New K-8 school to be built within Shearwater


The St. Johns County School District has announced plans to construct its newest K-8 campus on land dedicated by Freehold Communities within Shearwater, a residential community in St. Augustine.

The school will be built on 26 acres previously transferred by Freehold to the district. Once open, it will be easily accessible from County Road 210 and County Road 16A. It will also be a short walk, bike or golf cart ride for families living within Shearwater.

Freehold Communities is an affiliate of Freehold Capital Management, the Boston-based fully integrated real estate investment and development firm.

According to the district, the school is planned to open for the 2023-24 school year. It will accommodate about 1,500 students and is anticipated to relieve overcrowding at nearby Freedom Crossing Academy, Timberlin Creek Elementary School and Switzerland Point Middle School.

“This new K-8 school will greatly benefit the current and future residents of Shearwater and the county as a whole,” said Andrew Smith, southeastern division president for Freehold Communities.  “A big part of the tremendous growth we are seeing in the region is due to the quality of schools here. In fact, St. Johns County was recently rated the number-one school district in Florida. We are pleased to be able to provide the land and incorporate the school site into our community.”

Shearwater encompasses more than 1,500 acres and is planned for a total of 2,778 homes. It includes 13-miles of walking trails through 600-acres of preserved habitat, parks, fields, lakes and canoe/kayak access to Trout Creek.

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