St. Johns County School District
St. Johns County Schools Are #1 Excellence in Public Education Since 1869

    40 Orange St.  •  St. Augustine, FL 32084  •  (904) 547-7500
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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
190,039 residents
89.3% white, 5.6% black, 5.1% Asian and other minority
Ethnicity - 5.2% Hispanic


18 Elementary Schools (K-5)
1 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)

1:14.88 (PK-3)
1:19.12 (4-8)
1:19.08 (9-12)

A fleet of 221 school buses transports 19,000 students over 3.8 million miles every year in addition to more than 3,000 field trips.

School cafeterias serve an estimated 2,450 breakfasts and 8,400 lunches each day.

Approximately 24% of the district's students receive free or reduced-price meals each day.

Financial Facts

2012-2013 Operating Budget - $231 million

Annual Operating Fund Payroll - $192 million including salaries and benefits

Capital Outlay Budget - $97 million

All Operating Income Sources - 54.05% local, 45.69% state and 0.26% federal

Revenue per student - $6,276

Millage Rate - 7.683, the highest rate allowed by state law

Third in the state in total school expenditures (2011-2012)

Eleventh in the state in percentage of budget spent on instruction (2011-2012)

Eleventh lowest in the state in total district level expenditures (2011-2012)

Five-Year Building Plan
• Two new K-8 schools (“HH” & "II")
• One new ninth grade center ("FFF")
• Other school improvements including site improvements and district-wide recommendations
• Continued maintenance, remodeling and renovations at existing schools
• Planning for additional elementary, middle and high schools beyond the Five-Year Work Plan
• 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 3,738 full-time employees.

 Instructional Staff
 Support Staff
 School-Based Administrators
 District Administrators

Gender: Male - 24%
Race: White - 90%                                              
Female - 76%
Other - 10%
Approximately 45% of all full-time teachers hold advanced degrees.

National Board Certified Teachers - 120


Middle School
High School
Alternative and Charter Schools
K-12 - Total
(as of June 4, 2013)

White - 87%
African-American or Black - 8%
Asian, Indian and Other - 5%

Hispanic - 7%
Non-Hispanic - 93%

Student body represents 112 different countries speaking 66 different languages

1,555 gifted students and 4,613 disabled students (learning or intellectual disabilities, emotional/behavioral or autism spectrum disorders, speech/language or sensory impairments and developmental delays)

Test Scores

2012-2013 Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) compared to other districts in the state:

Grade 3 - First in reading and third (T) in math
Grade 4 - First in reading and second (T) in math
Grade 5 - First in reading, math and science
Grade 6 - First in reading and math
Grade 7 - First reading and second (T) in math
Grade 8 - First in reading 16th in math, first in science
Grade 9 - First (T) in reading
Grade 10 - First (T) in reading

 (T) = Tied with another district

End-of-Course Exams

Algebra I - First
Geometry - First (T)
Biology I - First
U. S. History - First

SAT 2012-2013 - 1575, above state average of 1460 and national average of 1498

ACT 2012-2013 - 22.2, above both state average of 19.8 and national average of 21.1

AP Exams - 58.5 percent received college credit, 14 percent increase in number of test takers; 17 percent increase in number of exams taken

Graduation Rate - 86 percent based on the federal graduation rate, higher than state average of 74.5 percent

Dropout Rate - 0.8 percent, less than state average of 1.9 percent

2013 National Merit Semifinalists - 15 seniors placed in top 1 percent on PSAT

Class of 2012 Scholarships - over $17.5 million

Florida Bright Future Scholar's Fund - over $9.1 million


First overall ranking out of 67 counties on FCAT for four years in a row

St. Johns County School District - grade of A ten years in a row, one of only 10 school districts in the state

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

2012 School Recognition Award Program - 20 schools received $2,016,898

2012 Energy Star Top Performer and Leader designation by the EPA for energy conservation and improving energy efficiency by more than 34.5 percent for the third consecutive year

2012 Sunny Award for one of only 13 school district websites in Floirda with a perfect 10 rating for website transparency three years in a row

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

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

Well Workplace Designation and 2009 Silver Award Winner from the Wellness Councils of America for the health and well-being of its employees

Five-time First Place Sunshine Medallion Award Winner from the Sunshine State School Public Relations Association

2009 Florida Superintendent of the Year: Dr. Joseph G. Joyner

St. Johns County Teacher of the Year for 2013: Jessica Geronimo, Transition School at the Evelyn Hamblen Center

Rookie Teacher of the Year for 2013: Kelly Thigpen, John A. Crookshank Elementary School
School-Related Employee of the Year for 2013: Gloria Gatewood, Executive Secretary, District Office Budget Department

Outstanding School Principal of the Year for 2012-2013: Steve McCormick, Fruit Cove Middle School

Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year 2012-2013: Jewel Johnson, Ponte Vedra High School

Volunteers of the Year for 2012-2013:
Youth- Max Ervanian, Ponte Vedra High School
Adult - Ben Walker, South Woods Elementary School
Senior - Karen Cantona, Durbin Creek Elementary School

Five Star School Awards - 11 schools for outstanding community involvement
Golden School Awards - 33 schools for exemplary volunteer programs
Silver School Awards (secondary schools only) – 14 schools

American Youth Character Awards - 28 high school seniors received $400 awards; 53 high school juniors honored for exemplifying the Six Pillars of Character

Character Counts! of St. Johns County
  • Recipient of the Governor's Points of Light Award
  • First Place Sunshine Medallion Award Winner from Sunshine State School Public Relations Association
  • American Youth Character Awards - 31 high school seniors received awards and 54 high school juniors honored for exemplifying the Six Pillars of Character
Pursuing Victory with Honor - first school district in the state to implement; David Mathis PVWH Award
given annually to outstanding high school athlete- 2012-2013 Winner - Sierra Riter of St. Augustine High School

2011-2012 Class 3A State Championships - Girls Soccer Team at Ponte Vedra High School and Boys Track and Field State Qualifying Team at Bartram Trail High School

2011 Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Awards
John W. Daniels, Retired Vice President of First Union Bank and graduate of Ketterlinus High School, and Wayne Hogan, Jacksonville Attorney and graduate of SAHS

Community Support

The St. Johns County Education Foundation is a nonprofit fundraising organization, and the only direct support organization for the SJCSD, it sponsors various programs including the Teacher of the Year Celebration, Horizon Awards, Arts Alive!, Tools for Schools, Take Stock in Children, the Black Stallion Literacy Project, License for Learning and One for the Kids.

SJCEF is state approved as a Supplemental Education Services provider offering free tutoring services to qualified students.

Business Partners in Education provide personnel and fiscal resources to the school district. There are currently 300 different business partners supporting St. Johns County schools and 11,816 volunteers who donated more than 259,960 hours during the 2010-2011 school year.


• Based on the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, the Common Core State Standards and best instructional practice
• Offered with high expectations which lead to higher performance as stated in the Core Values of the district's Strategic Plan
• Supported by professional development with emphasis on reading, writing and thinking across all content areas
• Differentiated to meet individual student needs
• Enhanced by technology at all levels K-12
• Provided through traditional programs, Programs of Choice and/or St. Johns County Virtual Instructional Program of required and elective classes
• Reinforced through Academic Recovery Labs in middle and high schools
• Supplemented with Head Start at four elementary schools
• Prepared for in Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) at nine elementary schools
• Supported for Exceptional Education pre-schools at 11 elementary schools
• Broadened by Community Education which offers fee-based, non-credit evening classes for adult learners.
• All high schools offer Programs of Choice which include career academies, acceleration academies and ROTC programs.

Career Academies

Communications Academy - Allen D. Nease High School
Stellar Academy of Engineering - Allen D. Nease High School
Academy of Design and Construction - Bartram Trail High School
VyStar Academy of Business & Finance - Bartram Trail High School
Academy of Emerging Technology - Creekside High School
Academy of Environmental and Urban Planning - Creekside High School
Academy of Architectural and Building Sciences - Pedro Menendez High School
VyStar Academy of Business and Finance - Pedro Menendez High School
Flagler Hospital Academy of Medical & Health Careers - Pedro Menendez High School
Academy of Biotechnology and Medical Research - Ponte Vedra High School
Academy of International Business and Marketing - Ponte Vedra High School
St. Johns County Aerospace Academy - St. Augustine High School
St. Johns County Center for the Arts - St. Augustine High School
St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers - St. Augustine High School
Academy of Coastal & Water Resources - St. Johns Technical High School

Acceleration Academies

Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) - St. Augustine High School

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program - Nease High School and Pedro Menendez High School

Bartram Trail, Ponte Vedra and Creekside high schools also have advanced academic programs for students who live within their school zones only.  These programs are not open for any students outside their school zones.  Please contact your zoned school for more information concerning acceleration opportunities.

ROTC Programs

Air Force ROTC - Bartram Trail High School
Army ROTC - St. Augustine High School
Navy ROTC  - Nease High School

Charter Schools

First Coast Technical College - a charter secondary, postsecondary, vocational school; adult center

The Academy of Business and Leadership Education (ABLE) - a charter school teaching entrepreneurship and leadership fundamentals to students in grades 5-8

Therapeutic Learning Center - a charter school serving children with developmental and/or medical disabilities from birth to five years old

St. Johns Community Campus - a charter school providing alternative educational experiences for developmentally disabled students ages 18-22, combining vocational training and integrated employment with community-based work experiences

St. Augustine Public Montessori (Opening for 2012-2013)

St. Paul School of Excellence (Opening for 2012-2013)


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
District 2 - Mr. Tommy Allen, Chair
District 3 - Mr. Bill Mignon, Vice Chair
District 4 - Mr. Bill Fehling
District 5 - Mr. Patrick Canan

School Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the School Board Administration Center.

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 2013-2014 school year.

Contact Us

For additional information contact:

Christina Langston
Director 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.

Last Modified: Aug 22, 2013