Atlantic Coast High School

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Atlantic Coast High School
9735 R. G. Skinner Parkway
Jacksonville, Florida, 32256
United States
Coordinates 30°12′8.00″N 81°30′21.00″W / 30.2022222°N 81.5058333°W / 30.2022222; -81.5058333Coordinates: 30°12′8.00″N 81°30′21.00″W / 30.2022222°N 81.5058333°W / 30.2022222; -81.5058333
Type Public high school
Established 2010
Status Operational
School district Duval County School District
Superintendent Dr. Ed Pratt-Dannals
School number 268
Principal Debra Lynch
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 3,000
Hours in school day 7:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Campus size 161 acres (0.65 km2)
Campus type Suburban
School colour(s) Black, White & Burnt Orange
Slogan "The start of something great"
Nickname Stingrays

Atlantic Coast High School (ACHS) is the newest[1] public high school in the Duval County Public Schools district, located in southeast Jacksonville, Florida, and the first built since 1990.[2]


Construction of the 302,000-square-foot (27,000 m2) building was completed during the spring of 2010 at a cost of nearly $78 million.[2] The school was constructed to relieve overcrowding at Sandalwood High School, Englewood High School, Wolfson High School and Mandarin High School. Sandalwood is the largest high school in Duval County, followed by Mandarin High School.[3] The main feeder schools are Kernan Middle School and Twin Lakes Academy.[4]

Students in grades 9-11 will attend the 2010-11 school year, allowing current seniors to graduate from their present school.[2] The school will graduate their first senior class in 2012. Atlantic Coast High School has a capacity of 2,300 students. The two-story school building has an open courtyard between wings. The building is divided into "houses", one for each grade level, then further organized into "extended learning centers", where team teaching permits an instructor to provide help for individual students.[5]

The gymnasium seats 1,621 and the auditorium's capacity is 840. There are tables and chairs for 450 inside the café, but another 100 can sit in the outdoor courtyard.[6] The media center (library) has a television studio.[1] The school mascot is the stingray, and their colors are black and burnt orange. The school is currently zoned for the communities of Deerwood, Baymeadows, and neighborhoods along Southside and Butler Boulevards.[5]


In addition to the standard high school curriculum and exceptional student education, the advanced scholars program gives students the option to participate in the rigorous programs of advanced placement, dual enrollment and honors courses,[7] but not the Advanced International Certificate of Education or International Baccalaureate, which are available at several other Jacksonville schools such as, Jean Ribault High School, Stanton College Preparatory School, Mandarin High School, or Paxon School for Advanced Studies. It is currently an "A" school.


Their curriculum offers an academy program in the area of Information technology with concentration in Scientific Visualization or Gaming & Animation.[7] AC is a great way to meet people and share good academic interests by talking


The school is designated as a Hurricane Evacuation center and a backup generator can provide electricity during power outages for individuals with "special needs".[8]


The site plan includes space for a separate Kindergarten through 8th grade facility, but that is not expected to be needed until the mid- to late-2010s.[1]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Atlantic Coast High School Opens for School Year" WTLV-TV, August 5, 2010
  2. ^ a b c Sanders, Topher: "Duval school admins cheer for the new Atlantic Coast High School" Florida Times-Union, August 4, 2010
  3. ^ Burmeister, Caren: “New boundaries, new school changes enrollment” Florida Times-Union, July 30, 2010
  4. ^ "Enrollment at ACHS" School website
  5. ^ a b "Atlantic Coast High School Opens" WJXT-TV, August 4, 2010
  6. ^ "Welcome to ACHS" Atlantic Coast High School website
  7. ^ a b "Academics at ACHS" School website
  8. ^ Warford, Amanda:"Atlantic Coast High School Grand Opening Ceremony" video, August 4, 2010
  9. ^ "Atlantic Coast High School". Atlantic Coast High School. Retrieved November 6, 2012. 

External links[edit]

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