Category: Elementary

Last day of school schedule

May 12, 2021 – Schools will follow an early dismissal schedule on the last day of school, which is Thursday, June 3. In general, elementary schools will dismiss at noon, middle schools will dismiss at 1:15 PM, and high schools will dismiss at 11 AM. There are a few school exceptions. They are listed below. […]

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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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Kindergarten enrollment opens May 3, with simple 2-step process

April 30, 2021 –  Kindergarten enrollment for the 2021-22 school year opens Monday, May 3. Families can visit to complete enrollment in two simple steps: Step 1 – Find Your SchoolUse the School Locator at to find your child’s attendance area school. If you have participated in the Magnet or Special Transfer Option Lottery and your student has […]

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Military mom surprises children in homecoming

April 22, 2021 – Three students at Neptune Beach Elementary received the surprise of a lifetime yesterday when their mom, Petty Officer Langley, showed up at their school. While the students led the pledge of allegiance at what they thought was a brief ceremony in honor of Military Child Month, school officials snuck Langley in […]

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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 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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Jax Beach wins top state honor

Jax Beach Elementary awarded top magnet school honor

March 3, 2021 – It’s a top national honor that only one school in Duval County Public Schools – and 19 in the state of Florida – can claim. Congratulations to Jacksonville Beach Elementary for being named a Nationally Certified Demonstration Magnet School by Magnet Schools of America (MSA). This designation is the highest distinction […]

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Duval schools invest early in social-emotional learning

Feb. 2, 2021 – The need for social and emotional learning in schools, especially elementary, is clear and Team Duval is addressing that need. Social-emotional learning, the process through which children learn to manage emotions, build positive relationships, and effectively work together with their peers, is weaved into curriculum and classroom routines by elementary instructors […]

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Hotspot Delivery Combats Digital Divide

Philanthropy bridges digital divide for Long Branch families

Jan. 8, 2021 – Since COVID-19 disrupted schools in March, access to web-based school resources has become essential for students. This is especially true for schools like Long Branch Elementary, a Title I school on Jacksonville’s Eastside. “Many of our parents don’t have internet access,” said Long Branch Elementary School Principal Wayman Graham. “This can […]

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How to register for the 2021-22 VPK lottery

Dec. 2, 2020 – With holiday season in full swing, don’t forget that school choice season is just around the corner. Beginning Jan. 1, parents will have the opportunity to apply for their children’s school of choice. This includes Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten with Duval County Public Schools. Like last school year, applications for VPK will be online […]

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