ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The St. Johns County school district saw an increase in students this year with a count of 30,503 on opening day Monday. That's an increase of 1,077 students or 3.7 percent over last year's first day number of 29,426.
The high school student count was 9,654.
There were also 169 students in attendance at St. Johns Technical High School on the campus of First Coast Technical College.
Middle school attendance totaled 7,425. Liberty Pines Academy, the district's only permanent K-8 school, had a first day headcount of 1,248.
The elementary school population totaled 12,818; however, this count includes less than 25 percent of the kindergarten population since schools stagger the kindergarten start date over a five-day period. Another 437 students are enrolled at the district's alternative, charter and Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) schools.
"Today was a wonderful first day of school throughout the district," said Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner.