Opening Day Student Count

The student count for St. Johns County Public Schools on opening day, August 22, 2011, was 28,486, an increase of 908 students or 3.3 percent over last year’s first day number of 27,578. During the past five years when many districts have seen sustained or declining enrollment, St. Johns County has continued to be one of the fastest growing counties in the state.
High school enrollment was 9,212, with 1,624 students at Bartram Trail High School, 1,647 at Creekside High School, 1,288 at Pedro Menendez High School, 1,528 at Nease High School, 1,476 at Ponte Vedra High School and 1,649 at St. Augustine High School.
There were also 173 students in attendance at St. Johns Technical High School (SJTHS). SJTHS is located on the campus of First Coast Technical College and offers students academic studies combined with career and vocational training.
Middle school enrollment totaled 6,616, with student headcounts ranging from 638 at Sebastian Middle School to 1,434 at Fruit Cove Middle School. The other first day figures were Landrum Middle School with 1,189, Murray Middle School with 636, Pacetti Bay Middle School with 933, Rogers Middle School with 833 and Switzerland Point Middle School with 953.
Liberty Pines Academy, the district’s only permanent K-8 school, had a first day headcount of 1,112.
The elementary school population totaled 11,201; however, this count includes less than 25 percent of the kindergarten population since schools stagger the kindergarten start date over a five-day period. Another 172 students are enrolled at the district’s alternative and charter schools.
“Amazing is how I would describe our first day,” reported Dr. Joseph Joyner, Superintendent of Schools.  “I was able to visit about half of our schools today and each one was in mid-year form. Our maintenance and custodial staff had our schools in immaculate condition.  I can’t thank our principals, teachers and support staff enough for their excellent preparation.”
“I also want to say a big thank you to our transportation department and to the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office for making sure our children got to school and home safely. Finally, our parents are the best ever and we simply could not have had such a successful day without their cooperation and support,” he added.
Attendance counts will continue to be monitored during the next two weeks, when student enrollment traditionally increases, according to Tim Forson, Deputy Superintendent of Operations.  Additional information may be obtained by calling Mr. Forson at 547-7670.