Category: High School

Centurion’s surprise visit kicks off district’s first-ever African American History Writing Institute

June 16, 2021 – More than 80 students were eyewitnesses to living African American history on Monday as they listened to one of Jacksonville’s original sleeping car porters describe his life in the River City in the early 20th century. At age 102, Sollie Mitchell, was soft-spoken but eloquent as he talked to the students […]

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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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Photo of Duval Teacher of the Year, Jim Schmitt, posing in classroom with students after learning he was a Florida Teacher of the Year finalist

Video – Mandarin High educator named Florida Teacher of the Year finalist

May 4, 2021 — Duval County’s 2021 VyStar Teacher of the Year – Mandarin High School Teacher Jim Schmitt – received a surprise visit from Florida K-12 Chancellor Jacob Oliva who announced that Schmitt was chosen as one of five finalists for the 2022 Florida Teacher of Year. Chancellor Oliva was joined by Duval School […]

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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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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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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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High school diploma and black cap with tassle

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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