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Duval Charter School At Arlington

Charter | K-8 | 657 students

 
 

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2 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted January 6, 2014

Hey, 8th grade student here currently attending DCSA. Thankfully, it's my last year. I don't think I could last another year. There are so many racist people, and we've been on lockdown multiple times over the past 3 years I've been here. It's terrible! We even had 3 or 4 fights in a single day once. Then some teachers get excited about them and wanted details or say that they probably deserved it. The bullying isn't noticed either and the schoolwork is ridiculous. I'm supposedly in 3 Advanced classes but we learn the same things as everyone else. Let's not forget last year, where we had 6 different Math teachers throughout the year; all either quit or were fired. Plus, I'm not even sure if we have a principal yet and it's halfway through the school year. If we do, I've never seen him! Parents, do NOT send your child here. Worst mistake ever.


Posted December 18, 2013

Please help, most schools are only as good as the parents. We all need to support our school and help the school improve.The school is very clean, and is a good learning space, the children are safe,that a good start ! I think my grandson is doing good there , he is learning how to get a long with others , and that is a very good thing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

The video on their website is a joke. Charter Schools USA sees your child as a dollar sign and nothing more. They shove 27 students in a classroom and expect teachers to perform miracles. They let anyone into the school to make the count higher (more money for the company). The new principal that came from the district has quit before the first quarter even finished. I feel sorry for the good, hard working teachers and students who are still there. Shame on CSUSA and their CEO for ignoring the teachers' cries for help.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 10, 2013

This school is terrible. I was a staff member there. The administration was lacking structure. The corporate office is even worse. They can not keep a principal at the school. In 3 years going on 5th principal. Corporate office does not know how to run a school. Schools should not be corporate run. Grade keeps going down. Kids bring guns and knifes to school which are never reported. Their are bully threats and severe threats that keep JSO occupied at the school. Rumors are the school will be closing.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 30, 2013

This school is HORRIBLE I'm looking to transfer my kids. My son is being hit and bullied by middle school kids and nothing is being done!and my daughter is just being passed along with all A's and she still doesn't understand the work. Closed this school down!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

I'm a previous parent to this school. This school has had it's rough couple of years but will not give up. The school is determine to succeed for the children that attend this school and I believe they will turn around this school year.


Posted September 10, 2013

i went to this school for most of 6th, 7th, and the beginning of 8th grade. i DO NOT advise you send your child to this school WHAT SO EVER. there are no stable teachers what so ever, and the ones that stay long enough, barely taught at all. the principal at that school told us that "she didn't want to hear anything from us, if we had a problem" and she would send us right back to class. do you honestly think that's fair to your child? do you think you would want your child in a school like that? the only way this school would improve is for it to be shut down.


Posted August 27, 2013

This school is horrible! It is the second week and I am looking to transfer my child. I wish I would have moved her to Baymeadows as I was instructed by my friends. Really disappointed in this charter school. I wish I would have read these reviews. It has not changed since 2011 according to the reviews. The before/after school care is horrific! They do not follow the policies and procedures outlined in their handbook. The classroom enviroment is awful according to my child. I have addressed my concerns with school personnel and they take up for the teachers. I am very concerned that my staright A student is going to fall behind attending this school. Hoping for an opening in Baymeadows!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

This year the school has it together! The first day was a awful with dismissal but the teachers did what they could to get the students out as quickly as they could. Teachers were out in the rain getting soaked and they still had smiles on their faces. Each time I walk into the school I am greeted by all the staff with smiling faces and my son's teacher is amazing! All of these negative comments about the staff from last year are not at all true this year. The school is a totally different and a positive environment now. Also, the new principal is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2012

My son's cell phone was stolen before spring break by a child who the principal already knew how he and his mother were. The mother was ignorant and did not want to give me back the phone immediately.. she said, oh you one of those mothers that want to come to my house. .... what the.. I never met a parent that acted like a jail bird. Most parents are gracious and nice and want to cooperate. .. When i called the principal, she stated she knew exactly who i was talking about but when i finally got the phone back after waiting the weekend, Ii had to show up with my co-worker because the mother acted like she wanted to beat me up for wanting to meet with her to get my son's phone back. .. Nothing was done!!!. .. I guess the school was even scared of this parent. They should be more selective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2012

my child was a student here for 1st and 2nd grade and we will not be returning. I can not begin to express the anger I have towards this school starting from the change of principles in the middle of the school year, to the way the classroom and school was cunducted. I feel I have not only wasted my time but my childs valuable time in education by ever enrolling in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2012

My daughter has attended year one and year two. Night and day difference. Year one was good, rough due to first year opening but my child learned progressed and was happy. Teachers invested in kids and happy. Principal wonderful and knew all kids names. Excited to return. Year two administration moved to baymeadows campus. Many teachers also transferred. Both new principal and vice quit by 3rd qrtr. My daughters suppossed advanced classes a joke. Teacher moral plummeted. No projects, no required reading lists, homework not graded. SIS system they live to show off not updated with assignments just grades, teachers dont respond to emails. Population of kids shifted to below grade leval. All smarts kids left or will leave at end of year. We are very sad school has declined. There is goodness there but the replacement administration ruined it. Many escaping. Go to baymeadows camous. I think Charter Shools USA can do good in Jaz just not there yet in arlington
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2011

First the good: Excellent teachers! That is the only good thing! Terrible administration - deplorable communication - Rules not uniformly enforced. Cafeteria serves left overs - child got sick from it. Ideas suggested to principal ignored - office staff not informed. Students not disciplined properly. Little parental involvement. Volunteer hours required but not enforced! Dangerouse students in main classes!?!?!?This student should be in a special class! Another poster mentioned teachers controlling the class room - they are not allowed to discipline students which is crazy! We are looking for another school too! Communication is really BAD! Not sure if it is from the main office or if the principal has to approve everything - either way parents who have computers are encourage to access the SIS (portal) but it isn't updated with homework nightly. One teacher has a weeks worth of assignemnt posted in 1 day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

My son loved the school which is why I gave it 2 stars and not 1. He was in kindergarten last year and had 3 different teachers. Don't know why they quit, but something was going on I didn't know about. The teachers have a hard time controlling the class room. Kids seem to focus on each other more than studying. I pulled him out at the end of the school year because it wasn't what I was looking for. After going to a different school, I would never set foot in this school again. There is tension in the air and something isn't right.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2011

great school, very structured, security is top notch. there are a few areas that needs improvement but the school has only been up and running for 1 school year.
—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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
52%
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

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
33%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

43 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
34%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

44 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
76%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

56 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
26%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
59%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
32%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

74 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
30%

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
51%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
27%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
81%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
n/a
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
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 "C".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2009-2010.
  • 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.

15 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
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
Black 71%
White 16%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 50%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59%N/AN/A
Female 50%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 88%65%61%
Master's degree 12%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 18%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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