Schools in Northeast Florida
When relocating to our beautiful city, living in the general proximity to a school that supports your children's education is one of the most important variables for many home buyers.* In 2010, Florida ranked 5th in the nation for "Quality Counts" reports, which track policies and performance across key areas of educational achievements. Listed below are significant accomplishments by local public school districts as reported by the state's Department of Education:
In the fall of 2008, Duval County was awarded the highest level of accreditation that a school system can receive from the Department of Education. In addition, Newsweek Magazine listed Duval County as home to three of the nation's best public high schools: Stanton College Preparatory School, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and Paxon School for Advanced Studies.
Academically, public school test scores in 2011 placed the St. Johns County public schools number one in the state" for the third consecutive year. All seven middle schools, fifteen elementary schools and the district's only K-8 school received an "A" grade. Student Television Network awarded Nease High School an Excellence Award for the Best Daily Taped Newscast in the nation.
The Clay County School District is considered to be an "Academically High Performing School District" as denoted by the State Board of Education. The District's Clay Virtual Academy, a SACS-approved online school, provides elementary, middle and high school "public school programs" free of charge to all residents. Of the forty-one public schools in the county, 12 Career Academies have been recognized at the regional, state and national levels.
For the past five years, the Nassau County School District has been awarded the status of being an "Academically High Performing School District" by the Florida State Board of Education and has received a grade of "A" for eight consecutive years. Only five other school districts in the state have achieved this honor.
Charter schools are independent, tuition-free public schools with state-certified teachers. They are still accountable for improved student achievement, however they can be more innovative using a "student-teacher-parent" partnership to achieve academic excellence.
Any public, private or home school student in kindergarten through 12th grade can take free courses via Florida Virtual Schools. Parents must keep and maintain records of the students' work and their progress must be routinely evaluated by state-certified teachers. Online courses are available 24 hours a day, allowing students to take advanced or elective courses while working at their own pace.
The state's Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services specializes in educating both students with disabilities and the gifted in a variety of settings including public school classrooms, resource classrooms, self-contained classrooms, homes and other non-educational settings. McKay Scholarships allow parents of students with disabilities to choose the best learning environment for their children.
*DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this website about school districts can change without notice. It is important for the buyer to verify the actual school district assigned for any home being considered before they buy.