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Sabal Palm Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1050 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Based on 4 ratings
2013:
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2011:
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Posted June 11, 2014

Mybson started kindergarten here and is now moving to 2nd grade. I love this school and they have always been very attentive to my childs needs. He had Ms sheehan this year and she was an amazing teacher. He has learned so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Sabal Palm has been a blessing to my grandson and next year my granddaughter will attend Kindergarten there. The teachers that we have dealt with have been a blessing (Ms. Griffith and Ms. Gerson). My grandson has learned a lot from them and continues to enjoy everyday he attends school.


Posted April 24, 2014

Sabal Palm is Amazing ! I have twins in kindergarten and to watch how much they have learned and grown from the beginning of the year is simply amazing. The teachers are very helpful and have an enjoyment for teaching. It shows through their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

This is truly a remarkable school for children with disabilities. The teachers are wonderful and compassionate! My son is blessed to have the very best para of whom I trust and love very much. No kids left behind at Sabal Palm. TC's Mom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2013

Peaceful Parent Sabal Palm is such a wonderful school it is truly home away from home for my two children who attend. When my children are all finished at Sabal Palm it will truly be a sad day. We will never again find teachers like Mrs. Bookhart or Ms. Roy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

This school is AWESOME!! My son attended Kindergarten and first grade at Sabal Palm and we were very pleased!! He was in an inclusion class for Kindergarten which meant it was a coteach setting. Ms. Adams and Mrs. Albertson were a great team! I felt comfortable leaving my son with them daily and he learned a lot. They were quick to respond to parent emails and easy to work with, a great experience! In first grade, my son was in Ms. Pelton's classroom and again I loved working with her! She is a talented, even tempered, kind teacher who cares about her students and works well with parents. Ms. Pelton was truly a huge blessing to us! My son thrived in her classroom. The teachers that we had at Sabal Palm were easy to contact and happy to answer questions and address concerns of parents. I highly recommend all three teachers. The extended day program was run well. We never had any contact with the principal because the teachers were professional and we never needed to take things to the next level. Highly recommend!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2011

this is a wonderful school, my son loves it ,he never wants to miss a day, can you say WOW! THE TEACHERS ARE AWESOME!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2010

Sabal Palm is a great school. Both my boys are there now. They love their school and their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2010

Sabal Palm has been top notch. I will be sad when my son's time there is complete.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2010

This school has provided a very low quality of education to my son. First of all he was stuck in a classroom with a ratio of 34 to 1, even though they tried to say it was b/c they had two teachers, but that wasn't true. When one of the teachers was absent, which was quite often, no substitute was hired to come in. When one of the teachers were teaching the other wouldn't even be in the classroom most of the time. Teachers failed miserably in controlling the classroom and providing a safe learning environment. I would look elsewhere for a safe school environment for you child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

Our 5th grade daughter has attended Sabal Palm since kindergarten, and this school has met or exceeded every expectation we had - it is one of the best public elementary schools not only in Jacksonville but the entire state of Florida!! We couldn't be more satisfied with the quality of teachers, the level of academics, the interaction of the PTA and administrators and the overall 'friendly, learning atmosphere' that exists in this wonderful facility. It comes from the top down, and is truly a great place to send your child to school. Not one time in our six years have we ever been concerned with our daughter's safety or well being, and she is now well educated to move on to the middle school level. If you are considering sending your child to this school, rest assured you will have made the right choice in Duval County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

We have been at Sabal Palm Elementary since 2004 and have nothing but great things to say about the teachers staff and parents of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

We have been going to Sabal Palm for 3 years now to include the before and after school care and summer camp. This in my opinion is a very family oriented and involved school. The teachers are wonderful and it is a very up to par and above school. My son is doing very well there and I look forward to my other son going there in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Children are safe, happy and high performing in this school. Great parent support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Our motto says it all: A friendly school where children love to learn and dreams can be accomplished. I think that given the size of this school and the dramatic budget cuts that they are facing, our kids receive the incredible care and commitment from the teachers and administrators. The PTA and parent involvment is outstanding. I feel lucky to have such a great neighborhood school for my children to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

This school is the unsafest school I've ever attended. My kindergarten student while sitting in the hallway got hit by a 5th grader and the principal barely pretended to care. Mrs. Mickel is gone and this school is going to pieces. Teachers act like they don't see the bullying going on, and it's everywhere. I would never send your child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

We love Sabal Palm, my daughter transferred from another Duval County school in February and I was concerned the transition would be difficult for her but the teachers are great and they have made her feel right at home and she has told me she really enjoys it! I will also say that this school is much more advanced than my daughters prior school which did concern me since I thought all Duval County schools would be on the same lesson plan or at least relatively close but was I wrong. When my daughter switched schools just a few miles away they were so far advanced from her prior school that I was concerned that she would have a lot of problem catching up but her wonderful teacher has helped her out tremendously and she is doing well. I would recommend Sable Palm to everyone!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

I love Sabal Palm Elementary, it is a great school for my son. He loves his school and the faculty far exceeds my expectations. The principal is involved in all aspects of the school. She is open to all parents concerns and is very proactive. Each week she selects children from each classroom to come to her office for a special treat. We feel blessed at Sabal Palm!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2008

This is an excellent school! My third grade son is on the A Honor Role and he has a wonderful teacher. The Principal is very nice and works hard to make Sabal Palm the best school it can possibly be. I highly recomend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2008

I love Sabal Palm! The atmosphere is friendly and the principal is warm, friendly, professional, and understanding. The teachers love teaching and the children are learning in a friendly environment. I love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

175 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

175 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%
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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
88%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

170 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
70%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

169 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
87%
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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

162 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

162 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
61%
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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

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
White 54%
Black 21%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 7%
Asian 6%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 72%65%61%
Master's degree 28%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Jacksonville, FL 32225
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