Category: Achievement

Winners of the Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest pay tribute to their heroes

Sept. 27, 2021 – A public servant who paved the way for the creation of the Acosta Bridge.  A pulmonary care specialist who was one of the first doctors in Florida to successfully treat a COVID-19 patient. And a grandfather, who emigrated from Puerto Rico at the age of 2, traveled the world, and went […]

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24 students representing five DCPS schools selected as 2022 National Merit Semifinalists

Sept. 16, 2021 – Congratulations to the 24 Duval County Public Schools students — representing Douglas Anderson, Fletcher, Mandarin, Stanton, and Wolfson high schools — who are among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists selected for the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically gifted high school seniors will now have an opportunity to compete for about […]

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Educators honored for commitment to teaching financial education

Sept. 8, 2021 – Whether they’re running special programs, serving as leaders, or doing exceptional work in the classroom, four Duval County Public Schools teachers have something in common — a commitment to economic and financial education. So much so, they were recognized as among the best in the state, with three winning a Regional […]

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VyStar donates toward costs of public school renaming, challenges others to get involved

The post below is a reprint of a press release from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund on July 21, 2021. It is being reprinted with permission. July 26, 2021 – VyStar Credit Union has made an outright contribution toward the costs associated with renaming six schools in Duval County and is encouraging the community to […]

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“They now have ownership in their education” – First-ever African American History Writing Institute ends with student presentations

July 6, 2021 – The first-ever African American History Writing Institute has come to an end, but students and staff say their work will go on. Duval County Public Schools hosted the 3-week institute for high school students this summer. Students spent time gaining firsthand knowledge about key historical figures, places and events in Jacksonville’s […]

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Military Family Photo

Highlighting how schools support military children

April 30, 2021 – Duval County Public Schools is proud to serve 8,672 military students and their families! Military children often face unique challenges, with one or both parents occasionally on deployment. Schools that have a high military student population, like Venetia Elementary and Mayport Middle, have unique programs in place to aid in the […]

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duPont Middle students working in classroom

Alfred duPont named ‘School of the Year’ for its Dual Language program

April 29, 2021 – Alfred duPont Middle School es la escuela del año! English translation…Alfred duPont Middle School is the school of the year! The school’s commitment to bilingual and bicultural education is just one of the reasons why it garnered the top spot for middle schools nationwide in the Embassy of Spain’s 2021 “School […]

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Lake Lucina fellowship award

Lake Lucina teachers awarded Cindy Edelman Excellence Fellowship

Note: The article, video, and images below are republished with permission from the Jacksonville Public Education fund. Visit www.jaxpef.org for more info. April 15, 2021 — Five outstanding public school teachers are about to begin the professional learning experiences of their careers as the winners of the 2021 Cindy Edelman Excellence in Teaching Fellowship. Through […]

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School-Related Employee of the Year

Crown Point educator selected as School-Related Employee of the Year

April 14, 2021 – Cheryl Hartley says she didn’t choose her job. It chose her. The Crown Point Elementary School paraprofessional started out as a crossing guard at the school, hoping to get her foot in the door in a law enforcement career. But she ended up getting her foot in the door into the […]

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AP success creates $1 million advantage for public school students

AP success creates $1 million advantage for public school students

March 18, 2021 – Duval County Public Schools students are increasingly using their high school years to complete rigorous, college-level work through the district’s accelerated programs. The percentage of students earning college credit through Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams jumped 7.8%  last school year. With that jump and the district’s other college acceleration programs, […]

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