximately $13 million a year. For more information and the critical project list visit www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/halfcentsalestax/.
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
The school district is the largest employer in the county, with 4,388 full-time and part-time employees.
(As of October 13, 2015)
Gender: Male – 22 percent
Race: White – 89 percent
Female – 78 percent
Other – 11 percent
851 full-time teachers hold advanced degrees and 73 are National Board Certified.
Enrollment (as of January 20, 2016)
|African-American or Black||7.30 percent|
|Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.25 percent|
|Native American or Alaskan||0.14 percent|
Student body represents 112 different countries speaking 76 different languages
2,709 gifted students and 4,448 disabled students who have learning or intellectual disabilities, emotional/behavioral or autism spectrum disorders, speech/language or sensory impairments and developmental delays.
2014-2015 Florida State Assessment (FSA) State Rankings:
|First in State in Reading||First in State in Math|
|3rd Grade 2014||7th Grade 2014||3rd Grade 2015||4th Grade 2015|
|4th Grade 2014||8th Grade 2014||5th Grade 2015||6th Grade 2015|
|5th Grade 2014||9th Grade 2014||7th Grade 2015|
|6th Grade 2014||10th Grade 2015||First in State in EOC Exams|
|First in State in FCAT Science||Biology I 2015||Civics 2015|
|5th Grade 2015||8th Grade 2015||Geometry 2014||US History 2015|
|Second in State in Math||Algebra 2015|
|8th Grade 2015|
For additional information on state assessment scores, please visit http://fldoe.org/accountability
Readiness for College (2014) –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 (2015) – 1597, above state average of 1434 and national average of 1490
ACT (2015) – 22.6, above both state average of 19.9 and national average of 21
AP Exams (2015) – 63.3 percent received college credit, above state average of 50.4 percent
Graduation Rate (2014-2015) – 90.5 percent based on the federal graduation rate compared to the state average of 77.8 percent
Dropout Rate – 0.7 percent, less than state average of 1.9 percent
2016 National Merit Semifinalists – 18 seniors placed in top 1 percent on the PSAT
Class of 2014-15 Scholarships – over $14 million
Florida Bright Future Scholar’s Fund – over $9.8 million
First in the state out of 67 districts – in total school accountability points for the past seven years
Grade A District – one of only five school districts in the state to receive an A for 11 consecutive years
2014-15 School Recognition Award Program – 26 schools to receive $2,572,747
2014-15 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.
2014-15 Energy Star Label by the EPA for being in the top 25 percent for energy efficiency with 100 percent of eligible school campuses qualifying.
2014-2015 SUNSPRA Sunshine Medallion Award for excellence in public relations for the Secretarial Leadership Conference ’15 by the Sunshine State Public Relations Association (SUNSPRA).
Model Career Academy Status the highest designation awarded by the National Career Academy Coalition for four district academies, The Academy of Environmental and Urban Planning at Creekside High School; the Academy of International Business and Marketing at Ponte Vedra High School; the Aerospace Academy and the Academy of Future Teachers, both at St. Augustine High School.
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.
2016 St. Johns County Teacher of the Year: Laurie Zentz, Switzerland Point Middle School – Florida State Finalist!
2016 Rookie Teacher of the Year: Maegan Cassel, Cunningham Creek Elementary School
2016 School-Related Employee of the Year: Rick Testasecca, St. Johns Technical High School
2016 Outstanding School Principal of the Year: Kyle Dresback, Allen D. Nease High School
2016 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year: Kirstie Gabaldon, Creekside High School
2016 Volunteers of the Year
- Youth – Jasraj Raghuwanshi, Pedro Menendez High School
- Adult – Heather Mowrey, R.B. Hunt Elementary School
- Senior – Tera Hunt, W.D. Hartley Elementary School
2015 Golden School Awards – 35 schools for parent volunteer programs
2015 Silver School Awards – 15 schools for student volunteerism (secondary schools)
2015 Five Star School Awards – 15 schools for outstanding community involvement
2016 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. 2016 Winner – Nina Sizemore, Creekside High School
Tucker McCarty Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to one senior for exemplary character. 2016 Winner – Joshua Newton, Beacon of Hope Christian School
2015-2016 Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Awards
- Barbara McClain, graduate of Walter E. Harris High School
- Smiley Sturgis, graduate of St. Augustine High School
Investing in Kids (INK!) is recognized by the state of Florida as the only direct support organization for the SJCSD. The SJCEF 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 300 business partners support St. Johns County schools and 20,597 volunteers donated over 298,559 hours during 2014-2015 school year.
2016 Outstanding SJCSD Business Partners of the Year
- Leonard’s Studios
- 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 Johns Virtual Instructional
- Reinforced through Academic Recovery Labs, tutorial opportunities, summer learning camps and other academic-support activities
- Supplemented through Head Start in 15 classrooms at 4 elementary schools, Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) in 37 classrooms at 14 elementary schools and Pre-school Exceptional Student Education in 30 classrooms at 13 elementary schools
- Supported by Advanced Via Individual Determination (AVID) programs offered at six elementary schools, one K-8, four middle schools, three high schools and two charter schools
- Broadened by Community Education which offers fee-based, non-credit evening classes for adult learners
17 High School Career Academies – http://academies.stjohns.k12.fl.us
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
Academy of Information Technology
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
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
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
- 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)
Air Force JROTC – Bartram Trail High School
Army JROTC – St. Augustine High School
Navy JROTC – Allen D. Nease High School
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.
Joseph G. Joyner, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
Martha Mickler, Assistant Superintendent
Tim Forson, Deputy Superintendent for Operations
Brennan Asplen, Deputy Superintendent for Academic and Student Services
District 1 – Mrs. Beverly Slough
District 2 – Mr. Tommy Allen, Vice Chair
District 3 – Mr. Bill Mignon
District 4 – Ms. Kelly Barrera
District 5 – Mr. Patrick Canan, Chair
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.
View our calendar for the 2015-2016 school year.
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
The St. Johns County School District is an equal opportunity employer.