District Facts

Mission

The St. Johns County School District will inspire good character and a passion for lifelong learning in all students, creating educated and caring contributors to the world.

Vision

All students will choose a learning path that leads to a well-rounded graduate who demonstrates good character and leadership.


District

608 square miles

273,425 residents*

88.6% white, 5.6% black/African American, 5.8% Asian and other minority

Ethnicity – 7.5% Hispanic or Latino

*estimated
Source: www.co.st-johns.fl.us and https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/stjohnscountyflorida/PST045219


Schools (Updated 1/25/22)

18 Elementary Schools (K-5)
7 Academies (K-8)
7 Middle Schools (6-8)
8 High Schools (9-12)
1 Technical College
2 Alternative Schools (K-12)
1 Virtual School (K-12)
3 Charter Schools
2 Juvenile Justice Facilities
49 TOTAL SCHOOLS

2,590 Total Classrooms (including relocatables)

55,386 Total Student Stations (including relocatables)

Facilities (Updated 1/25/22)

Total Acres: 1,778

Total Number of Permanent Buildings: 276

Total Schools: 50

Total Administrative Offices: 7

Total Building Net Square Feet (NSF): 6,514,906

Total Number of Relocatables: 389

Total Relocatable NSF: 329,634

Total NSF (including relocatables): 6,844,540

First Coast Technical College

As the first Technical College operated by St. Johns County School District, this accredited school has 27 programs of study ranging from automotive services to medical assisting. To learn more about the school and its programs, please visit http://fctc.edu/.

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.

Class Size (Teacher-Student Ratio) (Updated 2/17/22)

1:14.84 (PK-3)
1:17.73 (4-8)
1:18.89 (9-12)

A fleet of 293 school buses transports over 25,000 students an average of 26,000 miles per day for more than 4.7 million miles per year. Additionally, provides transportation services for 3,500 annual field study trips.

School cafeterias serve 73,375 breakfast and lunch meals as well as 44,900 a la carte items weekly.

Approximately 25% of the district’s students qualify for free or reduced-price meals.


Financial Facts (Updated 3/25/22)

Budget

Operating Budget – $443.1 million

Operating Fund Payroll – $322.5 million including salaries and benefits

Capital Outlay Budget – $362.2 million

Funding per Student – $7,768

Millage Rate – 5.812 mills

All Operating Income Sources – 42% local, 57.8% state and 0.2% federal

Half-Cent Sales Tax

On November 3, 2015, the citizens of St. Johns County voted to approve a half-cent sales tax to be used for capital improvements within the school district.

The District has completed construction on two new schools with sales tax proceeds, Picolata Crossing Elementary School and Freedom Crossing Academy. In addition to fully funding these two new schools, the half-cent sales surtax partially funded the construction of Palm Valley Academy, and Pine Island Academy, as well as expanded Liberty Pines Academy.

For more information and to view the critical project list visit www.halfcentsuccess.com.


Staff (Updated 3/25/22)

The school district is the largest employer in the county with 5,893 full and part-time employees.

3,266 Instructional Staff
2,406 Support Staff
142 School-Based Administrators
79 District Administrators

Race
White – 88%
Black/African American – 8%
Other – 4%

Ethnicity – Hispanic 8%

Gender
Female – 77%
Male – 23%

800 full-time teachers hold advanced degrees and 2 are National Board Certified.

Students

Enrollment (Last 20-Day Count, January 2022)

K-12  
Elementary 20,898
Middle School 11,111
High School 14,692
Alternative Schools 423
Other
Charter Schools 171
Virtual School 731
Dept of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) 81
VPK/Headstart 505
Total 48,612
First Coast Technical College (FCTC) 472
Race Updated 2/17/2022
White 81.16%
Black or African-American 6.59%
Asian 5.31%
Multiracial 6.27%
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.25%
Native American or Alaskan 0.42%
Ethnicity Updated 2/17/2022
Hispanic 11.95%
Non-Hispanic 83.81%
Undeclared 4.24%

The student body represents 114 different countries speaking 79 different languages.

As of 1/25/22 – The student body includes 4,195 gifted students and 7,868 students with disabilities who have learning or intellectual disabilities, emotional/behavioral or autism spectrum disorders, speech/language, sensory, orthopedic or other health impairments and developmental delays. An additional  3,510 students  receive accommodations through 504 plans.


Test Scores

2021 Florida State Assessment (FSA) and End-of-Course (EOC) SJCSD State Rankings:

State Rank in Reading State Rank in Math
3rd Grade – 1st 7th Grade – 1st 3rd Grade – 2nd 6th Grade – 2nd
4th Grade – 1st 8th Grade – 1st 4th Grade – 2nd (tie)  7th Grade – 3rd
5th Grade – 2nd 9th Grade – 1st 5th Grade – 3rd 8th Grade – 2nd
6th Grade – 1st 10th Grade – 1st
State Rank in Science
5th Grade – 2nd 8th Grade – 1st
State Rank in EOC Exams  
Algebra I – 1st Biology I – 1st Civics – 1st
Geometry – 1st US History – 1st

St. Johns County had 24 “A” schools, 10 “B” schools, and 4 “C” schools. (Updated 1/25/22)
For additional information on state assessment scores, please visit http://fldoe.org/accountability

2021 ACT – Readiness for College – 42% of St. Johns County graduates ‘ready ‘ in all four areas tested (math, reading, science and writing) compared to the state average of 25%

2021 ACT – 23.2, above both the state average of 20.4 and the national average of 20.3

2021 SAT – 1140, above both the state average of 993 and the national average of 1060

2021 AP Exams – in St. Johns County, 68.9% received college credit compared to 55.8% nationally

2021 AP Exams – the average AP test score in St. Johns County was 3.1 which exceeded the national average of 2.8

2020-21 Graduation rate – 95.0% based on the federal graduation rate, compared to state average of 90.1%

2022 National Merit Semifinalists – 27 seniors placed in top 1 percent on the PSAT


Awards (Updated 1/25/22)

Second in the state out of 67 districts – in total school accountability points for the past nine years and is one of only two districts in Florida with a grade of A each year since 2010

2019 School Recognition Award Program – 31 schools received $3,467,042

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting – by the Government Finance Officers Association for fiscal years 2016-2018

Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting – by the Association of School Business Officials International for fiscal years 2016-2018

2019-2021 Healthy School District Silver Award – one of only seven districts in Florida to earn the Silver level for maintaining a healthy environment for students, employees and the community

Governor’s Points of Light Award – CHARACTER COUNTS! initiative.

2022 St. Johns County Teacher of the Year – Andrew Burk, Valley Ridge Academy

2022 St. Johns County Rookie Teacher of the Year – Kaitlyn Holle, Mill Creek Academy

2022 Outstanding School Principal of the Year: Allison Olson, Patriot Oaks Academy

2022 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year: Trevor Abbs, St. Augustine High School

2022 School-Related Employee of the Year: Beth Sullivan, The Webster School

2020 Golden School Awards – 37 schools for parent volunteer programs

2020 Silver School Awards – 16 schools for student volunteerism (secondary schools only)

2019 Five Star School Awards – 13 schools for outstanding community involvement

2021 American Youth Character Awards – 39 seniors received $400 and 56 juniors honored for exemplifying the Six Pillars of Character

Pursuing Victory with Honor – only school district in the state to implement the David Mathis PVWH Award given annually to an outstanding high school athlete.
2021 Winner – Haley Provencal, Bartram Trail HS

The Dr. Joseph G. Joyner Sportsmanship Award – Awarded to an adult individual in the community or school system who recognizes that athletics is an important part of the total school program in St. Johns County.
2021 Winner – Jen Harman, Bartram Trail HS Coach

2019-2020 Learning Legacy Lifetime Achievement Awards
Nancy Pellicer, a graduate of St. Augustine High School
Jeb Smith, a graduate of St. Augustine High School


Community Support

More than 600 business partners support St. Johns County schools and 26,657 volunteers donated 238,913 hours during the 2019-2020 school year.

Investing in Kids (INK!) is recognized by the state of Florida as the only direct support organization for the SJCSD. INK! sponsors various programs including the Teacher of the Year Celebration, Tools-4-Schools, Take Stock in Children, License for Learning, One for the Kids, Fund-A-Project, FLY and Ancient City Explorers. www.ink-stjohns.org

2022 Florida DOE Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award for the SJCSD

  • Children’s Home Society

Instruction (Updated 1/25/22)

SJCSD instruction is:

  • Offered with high expectations which leads to higher performance as stated in the Core Values and the Strategic Plan
  • Supported by professional development with an emphasis on reading, writing and critical thinking across all content areas
  • Differentiated to meet individual student needs
  • Supported by technology at all levels PreK-12
  • Provided through standard and advanced programs including Programs of Choice, Dual Enrollment and/or  St. Johns Virtual Instruction
  • Supplemented through Head Start in 26 classrooms at five elementary schools; Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) in 48 classrooms at 13 elementary schools and FCTC; Pre-school Exceptional Student Education in 48 classrooms at 12 elementary schools

Career Academies

23 High School Career Academies – https://cte.stjohns.k12.fl.us/academies/

Bartram Trail High School

  • The Design Academy – a rigorous and relevant Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program focusing on one of three concentrations: Interior Design, Fashion Design or Architectural Design
  • The Information Technology Academy – a coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards, content includes computer application skills, computer hardware, software applications, web applications, web page design, systems support and network concepts
  • The VyStar Academy of Business – an academic and internship program for students exploring career opportunities within financial service and entrepreneurship

Beachside High School (Opening for the 22/23 school year)

  • Academy of Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management – offers insight into the roles of logistics and supply chain management in a global economy where individuals and organizations have access to markets across the world
  • Academy of Information Technology – focuses on software development and includes the fundamentals of programming
  • Academy of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences –
  • Veterinary Assisting Strand: a four-year program designed to prepare high school students for a career in Veterinary Science.
  • Biomedical Sciences Strand: allows students to explore the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health

Creekside High School

  • Academy of Emerging Technology – a program that focuses on two strands: Digital Media Technology or Cybersecurity
  • Academy of Engineering and Environmental Sciences – a STEM program focusing on two strands: Engineering and Environmental Science
  • St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers – a program exploring careers in education, students may earn their AA degree from St. Johns River State College teacher program while earning their high school diploma

Pedro Menendez High School

  • The Flagler Health+ Academy of Future Healthcare Professionals – a business/educational partnership featuring internships and dual enrollment for those students interested in entering the medical field
  • The Academy of Architectural and Building Sciences – a program offering classroom instruction, building projects and internships for careers in architectural drafting, carpentry, masonry and other building trades
  • VyStar Academy of Business – an academic and internship program for students exploring career opportunities within financial service and entrepreneurship

Allen D. Nease High School

  • The Stellar Academy of Engineering – a STEM program that offers students a broad base of knowledge, skills and experience in drafting and design technology
  • Communications Academy – offers one of two career-themed paths: TV Production or Digital Design
  • Academy of Hospitality and Tourism – The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism has partnered with the North Florida Hotel and Lodging Association, and local companies including Ponte Vedra Inn and Club and Sysco, to give students the professional skills and real-world experience they will need to find success in the Hospitality and Tourism industry.

Ponte Vedra High School

  • Academy of Biotechnology and Medical Research – a STEM program focusing on the use of living organisms to solve problems or make useful products from biological systems
  • Academy of International Business and Marketing – a program offering two strands: Business which focuses on hands-on training in an integrated academic and business curriculum or Marketing which focuses on the foundations of marketing management and functions
  • Academy of Information Technology – a program providing relevant technical knowledge and skills, content includes computer application skills, computer hardware, software applications, web applications, systems support programming and network concepts

St. Augustine High School

  • Aviation and Aerospace Academy – a partnership program with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offering an introduction to STEM careers in Aviation and Aerospace Engineering
  • St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers – a program exploring careers in education, students may earn their AA degree from St. Johns River State College teacher program while earning their high school diploma
  • Academy of Law and Homeland Security – a program providing preparation for work in careers to serve and protect the public, state and country in law, law enforcement and Homeland Security related fields

St. Johns Technical High School

  • Academy of Coastal and Water Resources – a hands-on STEM program focusing on coastal, environmental and water resources
  • Academy of Culinary Arts – a curriculum that integrates academic and technical training for a variety of careers in the high-demand field of food service, preparation and hospitality

Tocoi Creek High School

  • Academy of Innovation in the Built Environment – offers students an opportunity to explore careers in the various fields of Construction Management.
  • Academy of Leadership in Emerging Technologies – emphasizes the use of emerging technologies and the leadership, entrepreneurial, and technical skills needed to be successful in rapidly changing industries using future technologies
  • Flagler Health+ Academy of Future Healthcare Professionals –  a business/educational partnership featuring internships and dual enrollment for those students interested in entering the medical field

Acceleration Academies

  • AICE – Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (SAHS)
  • AP – Advanced Placement Courses (All Schools)
  • DE – Dual High School/College Enrollment
  • Early College Program (formerly Collegiate High School) (PMHS, TCHS)
  • IB – International Baccalaureate Program (NHS, PMHS)

ROTC Programs

  • Air Force JROTC – Bartram Trail High School
  • Army JROTC – St. Augustine High School
  • Navy JROTC – Allen D. Nease High School

St. Johns County Center for the Performing Arts

  • St. Augustine High School
    R.J. Murray Middle School

Charter Schools

St. Augustine Public Montessori – provides a learning culture grounded in the Montessori philosophy to students ages 3-12 in grades PK-6.

Therapeutic Learning Center – serving children with developmental and/or medical disabilities from birth to 5 years old.

St. Johns Community Campus – provides alternative education to developmentally disabled students ages 16-22, combining vocational training and integrated employment with community-based work experiences.


Administration

Tim Forson, Superintendent of Schools

Michael Degutis, Chief of Staff


School Board

District 1 – Mrs. Beverly Slough

District 2 – Mr. Anthony E. Coleman Sr.

District 3 – Mr. Bill Mignon, Chair

District 4 – Ms. Kelly Barrera, Vice Chair

District 5 – Mr. Patrick Canan

School Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m. at the School Board Administration Building at 40 Orange Street, unless otherwise posted.

Workshops are held at 9 a.m. on the first and fourth Tuesday of the month as needed.

The SJCSB has earned the designation of Master Board.


School Calendar

View our calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.


Contact Us

For additional information contact:

Christina H. Upchurch, Chief of Community Relations
St. Johns County School District
40 Orange Street
St. Augustine, Florida 32084

Phone: (904) 547-7504 Fax: (904) 547-7523

The St. Johns County School District is an equal opportunity employer.

www.stjohns.k12.fl.us

Updated 4.29.2022

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