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Paxon School/Advanced Studies

Public | 9-12 | 1500 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 4, 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


Posted May 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 8, 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


Posted February 28, 2004

Paxon is a great school. The teachers are generally excellent and the students are very engaged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 3, 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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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.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

414 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%
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

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

365 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

363 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
97%
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 84% in 2012.

392 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
20%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

412 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
92%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

327 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
81%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

342 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 40%
Black 38%
Asian 9%
Hispanic 7%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 100%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 51%65%61%
Master's degree 45%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%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 2%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MR. ROYCE TURNER
Fax number
  • (904) 693-7597

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Swimming

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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3239 Norman E Thagard Boulevard
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