Beachside High School delays official start of school year

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — The 2022-2023 school year will be delayed by three days for students at Beachside High School. This is due to issues with the construction and preparation of the high school, the superintendent confirmed on Monday.

The new official start will be on Monday, August 15.


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Beachside High School is one of St. Johns County’s newest high schools located at 1070 Beachwalk Blvd. It has 1,100 students enrolled and more than 100 staff members.

According to a message sent out to student families, the school’s gymnasium and auditorium still need critical site work and the delayed start will allow that to happen.

The school’s academic building, administration building, cafeteria, and other program resources have been completed.

Read the full message from Superintendent Tim Forson below:

“Beachside High School families,

The St. Johns County School District is very excited to open a new high school to serve students of northern St. Johns County. Beachside HS promises to be a state-of-the-art comprehensive school for all students with high-quality academy programs and exceptional assets to serve students and teachers.

It is important to share some of the challenges that have impacted the construction and preparation of Beachside HS and in turn will require the opening of the school year to be adjusted. Both material supplies and manpower have been in high demand in the construction industry and have slowed construction projects throughout the country. Like the schools we opened last year, priorities had to be determined for the start of school. For school construction, this is especially challenging since school start dates are rigid and provide for only limited flexibility. At all schools throughout our county we are focused on safety, academics, and vital support services at the school. At Beachside, the academic building, administration building, cafeteria, and other program resources will be ready for operation. The delayed start at Beachside will allow for continued critical site work and allow for continued progress on the gymnasium and auditorium.

For the 2022-2023 school year, Beachside High School will delay the official start of the school year to Monday, August 15. Mr. Bergamasco, principal, and his team are preparing for a great start of the year and will be communicating the specific schedules and events planned to kick off the excitement at Beachside HS. This three-day delay will help the construction and school operations team to be ready for the demand of serving 1,100 students and more than 100 staff members.

The St. Johns County School District has extensive experience opening new schools and although we need to adjust our start date, we will provide a safe and enriching school setting for the Beachside community. We look forward to serving the students and families of northern SJC for many years to come. Please be on the lookout for communication from the BHS leadership team. We appreciate your understanding and support as we open Beachside HS in the inaugural 2022-2023 school year. Go Barracudas!”

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