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Kernan Trail Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 654 students

 
 

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Posted October 7, 2013

Lovely school. We miss KTE as we moved and son was transferred. Loved the teachers and staff. They have a nice environment there for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

The staff and principal are very caring and committed to excellence!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2009

Excellent school. The ESE program is wonderful. The principal and the administration is very caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2009

Kernan Trail Elementary has great teachers, facilities and resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2009

I love this school. My daughter will be going back for her second year. They changed it back to being only elementary and brought in new administration. I am hopeful that this year will be as exciting as last!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2009

We are very disappointed with Kernan Trail. Our child has a learning disability and even though he/she has received a minimum of 1 D each 9 weeks, we are assured he/she will pass to the next grade. As parents we feel they don't want to deal with our child and his/her problems and moving him/her to the next grade gets him/her off their roster. We are very unhappy with KTE and are trying to get our child out of there before he/she slips through the cracks one too many times and there is no hope. KTE serves middle of the road children only...if your child needs help don't count on it...unless they need tutoring for the FCAT so the school can get their funding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2008

My child is also in 3rd grade and it has been a difficult change from 2nd grade to 3rd grade and we are still struggling. I feel that the teachers are not compassionate and some of them are down right mean to the kids! There is no communication. I have never been told one positive thing regarding my child's school work. This is such a pivotal year due to FCAT and as a parent I feel the child is left to sink or swim! There is no organization with this school and there never has been. Orientation was a joke as well as open house night. I wish I could afford private school but I can't but I made a promise to my child that I will not allow she/he to become a statistic and fall through the cracks! The school needs to step up and do their part!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

My child is in 3rd grade and it has been a difficult change for all 2nd graders. The teachers have been excellent with communication. The teachers at Kernan Trail are very friendly. The extended day program is excellent as well. The staff has improved the attitude. I do think the could be more organinized when it comes to the homework and the folders the children carry around. They have around 5 folders! My child loves this school and has made many friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

I was a teacher at Kernan Trail in an 'all-inclusive' classroom (or, one of the big classes). The principal has great ideas and theories, and somehow pulls strings to get special programs at his schools that he thinks will be of great benefit to the students falling behind. If he's not very visible, its probably becuse his office isn't even on the elementary campus; it's down the street at the Middle school office- WHY...I have no idea!! That needs to change! It seems things would work more efficiently with two different principals for each campus. I requested his presence (and the AP's) many times for help- and never got any until it was virtually too late. If your child has an LD or you suspect he or she does, get them some private tutoring because they will not get the instruction they need out of any public school in Florida.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 15, 2008

I love this school and have faught to keep my kids enrolled even though we moved outside of the district
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2008

The Autistic program at this school is top notch! Ms. Amanda Barrett's classroom is one of the best I've involved with! Thanks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2008

I am very pleased with Kernan Trail. The staff and teachers are great. My child transfered into the school one month into the school year. He was behind in reading since coming from out of state. His first grade teacher Mrs. Williams did an excellent job of working with him and catching him up. The staff in the front office and in the cafe' are very helpful. My son loves this school and so do I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2008

Teachers in general are great. The new, male principal is particularly not suited for this age group. (I am male...) His rigid, rule based approach is more military like. Might work better with his co-assignment to principal the adjacent middle school. As noted below, the staff has deteriorated in morale and is not nearly as friendly before his arrival.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2007

I like my daughter's teacher and she seems to be developing scholastically very well; however, I am very disappointed in the fact that the children are only allowed to go out to the playground two days out of a seven-day rotating schedule. I am also very disappointed in the front office staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2006

It is a very good school and the teachers are wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2005

Great elementary school with caring teachers and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2005

I am so pleased with Kernan Trail Elementary. The teachers are wonderful, the school is clean an appealing to the students, and I feel my childs safety is always kept in mind. My child started with Kernan Trail in Kindergarden and is getting ready to enter the 2nd grade. Her teachers have both supported her, and pushed her to learn more, and as a result she is excelling in every aspect. The academic programs are challenging and the teachers are prepared to help the students achieve the goals. The Principal is always visible and approachable. The parents are encouraged to participate in school activities, and at home learning. I am very pleased with Kernan Trail Elementary - and I am excited for my other child to start Kindergarden this year! I know she will love it as much as her sister!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2005

Kernan Trail is an excellent school, the teachers are very caring. My daughter had Mrs. Callison for 2nd grade in 2004 and my son had Mrs. Lisser. The only issue I had was their slow speed in getting my son into ESE classes, but this was more red tape than a problem on the schools part. I would love to keep my kids in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2005

I am a grandparent and retired high school teacher from Pennsylvania but have had several opportunities to visit the Kernan Trail Elementary classes of my granddaughter(in both grade 3 and grade 4) and grandson (currently in kindergarten). In both cases I have found the creative yet disciplined classroom atmosphere, the intensive yet appropriate level of academics taught, and above all the teachers to be outstanding. I especially appreciate the number of student-directed (rather than teacher-directed) activities offered. The Kernan Trails school environment is clean, ordered, and condusive to student safety and to learning. I am grateful that my grandchildren have been able to begin the early years of their education at Kernan Trails.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2004

This is an excellent A-rated school. It is situated well away from the busy road, so there is no chance of injury, really, from road traffic. The teachers are friendly and helpful, and the PTA is very active. Parent communication has been very good so far. We have completed kindergarten there, and are now in first grade. Only complaint is the 'combined' 3rd and 4rth grade rooms, where there are 55 kids with 2 teachers in a class. There is chaos, and little parent/teacher communication in those situations. We will not choose those classes!
—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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
56%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
90%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

105 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
57%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
97%

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 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 43%
Black 26%
Hispanic 17%
Asian 8%
Two or more races 7%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 3%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 74%65%61%
Master's degree 26%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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2281 Kernan Boulevard South
Jacksonville, FL 32246
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