Frequently Asked Questions by Applicants

countyWhere is St. Johns County located?

St. Johns County is located in the northeastern part of Florida and is nestled between Duval County to the north and Flagler County to the south. The county is a mixture of beautiful coastline, rural and farming areas and residential neighborhoods.

How many schools are in St. Johns County?

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. Our District has:

19 Elementary Schools (K-5)
3 K-8 Schools (K-8)
7 Middle Schools (6-8)
7 High Schools (9-12)
1 Technical High School
1 Technical College
1 Alternative Center (6-12)
3 Charter Schools
1 Virtual School (St. Johns Virtual School) (1-12)

In 2018-19 school year, there will be 2 – K-8 schools opening.

What is the average class size (Teacher-student ratio)?

Pre-K ESE – 1 teacher to 14 students
K-3 – 1 teacher to 18 students
Grades 4-8 – 1 teacher to 22 students
Grades 9-12 – 1 teacher to 25 students

How many teachers are employed by the St. Johns County School District?

The school district is the largest employer in the county, with 4,534 full-time and part-time employees. We employ 2,513 instructional staff. (As of October 2018)

Does St. Johns County hire first year teachers?

The St. Johns County School District seeks to hire highly qualified applicants who demonstrate outstanding character, strong instructional skills and who would be a good fit for our diverse schools. Many applicants who are new graduates have been hired by our principals to be full-time lead teachers. Some have also been hired as Associate Teachers, who in time become lead teachers.

What certifications do I need in order to be hired in St. Johns County?

St. Johns County hires teachers with varying backgrounds and degrees. Applicants must hold either an active temporary Florida teaching certificate or a professional educator’s certificate in the area/position the applicant is applying for. For specific certification questions call Jenna Poirier in our certification department at 904-547-7538.

What is the salary scale for teachers in St. Johns County?

Refer to our school district’s website for information on salaries.

How do I apply for a position?

All applicants must complete an on-line application at http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/jobs/

Once an applicant has an active application he/she may apply for specific jobs/postings.

What happens after I apply?

Once an applicant’s file is complete, it is reviewed by the Human Resources Department. School principals review the list of qualified applicants who apply for their posted position(s). Schools then contact candidates for interviews. Interviews may be done in person or via Skype/the telephone.

Once I apply, how long will it take before I am notified of an interview?

After a job/position closes, it can take several days for Human Resources to review all the applicant information before sending principals a list of approved candidates. Once schools receive candidate information, they may schedule interviews within a day or two or may take longer depending on each school’s individual needs and situation.

If I am offered a position at a school, how long will it take before I begin?

An employee’s start date depends on when a person is cleared through Human Resources.

How are new teachers supported?

St. Johns County School District strives to provide support and assistance to new hires in order to retain the most qualified teachers. Schools provide a mentoring program for first year teachers to our district.

In addition, Professional Development opportunities are available for first year teachers to develop their craft of teaching.