District Facts

District Facts


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.


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


608 square miles

264,672 residents*

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

Ethnicity – 7.5% Hispanic or Latino

Learn more about St. Johns County.


(Updated 02/07/23)

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
3 Charter Schools
2 Juvenile Justice Facilities

(Updated 08/04/23)

Total Acres: 1,878 

Total Number of Permanent Buildings: 289

Total Schools: 51 

Total Administrative Offices: 7 

Total Building Net Square Feet (NSF): 6,870,675

Total Number of Relocatables: 536

Total Relocatable NSF: 452,172

Total NSF (including relocatables): 7,322,847

As the first Technical College operated by St. Johns County School District, this accredited school has 26 programs of study ranging from automotive services to medical assisting. To learn more about the school and its programs, please visit the First Coast Technical College (FCTC) website.

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 1/31/23)

1:15.03 (PK-3) 
1:17.64 (4-8) 
1:18.97 (9-12) 

A fleet of 306 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 09/08/23)

Operating Budget – $511,826,844.61

Operating Fund Payroll – $385,071,973 including salaries and benefits 

Capital Outlay Budget – $510,283,743

Funding per Student – $8,547.97

Millage Rate5.410 mills 

All Operating Income Sources44% local, 56% state and 0% federal 

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, as well as expanded Liberty Pines Academy. 

For more information and to view the critical project list visit the Half-Cent Sales Tax Referendum website.


(Updated 3/09/23)

The school district is the largest employer in the county with 6,299 full and part-time employees.


Instructional Staff
Support Staff
School-Based Administrators
District Administrators

825 full-time teachers hold advanced degrees.


White – 87%
Black/African American – 8%
Other – 5%


Hispanic 9%


Female – 77%
Male – 23%



(as of February, 2024)
Middle School
High School
Alternative Schools
Charter Schools
Virtual School
Dept of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)
VPK / Headstart
First Coast Technical College (FCTC)
FCTC – High School Students
FCTC – St. Augustine Campus
FCTC – Public Safety Campus


(Updated 03/03/2023)
Black or African-American
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Native American or Alaskan


(Updated 03/03/2023)

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

As of 2/13/23 – The student body includes 4,215 gifted students and 9,081 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  4,023 students  receive accommodations through 504 plans. 

Test Scores

(Updated 8/18/23)

2023 Florida Assessment of Student Thinking (FAST), End-of-Course (EOC), and Statewide Science Assessment St. Johns County School District State Rankings:

  • First in state in Reading: 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th grades; Second in state in Reading: 5th grade
  • First in state in Math: 3rd grade, 4th grade (tied), and 8thgrade; Second in state in Math: 5th and 6th grades; Eighth in state in Math: 7th grade (tied)
  • First in state in Science: 5th and 8th grade
  • First in state in EOC exams: Algebra 1, Biology 1, Civics, and US History; Third in the state in EOC exams: Geometry (tied)

For 2022-2023, St. Johns County had 32 “A” schools, 7 “B” schools, and 3 “C” schools. Visit FLDOE Know Your Schools for state, district, and school report cards.

2023 ACT – 21.7, above both the state average of 18.9 and the national average of 19.5

2023 SAT – 1120, above both the state average of 966 and the national average of 1028

2023 AP Exams – in St. Johns County, 73% received college credit.

2023 AP Exams – in St. Johns County, 73.3% received college credit (compared to 61.8% nationally)

2023 AP Exams – the average AP test score in St. Johns County was 3.2 (which exceeded the national average of 2.96)

2022-2023 Graduation rate – 94.0% based on the federal graduation rate, compared to state average of 88.0%.

2024 National Merit Semifinalists – 35 current seniors were named semifinalists based on top Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores, taken during their junior yea


(Updated 8/25/23)

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

2022 School Recognition Award Program – 32 schools received $7,105,259

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting – by the Government Finance Officers Association for fiscal years 2016-2022

Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting – by the Association of School Business Officials International for fiscal years 2016-2022

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.

2024 St. Johns County Teacher of the Year – Tina Hemby, Mill Creek Academy

2024 St. Johns County Rookie Teacher of the Year – Aimee Monie, Tocoi Creek High School

2024 Outstanding School Principal of the Year: Tiffany Cantwell, Ocean Palms Elementary School

2024 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year: Holli Winter, Fruit Cove Middle School

2024 School-Related Employee of the Year: Sylvia Bass, Transportation Dept.

2023 American Youth Character Awards – 41 seniors received $500 and 71 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
2023 Winner – Avery Upton, Creekside 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

2023 Winner – George Vancore

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 27,863 volunteers donated 215,002 hours during the 2022-2023 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.

2023 Florida DOE Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award for the SJCSD

  • VyStar Credit Union


(Updated 1/25/23)

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 learning 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 and FCTC; Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) in 54 classrooms at 14 elementary schools and FCTC; Pre-school Exceptional Student Education in 54 classrooms at 12 elementary schools and FCTC

The St. Johns County School District has 28 High School Career Academies.

  • 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 and Finance – an academic and internship program for students exploring career opportunities within financial service and entrepreneurship
  • 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
  • St. Johns County 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.
  • 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. Johns County Academy of Future Educators – The four-year curriculum, rich with dual enrollment opportunities, embraces a core of exploratory teaching courses which allow students the advantage to begin student teaching while in high school.
  • Academy of Aviation and Aerospace – 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
  • Academy of Aquaculture – 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
  • 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)
  • Early Career Program (SAHS)
  • IB – International Baccalaureate Program (NHS, PMHS)
  • Air Force JROTC – Bartram Trail High School
  • Army JROTC – St. Augustine High School
  • Navy JROTC – Allen D. Nease High School
  • St. Augustine High School
  • R.J. Murray Middle School

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.


Tim Forson, Superintendent of Schools

Michael Degutis, Chief of Staff

District 1 – Mrs. Beverly SloughChair

District 2 – Mr. Anthony E. Coleman Sr.Vice Chair

District 3 – Ms. Jennifer Collins

District 4 – Ms. Kelly Barrera

District 5 – Mr. Patrick Canan

School Board Meetings are held on the second Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the School Board Administration Building at 40 Orange Street, unless otherwise posted.

School Board 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 the calendar for the current 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.

(Updated 02/05/2024

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