Students enrolled 1085
School leader MS. SHARWONDA PEEK
Transportation options Yes
District Duval County School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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3276 Norman E Thagard Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL 32254

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(904) 693-7600
(904) 630-6653
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4 stars
Based on 51 ratings

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November 13, 2014
I am very happy with many aspects of James Weldon Johnson. I am very impressed with the way the teachers and staff develop the whole student. The accelerated curriculum is challenging and engaging. You will get out of it what you put into it. Homework is daily, but manageable with good organization and time management skills. Students are diverse and accepting of everyone's differences. Administration has open communication and always strive towards improvements. Bus ride for my student is long, but still worth it. Students seem happy and have much pride in their school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
Love the diversity and individualism this school cultivates with well rounded programs and lots of heart. Exceptional teacher 'teams' in the 'gifted' track are committed to the students and employ creative teaching tactics that hone skills with positive reinforcement. Email communication is exemplary both proactively in mass by teachers or with websites, reminder emails and online grade portal updates and comments..and in response to specific issues. Credit goes to the extraordinary leadership by the dedicated principal, Mrs. Peek, who personally responds to email and escalates appropriately issues elevated her way. Required homework has been surprisingly manageable (lighter than expected) with clear expectations and timeframes, but kids that crave excelling in science/history fair or in literary contests may delve deeper as a matter of choice. School spirit is high with great sports teams. Weaknesses are ONLY those shared by other Duval public schools: overcrowded elective classes, limited sports facilities, basic supplies and shortages of support staff. Our child, bored in traditional classrooms and not a self-starter, has thrived here and is very proud to be a Trojan.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2014
I rate this school a 5 out of 5 stars! sure there were some teachers that could've done better but the learning styles and fun incorporated into learning really makes up for it. it's very easy to get the information needed for high school and as a graduating 8th grader I think I am more than prepared for high school! the teachers really want you to succeed and go beyond just being a teacher for the school day but updating their websites and making quick contact with parents alike. I highly recommend this school it's totally worth it :)

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2014
I agree the the prior two posts stating that parent/teacher communication is awful. And, yes, if you reach email a teacher you get a rude or scarcastic response. My child was there 2 years, and I've never seen anything like it. We've been in other counties and in both private and public schools - 7 schools in all. This is by far the worst. If you email to check on a bad grade or missing assignment, you'll get an incomplete or rude answer. Never did I get a helpful suggestion or comment that indicated they cared about the grade (much less the child) one way or the other. I was completely on my own figuring out how my child was doing, and what he needed. Many of the teachers are very young and use multiple forms of technology for commnicating, but it's inconsistent and the main thing they should do - reach out to a kid and/or parent - they never do. They spend a lot of time updating their websites and maintaining a social media presence, none on actually connecting with the live people in their care. (8th grade girted was by far the worst. Very young, very arrogant teachers who are in need of supervision.) Wondering how they get some of the scores they get.....

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2014
This school is awful. There is no teacher communication. There is no feedback from the teachers. The more you inquire about your child s academic progress the more distant the teachers become. The teachers, administrators, staff are unresponsive and reactive. This was not what I envision from one of the top Magnet schools in Jacksonville. We are moving on. We will not continue to sacrifice my child s education by continuing to on with this lack luster school!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2014
Being a new parent to middle-school and to James Weldon Johnson, I must say that I am not impressed with James Weldon Johnson as I thought I would be. The school encourages parents to be involved, but when you are-you're treated like a "bother" to some of the teachers. The teachers that my child has this year are "average"-with the exception of maybe 1 or 2. I am over being receiving email responses from teachers with rude undertones when I reach out to partner with them to ensure my child's overall educational success. All parents are not involved with their child's education, but it seems like if you are involved at JWJ- most of the teachers use this time to belittle your child and make you feel like your child is the worst child in their grade. I have seen great improvement in my child's academics this year and my child LOVES the school, but as a parent-I am NOT impressed with the "parent/teacher" relationship. Everything is communicated through the child [problems and all] and when you go to reach out to the teacher, the first thing I was told is "I spoke with your child about this and they should have told you"...It is still important for the teacher/parent to connect.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
I love this school. The teachers are amazing and they try to make school as fun as possible. They have great activities and school projects. I love the Greek day you get to have in 7th grade, it's amazing. The students are also really good and social. I recommend this school to everyone

- submitted by a community member
August 27, 2013
This is a gifted and academically talented magnet that does not have enough books for their students.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
This is one of the best schools in Florida. Number one in reading and writing in the STATE. The sports teams are undefeated, the work is good and provides a nice challenge. I recommend the school. The teachers and principal are very focused on discipline and respect. My son loves it.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2012
My child has attended JWJ for 2 yrs going on third. I think JWJ is an average school. We are not sure that the education is that much greater than he would be getting in Honors or advanced classes at our local middle school. The transportation issue, as well as, the huge about of homework, loss of quality family time and the topics of the summer reading books they require, really makes us question the value of our decision to go here. The teachers are average, meaning some are really great and some are not great at all. The homework load is to heavy and busy work with little purpose for learning. We are still not sure about 2012-13, still looking at other options. Promise of new block schedule system to improve things, not sure if we want to wait around to see!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2012
JWJ is an incredible school. I drive 45 minutes to get there and it is worth every second. We came in 6th grade from a private school and I can tell you first hand it is 300% better than what we had previously paid $10,000 a year for. The teachers are awesome and the kids are from diverse backgrounds. Everyone is made to feel welcome and part of the JWJ family. Our child absolutely flourished from day one. We will be so sad when we have to leave. Go Trojans!

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2012
My daughter has been in the JWJ system now for two years, and we are pleased. The new building has made it even better, with more space, and better facilities. Highly Recommended.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2010
This school is absolutely amazing! I attended all 3 of my middle school years at jwj and it has really helped me. The teachers are there to help the students and also to challenge them to work harder. The kids won't have to worry about much else besides their work. There are a few problems with the older students bugging the younger ones but it doesn't often interfere with those students' learning experience.

- submitted by a community member
November 07, 2010
James Weldon Johnson has taken a nose dive in 2010. My son, in the gifted program, became bored with the easy and repetitive nature of the work in 6th grade: it was basically a repeat of 5th grade. I am under the understanding that JWJ had to lower their academic standards this year to accommodate a wider range of students. What a shame...JWJ used to be the best school in the area, now it's just another average middle school.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2010
My child attended this school and i found it to be an execelent school with the acacemics. and curriculum. I had no problem with the teachers and my child loved it. It was tailored to his needs as well as his level of learning. I would recommend this school for those who are gifted and academically talented. This school has my vote.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2010
My child would have definitely liked it better in twin lakes or mamdarin . i recommend not putting your child/children here, its really not worth it.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating April 27, 2010
James Weldon Johnson is an okay school!!! The teachers are ok as well. This is my 3rd and last year at james weldon johnson and it will be missed.

- submitted by a student
March 25, 2010
Perhaps I'm missing something here, I do not see this as an exceptional school. Perhaps it was at one point but now the teachers are just stressed out and angry

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2010
what are people talking about by saying we have fights and what not ? i have been to this school and it is very excellent : teachers, classes, and students that care about others :D

- submitted by a student
no rating January 08, 2010
the school is so much better than landon. it is so much fun and everybody is nice and all of the teachers really care. GO TROJANS!!!!

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2009
I started going to this school and so far it is incredible! The teachers are some of the best and are very nice. They really got me into wanting to learn. The campus is easy to go around but I do find annoying that older students will bug the younger ones, but that's not the school. Anyways, simply this school is awesome and I look forward to the rest of the School Year

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August 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 11, 2009
I have nothing but great things to say about this school, since my child started 6th grade in the fall. A wonderful, all-around school, with emphasis on education and the child as a whole. Teachers want the child to succeed and the communication is wonderful.

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January 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2009
teachers only work with students once a week, punisments such as suspensions do not get applied soon enough, the band is below average, and students are very very very badly behaved (fighting every month, cussing every day, etc)

- submitted by a student
December 20, 2008
My son is attending 6th grade here & it is excellent. The teachers are really involved, which also keeps the kids really involved. I transfered my son into this Blue Ribbon Magnet school after he attended 3 days at Oceanway Middle School, needless to say JWJ is 200% better school. I also can actually track my sons progress (Every day if I wanted) through the schools use of SnapGrades.com and the communications with the teachers through e-mail, this not only helps me but also my son. JWJ is an excellent school, if I hadn't gotten my son into this program I think I would have had to pull him out of the public schools for home schooling which I am not an advocate for.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2008
i am in sixth grade gifted at this school and i love it so much, the teachers our nice and the schedule is easy to follow. Also the work, once you catch up on it, is very easy. they dont overload you with home work like everyone says

- submitted by a student
September 08, 2008
this school was a perfect school, she found alot of friends and the teachers were great. the gifted program was excelent

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating June 08, 2008
My son just completed the 6th grade in Academically Talented. For a public school in Jacksonville, fl, this is an excellent middle school. My son previouly attended an private school for many years and we thought we'd try a public school system. James Weldon is a challenging school with great teachers. They care how their students do. I've talked with many parents as well and they recommended this schools as well. Like all schools, parents involvement is highly encouraged for each child. If your child has the opportunity to attend JWJ, sign up as fast you can. Your child is America's future.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2008
It is a very competitive school! Perfect for children who are like this.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 27, 2008
I am really pleased with this school. It is the number one school in Duval county and the number one school in the state for science. I go here and i am lovin every bit of it. Every morning we all sing JWJ's song, 'lift every voice and sing'. the school is awesome and i am getting all A's thanks to awesome teachers!

- submitted by a student
March 26, 2008
I can say this is one of the best middle schools. I've had the pleasure of sending my child off to start climbing a challegeing academic ladder. I've enjoyed watching my child and her friends become well-rounded individuals through the artful teaching and partnering of the school staff and student relations. Thank you JWJ.

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March 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2008
I've gone to this school for three years and picking this over Darnell was one of the best decisions of my life.

- submitted by a student
January 24, 2008
This school is awesome! Go here if you are interested in your child going to a magnet school, this school does have extended day too.

- submitted by a community member
January 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 31, 2007
I am, I guess you can say, an alumni of JWJ. i went there from 6th-8th grade. it is a great learning environment for all kids, no matter what there interests are. the teachers are simply amazing in making what they do so fun! its like, after a while, you forget you're actually learning. Not to say that school is all fun and games here, it can get tough, but no matter what's going on in your life, the people here seeem to just make everything better, even if it's only while you're at school. but back to the subject- any kid could attend thiss school and get ahead. as long as you keep up your homework, things will just seem t fall into place!

- submitted by a student
October 26, 2007
I go to this school. I love it here! Everyone is hardworking and fun. The teachers are always nice and helpful.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 17, 2007
This school is amazing. i go there and they do challenge me. i know im not a parent but get it from a student's perspective. im on the 7th grade gifted team. any of you people who say it doesnt challenge them then, your child is one smart cookie and i guess your saying they are too good for JWJ. well fine, they can miss out. my sister went to JWJ 6-8th grade and she goes to stanton now. she made it. the teachers are great, the challenge is hard, and it keeps you on track. the teachers help the students develop a study habit and to do their homework. All your child has to do is do their homework and classwork, which they should already do.

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
July 26, 2007
I have two children that have attended JWJ. One child attended for his eighth grade year and my other child is currently attending the school. Our experience the first year at JWJ was mixed. The experience at the school last year was not positive. My child was not challenged, with the exception of an excellent math teacher. I had concerns I felt the administration did not address. I am currently attempting to contact the principal and have been trying to do so for months. I have left over six messages for her. I urge all parents to seriously consider this school before placing your child here. In my opinion the school lacks a greatly in communication and expectations. My child would be leaving but we want him to have the opportunity to attend a magnet high school.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
Focus at this school is on the gifted kids. Very good program if you have kids already in it. We had one child in gifted and one in Academically Talented (one year apart). The AT kids do not appear challenged at all. I would not recommend JWJ for AT, rather Darnell Cookman is probably a better option. Most of the teachers are very good, but there are a couple that don't seem to challenge the students. Most of them teach AT. The principal is rarely in and appears to be simply using this job as a stepping stone to something bigger. There seems to be substantial parental involvement. Bottom Line: Great for gifted, weak for AT.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
My family has five children and three of us have gone through jwj. Jwj is a wonderful school. The level of instruction is high. Most of the students are there to succeed. Their parents are very involved. This combination makes the student body very successful. This is a place to learn good study skills. This is where you learn a good academic work ethic. No one is smart enough to do nothing and get by. The last is a common complaint I hear from children in neighborhood schools. If you want your child to focus on academics, this is the kind of environment and the kind of friends you want for them. Trust me. I wouldnt trade the experience for the world.

- submitted by a former student
May 01, 2007
Well I attended JWJ for 2 years. 6th and 7th grade. It was okay in 6th grade not the greatest. So 7th grade came around...the school is so unorganized! I was on two teams at the same time it took them a month to get that fixed! So then the teacher would not except the work from the other team and said I had to make the work up! I tried but that was alot of work. The majority of the teachers are not there for you. They don't help you. They simply expect you to already know it! If I had it to do all over again I would have went to Darnell Cookman.

- submitted by a former student
February 25, 2007
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June 06, 2006
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- submitted by a student
April 24, 2006
School has a great reputation. Some teachers are great and some do not even know who their students are. On the other hand some teachers are very involved and know exactly what is going on. In the end it is simply a public school with overworked and underpaid teachers. Some are great and some are terrible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2006
I loved this school. The majority of the teachers care if you learn something or not and are sensible. For the ones that are not, well the administration looks over us.

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November 03, 2005
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April 21, 2005
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- submitted by a student
May 18, 2004
Very Nice, Class A school teaching.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2004
Our son attended 6th grade at JWJ during the 2001 - 2002 school year. We left the school at the end of the 3rd nine weeks due to problems at the school. Our son had a few great teachers, but a a couple were incompetent. Unfortunately, his worse teachers were math and English. His English teacher was approaching retirement and would actually fall asleep during class. Our son struggled in math, but the math teacher would not communicate with us. Telephone calls to her voice mail at school were unreturned. I finally went to the school one morning before classes started to see her. She told me to leave the room as she needed time to prepare. I explained that she had not returned my calls. She also refused to provide an e-mail address. Multiple other problems encountered. We left. Glad we got out.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2004
As a mother of a current student I must say James Weldon Johnson is the best middle school we could have chosen for our child. Although she is a Straight 'A' student the curriculum really challenges her and keeps her on her toes. The teachers are excellent. The activities they provide for the children are great. This is a Model school and is a great stepping stone for children who want a challenge.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2003
James Weldon Johnson is a school with high standards and my kids certainly needed the challenge. The teachers were very kind and explained things very well. My kids learned alot from the school and got prepared. My oldest child went to James Weldon Johnson and now she is at Stanton, even in the IB Program. So I must admit James Weldon Johnson is the best middle school I've seen.

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James Weldon Johnson College Prepartory Middle School
3276 Norman E Thagard Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL  32254
(904) 693-7600
Last modified James Weldon Johnson College Prepartory Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
James Weldon Johnson College Prepartory Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top