Back to school: 20 things Duval County parents, students need to know

More than 129,000 students will head back to class on Monday

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As more than 129,000 students get ready to start the 2019-2020 school year on Monday in Duval County. District officials have 20 things they believe will help guide students and parents through the process. Some are changes that have taken effect for this school year, along with other important information to help the first day go smoothly.

1. Closer to an A than ever: Propelled by a record-breaking graduation rate and learning gains made by students in math and reading, Duval County Public Schools is entering the 2019-20 school year closer to being an A-rated school district than it has ever been. The district leaped six overall points from last year and landed less than one percentage point away from an A.  Overall, 42 schools increased at least one letter grade, and 62 percent of D and F schools improved their grades this year. Highlights among schools include: 

a. Fletcher High School: B to an A. 

b. Jacksonville Beach Elementary: Has maintained an A since 2000 and is the second-highest performing elementary school in the state. 

c. Hyde Park Elementary: F to a C. 

d. Mayport Middle School: B to an A. 

e. Ortega Elementary: C to an A.

f.  Ribault Middle School: D to a C.