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Volusia County Schools - the Best Place to Learn!

Volusia County Schools is creating life-long learners for an ever-changing global society! The school district serves 63,800+ students in grades Pre-K through 12th, offering high-quality educational opportunities every day.

VCS has 44 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, 10 high schools, 2 combination schools (K-8 and 6-12), 4 alternative schools, and the virtual school Volusia Online Learning. The district is the 14th largest in Florida and is the largest employer in Volusia County. The Volusia County School Board is chaired by Ms. Jamie Haynes, and the Superintendent is Dr. Carmen J. Balgobin.

Student achievement is in the forefront of everything we do at Volusia County Schools. Our Strategic Plan goals are:

  1. Engage all students in high levels of learning every day.
  2. Recruit, retain, and develop high-quality staff.
  3. Provide a safe, healthy, and supportive environment.
  4. Ensure resources and operational processes are strategically aligned.
  5. Strengthen communications and community engagement.

Please join us in celebrating our successes using the hashtag #VCSisBest. Enjoy our videos and graphics highlighting the many ways VCS is the Best Place to Learn!

To share your story about the positive impact Volusia County Schools has made in your life, please email

Volusia Schools in the News

Starting from an early age, the Volusia County school district is helping put students on the path to discovering a career field not only suited to their skills but also suited to their interests. Working closely with the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, Career Source Flagler Volusia and regional businesses, in 2021, the school district implemented the YouScience Discovery skills assessment program to the delight of educators like Volusia County Schools’ Career & Technical Education Coordinator Bree Castelli. 

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Indian River Elementary Principal On Why VCS Is the Best Place to Learn

High expectations in our classrooms. High-quality staff on our campuses. Strong relationships with families. Indian River Elementary Principal Jennifer Holmgreen, who began her career with VCS in 1995 as a paraprofessional at IRE, shares her views on why VCS is the Best Place to Learn! A graduate of New Smyrna Beach High (and UCF and Stetson), she became a principal after serving as a classroom teacher, media specialist and assistant principal.

Edgewater Public STEM Teacher On Why VCS Is the Best Place to Learn

Edgewater Public School teacher Jeanmarie DeBees and her student Jett show how VCS incorporates STEM into learning every day. Edgewater Public was the first elementary school in Florida to earn national STEM certification by Cognia and recently recertified its accreditation.

Project IBIS

Project IBIS: Investigating Biomes in Science

VCS students have the unique opportunity to learn about and explore Volusia County's ecosystems and natural habitats with Project IBIS. Students apply knowledge learned in the classroom with hands-on experiences and activities. It’s another reason VCS is the BEST place to learn! 

VCS Performing Arts offers instrumental music, vocal music, general music, dance, theatre and advanced classes at high schools. Thank you to Kids Rock The Nation and founder/director Anthony Wild for supporting our programs – including the gift of a beautiful grand piano to Ormond Beach Middle School chorus, directed by music teacher Amanda El Shemi. VCS Performing Arts programs are one reason VCS is the Best Place to Learn!
Looking for a challenging and inspiring educational experience? VCS is the BEST place to achieve this. The Cambridge International curriculum sets a global standard for education, and is recognized by universities and employers worldwide. The program combines an emphasis on mastering subjects in depth with the development skills for study and work in the future. The Cambridge Assessment International Education program named Volusia County Schools as the District of the Year for medium-size U.S. school districts during the 2020-2021 school year. VCS doubled its student enrollment in the prestigious program in its first three years of participation and had a 94% pass rate for the program’s Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma.

Science is a strength for VCS, and our science standouts love to compete! Congratulations to this year’s VCS participants at the state level: Wyatt W., Rani G., and Salsabeel E. of Hinson Middle School; Isabella L. and Ethan M. of Creekside Middle; and Amy K. of Burns Sci-Tech. Read about their winning projects

Deltona High Student On the Benefits of Using Khan Academy

Deltona High School rising senior Victoria Catalano is making the most of her time in high school – as a student in the Cambridge International advanced program and active member of the National Honor Society, band, and ROTC. She shares some of her high school experience, along with how VCS’ partnership with Kahn Academy and The College Board prepares students to excel.

DeLand High Graduate On Why VCS is the Best Place to Learn

DeLand High School Class of 2021 valedictorian Lorien Collins is headed to Furman University on a pre-med track with a major in biochemistry. Lorien used the Khan Academy's free SAT practice, available through a partnership with VCS, The College Board and Khan Academy, to boost her scores on the SAT. Find out why this IB grad who was active in Student Government Association and other student organizations believes VCS is the BEST place to learn!

Sunrise Elementary Principal on why VCS is the Best Place to Learn

With over 20-years’ experience in the Volusia County Schools as an educator, Sunrise Elementary School principal and VCS alumni, Kristina Kania, shares how honored she is to serve students in her hometown at Sunrise Elementary - a Leader in Me school. VCS is a place to be supported, feel encouraged and surround yourself with people who will coach you and be your cheerleader.