Students enrolled 862
School leader MR. JASON BLOOM
Transportation options Yes
District Duval County School District
After school Yes

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7840 Burma Road
Jacksonville, FL 32221

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3 stars
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May 16, 2014
This has been a great year at Stilwell! The entire administrative staff is dedicated to supporting the academic climate. They are always out in the hallways and in classrooms, making sure that students and teachers have what they need to be successful. There is no better school on the westside. With structured movement, dedicated teachers and staff and a majority of our parents who care, you need to see Stilwell again with new eyes! Come by and ask our principal, Mr. Bloom, for a peek. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

- submitted by a teacher
April 12, 2014
Bullying is downright rampant at this school. Someone I know was bullied all the time here and no one has any sense to do a thing about it.

- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2012
No to impressed with this school. They do nothng to solve their problem with fights. very text book procedures. No one going above to care or solve any problems. I wish nothing more than to get my son out of that school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
New leadership...new school. Thank you for sending a real principal who cares about the safety and success of teachers and students!

- submitted by a teacher
August 13, 2012
Keep something in mind; out of the hundreds and hundreds of students to attend this school each year, there are only a small handful of comments. The people who come online to post comments about school such as Stillwell are ones who feel they have a bone to pick, or a need. In many larger cities, some inner city schools receive hundreds of negative comments per year. Stillwell is an average school. Troublemakers will find trouble, bullies will bully, and the week and timid will still be picked on. This is a recurring theme in all American public schools, not just this one. The racial ratio is nearly even at Stillwell, and there have been very few serious incidents over the years. There really isn't a better public middle school on the West side of Jacksonville. If you still fear for your child's safety, home school them, put them in private school, or move. That pretty much summarizes your options.i

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2012
Well I was a student from Stilwell I am now goin to highschool but Stilwell is not a bad school we have some bad students like every other school in duval county stilwell does not have drug activity and there is no bullies at our school almost everyone get along with each other but like every other school there our fights but only a few fights but if your child can stay focus and out of drama then they can go to do this school or any other school

- submitted by a community member
May 28, 2012
Poorly manged School in dire need of attention. Onging apathy towards parents, teachers, and children. Needs better leadership and organization.

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2012
I'm a substitute teacher and I've had the displeasure of working at Stilwell several times. I'm not sure where to begin. The administration is a joke. They refuse to back up their regular staff, let alone temporary staff members like myself. The students are retched little monsters. Their in-class behavior is atrocious. The lesson plans left for me were a joke. Watch a video, listen to a CD player read your history textbook to you, sit there and do nothing while an assistant tells about his glory days. I've had harder assignments in my elementary school classes. Before you put your child in Stilwell, take a good look around to see if you can find a better school.

- submitted by a teacher
February 23, 2012
I would give this school a -1. This is one of the worst middleschools in Duval county. The children are out of control, violence is rampant and drug activity takes place. If you aren't with the bullies, you are a target to be bullied. Many talks with the on campus police and the admistrative staff and yet nothing really changes. It's a shame that parents who actually parent have to subject their kids to this kind of abuse. I would suggest you really take a hard look at this school and the type of kids you see running around out of control before you assume your child is safe here or even getting an education. It's pretty aparent this school has issues just by the fact they have a hired police officer on stand by. Parents pay attention to your kids. Facebook is where these kids start a lot of the violence that carries over into the school yard. Teach your kids to speak up for eachother when it comes to bullies. Many of these kids see things and never say a word because the parents don't ask and they are afraid. Get involved and encourage your child to be their own person.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
I am a student at stilwell and i have to say that while it is'nt a terrable school if you are a priss and dont have friends here it will probably be a rougher experience.There is alot of drama but it if you stay out of it and dont have a big mouth it will be alot easier on you.I love Stilwell and will say that we are inproving.Our new principal is NOT the best but were hoping to get rid of her soon.Your experience with the teachers depends on what teachers you get.

- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2011
As the parent of an 8th grader at Stilwell, I have mixed feelings about the quality of my child's education. We have a new principal, who is totally inaccessible to both students and parents. Some teachers are very professional and others are totally worthless. As a parent, I would strongly encourage other parents to keep their fingers on the pulse of everything involving your child's education. You should not rely totally on the school to ensure the good quality of your child's education. You are your child's best advocate. Maintain a constant presence with both teachers and administrators. Unfortunately, the current principal chooses not to even disclose her email address. That, to me, speaks volumes. Work closely with the faculty and staff, talk with your child about their day, and utilize "My Grade Portal". Don't look to the school to raise your child, that is the parent's job. Just make sure that the school provides a quality education.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2011
My daughter has attended Stilwell Middle School for the past 2 years. The principal had addressed the issues causing the school the bad reputation. Most of the teachers have been replaced. I think there needs to be more parental involvement at the school and definitely more representation in PTSA. Unfortunately, we now have a new principal and from what I hear she isn't doing very well.....

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2010
Im a student and its nice...Great learninq program.....You will not like it if you dont have friends

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March 19, 2010
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- submitted by a student
January 26, 2010
i am a student there and it is not the worst school but it is a bad school if u are veryconsered with your kids safty i think it would not be good to go here but i get good grades and all my teachers care at least a little it is a farly clean school but the prienceable has really changed the school in so many ways !

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January 29, 2009
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January 14, 2009
This school is really bad!i was a student there last year 07-08.& i hated it.The students there are very disrespectful and loud.the teachers dont care and dont understand whats going on.Dont send your child there!!

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October 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
I was very dissatisfied with this school. All they want to do is suspend kids. The teachers (some) don't care. I will NOT send my child there again.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2008
This school is definitely unsatisfactory. Only exceptional students can excel here. We were warned, as we left the fifth grade, that if your student wasn't independent and scholarly, his/her needs would be ignored and the student would, ultimately, be left on his/her own and the administration of the school would not care. This was a true statement from someone who knew what the situation at Stilwell was. Ultimately, kids are out of control, due to frustration, and the school only sets students with problems up for failure. No one should send their child to this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2008
My son attends Stillwell and he hates it. The students there need to be taught respect for others. I am certain he will not return next year. Please really think about alternatives if your chils has to attend.

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December 07, 2007
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October 17, 2007
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October 05, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
August 09, 2007
Some teachers are good and seem to care and will work with you. Others don't make any attempt at all to help your struggling child. Get some teachers aides in the school or something. Too many students too little teachers! I would call the school 15 times before I could get a teacher to contact me. My daughter hated the school and felt like it wasn't safe. Of course that could have been just the transition from elementary to middle school. On a positive note, it has improved over the past couple of years.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2007
I attended Stilwell for all three years and will say it's a decent school. It has many problems, but the teachers and staff are trying to put them an end. Occasionally, they go about it the wrong way. If you send your child to Stilwell be prepared to write your child a medical pass so that he or she can use the bathroom, since it wouldn't be allowed by either the teachers or the principal. On another note, while most teachers at Stilwell are fantastic teachers, there are a few teachers there who can not teach very well. If you send your child to Stilwell and they begin to complain about not learning in such and sos class, listen to them. If Stilwell keeps improving, I say it's safe to send your child there. If it doesn't keep striving to improve, I'd look into a different school. - Megan Howell

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2007
I have taught at Stilwell Middle School ten years. Like all middle schools we have problems but we also have some great students who come to school to learn and be successful. Parents are always willing to volunteer and help out in any way possible. Teachers, staff and administrators are very dedicated and we all work as a team to make our campus safe and welcoming. We have students who come here to socialize and cause problems and these are the ones that will complain about how bad our school is. Success can only be achieved through hard work, dedication and loyalty. I invite you to be part of our Stilwell Team. You won't regret it. Ms. Arroyo

- submitted by a teacher
June 10, 2007
Me as a former student at Joseph Stilwell,it was a ok. This was my first year there as a seventh grader. My whole 2006-2007 7th grade school year was a waste because I did not learn anything here. My parents are taking me out of stilwell. so I would suggest that you do the same.

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June 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2007
I have taught at Stilwell for 4 years. Mr. Dennis, our principal, is a great leader and cares about the students. We have many great teachers who care about our students and I have had the pleasure to teach many great students that are eager to learn and very bright. We are a middle school and there are issues with some students from time to time but they are dealt with in a timely matter and I am proud that our faculty works so hard to make Stilwell a positive experience for our students.

- submitted by a teacher
May 23, 2007
My experience with Stilwell has been a positive one. My child has attended this school for 2 years I am about to send my other child in August of this year. Like any school things happen, fights, food fights, etc. But they have always been handled they will suspend the kids, teachers watch the hallways during class changes and staff is always ready to take the proper action. The principal is almost everyday in the front school greeting the students in and making sure they have on their ID badges. In this time that we live in things can happen anywhere, not just Stilwell.

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May 22, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 09, 2007
I am a student at Joseph Stilwell, and it is not a good school, I definateley do not feel safe here. But i do have good teachers, such as Mr.Cagle, Ms.shehigian, Mrs.Colbert, Ms.walker, and ms.jones. so if your child goes to this school, i highly recomend these teachers for your child. But otherwise, dont send your child here!

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February 08, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 17, 2006
i am a former student of stilwell middle and this disgraces duval county. This school has lack of obedience, and disipline. As a former student and concerned citizen I do not recommend this school to any parents.

- submitted by a former student
October 16, 2006
I am a new teacher to Stilwell, and I can't imagine a more supportive school to be involved with. Success can only be achieved with the combined involvement of school personnel, parents, and students. The teachers here are very dedicated towards their students. We, like other middle schools, have behavior issues. The misbehavior is immediately corrected and appropriate consequences are enforced. Safety is a number one priority at Stilwell. We strive for every employee and student to feel as safe as possible. Stilwell is a standards based school. The grade expectations are displayed daily and integrated into the curriculum. We are all very enthusiastic and optimistic about the 06-07 school year. We have a great group of students, and are confident our school grade will continue to rise each year. If you have a new child in the neighborhood, please stop by. We would love to meet you!

- submitted by a teacher
September 19, 2006
There were always situations where my daughter would come home and tell me teachers did not pay attention to what students were doing.

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April 06, 2006
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February 28, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 26, 2006
This school is by far the worst experience so far. The staff are unresponsive and the students are out of control.

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August 10, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 09, 2005
Child did not feel safe. To many students per class room.

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- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
I went to this school when I was a kid and now my son is currently in the sixth grade at this school and within the first month he was waiting for his bus and some kid just walking by him just punched him in the face. I didn't know things like this happened without anything being done about it. I felt unsafe when I went there and I feel scared everyday that my son has to go there. If I had the money I would send him to private school in a heartbeat. My son tells me about what the kids get away with at this school and it amazes me. Things such as the kids cussing out the teachers and nothing is done about it. It seems as though the teachers are scared of the students.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2005
This school has really been a dissapointment. When parents want to be active in the child's education you get very little feedback. Calls don't get returned. Overall a dissapointing experience.

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September 16, 2004
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- submitted by a student
March 22, 2004
I also have a daughter that attends this school, and there have been a few occassions that I have been there to pick her up and yes there was constant obsenities being shouted in the hallway and I brought it to the attention of the people in the front office and there not concerned about it at all. When I asked my daughter she advised me this is an everyday event. I also saw one child being arrested and led out of the school in handcuffs for fighting. I am in the process of purchasing a home and looking in a different school district for these reasons. My youngest child will be attending this school next year if I don't leave this school district. I would rather not allow that to happen. The teachers speak to the children horribly and treat them very badly.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
My daughter attended Stilwell last year and it was a horrible experience. The teachers are apathetic and disinterested. Only when reports cards came out did I find out how my daughter was doing. There is no communication between parents and staff, even when requested. The vice principal talks a good game, but actually does nothing to assist parents or students. The bullies control the school and the adults supposed to be in charge look the other way, if they are even in the classroom. I went to Stilwell and often found the students in classrooms unattended. Cursing, foul language and fighting is rampant. I removed my daughter from this school, and would advise any concerned parent to withdraw their child immediately.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2003
My child goes to this school and the way she talks about it is horrible. I spoke to the principal and he does nothing about the way the teachers treat the kids in this school and the way the students treat the teachers.I wish for something to be done about this or my child will be pulled from this school.

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Joseph Stilwell Middle School
7840 Burma Road, Jacksonville, FL  32221
(904) 693-7523
Last modified Joseph Stilwell Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Joseph Stilwell Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top