St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers
The four-year curriculum, rich with dual enrollment opportunities, embraces a core of exploratory teaching courses which allow students the advantage to begin student teaching while in high school. In addition, the program provides a seamless articulation with and transition to teacher preparation programs in Florida’s University system. Through the academy concept, students are offered small learning communities, college-preparatory curriculum with a career theme, and partnerships with employers and/or mentors.
Working hands-on in over ten schools, the St. Johns Academy of Future teachers explores the career of education using service learning, cutting-edge technology, and full year internships. Fostering the next generation of educators, the program focuses on developing student leaders who will be the next caring contributors to the children of the future. Placing academic success at the forefront of the program, qualifying students have the opportunity to earn dual enrollment credit through St. Johns River State College, giving students the potential to graduate high school with an AA degree. This equates to 60 college credit hours and is a savings of over $6,000.
- Qualifying students can begin taking dual enrollment courses the summer after 10th grade and can continue with dual enrollment through graduation.
- Earn up to 60 hours of college credit!
- After graduation, complete your bachelors degree in 2 years!
Business Partners provide opportunities for students to understand the relevance between education and work-based needs. Each year, students are offered opportunities to intern with St. Johns County School District and local businesses that may include:
- Castillo de San Marcos
- St. Johns County School District
- TAG! Children’s Museum
Reasons to Join
- Can earn an AA degree from SJRSC while still in high school (over a $6,000 savings in tuition).
- Participate in job shadowing, internships and senior externships.
- Develop leadership, communication and organizational skills.
- Participate in a rigorous and a meaningful program of study.
- Ability to sign an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with St. Johns County School District – This MOU will enable you to start work at a higher salary level than other first year teachers, if you are hired to teach in St. Johns County School District.
- Free membership in Florida Future Educators of America with opportunities for after-school activities, state competitions, and a great resume booster!
On October 19th, Riley Wills, a Teaching Academy senior at St. Augustine High School, received the Kiwanis Student of the Month Award. Tiffany Kemp, one of the Academy instructors, attended this event and spoke highly of her involvement in the program and the community.
Select student from the St. Johns County Academy of Future Teachers attended the 2017 Florida Future Educators of America Conference from January 20th – 22nd in Orlando, FL. During the competition portion of the event, Sydney Davis brought home 3rd place in the Essay competition and the group won the Outstanding Chapter Award for the …
On a regular basis, the amazing Teaching Academy instructors submit updates to Florida Future Educators of America, outlining everything the program has been accomplishing. Due to the most recent recent submission, it has received the April Outstanding Chapter Award!
On September 10th, Teacher Assisting I students made their first trip to Crookshank Elementary where they will complete roughly 10 hours of field experience over the course of the year. Working with 1st grade classrooms, the future teachers will use literacy-based lessons to drive this service-learning initiative.
On October 27th, Teaching Academy students visited Flagler College here in St. Augustine to assist them with their post-secondary planning. Every year, students are invited to tour Flagler’s beautiful campus, meet directly with the Department of Education, eat lunch in their pristine dining hall, and even sit in on upper level education courses.