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PK-6
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Fleming Island, FL
Students enrolled: 885

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5400 Pine Avenue
Fleming Island, FL 32003

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November 24, 2014
I have been a parent at Paterson since 2003, my oldest is getting ready to graduate from Fleming Island High and I have a 5th grader. I am on my 3rd Principal and I think this new one is great. The teachers at this school are very caring and many of them have been there since we started. They are always in communication and willing to help. Yes the school has changed over the years, but it has changed everywhere, the state mandates are so hard it is hard for teachers be creative. There a so many parent volunteers. I know a lot of parents from the two other schools and they do not have the extra activities that we have such as school dances twice a year, the carnivals, and an amazing run walk program.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
This is not a good school the principal is not a good leader and the teachers do not the students.

- submitted by a teacher
January 30, 2014
My kids have attended this school for close to 2 years and its overall a good school. It has areas to improve on though. I think coming from a private school environment with smaller school population, we've been spoiled and now realize the school staff (principle, VP, etc) will never know your child by name. The teachers we've had have been great with the kids and communicate well. I never felt in the dark. I do wish the school could update its external appearance a bit. Compared to its neighboring schools, like Thunderbolt & FIE - ours seems dark, with minimal external visual appeal. At first glace I was hesitant just based on external appearance. I also think it lacks in the "arts" - there have been no school plays, recitals, musicals. Nothing in the arts realm to engage the kids. Even a glee club would be nice. It only focuses on this run/walk program which my kids found ultra boring as they play the same music every week as they run laps. Overall, the school is a good one, my kids have both excelled and their grades have been A-B consistently.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
We are so happy to be done with this school. The principal is completely out of touch and so self-absorbed that he does nothing to alleviate the problems in his school. The teachers we have encountered ranged from lazy to apathetic. There were one or two exceptions. Our children would not go to the bathroom until they got home because the ones at this school were entirely too disgusting. One of our children was actually assaulted (by another student) and the best answer we could get was "It won't happen again...." If your child happens to be a little short on lunch money, they are forced to wear a red arm band for the remainder of the school day so that their parents (and everyone else in the school) knows that they didn't have enough money for lunch. No stigma there, huh? Anyway, if you can avoid sending your kids here, DO SO!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
I have two children that attend Paterson. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this school and the teachers. I have a 4th and 1st grader. There was only one year that I didn't care for my sons teacher. Everyone else (including the front office staff, the VP and Principle are extremely helpful and willing to help. One of my sons teacher help my son tremendously and I will forever be grateful for her! Every year when we go to open house all the teachers from prior years acknowledge us and are very sincere when getting updates on my kids. I am not sure what the issues were for some of the lower rated reviews, but I would NEVER think about sending my kids any other place. I also know many families that moved TO this area just to send their kids to Paterson.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Bad school. Do NOT send your kid here. The person at the top is using the job as a stop gap until he retires which is not soon enough. He doesn't take ANY interest in a parents views, suggestions or perspectives, instead reminisces on his own family experiences. I have suggested many little changes which could improve the school both to him and his sidekick, but no-one listens. He and his sidekick (the deputy) have their favorites and treat the other kids AND teachers with little respect. I know one or 2 teachers who are filled with pure fear if their class is interupted by either of them during lessontime. Some of the teachers are terrible too. It would be good if they knew about the subject they are teaching before instead of teaching completely wrong information. When I confronted a 6th grade teacher, she was TOTALLY unapproachable. I CANNOT wait to get my kids outta there. I know lots and lots of people who have moved just to get into other schools and away from Paterson. We moved here from out of State and wished we'd known this first. This school has made our time here very stressful. If you can, look for another school.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
Paterson used to be a great school years ago with a different principal. The vice principal is mean and ahteful woman who shows true disdain for the students. the principal was so so, until he got bored after a few yrs. He plays favorites, and is rude and cruel..look him up online and see news stories..you will be schocked. he got rid of all positive amle role models so he could be King!!He must play golf with the superintendant because when we and several others went for help from him, we were not believed once Grieneger spoke with him. Our children were straight a kids, we were very active and volunteered tons of hours. ONly a few teachers really care, and are not allowed to deviate from the constant pressure to teach to the FCAT test. Many friends moved away from the school or homeschooled.Sad considering we moved here and pay high taxes and had to leave the school once any problem was brought up, we were not welcomed anymore! Our friends even found a teacher changing the survey about herself, and mrs.White, the VP..did nothing. sad to see a promising school get destroyed by a few in the front office. I was forced to find other schools for my 4 children.Many friends did too.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
Paterson elementary is an excellent school. The teachers truly care about the students development and not just academically, but all-around development. The Principal is actively involved with a great example of leadership through hands on and empowering others to do so as well. In my personal opinion, as a parent, you cannot go wrong with your student at this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
I think this is the best elementary school my daughter has gone to and she has gone to 3 total. The teachers are willing to help any student and work hard to make every student achieve. The even offer tutoring in subjects to help student with their problem areas. Overall, AWESOME school.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
My daughter has a learning disability and this is her last year at Paterson Elementary. They have always been very sensitive to her needs and have done everything possible to help her succeed academically.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
My child has been at Paterson since kindergarten and is now in the sixth grade. I think the school has nice facilities and for the most part the staff is dedicated and genuinely enjoys teaching. The quality of the teaching is greatly hampered by the need to stick to the FCAT curriculum so students are overdrilled in some things and totally miss others. The current principal is a good disciplinarian but this does not carry over to the classrooms. Also, he does not encourage creativity among the staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Paterson is an A school and has been since conception. The staff is A+ and my child has been very happy there. I am sad to see her leave as this is her last year there. It is a very safe campus and the emphasis on learning is good without being too stressful at least for the students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
We have been at RM Paterson for 5 years and love the closeness that we feel from everyone on staff and all of the other families at Paterson.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Paterson is an excellent school. The staff really seems to love what they do...and the administration is awesome. It is very safe and I always feel welcome to visit! My oldest loves it and I can't wait to have my youngest there next year!

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
i love this school.i have all my friends at the school.the teachers teach me alot of things.Ms.Christhoper was the best.So was Mrs.Datuel.

- submitted by a student
September 29, 2008
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March 05, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 05, 2008
My children have been at Paterson for 4 years, and overall, we love the school. The teachers work very hard,and my children have grown and learned so much from their hard work and dedication.

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August 24, 2006
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May 25, 2006
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May 15, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2006
As a grandparent and full time volunteer at PES, I've had the opportunity of working with the teachers and administration. With a new principal this year, I have been witness to a new enviroment for not only the staff but the children also...The teachers are enjoying a nicer working relationship with the administrator and also the children are experiencing a new kind of principal, one that is not afraid to go into the classroom and talk one on one with the kids..explore their feelings, needs and wants; a principal that is not afraid of showing true caring naure to the children...the academic program is of the highest caliber, with extracurriculas activities increasing with a new Spanish Club for the whole school. There are still concerns with some parents, but that will always be true with any school..Overall great improvement over the last few years...Open door policy has really been enacted.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2006
This school is great. Mrs. Sado is a loving and great teacher. They all are!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2006
Paterson is an A school 5 years running. The teachers and staff are dedicated to meeting the academic needs of the students. Our family is very satisfied at this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2006
My son has been in PES since Kindergarten and he loves his school. I found the teachers he has had caring, truly concerned, and well-rounded. He has been in the school's gifted program since kindergarten and I find it adequate --- I would have liked it to be more challenging. The music program is very well-run and the yearly musicals they present are excellent. There are good art, computer, and PE programs at this school. The level of parent involvement is high --- lots of volunteers for the various school activities. The principal is new so I cannot really comment on his performance. When we moved to JAX from Orlando >10 years ago we looked for the best school district in the area and we know we made the right choice!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
We moved to Florida from Germany and my son could not speak any English. Paterson took very good care of my son to give him extra help with his English and within 6 weeks my son was on Gradelevel. Parents are very involved in this school. I m very thankful i found a school like Paterson. I rate it A+++

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July 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2005
The academics of this school are great. The staff are friendly and very helpful. There is also a very high level of parent involvement which is wonderful. I have had some issues with a few teachers' which I do not feel were properly addressed by administration. I believe the students best interest is the main factor that must be considered (not the parents' needs) and I believe there is somewhat of a fear of confrontation with teachers and some of the involved parents who volunteer their time from administration when an incident arises. This is not to say the parents who volunteers are not appreciated, I am one of them. I just feel as if we should all be equally held accountable for our actions. Administration should never have to tip toe around the issues when it comes to our children.I will say most of the teachers are tops!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2004
Paterson Elementary is a top notch school with teachers that are exceptional. I don't think you could find a better school anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2004
The overall school morale has declined since the retirement of its former principal, Fred Fedorowich. Teachers and students alike are treated as guilty until proven innocent rather than the reverse. The stress that has been put on the teachers is negatively affecting their students. I believe my child's teacher to be qualified and proficient in her field, I wish the administration did the same.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2004
This was our first year at Patterson and I must admit that overall the school is good but I feel there is much room for improvement. I feel that the security issue is not addressed at all. At any given time I was allowed to walk around on campus without any id tag and never questioned. The system for even getting an ID tag was useless. Anyone could grab one off the counter at the office (which many times was unmanned) and stick one on without any ID at all. Those tags should be issued when ID is shown and the secretary should issue and log time in and out. Also the 'team' teaching (2 teachers sharing one class) should be eliminated. My experience was that this benefited the teachers and not the students. Kids need consistency in their learning not a part time commitment. Also parent pick up is chaos.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2004
Patterson has been a great experience for our children. We highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
We love RMP for so many reasons. The caring staff, they go the extra mile, the way they treat each child like their own. Mrs Pruette is a tough teacher, but one of the best! She pushes where they need pushed. Cudos! Mrs Knight too~ she loves those kids like her own. I love the extra effort the PFA puts in to give back to the school and it shows.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
I have had a child in this school since it opened. Since then I have had two more finish and move on I now only have one left. We have a wonderful staff and the teachers are great, but the volunteers are the best always there to help out when and where they are needed. I want to say thank you to Mrs. Whitacre for making this year so much fun for my son. There isn't a day that goes by that he doesn't have something to say about how fun it was learning sience or math. We will be very sad to go when that time comes. Our children are prepared for the seventh grade when they leave Paterson. They know how to use a library thanks to Mrs. Dunnavant and all her hard work. She goes above the call of duty to get the children ready for any research project that may arise in their future.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
Paterson Elem is a family school. The mix between the parents and teachers, guided by the adminstration is great. This creates a great learning environment. I know my children will well prepared for the next level in learning. I would also like to say that the Media Center is the best in the county.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
I loved it when I went here. My teachers Mrs. Nix, and Mrs. Pruette where amazing. I ws very sad to move. The school lunches were so-so, but most of the time the lunch ladies where really nice, the nurse Mrs. Wright was okay. But the thing I loved most was the atmosphere of respect, and fun. I adored it.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
I have had 1 child graduate the 6th grade at Paterson and now I have a 1st grader there. The school is top notch and would tell anyone that asked me what I thought about it. The teachers and staff are always there to help in anyway possible and they provide a quality of education that is above the rest!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I just want to say that I feel very proud to have my daughter at this school. I am learning to deal with the education process along with my daughter. I am very impressed with Mrs. Dautel. She has went far and beyond the call of duty as a teacher. She has not only taught my daughter but teaches me as well.

- submitted by a parent
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Robert M. Paterson Elementary School
5400 Pine Avenue, Fleming Island, FL  32003
(904) 278-2078
Last modified Robert M. Paterson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Robert M. Paterson Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top