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Global Outreach Charter Academy

Charter | K-8 | 438 students

We are best known for Russian language studies.

 
 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 9 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 16 ratings

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Posted Monday, September 15, 2014

This school lost many good teachers last year in the middle school. My child was very upset, and I have never seen a school with such a high teacher turnover rate. They had to replace almost all of their middle grades staff, and the website reveals that even more teachers decided not to return. The school is in a bad area of town, bathrooms have to be watched for fights, students are dismissed from a mall parking lot. There are barely any sports teams. Special ed and students who don't speak English are served, but only barely, as these departments are very understaffed. As a result of this, we decided not to enroll any of our other children at GOCA. My child complained daily that students were misbehaving, loud, and disrespectful. Things fly here that never would in regular public or private school. I hope they get their act together with this new academic director, and crack down on the behavior that ruined my son's experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

I love this school!!! I love the curriculum, the teacher involvement, and the follow up work that my children received. I can wait until the new school year begins.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

This year I moved my son to Goca and I am very happy with the teachers Mr.Boyd and Ms.Hellett they have helped him improve in all of his classes. Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

I am currently attending GOCA, and i have to say that this school is pretty amazing. As long as I've been attending Global, I saw that that staff here does all they can to better educate the students. They come every day and work hard to give the students the knowledge they need throughout their future years of becoming an adult. Although people say negative comments, i completely disagree with them. Some may say that their are a lot of "fights." To be honest, only one fight has broke out throughout the whole year, and the teachers automatically stopped it. In addition, the school is smaller so the teachers and staff give you more attention and you get more one on one time. Sadly this school doesn't offer a high school yet, but if they did, i would of definitely went. I highly recommend sending your children here. It's a choice you wouldn't regret.


Posted April 9, 2014

I'm a student at GOCA in the 8th grade and this school isn't as great as it was in previous years. This schools says that it's a place where it's a no bully zone and stuff like that and tries to be perfect but early in the school year in the girls bathroom students were smoking in the school year and a fight broke out with staff watching and didn't stop the fight before it happened. Also the school has drastically improved from last year and has gotten slightly better with new middle school staff that helps us out but a slight downside is that for Geometry Honors and Algebra Honors two teachers left during the year, but they are preparing us for both EOC's and getting us well prepared instead of going lazy and just giving up on us. Personally this school is a good place to send your kids if you live in a school zone where fights happen every hour and you need them to be safe. but if you live somewhere like Kernan Middle is an option I would highly suggest to go to one of those schools.


Posted April 8, 2014

My children have been in this school since it opened and I am very pleased with the education they are receiving. My children read above grade level and even speak other languages.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

I really like this school. My children have been going here since it first opened and I am very thankful to the school for providing a safe and caring environment for my children to learn in. The teachers always let me know what's going on and are open to anything that I would like to be done. The staff are all very nice and caring and willing to work with you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2014

I have been with the school for several years now, and it amazes me more and more how much attention children are getting and not only from teachers. GOCA is AdvancED Accredited, which helps students continuously to improve in education and transforms them on a global scale. Every child has a mentor. Staff is friendly and it feels like one big family, which allows the school to offer best education!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 27, 2014

Teachers really care and will email the parent if a student is failing. Highly recommend this school .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

Awful school. I was sooo disappointed to find the principal resigned. Now the founder is acting principal, and he has no credentials to be principal. Good teachers were let go, they finally had a very effective counselor, ESE was great here, but now they have no staff to adequately bring the students to where they need to pass FCAT. So disappointed with this school. My children will not be returning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2013

I love this school, we are a military family and moved from California i love that it is K-8 all 4 of my kids go there they love it. One of my children has an IEP and they have worked with her extensively. I know that one of the middle school teacher got fired and i am happy he was a bad teacher. I like the they get rid of the bad teachers and keep the good ones. To be such a small school they have a lot of after school programs. My kids have been in everything from drama to cheerleading. This year they want to do yearbook and dance. I saw some complaints that the lunch room is to small that is fine with me they have limited space and they make the best of it. Everytime i have had a problem it was addressed in a timely manner. i reccomend this school to everyone i come in contact with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2012

Always fights. They don't do anything to get rid of the bullies they give them a warning and let them go. Teachers are rude and mean. They don't clean dishes in the cafeteria often, and the staff are useless. They don't listen at all
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2012

Global Outreach Charter Academy has a wonderful small learning environment for their students. Unlike the huge schools of Duval County, this school gives the students more opportunities for one-on-one or small group learning. The principal, Mrs. Anderson, is an excellent leader of GOCA. The staff is always encouraged by Mrs. Anderson to identify the needs of individual students in their classes, and work to help each child develop his or her own potential.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 21, 2012

Its a great school in Jacksonville FL area. Everyone is very helpful and I would highly recommend this school!


Posted June 21, 2012

I wanted you to know how pleased we are to have our son attending this school! The school has the most effective teachers we have ever known. My son s teacher has such a warm, personable style that motivates him to do his best. I can see remarkable improvements and I know these things do not happen without a great deal of effort on the part of everyone, and I want you to know how much we appreciate your hard work. Not only the school is setting a high standard for other schools to follow but it has proved their commitment to meeting each student's specific needs. I just can t express how pleased we have been with this wonderful atmosphere! Can t wait to come back!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2012

Wonderful school! It has so much to offer and all of the faculty are very friendly and professional! Would recommend it to everyone!


Posted January 21, 2012

I have three children that are currently attending GOCA and it has really been a blessing. My children are reading above grade level and are learning russian. I am very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2011

GOCA is a great little learning community that aims for high academic achievement and targets the needs of the students both socially and academically. So far, working with the team at GOCA has been an excellent and exhilarating experience!


Posted October 27, 2011

Disorganized and building in disrepair. I know that money for repairs are hard to come by but, that is no excuse for the way the school looks inside and out. School work turned in is lost as well and information that parents need to help their kids succeed. I am glad that we are pulling out at mid term. I know that we will be happy with our new school. It could not be worst for this is the worst school any of my kids have been in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2011

There is no communication between administration, teachers and parents. The teachers and administration is very lacking in common curticy and how to deal with the kids and parents. It is so bad that I pulled my 3 kids out and we are very happy in our new schools. At the new schools the staff treat us as parents and not as kids.
—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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
34%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
92%
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

35 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
34%
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 53% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
60%
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.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
47%
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 47% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

32 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

29 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
35%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

33 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
70%
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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

37 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

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 66% in 2014.

14 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
50%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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 36%
Black 32%
Hispanic 28%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 49%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78%N/AN/A
Female 51%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 93%65%61%
Master's degree 7%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 20%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Italian
Chinese (Mandarin)
Russian
Spanish
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Russian
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MS. TANGIA ANDERSON
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • Yes

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Russian
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

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  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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9570 Regency Square Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32225
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