School Improvement

Juvenile Justice Education

Florida law authorizes educational services in Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) programs (s. 1003.52, F.S.) to ensure that all eligible students receive a high-quality education designed to meet their unique needs. The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) acts as the lead agency for the educational component in these programs and sets standards for curriculum and other support services. FDOE is committed to providing leadership to the students in DJJ programs with an overall objective of equipping them with skills necessary for continued education and employment.


DJJ Annual Report

The DJJ Annual Report provides information regarding the progress made toward developing effective educational programs. The report consists of recommendations for system improvement, legislated requirements of DJJ and DOE, profiles of students in DJJ and other dropout prevention programs, student outcomes, and funding of educational programs.

State Laws and Regulations

The Florida Statutes (F.S.) and Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.) rule referenced below are specific to DJJ Education.


Transition Resources

The Suggested Process for Entry Transition Meeting and Activities and sample forms and templates below are optional and were developed to streamline the transition process that is required by s. 1003.52(5), F.S., and Rule 6A-6.05281(5), F.A.C. The sample forms and templates can be used in their entirety or sections of the samples can be adopted to meet the needs of the DJJ program. The Educational Exit Plan is a printed copy of the Electronic Educational Exit Plan (EEEP) that is located in the Juvenile Justice Information System Schools Module. The EEEP is not a mandated document; however, it is a process and an electronic document that was developed by the DJJ Office of Education in collaboration with FDOE for students in DJJ residential programs to satisfy the recommended educational post-release placement component of the required Transition Plan.

Referral Process for Students in DJJ Residential Schools Applying for Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services

The flowchart provides instructions for staff in juvenile justice residential schools on how to make student referrals to VR. This referral process is a collaborative effort between the Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, Division of VR and DJJ to connect students in residential programs with Pre-Employment Transition Services and ensure continuity of VR services after release.

Juvenile Justice Education Bimonthly Conference Call

The Juvenile Justice Education Bimonthly Conference Call is a webinar designed to offer technical assistance and support for DJJ programs. The webinars are facilitated the Juvenile Justice Education Program Director. If you are interested in participating in the Juvenile Justice Education Bimonthly Conference Call, please contact Carla Greene.


Quarterly and Annual Conferences and Meetings

Effective Strategies and Student Engagement Institute Conference (ESSEI)

The ESSEI is an annual conference sponsored by the FDOE. The major goal of the conference is to bring together partners and key stakeholders throughout the state that are focused on serving students that are “at-risk” of not graduating high school. The conference is centered on content and workshops designed to strengthen existing programs, to provide up-to-date professional development, and to facilitate access to resource development. For information on the dates and location of the next conference, please visit the Workshops and Conferences page managed by the Bureau of Family and Community Outreach.

DJJ Regional Meetings

The FDOE in partnership with the DJJ Office of Education conducts annual regional meetings to provide updates on state laws, rules and regulations regarding educational services in DJJ programs to lead educators, school district contract managers and transition personnel. The regional meetings convene in late spring or early summer.