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J. Allen Axson Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 564 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted March 3, 2014

This is the best elementary school in Duval County. My son came from a private Montessori but we got into financial trouble so we moved him to public. We found JAA off the Magnet Catalogue and we did a tour and I was very impressed by the facilities! My son moved into the school mid-year of 3rd grade which was quite scary for him. My son also has a slight issue with his age as he is born in September. We tested him to see which grade he falls under. As common in Montessori students, he tested at the next grade level making him the youngest student instead of the oldest. We were apprehensive, but were pleasantly surprised that the transition was seamless. Multiple grade levels are bunched up into a class - so grades 1-3 were in the same class - so my son's age was not a problem. And the teachers love it when you come to class and talk to them or help out your child. The school is true Montessori with students doing individual work with workplans, class work with the facilitator, several pets in class and private garden for each classroom. Students are not stuck to a desk. The principal is awesome and communication from principal, teacher, and other parents are constant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2012

I am truly blessed to have my children attend such a wonderful school! I have a daughter in Kindergarten and a son in Pre-K4. Their teachers have given them a great confidence in learning. My children love to go to school every morning to see Ms. Jenny and Ms. MingI They love to come home to share something new that they have learned. I am blown away on how far my son is progressing! I can't believe that my daughter is picking up concepts that are traditionally above her grade level! These teachers are masters at not JUST teaching a grade level curriculum, but also differentiating lessons to meet the needs of each child individually! If you want your child to not only succeed but also excel in all that they do, then this is the place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2012

I went to J. Allen Axson and was happy. All my teachers cared about my education and made sure I was well prepared for every obstacle I could face in my academic future. I am a staight A student at LaVilla because of the amazing teaching. -J. Allen Axson Alumni


Posted May 4, 2012

Axson has long been known as a lifelong family for education; students who graduated years before still come by to check in with the teachers and staff. As a teacher, it is wonderful to work with professionals that love children; the teachers and staff at Axson take care of each other and the children with love. Axson proves how successful Montessori can be when you truly teach to the whole child and not just the FCAT. The children love learning, love school, and still do great on the test; in fact, Axson has been a top school for years without losing focus of what is really important-kids.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 5, 2012

I have two children at Axson and everyone is so welcoming and warm. The teachers work hard to make themselves available to parents. No wonder it is among Jacksonville's top ten schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2011

We are in our 8th year at JAA. It has become a second home for my children-giving them a chance to grow and excel! Both of them are tested gifted and all of their teachers have met and exceeded their academic and emotional needs. Axson educates the whole child and does not just "teach to the FCAT" like so many public schools. The principal offers true leadership to her staff-leading by example. My husband and I feel so blessed to have Axson for our children. If only there were a middle school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2011

I wish that more schools followed the Montessori method. We feel so lucky to have the opportunity send our children to J. Allen Axson. The way the classroom is set up allows all students to work on their own level. None of the students are ever bored or too challenged. They are able to learn on their level. The children are treated with respect and in turn learn to respect each other and the teachers and adults. There is a strong focus on character development. Couldn't be happier here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2011

Great school! Loving, considerate and respectful teachers and Principal. My son wants to go even in summertime. He's been asking me when is he going back to school all summer long.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2011

I have 4 children that attend this school; we transferred from a private Montessori and I was a bit skeptical of how the public Montessori would fare in comparison. Axson actually is a BETTER environment, as it combines Montessori methods with some basic accountability for learning. This school achieves an excellent balance of those two factors---what an opportunity for our children to attend this school! The emphasis on taking care of the environment, healthly lifestyles, etc. really supports what we are teaching at home. We specifically chose this school over Jax Beach, despite the fact that Jax Beach had slightly higher "FCAT" scores. Upon examination of all the factors that are important for elementary education, Axson clearly came out on top.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

It is a caring, loving place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Awesome environment, small population, montessori setting. Parents are very involved. The principal and teachers are very approachable and helpful, they listen to the parents' concern for the students. Very personal and casual in communicating. We love this school for our 3 boys!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

I love it!!!! My daughter too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Great school with individual attention to each student. They really care for each child and make certain that they are in the best classroom for their needs. My daughter attended from pre-k4 through 5th grade and my son is in the first grade now. Wouldn't have wanted them to go anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

Excellent school. The care the teachers put into their classrooms is exemplary. My daughter was very well prepared for middlw school. Just have a very difficult time getting the extended day program to actually set aside the time and help the students with their homework. I have repeatedly brought this up over the years but just can't seem to get results. Many working parents can relate with the lack of time in the evening to set aside a lot of homework time before bed. Especially if you are a single parent of more than one child. It would be extremely helpful to get that minimum amount of time that they say they set aside for homework assistance. It just never seems to happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2010

Axson offers a very nurturing atmosphere and encourages children to work together. The level of parental involvement is very high and everyone seems truly focused on doing what is best for the development of the whole child, not just academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

Very pleased with how our dedicated Principal takes charge and makes sure this school has the most to offer our children. As I talk and network with different mother's in Jax, I learn that J Allen Axson is very involved with it's own activities and does a good job on staying consistent with old traditions in comparison to other elementary public schools, which of course can not be done without parent participation and F.A.M.E.. I like to tell people that our children are growing up in an innocent environment here at J Allen Axson like the way it should be. Great community and it couldn't be done without a good principal and wonderful parents. I am so grateful to have my daughter in such a admirable school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

Better environment for my children than the private Montessori they were attending.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2009

We feel blessed to have this option for our children. Axson has been a warm and encouraging environment for both of our children (4th grade & kindergarten).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

I love this school. It is a public Montessori. I have three children here and wouldn't think of sending them anywhere else, including a private school. The principle is wonderful and so are the teachers- very respectful of both students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2008

This school is terrific. I have been as happy here as I was with my son at Discovery (private). My son is gifted and I am glad the teacher he has (Mrs. Snell) was able to recognize and intervene even going as far as to purchase special supplies for him. They also have a gifted program (one day a week per grade) that he will be going into and I am grateful they have that support. The principal and staff are all great!!! This is the best deal around for sure!!!
—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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

59 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
90%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
93%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
91%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
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 55%
Black 16%
Asian 12%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 7%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 41%65%61%
Master's degree 46%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 14%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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4763 Sutton Park Court
Jacksonville, FL 32224
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