Category: High School

Seal of Bilteracy awardees pose with their medals.

Team Duval students recognized with Seal of Biliteracy for mastering a new language

May 21, 2024 – From Chinese yo-yoing to Mexican dancing, many skills were on display during the Seal of Biliteracy ceremony where Team Duval students were recognized for mastering a new language. More than 800 students throughout the district were awarded the Seal of Biliteracy this year. This designation recognizes students who have attained a […]

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Little Language Learner participants hold up their certificates during the awards ceremony

Students gain deeper appreciation for educators, new career skills through Little Language Learners Program

May 15, 2024 – Camila Guerrero, a junior at Mandarin High School, said her appreciation for teachers grew deeper this year. That’s because she – along with approximately 40 of her high school peers – spent the year teaching elementary school students a new language through the district’s Little Language Learners program. “I don’t think […]

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Superintendent semifinalists submit answers

The five remaining semifinalists in consideration to become the next superintendent of Duval County Public Schools have submitted written and video recorded answers to several questions posed by school board members.  You can see those answers at  You can also fill out a survey to give the school board your thoughts on who is […]

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Dr. Michael George being surprised with Principal of the Year announcement

Atlantic Coast principal announced as the 2024 Florida Principal of the Year

April 19, 2024 – Congratulations to Dr. Michael George who was just announced as the 2024 Florida Principal of the Year. The Atlantic Coast principal received the surprise announcement in front of dozens of his peers during a principal’s meeting on Thursday. Chants of “DU-VAAL” exploded over the room as Principal George thanked his students, […]

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Gustavo Guzman reacts to the announcement that he has been selected as the 2024 VyStar Teacher of the Year

Terry Parker High School teacher named 2024 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year

(Editor’s Note – Below is a release from the Jacksonville Public Education Fund with slight modifications.) Jan. 21, 2024 – Congratulations to Gustavo Guzman, a biology teacher at Terry Parker High School, who was named the 2024 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year at the 33rd Annual EDDY Awards. Guzman, a third-year teacher, was selected […]

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District retains “B” rating under new state grading rules, number of “A” schools increases

Dec. 11, 2023 – Students in Duval County Public Schools earned the district another solid “B” grade for the 2022-23 academic year, and the percentage of district-managed “A” schools increased from 27% to 29%.  Last year’s students were tested on new state standards using new state tests, which means they cannot be compared to previous […]

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Finalists for 2024 VyStar Teacher of the Year announced

Dec. 8, 2023 – It was a day full of hugs, tears, smiles, and even drumlines! Friday morning, five stellar Team Duval educators received the surprise announcement that they were selected as a finalist for the 2024 VyStar Teacher of the Year! The finalists are: School leaders and community partners went from school to school […]

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