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Jacksonville, FL

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2271 Kernan Boulevard South
Jacksonville, FL 32246

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December 11, 2014
This school really has some problems. There is a lot of bullying going on here and the adults won't do anything about it. One kid from the special class keeps saying he is going to commit suicide or shoot up the school and they let him stay in the classes with the other kids. His dad comes to the school screaming so the teachers can't say or do anything to stop him. We have some kids that don't do any work, but they go to the next grade. I don't know how this school got an A, a lot of the kids in my class can't read. I will not come here next year. I wanted to report this to someone, but the adults do nothing and get mad at the teachers who try to stop the bullies. I can't report it as child abuse, so I am afraid for everyone here. I hope someone does a surprise visit when no one knows to see what really goes on here or speak to the teachers and paras anonymously where they aren't afraid to tell the truth. Someone needs to do something about this and stop covering up.

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January 24, 2014
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- submitted by a community member
October 05, 2013
I'm currently a Junior in high school attending Stanton and in the IB program and I honestly feel as if Kernan has not challenged me like it should have. Yeah it's not a magnet school, but still. After 'graduating' from middle school to high school I was completely overwhelmed by all the work I had to do in Stanton. I thought that I would be able to just breeze through tests without studying (as I did in Kernan) and wow was I wrong. In my 9th grade year I carried C's and D's and some B's and an A in HOPE.. All of my peers who attended schools such as Landon or JWJ or Kirby had an advantage over me and made me feel as if I did not belong at that school. Of course, I managed to adapt to the ways but it wasted my 9th grade year which I terribly regret. Anyways, if you want your child to be mentally and intellectually challenged, don't send them to Kernan. Otherwise, go ahead and enroll them in it.

- submitted by a community member
September 24, 2013
How does one decipher whether a school is good or not? Do they judge it by the appearance? Do they judge it by the aroma that escapes the cafeteria? Do they judge it by the kids? Well, I'll tell you one thing, there are many, many factors that play out when rating a school. For one thing, you would have to have experienced it, and I'm one of the many who have. To start off, I'd like to say that my disposition towards Kernan Middle School is that it is a COMMENDABLE school. The teachers are dedicated, the staff all share friendly faces, and the principle is outstanding! To judge Kernan on the outside, in my mind, is completely unheard of! I've told many this story, but when I first arrived at Kernan at the age of eleven, a brand new sixth grader, I was very uninspired in school. Though I made A's and B's, I didn't really put much effort into school. Kernan changed me. Kernan inspired me to push the limits and become who I am today. The new me is the one who puts the most effort into everything that they do. The new me is the one who goes the extra mile, just to make not only myself proud, but my teachers as well. Kernan is a caring wonderful school, and is by far my favorite.

- submitted by a community member
August 17, 2013
My son will be starting 8th grade at KMS for the 13-14 school year which will be his 3rd and final year here and again in House A. This school is a 'comprehensive' middle school, meaning it is more on an advanced or gifted level. The teachers have been wonderful and so have the subjects he has studied. He will be starting honors math and Spanish 1 this year which will count towards High School credits. He has had hands on in all of his classes and has had no problems with anything here. The only complaint he has was his typing class in 7th grade and the cafeteria food. I don't know what other parents mean when they say there is no communication. I can email any of his teachers and most of the times they email me first. If I write a note, I'll get a response. This has been the same for any teachers on any grade level. This school also participated in the archery in schools program meaning in PE, you'll get to shoot a bow and arrow.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
I agree, this school is just average and just teach the basic standards and dont go above. I personally think this school won't prepare you for high school b/c they don't have the block schuedule and you'l get confused and suff. The administration can be rude as well.

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2012
it says that they have an orientation on the paperwork my son got last week. it is on Friday August 17. from 9-11. unless the pape work was wrong.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2012
Disappointed that this school doesn't have an orientation before school starts. My incoming 6th grader (new to Kernan) is stressing over going to a new school and something like this would really help alleviate this stress along with a lot of other children. She is now even more worried knowing there isn't any orientation. As a parent I like to stay involved. Hope they like parents there the first day interfering with first day activities... I'll be there, as I'm sure others will be due to this. I won't just throw my child to the wind.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
Kernan Middle is a great school! I wish it continued on to high school... But Sandalwood here we come and we will make the absolute best of it!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2010
This is the worst school my son has ever been in! Total disconnect between administration and houses. Each house is run on their own like a school. My son started the school year here as 6th grader coming from another school district. Science teacher hands out worksheets, teachers fail to encourage students, absolutely no praise, cut corners in the classroom and send the majority of work home as homework for the student without textbooks or resources to finish and really learn it. The school hours are horrible, students start at 9:45am and get out at 4:00pm. By the time my son gets off the bus at 4:30pm we have 2 plus hours of homework, which pretty much eliminates any opportunity for extra curricular activities. He is a gifted A student who is learning to resent school for taking away all his "kid time" after homework.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
Not impressed with this school. My child started & we quickly pulled her out of the school. Not a good envirnoment for learning. My child missed a couple days from school & as a test I didn't call the school. Not a surprise, the school never even made a call notifying us that our child was not in class unlike our former school that would immediately notify if a student didn't attend.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2009
it a great school I go there and its the best the teacher are kind and love to help us in any way they can

- submitted by a student
no rating August 09, 2009
I think.. Kernan's lunch is very nice. and there is funny and nice ppl to hang with. But there is alot of violent. The teachers can be strict. I think it's an average school. and it's good.

- submitted by a student
August 04, 2009
Kernan middle offers a averadge area to learn the standerds. I dont agree with saying that they go above standerds to offten. They clean the area average and some teachers are not sutible to be teachers as far as emotional flaws. Overall its an average school

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July 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 30, 2009
NoSpirit, you sound like one of those parents that take the sports dept way too seriously! Plus, walking in those lines helps to curb fighting(which I happen to appreciate since I was getting picked on a lot). High schoolers are more mature so they don't need to walk in orderly lines. Plus, these lines help teach the middle schooler's organization and discipline.This school is very neat, organized, clean, and well taught(has some military influences of discipline). I just graduated from eighth grade and I will really miss this school.

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April 23, 2009
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March 31, 2009
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February 20, 2009
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no rating February 10, 2009
i think this school is cool but like other schools they dont teach students what they need to know. teachers teach kids that they need to be tought every thing. when i went into homeschooling i learned more in a book then all of kernan middle could tech me.

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2009
This is my 1st year at this school and i love it.Its great school all the teachers are nice and i love love that they have the advanced or gifted classes for anyone wanting a challenge .

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January 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2008
I've been going to Kernan for my whole middle school experience. Overall it is a good elementary school-notice i said elementary. Just because the Principal is also overseeing a elementary school does not mean that middle school students should be treated like they are in kindergarten-it would be nice for some independence- but the teachers are nice and caring funny too. Ms.Bass and Mr.Ball are very nice yet know how to handle the little behavior problems all the students are very different from other schools in the sense that they want to learn and do not want to get in trouble but i think if more fun things went down the students would behave a lot better.

- submitted by a student
December 08, 2008
All three of my children have attended Kernan's house C. I really like the way they have broke down the school into smaller schools. It gives the kids the advantages of a larger school (athletics, library, dances, etc) but keeps the small school charm - everybody knows everyone's name. My three all had really great teachers that never hesitated to call me when there was a problem. Confrences included all the child's core teachers. My only wish is that they would try to improve communication by utilizing the internet and web pages. Listing the teachers and their e-mails for parents to better communicate, after school activities, school sports try-outs, etc. A few of the teachers have their own, which was great! It would just be nice to be able to find them all under the Kernan Middle School website.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 04, 2008
the school is amazing i was cd student and became an a-b student

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November 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 10, 2008
this school is terrible. before i came there, i was a A-B student, i recently graduated from there, and am now a C-D student at sandalwood, mainly b/c the teachers couldn't teach. also, they do not prepare kids for high school at all. they don't have a bell, tell us to walk in lines consistantly, put us in all the same classes with our homeroom classes, etc. and parents aren't very involved whatsoever. i highly do not recommend this school. you should send your kids to landmark or anywhere else possible.

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November 01, 2008
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October 31, 2008
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August 13, 2008
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July 28, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 26, 2008
This school is great! I'm goin' in seventh this year,because of all the helpful teachers! they know how to get your attention,litterally! They even put in the right people in the right classrooms! I've had the greatest friends of my life because of that school! I swear,it's the greatest school you will ever go to!

- submitted by a student
June 22, 2008
This school is awesome.I went there for 6th & 7th and now I will be going into 8th. The teachers there are really caring & nice->just behave. I got into the National Honor Society b/c of Kernan! :)

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June 20, 2008
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June 13, 2008
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April 16, 2008
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March 26, 2008
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March 17, 2008
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March 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 28, 2008
I went there for sixth grade and right now I'm in seventh. It's really cool there and I love my teachers. Mrs.Mendez rules!! And so do lots of other teachers. Not only teachers but also my classmates and people from the other grade. I thought i wouldn't get along with the 8th graders, but most of them are really cool and are my friends. It's a great school, but the down part is that there's not that many fun activities like spirit week or prep rallys

- submitted by a student
no rating January 24, 2008
I have had daughter at this school for 6,7 & 8th grade, the school is very clean, safe & secure. from what I can tell the teachers try really hard for the students to suceed

- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2007
its a great school i went there and learned a lot.

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December 06, 2007
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December 06, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 25, 2007
I went to Kernan Middle School in 6th grade, then I moved to Virginia. I am in 9th grade now. That school was very good.! I loved my History teacher, Mrs. Hargrove!! She did History Alive days where we really got 'into' the lesson!

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2007
I am a 8th grader this year, and i just wanted to say the tearchers are the bomb! They are true friends! they helpin any way they can! and i now ms.senkowskys trying really hard and keep it up!

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October 17, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 14, 2007
Im a student at kernan middle school and i think the school is awesome the teachers really nice they are really organized with their schedule and they handle things the right way this is the best school ever!!!

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October 04, 2007
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August 23, 2007
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August 20, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 06, 2007
I went to Kernan 6th,7th and 8th grade. The school is great and all the teachers are really nice and willing to help. They have after school tutoring (team up) 3 out of the 5 days. and also towards the end of the year kids who are in the area of possibly failing attend saturday school. also for 8th graders there is a high school spanish class you can take with a great teacher. i was in the class and went to spanish II in my 9th grade school year. overall the school is really great and has a great learning environment

- submitted by a student
April 18, 2007
We have a 8th grader at Kernan Middle School, and have seen her grades drop a substancial amount with zero warning from any school educators. Also there is no system in place to have email homework reports to parents when their children say ' I have no homework'. With 12 billion going to education from lottery, I would think there would be a sevure system in place to allow parents to review homework and report cards online, and to send replies to confirm their children are doing what they should do.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2007
My child is in the 6th grade, and so far, I really like the school. My child has very good grades, but says the school is boring. I think it's because the 6 graders don't get to participate in extracurricular activities as the 7th and 8th graders. I wish teachers would assign homework on Fridays in order to give my child some work/projects on the weekend. Also, they need to give the kids at least an hour for lunch. Lastly, they may need to add more security in order to curb fights, particularly when they occur in the cafeteria or when kids arrive @ school when they get off the school bus. So far, the 6th grade is fine; According to my child's teachers, they rarely hear from or meet with parents. It appears parental involvement starts to wind down in middle school, which is sad.

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March 12, 2007
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January 04, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 12, 2006
Kernan is a great school overall.My child participates in Track and Basketball and I see a lot of parental involvement in both sports along with some others. Maybe 10% of the teachers do not care the way that they should however you as a parent can stay on top of them.This is a very structured school and you can be rest assured your child is very safe and is learning. My child has been here for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, and if had to do it all over again I would send her back through again. I pulled her out 1 time to attend JWJ Middle and the totally left behind.Kernan has a lot of support (TEAMUP)afterschool 3 days a week.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2006
My son is in 8th grade at Kernan Middle. I do feel like they treat them like children and I don't feel that is fair preperation for high school. I absolutley agree with the other parent about the 8th grade algebra. I don't feel that my son would be ready for algebra in highschool without the help I provide. The book skips around and is not very thorough. Besides that i do take great comfort in knowing he is at a safe school with staff that cares.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
This school is horrible! You've been lacking leadership for years, you are scarcely teaching these children, and the way they walk in lines is proposterous! The parent involvement is very low, and my child is not learning anything towards her future. She has her whole life planned out, but you are not giving her enough challenge to get her to WANT to be a part of another community! And the football team is horrible, and you could've provided something better than what you did provide for them I was in the crowd I saw us lose! Kernan can try harder.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2006
My child will be in 7th grade this year and is excited to go back. The music Teacher from 6th grade had a great influence on my son and his attitude about his education and behavior. Kudos Mr. Wright. Hang in there, you will have this parent's support this year. I will do my best to rally all the support I can for your music program. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2006
In my personal opinon, this school is a disaster. First, they make them stay with there homeroom. And the classes are horrible! There are only 5 kids in my kids class with the same ethnicity.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
My child is at Kernan Middle and has been for 6, 7, and now 8th grade. I love this school. Of course, it has faults like all schools, but it is a wonderful school. Some complain that the students there are treated like children, but I rather enjoy the safety aspects of the school. It will be a shock for those that have to transfer to high schools like Sandalwood, but that would be a culture shock for anyone. I feel that my child is challenged and the teachers for the most part are doing a good job. I do not like the 8th grade algebra or CPM math book. I think they need to throw that out and really teach Algebra to these kids. Other than that I really have no complaints. The principal helps to keep order in the school. I really appreciate the House A administrator.

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November 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
We have had two children attend KMS and we find the teachers and administrators to be very thourough and professional in most circumstances.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
Kernan is on the right track with discipline and safety. The only negative comment I have concerns the music program. My son is involved in the band, and for the second year Kernan has a new band director. Music is such an important part of life, and can give kids a great sense of purpose and self-confidence if presented skillfully. Many world-class musicians get their start in school band, and we don't want to short-change our children with a sub-par program.

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July 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2005
I have two children currently attending Kernan Middle and I am happy that I move into the area. I like structure and discipline. The fact that they travel together and on a straight line is great. It promotes safety and it also teach to follow orders and rules, something that alot of kids lack off. I would like to see better lunch meals and more time for the children to consume their lunch. Another item that I would like to see changes on is 'The leap forward program', this children should be placed in a seperate environment away from the school and be tought technical skills. They have clearly demonstrate the lack of interest in academics and can be very distracting to the rest of the student.

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March 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2005
This school is a big dissapointment. My child is in the 8th grade and they treat her as if shes in the 3rd. They are told to walk in lines constantley. They are always traveling to the next classes with there same home room class. I honestly feel as thought the teachers nor the principal is not preparing these students for Highschool.They only have 5 periods and there 70 minutes. This is my outlook on such a beautiful school, but on poor leadership.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
I had a child at this school for 2 1/2 years. I was very unhappy with the standards at this school. He went to Chets Creek Elementary before and learned so much. The students don't have any homework and the teachers never show up for parent teacher conferences and have the wrong students. I'm happy to say we left the area!

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Kernan Middle School
2271 Kernan Boulevard South, Jacksonville, FL  32246
(904) 220-1350
Last modified Kernan Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Kernan Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 77 reviews. Top