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Paxon School/Advanced Studies

Public | 9-12 | 1500 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 1, 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.


Posted February 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted March 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 12, 2010

Gave my son a great education !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 10, 2009

i go there and it is truely awesome i must say. Its all i pictured
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 13, 2009

I am a parent and really value the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted August 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted February 3, 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


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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.

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n/a

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n/a

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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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School basics

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

Resources

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

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

Arts & music

Music
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Performing arts
  • Drama
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3239 Norman E Thagard Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32254
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