Category: High School

Inside the JEA Engineering Academy at Atlantic Coast High School

Feb. 24, 2021 – “I think learning how to use Fusion 360 and being able to design your own tangible product is the coolest thing” says Tolu, a student at Atlantic Coast High School. Tolu is just one of about 50 students enrolled in the JEA Engineering Academy at Atlantic Coast High School. Started in […]

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Mandarin teacher selected as Duval Teacher of the Year for 2021

Mandarin High educator selected as 2021 VyStar Teacher of the Year

Jan. 27, 2021 – It’s rare that anyone, especially his students, sees Jim Schmitt speechless. But that’s exactly what the Mandarin High School educator was on Wednesday afternoon when he was announced as the 2021 VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year. The 27-year teaching veteran, who teaches U.S. History and Global Perspectives at Mandarin […]

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2021 commencement schedule available

Jan. 14, 2021 – Dates, times, and locations for spring 2021 graduation ceremonies have been finalized. Similar to last year, a majority of the high schools will hold their ceremonies on their onsite football stadium. Pre-COVID, most ceremonies were held in arenas around Jacksonville. However, to comply with recommended social distancing guidelines and manage the […]

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Diploma or Certificate of Completion? What seniors should know

Nov. 20, 2020 – High School Diploma or Certificate of Completion (COC)? As the Class of 2021 prepares for graduation, there’s some key information they need to know. One is the difference between a high school diploma and Certificate of Completion. While the two may sound similar, they each lead to very different postsecondary paths. […]

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School Choice – What you need to know

Nov. 18, 2020 – Duval County Public Schools is a choice district, which means students can attend schools outside their attendance area zones through the school choice application process. While applications open in January, there is a lot families can do now to prepare. See list below. Note that while some things have changed due […]

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15 educators selected as VyStar Teacher of the Year semifinalists

15 educators selected as VyStar Teacher of the Year semifinalists

Nov. 17, 2020 – Congratulations to the the 15 outstanding educators who were selected as semifinalists for VyStar Duval County Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made Monday by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (JPEF) who manages the Teacher of the Year process. The 15 educators will go on to be considered as finalists […]

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Ed White Aerospace program takes students to new heights

Ed White aerospace program leads students to new heights

Nov. 3, 2020 – Ed White High School is looking to the skies to help prepare students for the future. The school’s aerospace program allows students to explore careers in aviation and offers courses on the foundation of flight. The program instructor, John Beasley, says he embraces the challenge of training the next generation of […]

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All secondary students to receive laptops through district’s “One to One” initiative

Oct. 26, 2020 – Distribution of brand-new laptops for middle and high school students through the district’s “One to One” initiative has started. Approved by the School Board in August, this initiative was designed to bring all secondary students to a 1:1 ratio with a computer that they could use for both on-campus and at-home […]

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Students pay tribute to their heroes during Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest Ceremony

Students pay tribute to their heroes during Hispanic Heritage Essay Contest Ceremony

Oct. 21, 2020 – Sixteen years ago, Jose Ascencion Monteagudo-Avila moved from Mexico to the United States with his wife and son and little money. Sometimes earning less than $50 a week, Monteagudo-Avila decided to take a risk by selling his truck and using his life savings to venture into a new career…. So began […]

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Students learn animal care through veterinary assistant program

Students learn animal care through Frank H. Peterson veterinary assistant program

Oct. 20, 2020 – Inside one classroom at Frank H. Peterson Academies of Technology, ferrets greet students as they walk through the doors, guinea pigs gobble up afternoon snacks and the teacher’s pet…is actually a pet.  It’s all part of the school’s veterinary assistant program. Supported by the district’s Career and Technical Education team, the […]

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