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Jacksonville Heights Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 657 students

 

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Posted August 5, 2014

My husband and I knew from day one that this school was at best, below average. The first day left me feeling uneasy. My daughters teacher was cold, uncaring and insensitive. Within the first week our kindergartner came home with a quarter sized knot on her head and scrapes on her hands and knees, with NO letter of a explanation why from the teacher. Although it was an accident on the play ground ,she should have let me know , especially because she hit her head. A few weeks later i noticed a bruise in the middle of my daughters chest and again no letter. I called the teacher again and told her that I understand accidents happen but I just wanted to know how and why and what steps she took to help my daughter. It happened another time, my daughter came home with an ice pack and a bruise under her eye. I then called the teacher and principle again. I came to visit my daughter frequently for field trips and lunch and sat in with her class. My daughter did seem to like the school but being her first year at school she had nothing to compare it to. When my husband or I would visit for lunch ,we noticed how the children were treated by staff . We saw a kindergartner being grabbed by t
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2013

My child attended summer school @ Jax Heights & stated that they never want to see the school again. There was continual bullying. The issue was reported and nothing was done. The teacher was overwhelmed with behavior problems. Im sure she was unable to provide the extra help some of the children need. Im so done with the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2011

AWFUL! AWFUL! AWFUL! This was the worst school I have ever had to deal with. My son was in private school (Father's Harbor) also AWFUL! and was suspended because he finally had enough of a bullying situation that had been festering and fought back. Well, because I was not going to pay for priviledge of my son being bullied, he was remove from this school. This left me with 2 options: go to another private school or enroll in the neighborhood school (Jax Heights). Needless to say, Jax Heights was no better, in fact worse. There is a SERIOUS bullying issue there. My son was there for 4 months and I had to meet with the teachers and principal every other week for the entire time because of the hoodlums that attend this school. The faculty did nothing to correct the problem. If you miss the magnet lottery and you can't afford private, get 2 or 3 jobs to afford better schooling than this. You will be better off and your child will thank you. Again, don't go to Jax Heights.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2011

I am a little confused about the rating system (stars). I read the comments and the average stars are 1. Only 2 people note a 3 and 4 star rating yet the listing is that of a 3 star school. With 3 positives and 3 times as many complaints I wonder if I can rely on the rating that is supported by reviews by school staff.


Posted April 15, 2010

My children have been going to this school for about 4 years. They have a problem with bullies. Teachers are overwhelmed with problem children. Other children suffer if they need any extra help because the teacher are so busy discilping. But its mostly the parents fault i believe. Control your children so the teachers can do their job. My children will not attend a westside school ever again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2009

I actually thought that I was alone in being close to the school by having my children in attendance but I've always been so distant from the staff. It all seems to be about how much money the school can take in. It's not enough that I pay over $300 every 20 calendar days so that both of my children can attend Ext. Day but because some the teachers are only there for a paycheck, children lack and when they lack, it reflects in their grades. My child began doing so poorly until I had to put him in tutoring which cost an additional $30 a week. This is not fair when you have parents that are involved in their child's success 100% and they still fail. My child's failure didn't start until having attended this school. Someone needs to really take a look at how things are being conducted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

Jacksonville Heights Elem is not gooding a good job about the no bulling rule.The teachers tell the kids that they are not taking sides and let the bulling remian in the school.When the other child as has enough that child is the one in trouble when they fight back not the one that is doing the bulling the the other kids.Somethings needs to be done.ive been to the school twice on this matter and still nothing is being done about it.and when the school does not work with the parents the parents are not likely to help with the school.if the school would work with the parents you might get more parents to do more for the school if your not willing to help then dont except your parents to to work with you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2008

I think this school needs LOTS of help and I would NOT recommend this school to anyone. It is very disorganized, the school supply list is totally out of control, and I think some of the staff need to rethink their job choices. Most of the past school year the kids were taught by many different substitute teachers. I have moved my kids from this school and will NEVER send them back!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

My son attended jhe. I was so upset with how we were handled. In the begining of the school year, i noticed my son struggling. Both of his teachers we absent excessively. I try to bring this situation to the attention of the staff, with lillte to no response. The most helpful person was the guidence counselor, the ese teacher, and finally the principle. It took 7 months for them to address my situation. The assistant principle immediately disreguarded my issue. Attempts to speak with the principle finally happened 1 month prior to the ending of this year. There are some excellent teacher at that school. Pray that you're able to get one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

As a grandparent, I had a great experience with the teachers and participated with the school activities that I thought were great for my 1st grade grandson. For this to be a first time experience, his teacher Mrs. R was excellent and such a good motivator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2008

My son has attended JHE since Pre-K, I have had an issue every year and it always seems to be dismissed. I thought maybe with the change in administration it would be different, but that was untrue. My son always turns out to be the offender instead of the victim....I am truely sick of it.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2006

My mother has taught 5th grade at JHE for 28 years. I also attended JHE as a child. My mother has always gone above the call of duty providing everything from before/after school assistance to late night parent phone calls. She is amazing at reaching students others have given up on. She is constantly learning, and attends workshops and seminars often. She is only one of the many teachers and staff at JHE that are making a difference with students everyday.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 19, 2005

My son is a student at Jacksonville Heights Elementary. This is only his second year in public school as he has attended a private school since age 3. The main problem I have with the school is the lack of communication. I wasn't aware if my son had even passed the FCAT until I phoned the school during the summer vacation. I understand the children should be responsible for their homework but how can I be proactive if I am unaware of what his homework is. One of my co-workers has children in the Clay County School system and homework is displayed on the school website every Monday. It would be helpful if Jax Heights implemented the same thing so I can stay ahead of the game and know when my son may be trying to pull the wool over my eyes as children sometimes do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

I have had 2 children attend Jax Heights over the last 9 years and been involved in the PTA for the last 8. I am very proud of this school. Since I also work for the schools and get to see ALMOST every school in Duval county I can truly say they have it 'together' at Jax Heights. Of course every school can improve itself and that is where parents are VERY IMPORTANT. If I did not need my income I would be volunteering in the school everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2004

I have had children attending this school for the past 20 yrs, Children and Grandchildren. I have always thought this was a very good school untill the present principal came on. Now I only see problems. I have had dfferent issues that needed to be addressed and were ignored. I went directly to the principal each and every time and was completly dismissed by her. If I had the choice and these were my children instead of my grandchildren they would not be attending this school at all. As I take and pick them up before and after school. Therefore I am the one dealing with most of the issues. I feel after comparing the school rating and the grade point averages some serious changes need to be made. I am a member of the PTA and my voice does not make a difference on this matter.


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
28%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
33%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
71%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
28%
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.

141 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
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 "D".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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
Black 55%
White 22%
Hispanic 13%
Two or more races 7%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 5%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 73%65%61%
Master's degree 27%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 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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  • MS. MICHELLE WALSH
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  • (904) 573-1043

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Jacksonville, FL 32244
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