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Dinsmore Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 518 students

 
 

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Posted April 21, 2010

Dinsmore is an awesome school that truly makes an effort to not only foster children's academic growth, but also encourages community values character development as well. The principal has a genuine interest in each child's personal well being and the faculty and staff are willing to go the extra mile to ensure that education is a fun and fulfilling experience for everyone. Dinsmore is the equivalent of Mayberry and I don't think there is another school in Duval that can match it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2009

It is my experience that Florida elementary public schools on a whole are operating at a less than average standard. The fact remains that there are too many students in a single class and because of this the personal attention that is needed cannot be given. Not to mention the basic skills of students entering the schools are also less than average. But Dinsmore has not impressed me as a public school that has decided to go above and beyond their basic call as educators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2009

My son has attened Dinsmore Elementary for 2 years now. They do not have extra help when you need it they are over rated and have to many students in each class. Not happy as a parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

Dinsmore Elementary is a great school, My child is in the first grade and i have to admit he had adjusted very well. The science and math is unmatched in the area and the reason why i picked thisscholl for my child. The teachers are patient and very on hands willing to go the extra mile. Thing you do not see very often today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2007

Dinsmore lacks leadership and parent support for the students. The school is in great need of boosting its teacher morale and student school spirit. The school has old traditions that need to change with time. Students and some of the teachers lack cultural diversity which is important to have today in order to adapt and succeed in life. I am unpleased with the school's technology and overall educational amenities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

My daughter has been at this school for 3 years, and is now in 4th grade. It says a lot about a school to me when your child does not want to miss one day of school because they love it so much! Everyone of her teachers have been fantastic over the years. Their levels of encouragement and discipline, are the reason my daughter is doing so well today. Dinsmore has a very good parent, teacher relationship, and is the reason why there is a high level of parent involment, and a very active PTA. I highly recomend Dinsmore Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2006

This school is an excellent magnet school. The science program is awesome. The teachers are great and work with students on an individual level. The fifth grade spelling could be a little better(this is not the teachers fault). Overall the school is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2005

Dinsmore is a close-knit school where everybody is somebody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2005

The school is out in the middle of no where just about, but the teachers are really good. Both of my kids go to that school. I especially like the kindergarten teachers. My oldest is in 1st grade, I don't really know about her teacher just yet, but I'm going to give her time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2004

This school is in my opinion the best of all public schools. My child has gone there since k. And her father went to this school when he was a child. I've even gotten family to transfer their child from private school for this upcoming year. I believe this school is an excellent public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2004

I've also had two children in this school. As stated above the expeirence has been very good. This school not only has mostly caring and concerned teachers (there is always a bad apple in the bunch),and support staff, but the families and community put in alot of effort and it shows. Any child attending this school has a diffeniate advantage. It's a small town atmosphere in the city, almost everybody, kids and parents alike reconize each other because it's a hands on community. Not only do these kids go to school together they play sports and socialize with each other. I'm sorry to have one of my children moving on this year. Just look at the FCAT scores and the progress we've made over the years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I have put two children in this school and I have great teachers influencing my children. They have genuine concern and are willing to go that extra mile to give my children that chance to succeed. I plan on putting my third child in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2003

I have sent 3 children through this school, but my 2nd one was there during the 'America's Choice' program. She has trouble reading, spelling, the most. She's smart, she studies, and we have spent time making up for what the program lacked. Some teachers are great and really care (e.g. Ms. Bradely, Ms. Barnett, and others are great and really care about children's progress, but others could be replaced.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

91 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
48%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

70 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

68 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
21%

2013

 
 
65%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

90 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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 51%
Black 40%
Hispanic 5%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 83%65%61%
Master's degree 17%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 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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7126 Civic Club Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32219
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Phone: (904) 924-3126

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