St. Johns County School District
|St. Johns County School District|
|40 Orange Street, St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida, 32084
|Motto||Excellence in Public Education Since 1869.|
|Students and staff|
St. Johns County School District (SJCSD) is the public school district for St. Johns County, Florida. St. Johns County is home to three of the nation's best high schools (Nease 91st, Bartram 327th and St. Augustine 421st) according to Newsweek Magazine in 2008.
- 1866 - St. Joseph Academy was founded and is the oldest Catholic high school in Florida.
- 1885 – Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind begins as a state-supported residential school for deaf and blind children in Florida.
- 1924 – Hastings High School is opened for farm children in the southwest corner of St. Johns county
- 1959 – St. Augustine High School is the St. Johns county public high school
- 1981 – Nease High School was opened to alleviate overcrowding at SAHS.
- 2000 – Pedro Menendez High School and Bartram Trail High School are opened to alleviate overcrowding at SAHS and Nease, respectively.
- 2008 – Creekside High School and Ponte Vedra High School are opened to alleviate overcrowding at Bartram Trail and Nease, respectively.
The county administrative offices are located at 40 Orange Street in St. Augustine, Florida. The superintendent of SJCSD is Mr. Tim Forson, who administrates the daily operation of public schools in the county. The position of superintendent is appointed by the St. Johns County School Board, a body of five elected officers, each board member representing a specific geographic area. The current School Board members, in order of district number, are Beverly Slough, Tommy Allen, Bill Mignon, Bill Fehling and Carla Wright. Board members are elected in staggered four years terms with 2-term limits; districts 1, 3 & 5 elected during midterm election cycles (next in 2018) and districts 2 & 4 elected during presidential cycles (next in 2020).
With the tremendous population growth, the number of St. Johns County academic high schools tripled between 2000 and 2008. For the 2007-2008 school year, the district had an enrollment of 27,514 students, which according to the St. Augustine Record continued its ranking as "one of the fastest-growing school districts in the state" of Florida. That figure reflected a four percent increase (1,040 students) from the previous year.
Florida Public K-12 Schools are graded based on data from the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) provided by Florida Department of Education. St. Johns County schools received the following marks:
- "About US" SJCSD website
- Newsweek Magazine: The Top of the Class 2007; The complete list of the 1,300 top U.S. schools
- St. Augustine Record: September 25, 2007- Schools' explosive growth continues By Paulette Perhach
- Florida Department of Education: FCAT results-School Grades by District