Kids who live in Wildlight get the benefit of living in one of the best school districts in the state. (As in #2 out of 67!) Nassau County School District consistently gets A ratings, thanks in part to impressive achievement scores and high graduation rates. And the way students feed into particular schools near their community means they have a strong support system from elementary through high school.
So, where will your kids go?
Wildlight Elementary (Pre-K to 5)
Located right in the neighborhood, just a short walk or bike ride from the homes here. The school’s mission is to foster a community of self-motivated learners, and help kids succeed academically, socially, and developmentally. And it shows: Wildlight Elementary is A-rated, and ranks in the top 5% in the state. And here’s something the kids will love — there are three (yep, three) playgrounds for adventure and exploration. (Is it any surprise that the school’s address is on “Curiosity Drive”?)
Yulee Middle School (grades 6 to 8)
Another A-rated school (are you sensing a pattern here?), with a commitment to providing each student with the best education possible. That drive for excellence shows in a curriculum that includes advanced and honors classes, fine and performing arts, and industry certification classes. There’s also plenty of opportunity to get involved and stay engaged outside of the classroom, with clubs and athletic teams for just about every interest.
Yulee High School (grades 9 to 12)
Holds students accountable to high standards, to prepare them for college or career readiness. The school’s varied class offerings include advanced placement, dual enrollment, honors, and career/technical programs. And students can participate in clubs, the school musical, and just about every sport, from basketball to weight lifting. Yulee High alumni have gone on to play college sports, attend dental school, serve in the armed forces … and even come back to teach at the school!
Nope, there won’t be a pop quiz on what you just read. But, if you remember one thing, it’s this: when you live at Wildlight, your kid is going to have amazing learning opportunities.
Feeding FLOCO’s Future with Aquaponics
As populations grow and fewer young people enter into farming, the need for new and cost-effective solutions to maintain food supply becomes more urgent. Aquaponics is one such innovative solution that yields ample crops with more efficient use of land and water than conventional farming techniques.
A collaboration between North Florida’s largest aquaponics farm, Traders Hill Farm, and Nassau County School District is giving Wildlight students the opportunity to learn about aquaponics. This mutually beneficial partnership allows West Nassau High School students to apply what they learn by growing lettuce for the school cafeteria.
Working with aquaponics in science classes also helps prepare Nassau County students for careers in sustainable farming.
“With our biotechnology and aquaponics program at West Nassau, we have all phases of a model workforce development program,” Director of Career and Adult Education Brent Lemond told the Nassau County Economic Development Board. “There is an employer, Traders Hill Farm, assisting us to plan curriculum and ready to hire our graduates. We have a post-secondary partner in Florida State College at Jacksonville.”
We look forward to watching this program continue to grow (no pun intended)!