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St. Johns County Schools Rated Tops in The State of Florida!

We are lucky to live in St. Johns County-which as one of the highest rated schools systems in Florida. As a Realtor-- I meet with many parents who live in Duval County ( just to our North) who have decided to move to St. Johns County simply because of our excellent school system. We have several new schools that have just opened this fall and several more scheduled to open within the next several years.


For the seventh year, St. Johns County School District has earned an A grade overall from the Florida Department of Education.

Results of the state's Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests (FCAT) for individual school grades and district grades were released on Tuesday. The county got an A overall and all of its public schools received either A or B letter grades. That's much better than in previous years when some schools were rated as C schools or even D schools.

St. Johns had the third-highest score statewide in overall school grades with 23 A schools and five B schools. Students in grades three through 11 take FCAT tests in reading, math, writing and science as part of the state's school accountability measures.

Last spring, the Florida Legislature trimmed back local government's ability to raise property taxes after voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment on property tax reform. More than 60 percent of statewide voters approved the measure.

This coming school year, School Superintendent Joe Joyner has to ensure that teaching quality is not sacrificed by the funding cuts. The abundant knowledge teachers and staff impart to students has to be maintained even though there are 147 fewer teachers, 77 fewer support staff, and an additional three schools opening in August. More cuts are anticipated in the 2009-2010 school year, too.

Joyner is worried about the sustainability of the district's success in the face of those cuts. We are, too. Every time a teacher resigns or retires, vast knowledge he or she possesses tends to be lost. Some serious brain picking needs to be going on with valued retiring and departing teachers and staff members to keep the district's momentum up.

While the 2008 results are something to cheer about, we ponder what happens next year and the year after?

Teachers, students, parents and district staff, enjoy this moment while you can for the reality of funding cuts is just around the corner. The first day of the new school year is Aug. 22.