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Providence School

Private | PK-12 | 1300 students


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Posted August 3, 2014

Our child came from a local Charter School to Providence. NIGHT AND DAY difference. We brought our child to Providence with our eyes wide open knowing there is no Panacea or Camelot. One thing is for sure, there are no smoke and mirrors! They do what they promise and suffice it to say, they under promise and over deliver. Our child feels at home at Providence. Bottom line, you get what you pay for. Only at Providence, you get more! Make the investment. It's worth the sacrifice.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 26, 2014

We tried it for two years. My child had only gone to public school for the previous 7 years before moving to this area of the country. I was initially thrilled with the idea of her being in a Christ centered environment. That all fizzled about three weeks into her time at the school. Imagine seeing your baby running to the car with tears streaming down her face, and she's jus asking the same question over and over again...."Mom, why are the kids so mean? This is a Christian school!" My heart broke right then and there. The rest of that year didn't get much better, but I registered her for a second year with lots of prayer and hope that it would just get better. Well, it didn't. I've seen more hateful behavior and cliques at Providence than I ever saw at public school in our previous states. I talked to staff several times, I questioned other parents, and boy did I pray! Needless to say, she will not be returning for a third year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 11, 2014

Prior to enrolling our child in school we had an opportunity to view a book which contained the avg. SAT scores for schools within Florida. Providence students had the 4th highest SAT scores in Duval County. Providence students' SAT scores ranked in the top 10 in the entire State. The publication included all schools both public and private. The top 5 schools in Duval County were: 1. Stanton, 2. Episcopal, 3. Bolles, 4. Providence, 5. Paxon. The differential in the score among the top 4 schools was small enough to be statistically insignificant. There was more of a drop down to Paxon but still all these schools produced excellent SAT scores among their students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 18, 2013

First let me say that my children attended this school for 9 years, but when one of my children begged me not to put them back in that's when a change had to come about. This school has been having some issues and the change in staff/management continues to go on. Though this school is termed a "Christian" school it is not without it's own issues. The time that my children left last school year, there was bullying going on and lots of cliques. Since leaving this school both my children have excelled. Going from C's and D's to all A's in their new school. It had nothing to do with the teachers, but it did have everything to do with how the school was being run. No Christian principles here :(
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 23, 2013

My daughter LOVES this school! Since she started attending Providence she was SO impressed at how nice and kind the teachers and the students are compared to her previous school. She looks forward to going to school every single day! Happy parent over here!
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Posted August 20, 2013

Love this school. This is my son's second year at Providence and we couldn't be happier. And for the individual who wrote (Read the REAL reviews), well this IS a real review. My son is student at Providence - A COLLEGE PREP school and is thriving. I have two nephews, and three other family members that have gone to this school -- have absolutely excelled. My nephew is a senior in college, and the other three girls have Masters Degree. Please don't follow the negative reviews. This is an amazing school and we are blessed!!
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Posted August 10, 2013

My son went to VPK at Providence and it was a great experience. Unfortunately, I can't financially afford for my son to continue his education there...
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Posted June 20, 2013

Providence School is the best educational experience my family has ever had! Every single person working there is enthusiastic about their job, whether it is classroom teacher, nurse, coach or secretary. They treat their students with the upmost respect and set a wonderful example of how to treat others by example. This it TRULY a Christian school - no one is preaching hell fire and brimstone. The kids are being taught biblical principles, but no one religion is emphasized. In fact, about 100 different churchs are represented in the student body. My children have loved going to school since transferring there, and their grades have never been better. He will be very well prepared for college in a few years. I cannot recommend this school highly enough.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 7, 2013

Read the REAL reviews and not the fake ones that are posted recently. Best way to judge a school is by asking what their AP pass rate is - be specific as schools can doctor the numbers. How many students per subject tested got a 4 or 5 on the exam. Those are the only scores colleges consider pass rates. What is average SAT and ACT score is for ALL students tested? What is college admission rate by matriculation - not just acceptances. You would also do well to look at it by most recent year not what colleges have offered admission over the past 10. Lastly, ask what degrees the administration holds and from where as well as the teachers on faculty. Leadership trickles down. Compare the degrees held by the Providence folk to the other elite prep schools like Bolles ans Episcopal. Better to spend little more at Episcopal or attending one of the select college preparatory schools that are FREE in the county like Stanton or Paxon. Providence cannot hold a candle. If you are looking for a Christian environment but are not as concerned with academics then this is the place for you. If you are concerned about the quality of education, then you should look elsewhere.
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Posted January 27, 2013

My son is 13, and has been at Providence since he was 3:-) . This is the total package, parents! An all around great learning environment. The faculty and staff members are completely unique. From various walks of life and all over the map, they bring so much more than just the elite scholar to the table. Although they come individually wrapped, they do have one thing in common. They model a life of honesty and integrity. This had a profound effect on my little student:-) . By kindergarten, my child understood what it meant to responsible for his actions and of any consequences that follow. In the following years, the Providence family played a huge role in my son's desire to be a leader. I think this was when I knew with absolute certainty that Providence was our home. It's also big in size for those who like a larger population, but small to medium size classes. Tons of family involvement. Students seem passionate about & value Christian faith at Providence- it's really nice . Overall environment- warm and positive, ready to go vibe no matter what year, month, day or time of the day:-)
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Posted November 5, 2012

I have read the reviews on this page and honestly, you should pay attention to the curriculum prior to seeking enrollment at this school. My son loves this school, the teachers and is doing quite well academically. Providence is a college preparatory school and it intended to challenge its students. This school is meant to prepare your child for further education. The classes are tough, the rules are strict. High school shouldn t be about, what should I wear to school, what does my make-up look like, or what color finger nail polish should I wear. School is about being educated. Period. The teachers at this school are top notch. The curriculum is top notch. It is a bible based curriculum which makes it all that much more perfect. Go Stallions!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 26, 2012

My son has attended Providence since the 2nd grade and is now in middle school. Teachers: The teachers at Providence the best in their fields. These teachers teach because they want to make a difference in the lives of children. The administration is supportive, allowing the teachers to stay focused on teaching. The teachers I have dealt with have never disappointed me. Academics: My son is learning stuff in middle school English, math, science, and history that I didn t learn until high school. His history lessons are not watered down; the contributions that Christians made to this country are taught. His Bible classes are giving him a foundation I didn t have in the Bible until after college. Science classes make a point of teaching the difference between theories and facts. Extra-curricular Activities: The athletics at Providence are fantastic. My son is not a star athlete, but he has gained so much experience and character playing on the sports teams at Providence. The coaches get great players by encouraging each child to do their best. The students at Providence are amazing kids. I cannot imagine sending my son anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 11, 2012

My daughter attends the PCDC (Providence Child Development Center) and I am "very" happy and pleased with the school. My child has grown emotionally, academically and morally. Yes, it is expensive for a daycare. Yes! There are a few"fundraisers" and fieldtrips which the school "asks" finacial support. However, I am dumbfounded "why" this is an issue. I am a teacher is the public school system, which is plagued with cutbacks. Parents complain their children and not receiving a quality education' however they do very little to support their schools. My daugter is learning and enjoying the learning process! If I have to do more to provide her with a quality education I will. The director of the school is kind, caring and considerate. Any concerns you have she addresses them immediately. She never undermines your concerns; while being professional (principals and directors should never undermine or discuss their staff in an negative manner with a parent). Her teachers are loving, passionate and professional. They help develop character, teach academics and nuture the students. I am very pleased and highly recommend Providence!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 28, 2012

Extremely happy, and proud to send my children here. The school is amazing, and the best in Jax.
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Posted December 23, 2011

We have been at Providence for three years now, and I am very happy with the school!
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Posted December 14, 2011

I have two children at Providence. I have been VERY IMPRESSED by the quality of the middle school teachers and staff! My children are having a wonderful experience at this school and most of the parents I talk to feel the same. No school is perfect but this has been a great fit for our family. There is a strong emphasis on both academics as well as character development.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 6, 2011

This school is by far the best school in Jacksonville. My child loves going to Providence! The teachers are amazing and the staff is always so friendly! I am extremely happy with this school.
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Posted November 4, 2011

New parent this year and could not be any happier!! My children love this school and have excelled socially and academically. Challenging academic structure, good parent involvement, good principal and headmaster leadership. A great school.

Posted June 29, 2011

Preschool mgmt and the teacher my child had....were a huge disappointment. Gave my child a complex and almost had me believing it too! We have since moved on, and my child is thriving! A teacher can make or break your child - this school definetly has some breakers!!! And management supports them. ALSO - mgmt is known for calling parents to pick up kids for temper tantrums....hmm...perfectly normal for the PRESCHOOL age group! So glad to have moved on.
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Posted May 4, 2011

I go to providence and i must say it is a horrible school. The tuition is higher than it should be, the people are mean hearted and don't show the qualities of a true christian. And while some of those in the administration are good, fair, and nice.Others have sever favoritism are mean and have even been fired for inappropriate conduct with a student. Also the rules are blown out of proportion things like wrong nail polish color and hair color/style and i personally have even gotten a Saturday school (which costs $35) for having pink lining on my socks then there is also the issue with measuring skirts where administration forces the girls to go on their knees in the middle of the hallway to measure the length of skirts and even if its 1/4 an inch of you WILL get written up. And lastly this school doesn't promote individuality it tries to force everyone to look the same, act the same, have the same beliefs and outlooks on EVERYTHING, etc. Needless to say i would never recommend this school to anyone unless you want your child to be a mindless zombie without their own personal beliefs about anything that has self esteem issues and no TRUE friends that they can count on for anything.

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 42%
Black 7% 23%
Hispanic 5% 29%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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