I am a teacher at this school. The staff is phenomenal and very knowledgeable. They work long hours without pay, pour over data to determine areas of concern and offer FREE after school help. You couldn't ask for a better, dedicated staff. This school is an IB Magnet school.
I give this school no stars. The principle and vice principle are not on the same page. The office staff are rude and you have bout 1 out of five teachers that care. I would not recommend this school unless they change the head of the staff. They quick to write kids on referrals they don't try to help your child they just label them and throw them out to dry. If your an active parent they don't care they claim they are working with you and actual they don't. Its sad that Duval schools suck and that Duval make kids suffer when they are placed on a 504 plans or IEP plans. They have to suffer for an entire year before they qualify for the McKay Scholarship in order to get the proper help and attention they need. Once they have your kids label they are quick to just kick them out. You call the cluster of the school they are no help. You try to talk to the Superintendent the secretary want you to go back to the cluster she does not want to send your complaint over to the Superintendent. And they wonder why people are pulling their kids out of public and going to other counties or private and charter schools.
Teachers are good, dedicated, and responsible. My oldest son is in 8th grade and he went to Spring Park for elementary. My youngest son is in 5th grade now and has been at this school since Kindergarten. The teachers are inspiring to children, creative in their work, and willing to go beyond...I am very thankful...Thanks for all you do!
My children are in different grades (1st, 4th, and 5th). They are all doing very well at this school. My children in 4th grade and 5th grade have teachers that are very responsive to me. I would like my child's 1st grade teacher to work on that a little bit.
Super approach to children who have experienced a negative school experience. Teachers are awesome. They give their personal time to help children succeed.
Principal, although polite, has no backbone and teachers run the school. It is a small school, which is nice, but there are a few bad apples. If your child is in the IB program then you are good to go, but ese or gen end you get the bottom of the barrel for teachers. My child's teacher can't spell, use proper grammar, and is rude. How embarrassing to send home notes/correspondence to parents with spelling and grammar mistakes. I have asked for a phone call or an email and get nothing. Schools are only as good as its teachers. You may get a good one, but likely will get one that could care less and has the attitude that he/she can do whatever they want and still get paid.
Both of my daughters go to Spring Park. We drive from just outside Jacksonville Beach so they can attend their IB Magnet Program. It is a smaller, neighborhood school, so everyone knows everyone. Adults know all the kids' names, even when they aren't even in their class. The IB Magnet program will also give them more of a variety of options for school programs when they move on to Middle & High school. My daughter always comes home & is excited to tell me about experiments and things they are working on in science. Her teacher also had an after school math group once a week on HER OWN TIME. Those are the kind of teachers I want my kids to have :)
We were thrilled to find out about Spring Park since we were looking for a magnet school with an IB focus. The IB curriculum is internationally recognized and this school filters into IB middle and high schools in the county. Although it's a good 30-40 minute drive for us, it is well worth it. We are not attracted to the cookie cutter private schools that so many are driven to. The exposure to the diversity in students has been an educational experience in itself. The office team, teachers and resources provided make for such a "home away from home" experience. We are thankful to have found this school through an article on the front page of the paper!
Do NOT send your kids here. I went to this school for fourth grade and it was horrible. Teachers do not care about anything. Kids get bullied and they ignore it, when it gets to the worst point (physical) BOTH kids get in trouble even if they don't hit back. The teachers leave the kids alone all the time so most of the fights they don't see. This school is the worst thing you can do for your children so do not send them here unless you want them to fail in life.
My Daughter is in fifth grade at Spring Park, She began attending this school one month later than first day. NONE of the staff or teachers have given me any insight to curriculum or expectations for the children. Her grades decline and the school calls home to blame me.... This school should recieve NO STARS from us. Thank God she wont be attending Spring Park next year....
I'm a parent of 4 and my 7 and 6 year old kids go to this school and I find it a great and safe school. Staff and teachers are great they are very helpful to kids who needs help and take their time in letting them understand the lesson easier
I have a 1st grader and I love this school. There is alot of involvement by the principal and that is something that you rarely find anymore. They also seem to know almost every kid by name and I feel comfortable with my son at this school and could not aske for better, especially with experiences that i have had with several other schools.
Its not too bad of a school, they had very nice staff. a good extended day in the school, they were helpful. I like schools that have principals out greeting parents and students instead of hiding behind there desks and this principal(mrs short) is out on the corner curb either in the starting of the morning or at the end of the day to see the kids leaving. shes sweet.
I have two kids that go to Spring Park, they are now in 3rd & 5th grade. They have been going to this school for 3 - 4 years, they left for one year and are now back at Spring Park. I believe Spring Park is a great school. The teachers that my kids have had are wonderful and very friendly, with the exception of 1 or 2, they have kept me informed on how my kids are doing, sending home weekly reports. My kids also like this school and are glad to be back. I appreciate how friendly the staff in the front office is, they seem to know a lot of children by name, which means a lot to me, because it shows they care. I give this school two thumbs up.
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