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Garrison-Jones Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 701 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
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Posted August 15, 2014

The spanish immersion program is rewarding and the teachers are awsome! Both my children are in the immersion program this year, one going into 3rd grade and other going ikn KG. Great school, great staff, excellent teachers. They however need to work on communication with teachers, and work on their healthier lunch menus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

I have a child in the dual language program and I absolutely love it. Having had older children in various other local schools I find the dual language program academically superb. All the dual language teachers seem dedicated and do an awesome job. I can highly recommend this program. As far as the regular class room settings and teachers go, I don't have much knowledge other then mixed information from other parents. The only negative thing I can say is, that (probably due to the size of the school) many big events seem unorganized. Also the front office staff is, as prior mentioned her, not very friendly or helpful. The ladies seem aggravated when asked for something and I almost get a feeling of being a bother. This is not acceptable, since the front office staff are the first to greet a new face. One other thing I have noticed is, that parent involvement (other then connected to the PTA membership) seems unwanted or discouraged. I think that was also mentioned in a prior post.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2012

The teachers at this school are fantastic! The adminstration leaves alot to be desired. They do not work well with the PTA and even ask parents to break the rules of the PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2012

I am one of the parents that always raved over this school. I loved everyone, staff , teachers and adminstration. I had heard other complain but never saw it myself. I was a very active volunteer for 9 years and was treated great. Until this year, I was told to only help in class, and ignored when I questioned why. I volunteered to take a prominent position in PTA and was ignored and recieved no answer. I still love the teachers who try their best but the adminstration ruins this school. Past Vice Principals have told me they had issues with the principal which caused them to leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2012

You guys need to call the superintendent especially the ones that have already left because of this school for good reason because of this principal.. don't go with ridiculous reasons go prepared but don't let her get away with this. She only gets a year to year contract and either she gets rid of the people in her office that doesn't know how to respect people and great them with a smile and talk to them with respect or she can hire someone who can. Its a principals job to step up and lead not her staffs. If she doesn't know her parents and her students then shame on her for not being able to have her own backbone. You need to report her. In Florida you need to set up a meeting with her superintendent I first then if that doesn't work set it up with the county if it gets to the county you will be her and her head will roll trust me! I work for the county! I know who your talking about and she already has a record of not doing her job well and her staff has been reported more then once and there is a big clean house about to happen with this school if something doesn't turn around this year so hold tight!


Posted September 27, 2012

We had very high hopes when picking this school and was inspired by the talk we had with the principal in the beginning. however we noticed very quickly that it was just talk and no action. Even the first day at the school was very awkward and not inviting. The PTA last year was non-existent and this year there was suppose to be a strong one that was 'hand picked' and fell apart before school even started. The teachers seem to be great in the classroom, but I have no experience with them beyond the classroom. if something doesn't change soon they will drop from an A rating (probably should already have but the area we live in is fantastic and many people are still migrating to the area keeping the enrollment high). The leadership needs to change and the parents need to be involved. The current situation is the parents that are leaving fail to complain, they just move on to charters, magnets and privates instead of putting a bug in the ear of those who can make the changes needed like the Super which gets voted in much like the post below me says " {The principal} only gets a year to year contract ".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

Not sure what the other parents are seeing in this school. They must not be very involved with it. My child is now in his 3rd year here. If I was able to go to a different public school I would! Kindergarten he had a wonderful teacher. However the staff, including teachers are so unorganized. They beg for parent involvement, yet they do 50% of the parent activities during school hours, and the other 50% they do at 6pm. With most household having dual, who can attend these? You can ask a staff member a 10 staff members a question and 10/10 will give you a different answer. This is with everything there, nobody knows what's going on with anything at most times. They need better communication between staff members. God forbid you get a teacher you are unhappy with, they wont move the child. In K my son was in a class with 2 bullies him. I begged to have him moved! Nope! would you believe it, after all the issues, they put him in the same class with both those kids again in 1st grade. They stress no bullying, but when it's brought to their attention, nothing gets done. My son is quiet, gets good grades, and great discipline, not fair he is subjected to this, no child should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

Excellent teachers. Great communication with parents. Awesome school pride and spirit. I see my 5 year old son flourishing here every day. I see the lessons they are teaching in class carry over into after-school life, such as "self-motivation" and "respect". He may be the only person in the world who looks forward to Mondays so he can go to school again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2010

This school is a circus act. The teachers are wonderful. Sadly I can't say that about the staff. They are so disrespectful, and treat parents like children. One staff member says one thing, another says another, and you have no idea what direction to turn. If you turn the wrong way they literally discipline you like a child. I have always be nice and respectful, and just killed with kindness, but I no longer can handle the staff. I have spoke with a dozen or more parents and all say the same, they may be an "A" school for academics, but they "F" school on how parents are treated. Makes me wonder how the children are treated behind closed doors. Not one parent I have spoke to have said they really liked they school. All have said the same, the teachers are great but not staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

The teachers and staff at this school go above and beyond to teach academics, as well as foster a sense of community and promote student responsibility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2009

Garrison-Jones is a caring nuturing environment. They allow children to grow through education, expression and involvement. A pleasure to attend a school with strong teacher and parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2009

Both my daughter and myself love this school, including the teaching st, ms buckley, and my powers, president and vp. They truly care for all their students and ms buckley is out there every morning and after school to make sure all the kids are safe and go home with whom they are supposed to. Last year they found $ even with this reduced budget to supply locking fences around the whole school which makes me feel very secure and confident that my daughter is safe. My daughter is going into the 2nd grade and can't wait for school to start and see who her teacher is; she knows all the teachers already great jon mrs b
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2006

My son is now in his second year at Garrison Jones Elementary. We've had a great experience so far and are very impressed with both the facility and the entire staff. He is now in the first grade and doing extremely well. Garrison Jones is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personnel best, with an emphasis on consistency and kindness and compassion for others. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader and we will miss seeing her everyday as she takes a new position with the school board. Thank You to the teachers and staff of Garrison Jones for a job well done in leading, teaching and encouraging students to be all they can be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2006

This school is excellent and the teachers are wonderful. The principle does a great job of keeping parent informed on what is going on in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2005

This is an awesome school-my daughter attended since kindergarten (now in 8th) and had a great experience. She is currently in all advanced programs at middle school and I credit the great teachers at Garrison for guiding her along. My son is now in 5th grade and has also had a great acedemic experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2004

Garrison-Jones is brimming with extremely well-qualified teachers that are sincerely caring in their task and demeanor. The office staff is exemplary in every facet they serve. Would not choose any other school than Garrison. I am extremely happy with this facility.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
67%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

110 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
83%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 69%
Hispanic 20%
Black 4%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 55%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 90%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 72%60%61%
Master's degree 28%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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3133 Garrison Road
Dunedin, FL 34698
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