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9-12
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Jacksonville, FL
Students enrolled: 1,286

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7000 Powers Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32217

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April 03, 2014
I attended Wolfson my junior year in 2012, but chose to finish high school elsewhere. I didn't feel challenged enough academically at Wolfson. Although I felt like most of my teachers taught me well; a few were downright terrible. I remember one of my teachers not grading any of my work until right before the semester ended; she was scrambling to get everyone's work graded! With students attending from all over the city, Wolfson was very diverse. A large percentage of the students were foreign. However, the downfall of this was that the students hung out in cliques/with their own demographics, so it was hard at first to make friends. Wolfson had some really creative/intelligent students. One thing I noticed was that I never had seen anyone being bullied at Wolfson; but of course I ve seen plenty of fights here. I never had any problems with guidance. Students in the finance academy operated a VyStar bank branch, so you could withdraw/deposit money during lunch! While Wolfson was nowhere near perfect when I attended, I think Wolfson is great if you hang with the right crowd and apply yourself.

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2013
Well almost a month into the year and my son loves it!! Teachers are great and very helpful. I have rerad some things on here that really sccared me about this school but I've got to say maybe some of you just need to look at your kids and how you parent them maybe some of the isuess you complain about wouldn't have happened. If you have a prob with this school its more than likely its because the school won't put up with your unruly child and they are there to teach not babysit.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2012
This is my sons first year at wolfson and he hates it. I tried to convince him that it might not be so bad of a school, but I'm seeing otherwise. The school is ghetto, some of the students needs discipline, the teachers are very hard on the students. My son wasn't in school two weeks and he started receiving F's. He's always excelled in other Schools. I'm really worried for him.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
Wolfson is the worst school that I have ever had to deal with. My grandson's guidance counselor would not return my phone calls. It was only after I said that I would come to Wolfson and sit and wait until she would talk with me that I got her on the phone. There is no discipline and the teachers can not teach their classes for the disruption of certain groups. When these certain people are sent to the office, they just return the next day back to class. Those who want to learn can not because of the lack of respect from certain groups and the fact the hands of the teachers are tied to do anything with them. In my day this would not be tolerated and respect was expected by all. I am so glad that my grandson is out of this school. I feel sorry for those left and their parents.

- submitted by a community member
March 27, 2012
I came here last year (10-11) from VA, and this school was a big change, however I like it. The school isn't really a bad school, but by no means is it a good school either. I've heard A LOT worse about the other high schools in Jax. I've heard on several occasions that the school has improved academically and disciplinary. With that being said, I still feel like I'm not getting challenged enough academically. Most of my teachers care about the students, the others not so much. Teachers seemed burnt out and somewhat scared to discipline their students, I would be too though. The administration and security are a joke. At first, they only enforced the rules when the school board officials are here. They are tightening down a lot though. Honestly, like any other teenager, I've grown accustom to the enjoy the "freedom" of doing what I please. I love the diverse student body. Overall I give Wolfson a 3/5. Proud to be part of the Wolfpack.

- submitted by a student
February 12, 2012
this school is amazing! the staff is very friendly, the foreigners are also friendly. i am in here as a freshman and i hope to be here for 3 and a half more!

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2011
I attended Wolfson for a short period of time. I graduated in three years and I will admit there are some teachers that don't give a care about how the students do, but there are a lot of them that if the student shows that they are trying they will help. You have to help yourself before others can help. I had an amazing Dean that I had from freshman year till I graduated, he followed me from Forrest or so I'd like to say. He is very dedicated to the students he makes sure the kids are on track as best he can and tries to get them to see that in life they will need everything

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2010
Every time I try and get information in regards to my daughter no one ever can give me an answer but when i walk in the school they want to give u a had time and give on top still give me the run around.. this is is the worst in support for the students and parents .. my daughter will not be going to this school next and i would NEVER recommend any ones child to this school..

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
This school was going steady downhill with Mr. Gracy, but with Dr. Gardner here, I'm seeing an improvement. Almost ALL of the high schools in Duval County seem to have issues. First look at the students the schools are dealing with before grilling the schools for students issues (being disrepectful, skipping, smoking, etc.).

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
WOW I so agree with this parent. I was trying to schedule a parent teacher Conference, however none of the teachers nor guidance personal would call you back. Its very sad when you have to contact the principle to set up an parent teacher conference.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
The rating of Wolfson can really only count through the eyes of the boholder... like any other situation in life, it's simply what you make of it. I will graduate Wolfson this year in the top 10 % of my class and I adore it there. I'm in ap classes and I'm involved.. I treat teachers with respect, and they return the favor. Wolfson could be a great school, the students just have to make the choice of what they want their education to be like.. Wolfson's faculty is trying so hard and they are great at what they do!

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2009
Most teachers are their for the kids it troubles me when they are not and take it out on the kids

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
My biggest complaint is having some of the teachers call you back. You must be an aggressive parent that stays on top of things.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 09, 2009
This school is completely disorganized. But the classes and teachers are dedicated to the Students

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2009
My daughter has matured and excelled at Wolfson in the Avid program!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2009
I think Wolfson is poorly managed. The teachers are not accountable. It's Ghetto.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
Graduating from Wolfson in 1 of the baddest claases ever (04') was kind of rough... but overall Wolfson was a great school! Granted some of the teachers are not as dedicated as others but the percentage is definately awarded to the good ones. Wolfson did prepare me for the 'real world' and I'm highly greatful for that! I wouldn't have picked another school over it and if I could I'd go back!!

- submitted by a student
December 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 14, 2008
I am a parent and I found it quite disturbing everytime I call the guidance, no one is available and no one returns your calls. Also, my daughter is a freshman and the 1st grading period is almost over and she has only taken one test in Algebra. She does not appear to be learning. I was also surprised to find out that if my daughter participates in a teaching session she will receive and automatic A in her Algebra class which she now has a D average in. What is going on here. Is this teaching or just letting the students pass by. This will only hurt the students when they pursue college educations.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2008
Wolfson is a good school, actually. I'm a freshman, so I didn't know what to expect. I'm fortunate that none of the seniors are picking on the freshmen. Overall, this school rocks! Send your kids here, and they'll learn alot!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 10, 2008
This school is horrible. We have a few fantastic teachers, but the others are completely inept. I've had several classes that I never learned a thing in.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 29, 2008
samuel w. wolfson rocks! its filled with a commited staff and a dedicated group of students. WOLFPACK! we in here baby!

- submitted by a student
September 17, 2008
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September 02, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 31, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 29, 2008
This school is terrible. I work and during the day I try to call to get an appointment to talk to someone in guidance. You would think the school is closed. Everyone is away from their desk or on the phone that's the message I've gotten for two weeks. I finally got someone got their fax number. I faxed a note I am still waiting to hear from someone. My son just got his books today 8/29/2008, u know when school started. Teachers seem not to care I send my son to school daily. He a good kid average grades. I afraid he not being prepared for college or the world. I do my part but he's at school during the day what are they doing

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 01, 2008
My skool is the bomb. We have a great athletic program. We has the best teachers ever. Teachers are always happy and excited to teach us.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 18, 2008
I see very mixed results at Wolfson. Some of the teachers have been very good- others seem to be burnt out. There is good education available, AS LONG AS the parents are involved. We can't totally blame the schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 15, 2008
The A-B Schedule is hurting students ability to keep up. Eight classes at once is a ridiculous idea.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2008
I am a senior at wolfson (class of 08), and the last year and a half have been full of disappointment. We have teachers whose are determined to see that their students fail, guidance has been non-existant it seems, and when they are present, they either change nothing, or make things worse. Administration does nothing about the concerns of parents...or students for that matter. The only bright spot was the lack of fights, which is no longer a bright spot, but yet another issue. The switch from block format to A-B format has made things harder for the students, especially those with AP classes; and because seniors like myself who would've been able to graduate a semester early, cannot do so now. Except for my first 2 years here, I am disappointed.

- submitted by a student
January 14, 2008
I think this year is one the most unmotivated classes ever. Things aren't organized & theres barely any activities planned for seniors!!! I also think there's not enough info presented to seniors & parents. The guidance is terrible!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
September 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2007
I have never had such a problem with a school in the history of the schools my sons have attended. transferred both from another, out of state, high school. My older son was no problem. My younger son has been met with nothing but problems and the problem is still not corrected. One particular guidance counselor doesn't seem to know what is going on or even care. Need a refresher course in how to tranfer credits and if there is a question need to learn to call someone and not guess.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 29, 2007
Teachers work hard and prepare students to succeed. Have been pleased with the academic side. It's the attitude of some students and their behavior that I have not been pleased with. All in all is a good school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2007
My school is off the chain,and I don't care who say different. We got some of the best teachers there,and some of the best programs, especially after school programs. They keep the students want to do more, and be better because everybody wants to play a sport, and if you want to play a sport, you have to be able to keep them grades up. So I am going to rep my school all the way to Howard university. Class of '2011' By: Shonae Booker a.k.a Nae Nae

- submitted by a student
August 07, 2007
The IEP program is not all that. Don't think, just because you speak with a guidance counselor on a regular basis and meet in person with the IEP department, that your child's teachers will know your student has an IEP. If your child has one, you know there are valid reasons why special classroom accommodations are made. Teachers are REQUIRED to know about & provide these accommodations in order to insure your student's success on every level. My child, like many with an IEP, is very bright. She spent her summer, at my expense, working hard to recover one of 2 missing credits from last year. Too bad public school couldn't teach an IEP student during the school year on my tax dollar. You can bet I won't assume the right thing will be done this year. They will all know my face before too many days go by.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2007
Wolfson was a horrible experience. Good luck getting a live person to answer the phone, or return your calls. We have three years of unreturned calls on which to base this statement. When you show up in person, because no one returned your calls, you are met with indifference. Efforts to get transcripts corrected, and later to get transcripts sent to colleges were repeatedly met with frustration. A few teachers were very good.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2006
The safety is lacking because there are many instances where students express there concerns and no one listens or takes them into consideration. Overall Wolfson needs a big turn around.

- submitted by a student
September 15, 2006
The level of academics is a joke. Most teachers are simply trying to pass the day. Block scheduling is joke. Get your kid out before its to late.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2006
Samuel W. Wolfson High School, is am excellent school, with outstanding teachers, who care for the students. The advisors, as well, as great.

- submitted by a former student
September 08, 2006
This was the worst school I have ever seen in my life. The new principal(Mr gracy)has done nothing with parents who have come to him with major concerns.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2006
Wolfson was the worst experience my children could ever deal with in a School. The language, disrespect and out of control daily atmosphere that is accepted is horrific! The majority of the faculty could care less! Somebody needs to stop sweeping the issues under the rug and save our children.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2006
I have 2 children attending this High School. I am appalled with the lack luster effort given by some of the teachers in this school. Is this suppose to be a school preparing our children for a higher level of education or are they in a prison. I plan on removing my children from this school as soon as possible.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2006
As far as the courses, teachers and acedemics, there isn't much of a problem, except I'd like more updates from the school on what's going on! The athletics Dept needs major help, last year my daughter was on the soccer team and wasn't able to participate in some of the efforts to earn extra money for their team, and was told she still had to pay out of pocket expenses for her share. This would not of been a problem if she had been told in advance of the obligations

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2006
I believe, like any other school, wolfson has its share of problems. Although this is true, it is not that different than any other school. My daughter attends this school and does very well. It may not be the best school but I believe its safe enough for all children.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2006
Academics were excellent,the teaching staff were, for the most part ,focused on the students and thier well being. Administration, however, left much to be desired. Personal and professional conduct when talking with students or thier parents was more like a trainer and his animal, than a cooperative relationship between educator and student. Not all administration were 'bad apples', but the ones with the highest rank within the school to be allowed to be the keepers of our children is unacceptable.

- submitted by a administrator
September 13, 2005
Simply, I cannot say enough about the faculty at Wolfson. That their cooperative efforts have made them a valuable part of the 'Village' that is raising my child is an understatement. I am confident that my son, now a sophomore, is receiving thoughtful and encouraging advice from teachers and counselors available to him at Wolfson. Every adult at Wolfson -- and many of the students! - have made every effort to assist me in making sure that my son gets a quality education, is prepared for whatever he chooses to do in the future, and makes each day count! Each time I have reached out to them, they have been concerned and responsive, and have made every effort to follow up with me. Thanks to the Mighty Mighty Wolfpack that is Wolfson High School.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
Wolfson staff and students work together to achieve academic goals. This is a comprehensive high school with a great extracurricular program.

- submitted by a teacher
June 16, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 30, 2004
Moved here from NY a year ago. School treats the kids like prisoners. Security guard(head) continually called my son boy, which is politically incorrect repeatdly even after I met with principal. Classes are too long over 130min when everyone knows kids only retain first 45 mins of class. more concerned with dress code and id badges than in course content

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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Samuel W. Wolfson High School
7000 Powers Avenue, Jacksonville, FL  32217
(904) 739-5265
Last modified Samuel W. Wolfson High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Samuel W. Wolfson High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top