What will the new schools look like?

Both of the new schools (K-8 KK and K-8 LL) will include high quality learning areas which feature movable walls between two classroom teams as well as extended learning areas for collaboration opportunities. Each facility includes state of the art technology and excellent core facilities that include a media center, cafetorium, playgrounds and physical education fields.

The design being used for both K-8 schools is a modification of Patriot Oaks and Valley Ridge Academies with the addition of a third floor that will house 8 classrooms, three science labs, ESE classrooms, a Technology Lab, Business Lab, Skills Lab and Resource Room. The planned capacity for these two schools is approximately 1,490 per school.

By using existing prototype designs for these new schools, the School District will save both time and money.


Who will attend the new schools?

Attendance zoning for K-8 KK and K-8 LL is a process that will begin in September 2017. Parents will be provided with opportunities for input in the process and should know where their children will be attending school for the 2018-2019 school year no later than December 2017.  The approval hearing is currently scheduled for November 14, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at First Coast Technical College, Building C.


How and when can I provide input about school attendance zones?

Parents and community members will have the ability to provide input by attending an informational meeting and/or responding electronically to zoning proposals.  Community input is currently being accepted.


As a result of the new School Choice legislation, will these schools have capacity/controlled open enrollment?

In accordance with the District’s controlled open enrollment procedures, new schools will not be eligible until the completion of the third year of operation.


Will the Nocatee Duval County students be able to attend the new K-8 school to be located in the Twenty Mile Village?

At this time students residing in the Duval County portion of Nocatee can only attend St. Johns County schools through the controlled open enrollment process.  K-8 School KK will not be eligible for controlled open enrollment for the 2018-2019 SY.


Will the rising 5th and 8th graders attending these schools be allowed to stay at their current school? Will my child be able to finish at their current school? Will transportation be provided?

Grandfathering provisions will be determined during the Attendance Zoning process.


Who will be the principal? Teachers?

The principal for K-8 KK and K-8 LL will begin work in that role in the spring of 2018. The principal should be named in early 2018. One of the first responsibilities of the new principal is to build a school staff. The Human Resources Department will develop a process for transfer of teacher and school staff and selection of new employees.


Will my child receive transportation?

Transportation bus routes are not developed until the spring of each year. Generally, students that live within 2 miles of the school are not funded for bus transportation and, therefore, will not be eligible. Once developed, final bus routes will be posted on the district website and communicated to parents.


What will be the start and end times for the new schools?

The start time for the new schools is still being developed and will be communicated after the first of the year.


What academic programs / Pre-K programs / ESE services/ Extended Day/ Advanced programs will exist at the new schools?

Each of our schools provide a high quality academic program and our new schools will be no exception. Advanced programs are offered at all schools. Special Education services will be determined after the attendance zones have been approved; however, the School District serves all students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. Pre-K programs will depend on enrollment/eligibility. The details regarding an Extended Day program is a school-based decision and will be determined after the principal has been named.


What foreign language opportunities will exist?

Academic course offerings are yet to be determined. The principal will work with the community and staff to make the best selections to meet the needs of the students.


Why can’t decisions on curriculum, academic programs and ESE programs be made earlier?

These decisions are dependent on the attendance zone for each school.  Until the attendance zones are formally adopted, it would be premature to finalize programs in advance of the final student enrollment.

 

When will the PTO for each school form?

After the new principal is selected, he/she will begin working with the school community on forming the PTO.


What technology will be available in the classroom?

There will be presentation, sound enhancement technology along with approximately four devices for student access to technology in each classroom.

 

Where will I go to register my child while the schools are under construction?

School registration locations have not been determined at this time. More information will be provided on the School District’s website at a later date.  Current students will not have to re-register, but will be transitioned based on the approved Attendance Zone.  The District will release pre-registration dates for Kindergarten in early 2018.


What can we expect in our new schools?

Here are a few common programs in each school:

  • Music, World Language, Art, PE
  •         PTO, SAC
  • Interscholastic Sports, Middle School Sports
  •         Clubs
  • Extended Day

 

What is the general timeline for opening new schools?

  •      Attendance Zones will be approved in November 2017
  •      The District will determine the development and placement of Academic and ESE Programs  between Nov. 2017 – Mar. 2018
  •      The Principals for K-8 Schools KK & LL will be named by January 2018

Each new Principal will begin communications with the school community in Winter/Spring 2018 regarding:

  •       The process for recommending a School Name to the School Board
  •       The process for selecting School Colors and Mascot
  •      The formation of the PTO
  •      The decisions on Academic and ESE Programs
  •      Ways for Parents to get involved

For additional information on the St. Johns County School District, please visit our District Facts web page.