Florida’s School Choice Programs ensure that no child will be left behind by allowing parents to choose the best educational setting—public or private—for their child. The McKay Scholarships for Students with Disabilities Program currently provides more than 31,000 Florida students with special needs the opportunity to attend a participating private school. The McKay Scholarships Program also offers parents public school choice.
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Happy New Year!
The St. Johns County School District invites you to participate in a new session of Community Education adult evening courses available at five different school sites. You can enroll in courses in Microsoft Office and Excel, retirement planning, memory improvement, sewing, photography, art, Spanish and French languages, guitar, banjo, songwriting, bluegrass string band, yoga, bellydancing, and improvisational theatre. Courses start soon.
To register or for information on prices, dates, and locations please visit the St. Johns County Community Education website or call 547-7565.
Parents and Guardians,
We informed you last month of our transition to a new mass notification system called SchoolMessenger. SchoolMessenger allows the District to contact parents and guardians using voice, text and/or email. Now that the new system is in place, we are working to complete the opt-in process that is required to communicate with you via your mobile device using texting.
The first step of the process was conducted earlier this week on 1/4/17 when we sent an opt-in Text message to all parent phone numbers on file. If you received the opt-in message on your mobile device and responded with a “Y” or “Yes”, you should have received a confirmation text message stating, “You’re registered 4 SchoolMessenger notifications”. No further action is required for you to receive future text messages from your child’s school or from the District.
If you did not receive the opt-in message on your mobile device and want to receive text messages from your child’s school or from the District please follow the steps below:
- From your mobile device, Text “Yes” to 67587. You should then receive a response text message stating, “You’re registered 4 SchoolMessenger notifications”.
- Now that you have registered your device to receive text messages, you must verify that your mobile device phone number(s) is on file at your child’s school.
- You can verify that your contact phone numbers are up to date by viewing them in the SchoolMessenger Information Center mobile app for Apple and Android phones. Please use the SchoolMessenger App Instructions to download the SchoolMessenger InfoCenter app, establish your account and verify your phone numbers and email address.
- If you need to make changes to the phone numbers listed, please contact your child’s school.
- If you do not have access to download the SchoolMessenger mobile app, please contact your child’s school to check the phone numbers on file.
High School Showcase
Those needing a sign language interpreter at the High School Showcase or any Academy Night, should contact Sonia Howley at s[email protected].
To learn even more about the programs that interest you, plan to visit the high schools on their Academy Nights to visit the classrooms and talk more in-depth with teachers and students about their programs. Below is the schedule of each high school’s Academy Night.
|January 24||Pedro Menendez||6:00 – 7:30pm|
|January 26||Allen D. Nease||6:00 – 7:30pm|
|January 30||St. Johns Technical||5:30 – 6:30pm|
|January 30||St. Augustine – ALL St. Johns County Center for the Arts and Murray Middle School requests must apply by February 10, 2017. (Auditions at St. Augustine High School and Murray Middle School will occur on February 17, 2017)||6:00 – 7:30pm|
|January 31||Bartram Trail||6:00 – 7:30pm|
|February 2||Ponte Vedra||6:00 – 7:30pm|
|February 7||Creekside||6:00 – 7:30pm|
How to Apply
To apply for an academy, current 8th and 9th grade students attending a St. Johns County School District school (including St. Johns Virtual School) MUST apply online between January 19 – February 10, 2017 to be considered for any of these programs next year. View directions showing how to apply in Home Access Center (HAC).
Current St. Johns County 8th & 9th grade students who are homeschooled and do not know their Home Access Center student account numbers may call Kathy Jones at (904) 547-8087 to learn their student account numbers.
Current St. Johns County 8th and 9th graders who are attending private or charter schools MUST go to the current public school to which they are zoned to pre-register and complete a Program of Choice paper application. Then the zoned school will forward that to the Career Education Office. When pre-registering, be sure to bring the child’s birth certificate, parent’s driver’s license, current mortgage or lease, most current utility bill and one other current bill documenting your St. Johns county address.
Students not currently residing in St. Johns County are not eligible to apply to our Programs of Choice. Also, please note that school district transportation is only provided to students’ zoned schools. Families must provide transportation to other schools.
For all other information about the Programs of Choice and the Application process, visit academies.stjohns.k12.fl.us or call (904) 547-4870.
Parents may now view the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 school calendars along with a comprehensive FAQ which provides answers to common questions about our school calendars.
The St. Johns County School District is currently reviewing materials for the Florida Instructional Materials adoption for social studies. Learn more about the instructional materials adoption.