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Hendricks Day School

Private | PK-8 | 301 students

What they take from here, they take for life.
 
 

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 22 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted yesterday

The more time I spend at HDS the more I understand why so many families have not reenrolled their students. As I begin to tour new private schools, I will be looking carefully at class size, faculty/student ratio, teacher experience and what school graduating students attend. I am giving one star for teacher quality because I believe the class sizes are too large for one teacher and there seems to be a lack of coordinated curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Obviously the negative comments were not submitted by Hendricks parents. What's with all the hate and misinformation?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Monday, August 25, 2014

Check the current status of this school is very sad. Three teachers left and took other jobs as pre-planning was beginning to start. This is in addition to the teachers let go during post-planning. The middle school lists 8 teachers 4 of which are new. This is a school of 40+ years that prided its academic status and wonderful traditions. For the tuition charged, classroom student enrollment is out of line.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Sunday, August 24, 2014

Hendricks is a wonderful school with great teachers! Sure class sizes are larger but last year people complained they were too small - which is it?? Wasn't the steam lab completely donated? It would benefit everyone if people got their facts straight before spreading rumor after rumor. I hope none of the enhanced learning parents read these hurtful comments :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Saturday, August 23, 2014

On the first day of school, we discovered that the class sizes were significantly larger than last year. They are now averaging 21-22 students. Too large for the growing number of students with enhanced needs. If your child needs an enhanced learning program or has a McKay scholarship this school may be the right fit. Hendricks, unfortunately, is now known for taking students that other local private schools will not admit or those that have been dismissed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2014

Hendricks Day School is an unfortunate example of what happens when a volunteer Board of Directors does not perform their duties at a competent level. The Board of Directors has sat idly while the enrollment has plummeted and academic quality declines. The members of the Board have failed the students of this school and their once trusting parents. Hendricks Day School suffers from negligent leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2014

I think the fact that the school fired half of its teachers this summer and doubled the class sizes by reducing each grade to one classroom, speaks for itself. They clearly have no regard for the parents who sent their children to this school for the smaller class size. Apparently the school has enough money to put all new flooring in and to build a brand new steam lab, but they don't have enough money to pay half of their staff. Also have not been impresssed with a single teach there. Do yourself a favor and choose another school for your child. They will get a better education and maybe the staff at another school will care more about the children than the almighty dollar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2014

Hendricks Day School can best be evaluated by looking at the sharp decline in enrollment. The declining enrollment speaks more than any review ever could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2014

Hendricks is wonderful! I am sorry the other reviewers felt differently, but I know that my kids are getting the best education. They are also learning to make good life choices. Changes are challenging, but the teachers are amazing and I wouldn't choose any place else for my children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2014

Take a tour. That would be my advice to anyone considering this school. Despite the changes this year, I am still confident that my children will receive the best education by the best teachers in Jacksonville and that's all that matters to me. Take reviews with a grain of salt (including this one). Do your research, take lots of tours, form your own opinion and make the best decision for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2014

Oh, How you reap what you sow, and is this school reaping it.They have lost many students and have had to cut faculty. The culture among students is bad, constant bullying administration will not do anything to stop it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2014

The tuition is already $10,000, add the fact that you have a special needs child who needs smaller classes, and it's an additional $5000-&10,000. That's absolutely ridiculous and more than some people make. I feel like it's a discourages those with discuss needs from attending just the average Mckay scholarship soyldnt even cover the base tuition. It's just such a shame the tuition is so high. How is the school diverse with such socioeconomic standards,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2014

Hendricks has gone from 2 classes per grade from Pre-K 4 and up to only 1 class per grade for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. The dramatic decline in enrollment speaks for itself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2014

I have three children attending Hendricks Day School and one who graduated and went on to the Bolles School. I have nothing but excellent things to say about Hendricks, its staff and its leadership. I am a professional with much education myself and I recognize academic rigor when I see it. Hendricks provides that, especially from 6th grade onward. From the lower grades through 5th, I think of the school as providing strong academics (not quite the 6th and up level), but also providing a wonderful and nurturing approach to each student. Personally, I think it's the combination of nurturing and academics that has allowed my oldest to thrive at Bolles in an honors curriculum. My children love the School, as do my spouse and I. It's also worth noting that the School does NOT tolerate bad behavior and is known to expel children with such issues. As parents, that's one reason to love Hendricks -- to know your child will be learning in a controlled, safe, and nurturing environment. If you're looking for an excellent private school that provides strong academics and extracurricular opportunity, all with a reasonable price tag, make sure Hendricks is on your list!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2014

When considering this school ask and be vigilant. Academics are no better than a public school, resources with the exception of music and art are disappointing. You will hear more about making financial contributions to the school rather than academics. Also a lot of this reviews are from faculty, staff and members from their parent teacher organization and alumni club members.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

I have been a parent at Hendricks since 2010 when my son started Pre-K3. He is now in kindergarten. He started late in the school year and had difficulty socializing with others and expressing himself effectively. Hendricks staff identified where he needed extra support far better than the three other preschools he had been in before. The preschool program has been so wonderful that he is now a very outgoing, social, academic leader in his class. Having worked in the public school system before, I don't believe he would have been anywhere close to where he is today in that environment, and I credit that to the amazing people at Hendricks Day School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

I have a child in the Pre-K 3 program here at Hendricks Day School and consider this school to be such an amazing blessing. The preschool program offers such a wide range of experiences and opportunities for growth making it worth every penny. He is challenged and engaged on a daily basis, always coming home with fascinating, hilarious, loving stories to share. I have been especially impressed with the open and constant communication between teachers, administration, and the school in general. Hendricks is an open and loving place; they want their families to be involved and feel welcomed. Every day when we come to school, I am confident that I am dropping my little one off where he is loved, protected, and challenged. He is encouraged and pushed constantly to become a better, stronger, more well-rounded individual who can think critically and take responsible risks. At Hendricks, they focus on the mind, body, spirit, and heart. As a parent, there is no better feeling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2014

It is a loving, nurturing and safe environment blessed with caring and dedicated teachers, staff and administration. The Pre K - Middle School program is phenomenal, they set a high academic standard in a stimulating, fun environment. The students are constantly exposed to art, music, movement at appropriate age experiences in keeping with the times. HDS helps build the "whole child" as they support academic excellence, character building, and good citizenship along with parent Involvement supported by an open door policy. We are proud of the smart, confident, young lady that HDS has helped us grow!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2014

Both of our children have attended HDS. The faculty is top-notch, the extensive resources offered cannot begin to compare with other schools, and the school-community is like no other. Our youngest child has blossomed through the early childhood and elementary programs, gaining both personal and academic confidence. The teachers and staff go above and beyond to create the most personalized experience possible. Our oldest child had the benefit of experiencing Hendricks' early childhood, elementary, and middle school programs, and is now a successful International Baccalaureate high-school student. We love HDS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2014

As a parent with two children who have now graduated from Hendricks, it is with great pleasure that I return to share my overwhelming happiness with this school. I could not be more pleased with how both of my children have transitioned into high school. Not only have they had success academically, but athletically, socially, and emotionally. Hendricks gave them everything they needed! They both have a 3.8 GPA or higher. My daughter has just been recommended for the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society. She lettered this year as a sophomore in a sport that she played for the first time at Hendricks in 6th grade. Both of my children have more friends than they know what to do with. They have grown into very independent and mature leaders. I can't think of one night that they have asked for help from me for anything. I give Hendricks Day School a thumbs-up for helping my children become who they are today. I cannot think of a better place to raise children!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 42%
Hispanic 6% 29%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Black 4% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:10 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Linda Johnson, Ed.d.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Fax number
  • (904) 720-0435

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Gardening
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • National Honor Society
  • Pom Squad
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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1824 Dean Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32216
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Phone: (904) 720-0398

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