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Sandalwood High School

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Posted December 8, 2013

This is our daughter's senior year and couldn't be happier! Never had any problems until this year. VERY unorganized & no one seems to want to help get questions answered re: schedules, dual enrollment, etc. Orientation- a joke, waited in line for hours, finally had to leave due to work, no one there to answer questions or to stop kids from cutting in lines in front of those waiting. Took until mid-October to finally get schedule straight! Worst of all, seniors go in to try to take care of things -they are treated like idiots & nothing is done until a parent intervenes. WHY? You are supposed to be preparing students for the world, how about helping them to get their issues resolved without mom or dad having to come in to deal with every little thing. Front office staff lax & indifferent, Guidance a little better but still could use some social skills. Come on Sandalwood, get it together! You are losing what was a great reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2012

This is the most unorganized mess I have ever seen. No one communicates. The staff just seem to be moving along aimlessly with no regard to the welfare of the kids. I have visited the office three times to find out about schedules for events and always have to go through several channels to get an answer and sometimes, they will just completely ignore me standing at the desk. Yesterday was the orientation for the group my son will be attending for his senior year. They waited in line for three hours and no one knew the answer to any of their questions. Kids came in and cut in the lines and were obnoxious and no one was there to stop this. My son found one of his teachers from two years past who assisted him but his schedule is still messed up. Come on Sandalwood, the staff really needs to get it together especially at the front office. I went up last year to find out about the date for prom and one woman was just sitting there filing her nails completely oblivious....my son says they treat the students the same way. It's ridiculous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2011

I am a Senior at Sandalwood High and my experience here with the students and teachers are great but with the guidance counselors, bad. The guidance counselors here are not helpful and are sometimes rude. I feel intimidated by them and look at me as if I am an idiot and is wasting their time. The teachers on the other hand are fun, helpful and love to teach. Only a few are unhelpful to students and will be fired. The clubs are fun, and although I only started to join clubs during my Senior year, i find all enjoyable except the NHS society. That club is extremely easy to get into so much that all you need to do is LIE. So far this year we have about 90 members. The notifications for the meetings are somewhat last minute, and I have not been to a meeting yet so far this year. The Senior events are fun, and despite all the hard classes we need to take to make our college applications appealing, I believe I am having a lot of fun. I am stressed out a lot from thoughts of college, my job, the money and schoolwork, but some of my teachers are very understanding and helpful. The school is disorganized, but I feel that it's still a great school to go to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2011

I love this school, my coworkers, and students. The culture is fabulous. As with any large school, students who go looking for trouble will find it...but for the most part there is so much going on that students can find their place easily.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 7, 2011

Wow, this school has made an incredible tranformation in the past several years!! I was truly hesitant about my daughter attending Sandalwood, however, it has been a blessing. The administration & faculty have really gone the extra mile to make changes, and they have succeeded. This school earned an "A" for 2009-10, up from a "C". I think that says a lot. They also have the Early College High School program, which is awesome. For students who are motivated and want to get ahead or just need that extra challenge, it is a great program, and what parent would complain about their child earning their AA degree free of charge!! Sandalwood has had a bad reputation for a long time, but that is all talk..this is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

I am a senior at Sandalwood. Graduating class of 2011. Of course I am an average student that will complain about my teachers & the students there, but in reality the school is a very good school. Unfortunatly I waited until my senior year to take advantage of the vigorous academic AP and honors courses & I also waited until my last year to participate in the ample amount of sports & activities offered by the school. I tell everyone this, if you plan on going to Sandalwood school is what you make of it. Take advantage of AVID, a college preparatory program, join the extracuriculars that are offered, & do not take your education for granted, do not get involved with the wrong crowd. People may choose to look down on Sandalwood, when realistically your child just needs to be smart enough not to do ingorant things & to get involved with the group of ignorance there, that is also found in every school. You can not keep your child in a protective bubble & be affraid to expose your child to "possible" threats. You should have raised your child better than that anyways. Oh yeah, & Sandalwood is now an A school. :) So it has drastically changed from what it used to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 19, 2009

I'm a junior about to be a senior and i've been at Sandalwood since freshman year and i LOVE it! The school has a wonderful staff of administration and teachers, most will stick with any and all students to keep them on track with grades, attendance and discipline.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 6, 2009

i am a freshman at sandalwood highschool and i think the school isnt that bad. however they need to work on discipline a little better. i mean the kids are always skipping. i mean i used to but i stopped. when i was caught i only got one day of issp. that isnt right. its like telling a kid that they still may only get one day of issp if they do it again.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 26, 2008

I have been very happy with my child's teachers, he loves them to death, they are very supportive and helpful. However, the administration at this particular school seems to be clueless. Its like the left foot doesn't talk to the right. It is extremely hard to get a straight answer out of anyone unless you go through 4 or 5 people first. Getting a response from the principal is almost impossible and the people that I have dealt with are often very rude. Also, having students answer the phones in the front office is just dumb since they never know the answers to any of your questions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

Administration perpetuates most of their own problems through uninformed decisions and a sheer lack of common sense throughout the dicipline process


Posted November 26, 2008

My child is involved in the AVID community and is very happy at Sandalwood. It is a large school, but the small learning communities help keep the kids in classes with students they know. The teachers are active and involved and keep good communication through letters and their personal websites. If your child chooses to get involved in one of the many programs available, they will likely have a better experience than if they did not. Budget cuts are hurting these teachers, so parent involvement is really important. Get involved in your child's education and you'll find that this school will meet any of your public school needs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2008

I'm a student at Sandalwood High and I have been going for three years now. Despite Sandalwood's previous record, Sandalwood is not a bad school. There are only specific students who cause commotion, and repeat it. I feel the past couple of years Sandalwood has done a fantastic job keeping problems at bay, and focusing on the saftey and education of it's students. I enjoy working with all of my teachers, and most of my classmates, and I can really tell that Sandalwood has what's best for their students in mind.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2008

i think this is a good school.i have learned alot here after i learned absolutely nothing at kernan. alot of the teachers i have noticed so far here are good teachers who try to help kids learn. there are alot of fights and outbursts but what school doesnt have those problems? alot of people think differently b/c of all the horror stories that have happened in the past, but those problems have decreased over teh past few years. i think it is an overall good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2008

Sandlewood is not a bad school... There are how ever way too many people there.. walking through the hall way is the same as if your walking on glass.... your taking small steps at a time... i think including the lockers and how far apart classes are.. the should raise it an extra 3 minutes between classes
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2008

As a Sandalwood teacher, I just want to confirm your thinking - Sandalwood is an awesome school!! The greatest kids, kids who choose to get along and accept help when they cannot, parents who support me and my students, and a determined vision of excellence for each student.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 5, 2008

Sandalwood is not bad at all, I agree... As long as you as a parent are teaching your children who to hang around with and keep them focused on school work, all will go well. Just as with any school. My son loves it and he makes comments about how so and so helped him in class...it is wonderful seeing students helping other students. The Staff at Sandalwood are wonderful.. It was a joy enrolling my child there. What a great experience!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

sandalwood is not as bad as what i expected. it's just that its crowded and each class is composed of 40+ students. i would say that the common problem the school have comes from the students. teachers do their best to teach the students but some of the students are being hard headed and stubborn. students hate their teachers because they give lots of homework but i don't see it as a reason to hate teachers. lastly, it's up to the students if they want to learn or not.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2008

Good school despite all the negative old jargon. My son has attended Sandalwood for 3 years with no probems. If u teach your child to hang with the right people and stay responsible for his/her school work, all will go well. The teachers are awesome and willing to go out of their way to help out a student or a parent. Stop the negative talk give Sandalwood a chance....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

People always talk down about Sandalwood. The things that people say have happened in the past, but in the last three years that I have attended (Senior, Class of 2009), the number of problems has significantly decreased. Everyone gets along, puts aside differences, and acts like a well-behaved student. This school is NOT the negative things that people say. I'm proud to be a Sandalwood Saint.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

This school is about the worst Jacksonville has to offer. There's always a fight, an outburst, a riot somewhere on school campus. After my Sophomore year, I switched to Fletcher High to get away from the hot mess of Sandalwood and I am so happy I made the move. It was well worth it.
—Submitted by a student


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

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

719 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
48%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

675 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

702 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
88%
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 84% in 2012.

796 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
33%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

779 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

628 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 44%
Black 28%
Hispanic 14%
Asian 9%
Two or more races 5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 48%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 1%N/A2%
Graduation rate 73%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 70%65%61%
Master's degree 28%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%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 16%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MS. VICTORIA SCHULTZ
Fax number
  • (904) 646-5126

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  • Lacrosse
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Swimming

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Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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2750 John Prom Boulevard
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