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Woodland Acres Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 778 students

 

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Posted May 5, 2014

Woodland Acres Elementary School is an exemplary elementary school. I have found the teachers to be caring, concerned and committed. I take the opportunity to meet with my daughter's teacher every chance I get, develop a relationship with them and establish an open communication throughout the year. The principal have safeguards in place so that no random outsider can just walk to your child's class room or on campus as a matter of fact. My experience with the office staff, the principal, the teachers and everyone with whom I've come in contact has been very positive. The Principal is an amazing person, and he keeps the school well-maintained, and he is always available when needed. I am proud that my daughter is a part of the WAE family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2014

This school is one of the best kept secrets in the Duval County Public School system. My daughter previously attended a private school. Woodland Acres has surpassed the private school by leaps and bounds. The school has great technology, wonderful science labs and still offers art, gym and music as part of the curriculum. The faculty and administration are eager to listen, develop the students and ensure each child's success. The administration strongly encourages parent participation. There are many family oriented activities throughout the year which are designed to integrate the child's classroom learning with his/her home environment. These include math counts night (practical math activities to increase proficiency on the go), pottery making (develop an appreciation for the arts), fitness and nutrition night (simple ways to create healthy snacks and exercise) and more. The school provides wonderful achievement incentives- end of year medals and trophies, quarterly certificates- all with special receptions. WAES is fantastic and I tell everyone I meet about this amazing institution of learning. Don't let the location fool you- this is a top notch school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

My son has attended Woodland Acres Elementary and has been bullied not only by his peers but his teachers as well. He came home one day with a head injury and NOT ONE adult could tell me what had happened to him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

My son has been attending Woodland Acres for the past three years. Initially, I was skeptical about the school because at the time, it was rated as a "c" school. However, the magnet program has really changed a lot of things in the school. I like the principal, Mr. Feagins for his hard work. The teachers are awesome too! Everyone of them is dedicated to the success of their students. What I like most is the Saturday tutoring they offer weeks before FCAT. I also like the Team-up program. These programs have really helped my son to score 5 in reading and writing for two years in a row. I'm expecting the same results from him this year. Although, this is my son's final year in the school I will continue to recommend WAES to anyone who cares to listen. I'm so grateful that I made that choice for him. I have not been disappointed. What is more, my son loves going to school every day. He's one of their school patrols.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2013

Woodland Acres Elementary is a wonderful place for the kids to learn and grow. The principal is a great leader and has compassion for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2012

This school is amazing...The new principle is a great leader and he is always visible. I have seen him going above and beyond his duties. My daughter teacher is great she communicates with all the parents and is always going above and beyond. My daughter is in the 1st grade reading at a 4th grade level thanks to the staff. The medical magnet program has also taught my daughter so much in the 1st grade....I cant wait to see what comes next....Special thanks to Mrs. Kogan and Mr. Fagans this school is on the rise thanks to the dedication you provide.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

I am very happy with the way the learning process is here. We have had nothing but the Best Teachers and it seems the school is getting better each year.I maintain involement with my children and the teachers to make sure that we all benefit from every thing that is offered. The Principal and Vice Principal are bringing Great leadership here.You cant expect the school to totally raise your child, you have a responsibility to be involed with what you child is doing. the Teachers and Staff are very helpful and always greeting you with a smile. Now that we are a magnet school I believe this will allow for Great new Goals to be achieved. thank you,Josh Bailey,Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2011

This is my 9th year with Woodland Acres Elementary. I have had 3 children graduate from here. I like to be very involved and volunteer on anything from field trips, & holiday celebrations, to PTA,SAC, and Parent Involvement meetings. I want to thank all the staff at Woodland Acres, 1st the Principle, who've I've been working with since she was a Vice Principle. 2nd the Vice Principle whom I feel will make a great principle one day. Also the Office staff for always greeting me with smiling faces. The Parent involvement liaison Ms. Brown, always very resourceful, and ready to give any information she can to help our kids at home as well as in school. And the awesome teachers that have helped my kids become confident, successful, and hard working students. They use Positive referrals as great incentives for the kids to do their best and make good choices. I appreciate all the help they give me. We ve worked together to achieve the success of all my children. My youngest will be going into 5th grade next year, and she is super excited about the new Magnet program coming to her school. It will be another Fun Adventure in her road to learning. Proud parent~ Anita Turner
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2011

I find this school a great school, i had my doubts at first(from all the hear say) when my daughter started in k. she is now in 3rd and her sister is now in k. Our school has the Best Teachers and they go up and beyond what is called for.My children maintain straight A's due to my involvement and the hard work of these teachers. I am very involved with the school and my children, You have to be for them to suceed.you cant step in only once in awhile when a problem happens.You have to stay active in your childs life and schooling. The Principal (her 4th yr)and vice Principal(his 2nd yr.) have really stepped up to the plate with their strong Leadership,they have made this a safer school for our children they have also brought challenging academics now that we have became a Magnet school and i believe this will be the start of a great future for Woodland Acres Elementary School. My opinion is that we do need more Parents to take the time to be more involved with their children at school.The school welcomes all Parents and Grandparents,Aunts and Uncles into the school for Parent involvement. we love the school and staff . Thanks for all the hard work, Dawn Bailey
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

My daughter is in 3rd and she loved her teachers and looked forward to school. She also has a love for reading, where as it was a chore before.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2009

this school is the best ever i have let my child go there til the pk 3


Posted March 25, 2008

They have excellent teachers and staff. They makes sure the kids get the help they need to succeed. I'm grateful that my child goes there and get the education he needs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2007

I am very dissatisfied with this school and duval county school in general. They have a really great agenda available to use, but it's not used to it's full potential. In fact my son rarely used his at all and it was never checked by the teacher. My son transferred to Woodland Acres in the middle of his 3rd grade year. I was never notified that my son was not turning in homework or that he failed 3 tests. I requested a conference I never got. All around I am very dissatisfied with this scool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

Woodland Acres has a really great Pre-K program. My daughter learned alot when she was a student there that is really helping her in school now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2005

The academic prgrams at this primary school seemed to be well in order at the beggining of the year, as the year has progressed my childs class has become over crowded and I find that his teacher no longer has time to do reviews or even address his issues for minor special needs, (A.D.D,) because she is attending to her over crowded classroom of 20 students with rangin special needs from developmental top behavioral. Music, Art, and P.E. are offered once a week for my sons class. Parent involvement is attempted, I have one parent-teacher conference for my son, at my request.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2005

I find Woodland Acres not to be a very good school for ESE students. My experience with this school has been very bad. My grandsons are ESE and get no help or support from this school or the counslers. My grandsons did not receive any help in the areas that they are struggling in which is math and reading. I felt the school should have used every device at their disposal to help them.
—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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

114 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
35%
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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

109 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

106 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
87%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

101 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

100 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
34%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
32%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
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 "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • 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
Black 57%
White 25%
Hispanic 12%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 11%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 86%65%61%
Master's degree 14%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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  • MR. TIMOTHY FEAGINS
Fax number
  • (904) 720-1730

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