Palm Valley Academy

Summary:

Palm Valley Academy is a public elementary and middle school serving grades PK-8 in Ponte Vedra, Florida, part of the highly-ranked St. Johns County School District. With a student population of 1,496, the school consistently outperforms state and district averages on standardized tests, boasts exceptional college-readiness metrics, and maintains low chronic absenteeism rates.

Palm Valley Academy's academic performance is truly exceptional, with 86% of 3rd graders proficient in English Language Arts compared to 72% in the district and 50% statewide, and 92% proficient in math versus 78% in the district and 59% statewide. The school's end-of-course exam results are also outstanding, with 99% proficiency in Algebra 1, 100% in Geometry, and 83% in Civics - all significantly higher than the district and state averages. When compared to other high-performing schools in the area, such as Durbin Creek Elementary, Liberty Pines Academy, and Ponte Vedra Palm Valley-Rawlings Elementary, Palm Valley Academy stands out as one of the top-performing schools in the region.

The school's low chronic absenteeism rate, ranging from 2.0% to 11.8% in recent years, and its very low percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, from 3.65% to 6.68%, suggest a relatively affluent student population. While Palm Valley Academy's overall performance is outstanding, there may be opportunities to further enhance the educational experience for all students, such as supporting the academic growth of its small population of minority and economically disadvantaged students. By continuing to build on its strengths and addressing any areas for improvement, Palm Valley Academy can maintain its position as a premier educational institution in Florida.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-8

 700 Bobcat Ln
       Ponte Vedra, FL  32081-5160


(904) 547-4201

District: St. Johns

SchoolDigger Rank:
104th of 2,242 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,771 Help


Students who attend Palm Valley Academy usually attend:

High:    Allen D Nease Senior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  16.6 Help
Number of students:  1,496

Racial breakdown:

White:
79.9%
Hispanic:
10.2%
Two or more races:
5.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  6.7% Help


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Compare Details Palm Valley Academy ranks better than 95.4% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 6th among 26 ranked elementary schools in the St. Johns School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 92.52. (See more...)
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Compare Details Palm Valley Academy ranks better than 94% of middle schools in Florida. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 91.37. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (79.9%), Hispanic (10.2%), two or more races (5.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 6.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Palm Valley Academy is 16.6. 21 elementary schools in the St. Johns School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Palm Valley Academy is $8,771. 21 elementary schools in the St. Johns School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Palm Valley Academy was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Palm Valley Academy 71st of 1185 Florida public middle schools. (See Palm Valley Academy in the ranking list.)

St. Johns:

SchoolDigger ranks St. Johns 4th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Palm Valley Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 92.60 82nd 2182 96.2%
2021 95.35 51st 2247 97.7%
2022 94.44 59th 2219 97.3%
2023 92.52 104th 2240 95.4%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

Rank History for Palm Valley Academy

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 94.05 44th 1136 96.1%
2022 92.36 57th 1148 95.0%
2023 91.37 70th 1177 94.1%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Florida Department of Education

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Reviews:
by a parent
Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Open Quote Overcrowded and overwhelming. Nocatee continues to grow but the schools are not being built fast enough to support the demand. I regret not having moved to Ponte Vedra Beach instead, where the smaller schools can live up to the St Johns County reputation. The schools in Nocatee are living by this reputation of “best schools in Florida” but children are being taught in portable classrooms/trailers outside because there are not classrooms, teachers are overwhelmed and there are not enough support resources to tend to the growing number of students. We pulled our children out of PVA after just 2 months and opted for private school. Our understanding is that the new school that opens next fall is also already over capacity and they will need to start building yet another school next year. If school is your motivation for moving to the area, invest a bit more money and settle in Ponte Vedra Beach instead. Or stay in Nocatee and opt for a private school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Palm Valley Academy

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2019 1064 10 75 91 0 0 54 0 1294
2020 1477 16 93 182 0 0 88 0 1856
2021 1706 13 101 216 2 0 110 0 2148
2022 1270 6 52 150 1 0 81 0 1560
2023 1196 10 51 153 1 0 85 0 1496

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Palm Valley Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2019 1294 75.0 17.2 0.2
2020 1856 111.6 16.6 4.1
2021 2148 134.0 16.0 4.4
2022 1560 88.8 17.5 3.7
2023 1496 90.0 16.6 6.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Palm Valley Academy

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2019 1294 75.0 17.2 0.2
2020 1856 111.6 16.6 4.1
2021 2148 134.0 16.0 4.4
2022 1560 88.8 17.5 3.7
2023 1496 90.0 16.6 6.7

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Palm Valley Academy

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $196 (2.8%) $6,880 (97.2%) $7,076
2020 $170 (2.4%) $6,868 (97.6%) $7,038
2021 $269 (3.7%) $6,907 (96.3%) $7,176
2022 $369 (4.8%) $7,312 (95.2%) $7,681
2023 $527 (6.0%) $8,243 (94.0%) $8,771

Data source: Florida Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Palm Valley Academy

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 82nd of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 104th of 2240 Elementary schools
 0.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Palm Valley Academy)8790
 3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7876
 2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Palm Valley Academy)9393
   3rd Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)8280
 2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Valley Academy)8079
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7776
 1%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Palm Valley Academy)8783
 4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)8281
 1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Valley Academy)8385
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7675
 1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Palm Valley Academy)8085
 5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)8076
 4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (Palm Valley Academy)7369
 4%
   5th Grade Science (St. Johns)7370
 3%
   5th Grade Science (Florida)5351
 2%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Valley Academy)8480
 4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (St. Johns)7470
 4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5452
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Palm Valley Academy)9185
 6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (St. Johns)7474
   6th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5549
 6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students12941496
 15.6%
African American1010
American Indian01
Asian7551
 32%
Hispanic91153
 68.1%
Pacific Islander00
White10641196
 12.4%
Two or More Races5485
 57.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients0.2%6.7%
 6.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Palm Valley Academy

Yes! Palm Valley Academy is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 104th of 2242 Florida elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 1,496 students attended Palm Valley Academy.

Students who attend Palm Valley Academy usually go on to attend:

High : Allen D Nease Senior High School

Students at Palm Valley Academy are 80% White, 10% Hispanic, 6% Two or more races, 3% Asian.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Florida Department of Education.

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