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Abess Park Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 732 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted August 22, 2013

My daughter loves this school and as a parent so do I, the teachers are welcoming and very helpful
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2013

My child is not challenged in the classroom and is bored. The home work is at the level expected 2 grades lower. The teacher teaches to the lowest level in the classroom and we are looking for another school where our child will be challenged and pushed beyond very basic skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

As part of the new re-zoning in the Duval County Public Schools, my daughter was assigned to attend Abess Park next year. We received the invitation for the Abess Park School Open House. We attended the Open House yesterday and our experience was AWESOME!!!. The welcome and harmonious atmosphere was great. All the staff (Principal, Vice Principal , teachers and other support personnel) were most helpful. The school also organized a group of current students from the school to help by providing tours around the school to the prospective new students and their parents. I think that was a GREAT idea! We feel confident and are looking forward to having a great school year for our daughter. Thank You!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2010

Abess Park Elementary is a fantastic school! My eldest left Abess and went right into Landmark Honors well prepared. My youngest in fourth grade maintains a high grade point average thanks to all of her dedicated teachers. Mrs. Wells knows the students by name and is continuously in the classrooms. Every phone call or note that I have sent in to Mrs. Wells or the teacher was answered immediately and professionally. Children and parents are treated with the utmost respect. Lots of positive incentives for the children. PTA is very involved and supportive. Abess Park is #1!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2010

As a new parent/student I was disappointed at the disorganization and lack of communication at this school, starting with orientation. Orientation lasted about 10 min in the cafeteria, where we were given two handouts concerning PTA. "No" instructions on car rider lanes, parent pick up, daily school running and most importantly no introduction or sight of the principal. Teachers were introduced, we followed a guide to the classrooms where the classroom was is absolute disarray. Parents walked around the classroom for 5 minutes and the teacher said we would go over everything at open house, which happens to be a month after schools starts. Every time I asked to meet with the teacher or get questions answered I was put off until a later date or their was no response. Principal does not return phone calls and doesn't communicate with parents. Very hands off principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

I couldn't say enough good things about Abess Park. My son adores it, the teachers are kind and caring. The school truly has a family like atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

I can't say enough good things about Abess. My daughter went to Abess from K-5 then to Landmark 6-8 in Honors Academy. She has been accepted into Paxon IB program for high school not just because she is smart but because she was given the academic background she needed to become successful. My other daughter is in 5th now & will be going to Landmark Honors again with the great training from Abess. They have many rewards in place for students that excel in one way or another - academics, attendance, sports, behavior, etc. Last, but not least, they do not tolerate disruptive and poorly behaved students. You can be assured that if there is a safety issue or a child that disupts the class, they will be sent to the office so it does not take away from the other students learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2008

My child attended ABESS Park from K-2nd grade until we moved. I was very dissapointed in the way he was treated along with many other students. The teachers seem to want to have an easy day. They are approachable sometimes, but most of the time rude. The cafeteria, well your child is treated like they are in boot camp. They are talked down to and made to feel like nothing. I know this first hand because I have been there and eaten with him at lunchtime many times. For the few that are pleasant, they are a blessing. (Mrs. Conaway, Ms. Jackie). I am glad we are no longer in this school. My child is doing very well and thriving in the new school. Children should be able to be themselves and not feel that they are a problem, afterall is that not what the teachers are getting paid to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

The ESE teachers at Abess Park are wonderful! Thank you Mrs. Walker for making learning for my daughter fun and exciting! The ESE teacher worked extremely hard to make sure that my child's needs were meet! Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

This is such an amazing school! I can't say enough positive things about it. What a loving, caring, and safe environment for my children to grow up in. I know that my children are loved, taken care of and have their days filled with learning. What a blessing to have Abess as our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2008

My daughter has attended Abess Park since Kindergarten. She is currently in 4th. She was reading with no problems by the 3rd month of Kindergarten. Thank you Mrs. Nehrbass! The teachers have been great every year. The principal is very caring, loving, and knows almost every student by name. I've had nothing but great experiences with this school. Teachers and parents are very involved. I know my daughter will miss this school after next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

My daughter has attended Abess for four years. This school strives for your childs sucess. The teachers are wonderful and all of the staff. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2008

The Principal and VP @ Abess are very good w/the students and always seem to be so approving and friendly. The teachers are knowledgable and friendly and approachable. The students are clean, sweet and friends w/one another.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2007

I have had the opportunity to observe in the autistic program at Abess this year. I was so amazed at how the teachers and students were focused on a set schedule yet sensative to the children when changes occured. There are many engaging activities to keep these young minds productive and verbally interactive. The love and dedication the staff gave the children was evident very consistent. Every child is treated with respect and guided at their own level to help them achieve growth in all areas of learning and social development. I was amazed at how well the children was intune with each other and the teacher. These children of the autistic program at Abess are very blessed to have this wonderful program and dedicated staff available to them!


Posted October 14, 2007

So far in the year of 2007-08..I have been really disappointed in the ESE program at this school. As long as you are a parent who just drops off, picks up and smile and nods, you will do great. But if you have a concern about your child or what may be hurting them, The staff is extremely defensive. Especially the Site Director.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2007

As a former Abess Park parent and substitute teacher, I can say with experience and confidence that Abess Park is one of the best elementary schools in Jacksonville. Both my daughter and son attended this school and always had fine teachers. My daughter, although now in high school, still misses the school and likes to visit when she can. The teachers and staff are loving and caring, but discipline is enforced consistently which make the students some of the most well behaved elementary kids I have encountered as a sub. The school has a challenging curriculum along with extra curricular activities including chorus, drama club and chess club to name a few. There is also a good program for special needs kids. Parent involvement is high at the school with volunteers on a daily basis. The school is in a safe area surrounded by nice neighborhoods recently developed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2007

My child has been attending Abess since kindergarten, she is going to the third grade this year. I feel confident that my child is receiving the best attention and education possible when she walks out the door.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2006

This was a good school when we attended in 2002-2003. The safety level was high, and my child enjoyed his kindergarten experience there. However, wehen we begain 1st grade in Texas, my son was nearly a year behind the other children. Not sure if this was a FL to TX thing, or the school in particular.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2006

Great school. Teachers are attentive to individual students needs. Staff is friendly and very involved in student success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2006

The involvement of the teachers, principal, office staff, etc. is horrid. No one really seems to care at all about the children and only that their days are as easy as possible. I always feel like I am treated as a nuisance if I ask for information on my child's progress at school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

95 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
69%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

112 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
82%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
46%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
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 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 47%
Black 24%
Hispanic 15%
Asian 8%
Two or more races 6%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 28%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 68%65%61%
Master's degree 32%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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12731 Abess Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32225
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Phone: (904) 220-1260

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