About Valley Ridge Academy

Missions Statement:
The community of Valley Ridge Academy is dedicated to creating a safe and nurturing environment that inspires and challenges students while developing lifelong learners through collaboration, citizenship, creativity and reflection.

District Vision:
The St. Johns County School District will inspire good character and a passion for lifelong learning in all students, creating educated and caring contributors to the world.

Valley Ridge Academy is happy to announce that it is a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (MYP) in the 2016-2017 school year. Using the the IB curriculum framework, VRA provides a rigorous, high-quality, international education for students in grades 6-8. It is designed to inspire passion for learning while challenging intellectual curiosity, encouraging inquiry and maximizing individual potential. The community of learners (parents, students and staff) share responsibility for developing life-long learners and active, compassionate world citizens with a genuine commitment to affect positive change in the world.

Fun Facts About Our School

  • Valley Ridge Academy is a PreKindergarten – 8th grade school.
  • We currently have about 1600 students serving families in the Nocatee and surrounding communities.  
  • We are a STEAM focused school.  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Math.
  • We are the only K-8 school in St. Johns County with an International Baccalaureate Program (IB).  VRA feeds into Nease High School which has the International Baccalaureate Pre-IB/IB Diploma Program.  The IB program has a hard-earned reputation for high standards of teaching, pedagogical leadership and student achievement.
  • In addition to computer labs, our classrooms are set up as follows:
  • K – 2nd grade:  student use of iPads
  • 3rd – 5th grade:  student use of laptops
  • 6th -8th grade:  1 to 1 with laptops in classrooms
  • St. Johns County Character Counts is infused in everything we do.  Our selected students are honored with an award certificate monthly.
  • All students have physical education as part of our curriculum.
  • Our gymnasium accommodates 250 cheering fans.