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9-12
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Jacksonville, FL
Students enrolled: 1,500
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3239 Norman E Thagard Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32254

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April 20, 2014
Paxon's offers great courses, looks great on college applications, and is very diverse. If you or your child want this, definitely go here. But be prepared to have the life sucked out of you. The courses are lovely - APs, IB, decent electives. But you won't learn hardly anything. At Paxon, you cram information into your head to pass exams, and that's it. Most of the teachers don't care about you- or the information they teach. They want you to pass the exams. They don't want you to learn - they want you to memorize. This seems worth it if you want to look good. But beware- your grades are probably going to drop. Low. You'll be an average, C-student, in a good-looking school. And yes, Paxon is VERY diverse. The guy next to you is from Africa and the teacher is probably from Cambodia or something. But these people always split up into harsh cliques. Want to sit next to that IB Asian kid in the cafeteria? Too bad. You're black and in AP. You can't be friends. Sorry. Most of the people at Paxon are obnoxious rich people anyway. Not very enjoyable. Prepare to be bullied too- that's normal. Paxon's also great if you want to get hit by a bus. Come visit the loading zone- you'll see.

- submitted by a student
September 22, 2013
I am currently a senior in the AP program at Paxon and I love it! It can be challenging at times but the hard work is worth it. I've known students who started college in their Sophomore or Junior year by passing the AP exams thanks to their hard work and our amazing teachers. Paxon isn't perfect, but neither is any other school. We have a few questionable teachers and our share of bad students but you won't find a school that doesn't. If you want to get a quality education that will prepare you for college while having fun at the same time you should choose Paxon. Some people think it's all academics 24/7 and studying ever night until midnight. I've never had to stay up late for homework unless it was my fault for waiting until the last minute. From pep rallies to football games to homecoming week and not to mention numerous clubs, Paxon has it all. It's the perfect balance between work and fun and I can honestly say it's been the best 4 years of my life. Most of the students at Paxon are very open minded and welcoming. I've hardly come across someone bullying or teasing others. Our student body is VERY diverse, which is one of the many, many reasons it's such an amazing school :)

- submitted by a student
August 01, 2013
This school have proven to be one of the best schools in Duval County. My grand daughter and grand-son enjoy the learning environment at Paxon. My kids are prepared to looking forward to the future, knowing that their education at this school (Paxon-School-Advance-Studies) has prepared them for any situation that any College or University may employ (Math. Science, History, etc.). We appreciate the on-going instruction and direction from concern teachers and staff members. The home work and extra work assignments contribute to the success of this school.

- submitted by a community member
February 07, 2013
This school is like Burger King, Have it your way. The leadership here is awful. The Principal allow one of his closest VP to run his school. They have no real communication with each other nor with the teachers. They have VP changing the teachers grades on students and I know that is a Big NO, NO. So I hope this new Superintendent will start looking into these problems in these schools, especially at Paxon Advanced Studies

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2013
it was gud skool an i say to myself wat a wunderful werld i wet ther and i turly seigh it gud

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2012
This school offers excellent academics as noted. However, my son's experience at PSAS was not very good. He is mild mannered. This did not fit with the majority of the other young men who looked like him at Paxon and he was subsequently bullied, attacked and seriously injured. Duval County School Board and the administration at the school all have their heads buried in the sand. Some of the young men at this school are out of control and violent. Theadministration does not like writing referrals as this reflects negatively on the school's image. Thus, a lot of infractions go unpunished.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2012
I am a current alumni of Paxon from the class of 2011. I spent the four of my best years at Paxon. This school is challenging. However, it brings the best of ones abilities out. The school has a wonderful leadership program with the teachers as well as for the students. The JROTC is one of the best in Jacksonville. They hold the highest of distinction awards available for the program. the AP classes and IB courses are rigorous, but it leads and prepares the student for further schooling. Such as, college, medical school, or whatever comes later.

- submitted by a community member
March 05, 2011
take it from an alumni, it is a true diamond in the rough, in its neighborhood, it has very intelligent students and great extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a student
December 15, 2010
My son went to this school and had an extremely hard time getting help. Even though it was a challanging program, children can rise to the occasion with the appropriate guidance. After having several conferences with the teachers for assistance, I realized that if you were not in the IB program, there was no where to go to receive approprate help. Paxon has other programs besides the IB program. They need to provide assistance in those programs as well as in the IB program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2010
My daughter just started this year abd si far I;m very imoressed with what we've experienced.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
Gave my son a great education !

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
This school was one of the few schools in Jacksonville that received my appreciation. This year it seemed to me like the students were not as enthusiastic about learning as they had been and the teachers were worried about the new legislation. I even comfronted some students that came to school with the idea that they were not going to learn anything on that day. it is a pitty. Students give the teachers a chance to teach and apply your self so that what you learn stays with you!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 18, 2009
dress codes are overzealous here, but all other aspects are above par and just fyi, there are over 1400 kids at paxon, not 600

- submitted by a student
no rating October 10, 2009
i go there and it is truely awesome i must say. Its all i pictured

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September 04, 2009
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March 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 13, 2009
I am a parent and really value the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 15, 2009
I graduated from Paxon in 2008 as an IB diploma recipient, and it was definitely worth the effort. The faculty are amazing, with few exceptions. Administration is a bit behind, however, and nearly all have superiority complexes. (Sorry to break their bubble, but it is not difficult to find a position as school administration... thus they deserve no respect from myself.) The teachers are truly where the credit needs to be given. I received 68 college credit hours from high school... because of their support and encouragement. I would highly recommend this school to anyone willing and determined to succeed.

- submitted by a student
November 11, 2008
I am currently a sophomore at Paxon , & i love it here ! There are those few exceptions however , such as the extremity of the regulations for dress code , and also those applying to wearing IDS . However , I guess wearing ids are keeping us students safe , and im glad i can say i feel safe at my school . As for dress code , im pretty sure more liniency will result for less rebellion against the dress code !

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2008
the school might be tight on money but we still find creative ways of learning. There are many after school activities and we get to learn alot.

- submitted by a student
July 18, 2008
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April 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2008
I have survived 3 years at paxon and must say since the new administration has arrived ( 2 years ago) the school has changed. The few liberties we had as high school students have been further restricted and the fun that you are supposed to have in high school has dwindled down to very little. The administration is often lacking, the current principal does not stand on as high a pedestal as Dr. William but is on her way to becoming a good principal. The teachers here are fantastic. They offer their time before and after school, are very dedicated and often underrated. The fine arts department is above average, especially the chorus. The athletes here are just as dedicated and passionate as at any school, but are also often underrated because they are thought just to be book smart. The support for girls athletics is pathetic.

- submitted by a student
February 03, 2008
Wonderful academic atmosphere! Kids need a break from the rigorous academics and support for athletics is lacking.....starting from the principal on down! Especially girls athletics.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2007
This school has been a great experience for my child. The curriculum is the same as Stanton, but much less rigorous. I am so glad she made it into this wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 25, 2007
One of our children attended Paxon for four years and graduated and the other is in their second year. The richness and success of Paxon can be found in the quality and caliber of the students- they are remarkably mature, engaging, assertive, motivated and they are achievers. They have no peers at any school, save Stanton. College has been much easier for our eldest due to the academic rigor and requirements at Paxon. Paxon parents are very involved with their kids and with the school programs, another reason for the quality of the kids. The faculty is constantly evolving, and are for the most part, very good. The new principal and her administration were overdue, and they have done extremely well building on past successes and improving morale and school spirit. The greatest disappointment has been in the athletic programs where parents are lined up in support, the school body comes out and supports in huge numbers, coaches are excellent, but are too few, and outside organizations stand ready to contribute and sponsor improvements to the programs. However, the school athletic director is content with the current level of facilities and teams and has chosen not to grow or improve the program.

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October 01, 2007
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July 22, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 27, 2007
My daughter is an excellent student who goes here and works hard to maintain a perfect honor roll. But, due to the staff members the program is really slow and I hardly ever get notified. It is a well-around school.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2007
Paxon is fine. Travel to and from school is 30+min. Teaching is fine but no different than any other AP/IB school.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
The theatre department is filled with talent and backed up by an all enduring back bone of a teacher, but tends to take a back seat to some other programs in the eyes of the administration. Students graduating from this highschool will be very prepared for college because of the rigorous acedemic program, and the many opprotunities for extracurriculars. The current principal is taking a more powerful job opprotunity with the school board, so it is exciting to see where this school will go in the next few years.

- submitted by a former student
February 15, 2006
The academic programs at paxon school for advaned studies is amazing. With the addition of the ib program in the last ten yeras, it has added so much to paxon. The ap and honors courses offered at paxon are superb as well. The extra curiccular activities are great and the special programs such as art, music, and competitive sport teams. The paxon school for adavced studies requires that parents be active in thier child's study and my child loves his life as a member of the paxon family.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
The student body is most impressive. They are bright, hard working and disciplined. The parents are super. They are involved with their children and ready to help at any time. It is my opinion that the current Administration and Staff is low - average on a performance scale.

- submitted by a teacher
May 02, 2005
This is an outstanding college prep high school. The students have chances of earning sollege credit through the many advanced placement classes that Paxon offers. The teachers are dedicated to working with students so that they may achieve their fullest potential.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
The students and parents are great. There is really not a discipline problem, other than the neighborhood problems which can spill over. The Middle School across the street is very rough. Students are academically motivated and very bright. Many faculty members are very old and should retire. The inate academic ability of the students masks the poor performance of some faculty members. The principal should be dismissed immediately.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2005
Great academic school! As a parent of a student athlete, I would love to see more of an interest in the athletics.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2005
I am a student and this was my first year at Paxon. All of the staff and students and the principal have been very courteous and helpful to one another. There are a number of extracurricular activities here, and if there is not anything you'd like to join, you have the opportunity to start it. Each of my teachers is dedicated to working one-on-one with each student, and spends time based on their availability to help and encourage the student with their troubles.

- submitted by a student
May 08, 2004
I love Paxon! The relaxed atmosphere coupled with the excellent teaching staff makes Paxon SAS one of the best schools in Jacksonville.

- submitted by a student
February 28, 2004
Paxon is a great school. The teachers are generally excellent and the students are very engaged.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2004
Paxon prepares and provides. My daughter, class of 2003, now a student at Florida State University, left Paxon with the Florida Bright Futures scholarship covering books and tuition for 4 years. My son, class of 2004; has just been accepted at the University of Florida and also obtain a scholarship. Paxon prepares and guides kids who care about education, right up to the college door. One more to go, he is Paxon freshman and doing well!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
My daughter graduated, Class of 2003. The curriculum there was excellent. When it was evaluated by her college (Florida State), along with her testing results, she was granted Sophomore status! And how about Paxon being rated as the 3rd best High School in the United States! What a tremendous resume bullet! I'm their biggest fan.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2003
I didn't think going to Paxon would have made a difference once I had made it to college. I was wrong. Paxon prepared me for college in more ways than I actually thought. Paxon acctually seemed more difficult than college is. I'm glad my parents influenced my decision to enroll in Paxon, it's made college easy as pie. :-)

- submitted by a former student
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Paxon School/Advanced Studies
3239 Norman E Thagard Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL  32254
(904) 693-7583
Last modified Paxon School/Advanced Studies is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Paxon School/Advanced Studies Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top