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St. Johns County Schools rated A for 10th year in a row

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Updated: 7/26/2013 6:24 pm
PONTE VEDRA, Fla.-- When Yvonne Roberts decided to move to Florida, she picked St. John's County because she said it was a good place to send her kids to school.

"I have four children and the reason why we live here is for the school district because they had all scored well," she said.

St. Johns County schools have celebrated great scores with the state for years, landing an "A" grade for the past 10 years in a row. This year, it was one of the only local school districts that didn't see scores slump.

"They let their teachers teach. I think we have some phenomenal teachers that know what they're doing," she said.

She says it also helps that teachers at the high school don't teach to FCAT tests.

"When they took the test it was easy they're teaching them above and beyond," said Roberts.

While parents like Roberts praise teachers, the superintendent is praising parents.

"We have very supportive parents I think that's a key as well," said St.
Johns County Superintendent, Dr. Joseph Joyner. "Parents are very supportive of our school district they have high expectations for us which I accept and certainly understand and which I appreciate."

High standards that don't appear to be going anywhere any time soon.
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localgoldmine - 7/27/2013 11:14 AM
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I am moving my family to St Augustine in September from Arizona and we chose St Johns County over all of the other areas in Florida, mainly because of its A rated school system. This article helps validate our decision!

whosaysnocan - 7/27/2013 9:54 AM
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Surely this is not a surprise that this district has "A" schools. Imagine if "busing" were started again. Oh my, the affluent people of this county would not allow it. As the superintendent said, it is the parental involvement that is a huge contributing factor in the success of the students. Duval has always had big problems, less the dedicated magnet schools. From experience we know that the biggest problem is the parents or lack there of, that are not concerned nor involved with their children's education. They literally dump the kids in the system and the only time these people are heard is when their kids cause trouble. Then these parents appear to say it is the school's fault and they take no responsibility for their failure. There are no consequences for this. These ones drag down those that are good students with parents participating in their kids education. We are happy that we do not have to deal with the schools, other than pay taxes. Before anyone jumps on my comments, we choose not to help due to the many that are part of it that want the hand out and want others to educate their kids. Bumper sticker recently seen"~"Don't breed them if you cannot feed them." I'll add, "If you care nothing to be involved in their education, don't have them."
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