The student count for the St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) on opening day, August 10, 2015, was 33,056, an increase of 1,385 students or 4.37 percent over last year’s first day number of 31,671. St. Johns County has continued to be one of the fastest growing school districts in the state.
The high school student count was 10,444 with 2,070 students at Bartram Trail High School, 1,981 at Creekside High School, 1,338 at Pedro Menendez High School, 1,926 at Allen D. Nease High School, 1,597 at Ponte Vedra High School and 1,532 at St. Augustine High School.
There were also 246 students in attendance at St. Johns Technical High School (SJTHS). SJTHS is located on the campus of First Coast Technical College and offers academic studies combined with career and vocational training.
Middle school attendance totaled 6,622, with student headcounts ranging from 575 at Sebastian Middle School to 1,126 at Fruit Cove Middle School. The other first day figures were Alice B. Landrum Middle School with 1,053, R. J. Murray Middle School with 676, Pacetti Bay Middle School with 1,181, Gamble Rogers Middle School with 800 and Switzerland Point Middle School with 1,211.
The district’s K-8 schools totaled 3,716. Liberty Pines Academy had a first day headcount of 1,285, Patriot Oaks Academy with 1,216 and Valley Ridge Academy with 1,215.
The elementary school population totaled 11,594; 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 434 students are enrolled at the district’s alternative, charter and Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) schools.
“Today was a great start to the school year and I am very pleased,” said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “I visited many schools and witnessed the outstanding planning and preparation by principals, teachers and support staff. Our students were eager to learn, reconnect with friends and start this school year strong. Our maintenance and custodial staffs had the schools in pristine condition and the food service team was very well prepared.”
“I am thankful to our transportation department, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and their PSAs, as well as the numerous crossing guards who ensure children get to and from our schools safely,” he added. “I am also very appreciative to our parents for their continued support and their patience as we work through the first days of this school year.”
SJCSD staff will continue to monitor attendance numbers, balance classrooms and refine bus routes throughout the week.