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

292,466 residents*

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

Ethnicity – 7.5% Hispanic or Latino

Source: www.co.st-johns.fl.us and https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/stjohnscountyflorida/PST045221

Schools (Updated 02/07/23)

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

2,779 Total Classrooms (including relocatables) 

59,634 Total Student Stations (including relocatables) 

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

First Coast Technical College

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 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 01/31/23)

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 

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 3/09/23)

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

3,499 Instructional Staff
2,561 Support Staff
152 School-Based Administrators
87 District Administrators

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

Ethnicity – Hispanic 9%

Female – 77%
Male – 23%

825 full-time teachers hold advanced degrees.


Enrollment (as of September, 2023)

Elementary 21,731
Middle School 11,820
High School 16,339
Alternative Schools 406
Head Start/VPK 491
Charter Schools 206
Virtual School 370
Dept of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) 51
TOTAL 51,414
First Coast Technical College (FCTC)

FCTC – High School Students – 18

FCTC – St. Augustine Campus – 495

FCTC – Public Safety Campus – 38


Race Updated 03/03/2023
White 80.08%
Black or African-American 6.38%
Asian 5.88%
Multiracial 6.97%
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.23%
Native American or Alaskan 0.46%
Ethnicity Updated 03/03/2023
Hispanic 12.52%
Non-Hispanic 83.87%
Undeclared 3.61%

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 08/18/23)
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 2021-2022, St. Johns County had 30 “A” schools, 8 “B” schools, and 3 “C” schools. Visit FLDOE Know Your Schools for state, district, and school report cards. *This is the most recent data available.  The 2022-2023 school year was a baseline year with new statewide assessments and accountability measures were not calculated in the same manner.  Informational baseline district and school grades will be released later than usual after additional review by the state (likely Winter 2023).

 2022 ACT – Readiness for College – 35% of St. Johns County graduates “ready” in all four areas tested (math, reading, science and writing) compared to the state average of 18%

 2022 ACT – 22, above both the state average of 19 and the national average of 19.8
*We have not received our ACT cohort reports for the 2022-2023 school year so we are not able to provide an update.  This report is generally received during late fall (October/November).

2022 SAT – 1127, above both the state average of 983 and the national average of 1050. *We have not received our SAT cohort report for the 2022-2023 school year so we are not able to provide an update.  This report is generally received during the fall (October).

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

 2023 AP Exams – the average AP test score in St. Johns County was 3.2  *The St. Johns data is current; however, national comparison data is generally not available until late fall (October/November).

2021-22 Graduation rate – 93.3% based on the federal graduation rate, compared to state average of 87.3%. *This is the most recent data available.  The rate for last year (the 2022-2023 school year) will not be available until winter of this year (likely December 2023/January 2024).

2023 National Merit Semifinalists – 52 current seniors were named semifinalists based on top Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) scores, taken during their junior year. 


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

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 2016-2021

Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting – by the Association of School Business Officials International for fiscal years 2016-2021

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.

2023 St. Johns County Teacher of the Year – Tracy Clauson, Sebastian Middle School

2023 St. Johns County Rookie Teacher of the Year – Melinda Gillespie, Patriot Oaks Academy

2023 Outstanding School Principal of the Year: Bethany Groves, James A. Webster Elementary School

2023 Outstanding Assistant Principal of the Year: Drew Chiodo, Tocoi Creek High School

2023 School-Related Employee of the Year: Debra Sheets, Information Technology 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.

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 1/25/23)

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 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 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

Career Academies

27 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, programming, 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

  • Academy of Global Logistics and Supply Chain Managementconnects students with infrastructure of business and design, content includes semantics and calibration to move products and the complexities of business 
  • Academy of Information Technology – focuses on software development, including the foundations of programming and software development, as well as procedural and object-oriented programming 
  • Academy of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences – a program offering two strands: Veterinary Assisting and Biomedical Sciences, which allows students to prepare for a career in Veterinary Science or explore the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health

Creekside High School

  • Academy of Emerging Technology a program offering strands in Digital Media, Cybersecurity, and Financial Technology, with emphasis on foundational skills in multimedia, marketing, operating systems, network security, and an introduction to applications in financial services and entrepreneurship 
  • Academy of Engineering and Environmental Sciencesthis program offers two strands in Applied Engineering, with exposure to various areas of engineering as well as manufacturing and robotics, and Environmental Sciences, which focuses on the various interactions between ecosystems, wetlands, forests, wildlife, natural resources, and humans, and how all of this impacts on the environment 
  • St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachersa program exploring careers in education, using service-learning, cutting-edge technology, and full-year internships

Pedro Menendez High School

  • Flagler Health+ Academy of Future Healthcare Professionals – a rigorous curriculum to prepare students for college and healthcare careers through hands-on, authentic field experience and internships provided by business and community partners  
  • The Academy of Architectural and Building Sciencesa program offering classroom instruction, building projects and internships for careers in architectural drafting, engineering, and other areas of building construction technology
  • 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 Marketinga program offering two strands: International Business which focuses on the financial and legal aspects of business in the global arena or Marketing which focuses on the development and marketing of consumer goods and services 
  • Academy of Information Technology – a program providing relevant technical knowledge and skills in web design, programming, database design and management, IT systems, and network concepts
  • St. Johns County Academy of Future Educators – a program exploring careers in education, using service-learning, cutting-edge technology, and full-year internships

St. Augustine High School

  • Aviation and Aerospace Academya partnership program with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offering two strands focusing on Aviation Maintenance and Aerospace Studies, offering opportunities to explore aircraft, space flight, rockets, flight simulators, and drones 
  • St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachersa program exploring careers in education, using service-learning, cutting-edge technology, and full-year internships 
  • 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 Aquacultureoffers students the technical knowledge and skills in agriculture, aquaculture species and organisms, soil-based farming, and aquaponics farming 
  • 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, food 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. Engineering, design, and project management are integral components of the course curriculum.
  • 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 rigorous curriculum to prepare students for college and healthcare careers through hands-on, authentic field experience and internships provided by business and community partners 

Acceleration Programs

  • 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)

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.


Tim Forson, Superintendent of Schools

Michael Degutis, Chief of Staff

School Board

District 1 – Mrs. Beverly Slough, Vice Chair

District 2 – Mr. Anthony E. Coleman Sr.

District 3 – Ms. Jennifer Collins

District 4 – Mrs. Kelly Barrera,  Chair

District 5 – Mr. Patrick Canan

School Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 4 p.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 2022-2023 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 08.02.2023

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