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1149 W 13th St
Jacksonville, FL 32209

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August 31, 2014
it has been a great experience for my son and set him up for college and beyond. The only down side is the sports programs, poorly managed and very unprofessional. I was sorry to see him give up team sports after many years but if the choice is sports or academics I am glad for the academics.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2014
Stanton is wonderful, although it is mentally challenging, they do it for a reason, and that reason is to prepare you for anything that may come. And the fact is that if you do IB, most people tend to skip the first year or two of college, which really saves you money and time in the long run. If you think about it now, the time you're spending on homework and essays and all of the academic work, you'll save that in college and you'll get to be the one doing fun things while others struggle through classes. And in college the classes are so large that you can't possibly get a one on one talk with the professor, but the staff at Stanton are always there to help you. There's so many safety nets instilled for everyone to do as well as they possibly can and the teachers are always there for you to ask questions and try to fully understand. The teachers may seem like they don't like you or they're rooting for you to fail, but they're really just teaching you about the real world and preparing you for that. All the staff is actually quite nice and respectful, especially our principal. She's the absolute best and she really wants us all to succeed. I'm proud to go to Stanton.

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2014
When I was here freshman year, everything was fine. I attended LaVilla and knew I didn't want to play an instrument for the rest of my life, so I chose Stanton over Douglas Anderson. I didn't do well in the AP I started out with because I had no choice in the AP I wanted. My worst subject is history. I'm just not good at it. So, I didn't do well, but I did well in all of my other classes. When sophomore year came, it all went downhill very quickly. I was given the worst teachers ever. Everyday, they would complain how the generation of students are getting dumber and dumber and would not help you at all. I have insomnia and I blacked out in one of my classes and when I went to my teacher to apologize for passing out in class, he told me he had no reason to help me. My grades went down as a result. So, many teachers here will put you down rather than try and help you. The education is great, I honestly loved the material I was learning, but I couldn't stand the teachers. They were all very unwelcoming and rude. I guess it was just a bad year, but it was bad enough to make me want to leave, and I left with lifelong anxiety I never had before coming here.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2014
I have to say, this school was one of the worst schools I have ever attended. I attended this school for one year but ended up leaving not because it was too rigorous but because I was bullied and not a single administrator took any action against it. Their only goal is to maintain their academic rating and do not care about injustice or bullying happening in the school. One of the faculty members even tried to buy me off with lunch. I spoke with multiple administrators and because the people who were bullying me were strong in their academics and played sports, they took no action against them whatsoever. Sure, they have great academics but when you have people trying to get rid of your complaints by buying you lunch, it's pathetic. Leaving this school was one of the best things I ever did.

- submitted by a community member
May 17, 2014
Stanton College Prep is designed to challenge one's mind. It's simple; if you don't want to push yourself, do not attend. You have to be able to push yourself to get through all 4 years. They provide great teachers who motivate and encourage students, even though they seem like they hate you. It is a very hard school, but it teaches you things beyond the textbooks that you can rarely see in neighborhood schools. You meet several people that have complex cultural background, over half of our school is minority. This interaction provides you with an experience that you can not receive in a neighborhood school. Yes, it is stressful and there is a lot of work involved, but if you really want to succeed, or see your child succeed, send them here. I was a Varsity athlete 3 out of my 4 years (10-12) and I currently have a 3.56 GPA unweighted, I take all AP classes, I am a member of National Art Honor Society and National Honor Society, and I dedicate my weekends to volunteering and socializing. Time management is essential. But I suggest starting off in honors courses, and if you can handle that, move on to IB courses.

- submitted by a student
October 05, 2013
Alright, I don't know why people complain about the hard work and the lack of connection between students and teachers. I am a Junior currently attending Stanton as an IB student. Honestly, as much as I hate to say it, Stanton is one of the best schools there is. I have a bitter-sweet relationship with this school. The work is overwhelming, and the facility may be a bit old, but besides that, this school is seriously awesome. It has challenged me mentally, and academically. Coming from a not-so-bright middle school did not really prepare me for this type of work. However, I had to force my way through it and now I am actually an OK student. I take pride in attending one of the top schools in the nation and you should too. If you do not want to be here, leave, there is other people willing to take your spot. Also, the teachers are amazing. I don't know what some of the people on here are talking about. Sure there's a few iffy teachers here and there, but a good majority of the teachers I've had have been amazing. If your child is failing, go to tutoring or instill in him a harder work ethic.

- submitted by a student
February 13, 2013
i'm a senior at this school and the experience my vary, if your not a good student or one who cant keep up good work then the 4 years can be hard, im and ib student and at first i had a mixed experience first semester as freshmen, but if you find the correct path it will be a great experience, and the ib is so worth it, the college im going to, cause i did the Ib, I get to skip the first two years of my bachelor's degree, so only two years, but if you you the ib you are most likely skip 1-2 years of college

- submitted by a student
December 26, 2012
I am in my third year at Stanton and I can say without thinking twice that Stanton is by far the worst school I have attended. I moved to Stanton from a private school in Jacksonville and I can say that the teachers are not looking out for a student in the same way a teacher would at a school such as Episcopal or Bolles, and that the students found at Stanton cover a broad spectrum from the highly competitive to the druggies. I wish to leave Stanton but sadly as a result of the sky high tuitions at my former private school I am locked into one more year of this horrible school.

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2012
This is a really good school and will prepare you for college. It may be overwhelming at first but you will be successful after high school. This is an amazing high school and I highly reccomend it! Hard working students and good enviroment!

- submitted by a community member
March 19, 2012
Stanton was definitely the best experience of my life. In response to some of the negative posts, I will say that not all teachers respond the minute you email them. However, it is a college prep school and I have found that my professors at FSU certainly don't always respond quicky, if at all. However, everything about the school is just wonderful. Some of the sports are excellent. The theatre department is amazing and always successful. What is more important is the environment. Every student at Stanton is there to learn, and to go to college. Having that sort of positive network of determined and driven students definitely had a positive effect on me. Also, I know many students who were inspired by the mix of various cultures at Stanton. The school spirit is always high, the lack of discipline issues is great, and the guidance department is absolutely phenomenal. Both my brother and myself attended Stanton (he was in IB, I was in honors), and it was the best decision possible. Go Blue Devils!

- submitted by a student
January 11, 2012
I'm not sure where the previous posters get their stats. Stanton is the highest rated school in the county, with a graduation rate of 98%. IB graduation rate is similar. We also have the highest AP pass rate in the county, and one of the highest in the country. I am the mother of a senior IB student and an incoming freshman. My son has had great teachers, and while he has worked very, very hard to be successful, has also played four years of a varsity sport, and been involved in all kinds of clubs and activities, both in and out of school, as have all of his friends -- all National Honor Society members. It's quite possible, it just takes work, commitment and good time management. As for counseling, it's far superior to what any of his friends have received in Duval/St. Johns schools, and although he has opted to stay in state - he has many friends going to excellent colleges all over the country. Get the facts before you make decisions. Stanton's a great school!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2012
The peer group is excellent with nice students from all races and backgrounds. The administration staff are very nice but guidance counseling is average since most kids go to Florida colleges. The reason why they are ranked in the top 10 schools is because all of the students are required to take AP exams. Stanton has the worst AP exam pass rate (30%) in the district which is embarrassing since the students are much more capable than that. The teachers are terrible and there are few text books. i.e. Exams results are not returned for a month and the child never knows how they did while studying for finals. 2 chapters of a language were covered in 4 months and the last chapter is covered in one week before the final exam. The teachers are proud of the bad grades they dish out and the students struggle to chase the demands of disorganized teachers. The sports team suffer as many kids that were previous A students are quiting teams and not going out for teams because they stay up until midnight everynight studying when not playing on a team. Playing sports will really hurt your grades here.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2011
Before enrolling your child at Stanton, be sure to educate yourselves more about the success rate. We found out that less than 20% are successful at Stanton. Our straight A child whom attended Stanton for one year still feels that it was the worst year of her academic life, even though she still maintained her high standards. I also, like another parent who has previously commented, felt as though the teachers/staff were very lax with their communication. It's not particularly the curriculum that I complain about, its the staff uncaring attitudes.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
Several members of my family including myself graduated from SCPS and went to college. Students that did not suceed at SCPS were unable to maintain the high acedemic and mature expectations. The environment is a college prep atmosphere, teachers counselors should not have to respond to every trivial request.

- submitted by a community member
June 30, 2011
I am astonished by some of the poor reviews I read. Both my children have attended Stanton and I been extremely happy with the school. I am very pleased my children are around other children who desire to learn and are inspired by outstanding teachers. There are ample opportunities for students who are struggling. However, I do think the curriculum is challenging and not for every child. I teach at a private school in the area, but am very pleased to have my children attending Stanton!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
I am astounded by the last couple of comments. They sound like helicopter parents. This is hands down the best high school in the area--including privates. Always rated one of the top 10 public high schools in the nation by US News. Very diverse with a population of very intelligent kids with a wonderful South African principal. Our son has loved the IB program, but the AP track is also terrific. This school sets kids up for success by requiring much from them. Due to the quality of education, among other things, our son is being courted by 3 schools in the Ivy League. Getting in to Stanton is not easy. If you are foolish enough to leave when your kid has been admitted, I feel sorry for you.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2011
Our family is still trying to figure out what all the rave was about with this school. Our child has had the worst experience here in their entire life. We've found the teachers to not be caring and forget about having any of them ever respond to an email or call back. I'm in the same boat as the person who posted below - my child also will not return next school year.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
Very little communication between parent/teacher/counselor. My child will not go return next year. While it may fit others, it was not a fit for our family.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
Excellent school. This is my daughter's first year and she had a little difficulty. I contacted her counselor and teachers and they were very quick in responding. They were willing and resourceful in assisting our needs.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2010
take my advice, even if you are not a sports person, join a club that you like freshman year and STICK to it one hundred and ten percent. Think about what you can put on your college application. Do everything you can to be involved in the school, especially volunteering. If not, then Stanton would be a waiste.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 03, 2009
It is the best school. It has a wonderful IB program, and a wonderful Honors program that exceeds any other school. On Blue Devils On Blue Devils!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
I love Stanton College Prep because it has a great learning environment, the kids are smart and motivated, and it is culturally diverse...it is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2009
There is little two way communication between the school staff and parents. There is no follow up when poor performance slips are sent home and not returned. No course study follow up with parents...in other words the students can take a course without a parents signature.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 11, 2009
Stanton is the best place in duval county to get prepared to further your education after high school. This school opens up opprotunities for the rest of your life. They have many sports which offers more of a chance for a wide variety of college scholarships. The work load is great, but if you can handle it you can make it anywhere.

- submitted by a student
September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 07, 2008
this school is awesome. im a freshman here and only have been going for about a month. the teachers are fantastic. the spanish teacher mrs burke is the best teacher there. all of the teachers have great educations and are willing to help any kid. GO BLUE DEVILS

- submitted by a student
July 18, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2008
One of the top schools in the nation, it deserves 5 stars. Academics are excellent, the student body is coherent, and a lack of discipline issues make this school top notch. If your student aspires to make it to a top college, but you don't want to pay all that money for a private school, Stanton is the way to go. Be warned however, that this school is not meant for the lighthearted.

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2008
Stanton is the best school I have ever attended. The academics are amazing, and the Drama program is also fantastic. Best school in Florida, and probably in the United States

- submitted by a student
January 12, 2008
Stanton is, without question, the best high school in Jacksonville, Florida, & the South. The academics are unparalleled and the band programs (especially the marching band) have one of the strongest histories in the city, one that stretches back before the school was a college prep school (it actually goes back to the early 20th century).

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2008
This school is excellent not only becuase of its challenging academic program, but becuase of the certain 'atmosphere' at the school. At Stanton, everyone wants to do well, and everyone supports each other and tries to help. I am a senior here, and I have never been to a school as unified as Stanton.

- submitted by a student
November 27, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 18, 2007
Truly a place to send your child for preperation for college. The classes I was taking at Stanton in 10th grade were more difficult than all of the classes in my first two years of college. The learning environment is unparalleled to any others. I would actually recommend parents going as far as to re-locate to Jacksonville, Florida if you have the opportunity to enroll your child at Stanton.

- submitted by a student
November 18, 2007
I am now attending Stanton and will be graduating in 2011. This is a very challenging school, but it is worth it. I went to James Weldon Johnson Middle which is also a college preparatory school. Both have taught be responsibility and self sacrifice for excellence. I feel I will be well prepared for college because the classes we have, even as freshman, are top level and always challenging. I am very blessed I live in Jacksonville and got the opportunity to attend this school. :]]

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2007
stanton is an amazing school. It is hard. Not as a freshman, but once in 10th grade IB, it becomes challenging. I would only recommend to those who are at the top of the top. To do well one must be committed. Some very smart people i see wasting away because of the choice to choose stanton, yet i am learning so much. It is not just the school that makes it hard. It is also the pressure to do other extra activities. A great school... yet it has caused many tears.

- submitted by a student
October 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 06, 2007
I rated this school a five star school. The performance of students and teachers working together is Oustanding...

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
Fabulous school. Excellent rowing team. Super combo for unbelievable college scholarships especially for females (who benefit from Title 9). Full scholarships in rowing have been given to females attending Stanford, University of Virginia, University of Miami and University of Michigan to name just a few. The academics at Stanton give them the groundwork to succeed at top colleges while the well-known rowing program attracts the collegiate coaches' attention.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2006
High academic quality,great teachers,I could not been more thrilled to have my son go to this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2006
Although the neighborhood is not brand-new and shiny, the academic environment is second to none. Stanton has been the best experience for our family and is preparing our daughter for the future like no other school. Those of us who are fortunate to have children at Stanton are very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2006
The area is dangerous, and bussing involves waking up earlier than one should. It is the best public school in jacksonville, no doubt. I took my children out after 9th grade and sent them to bolles because even in the pre-ib program, they were not challenged enough. Bolles offered a more challenging ciriculum, better teachers, and a more promising future for my child. However, for a public school, it is very good.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2006
I am a graduate of Stanton(1995) and I am now a math teacher in Michigan. There is no experience like the one I had at my home school. Stanton really prepared me for college. I finished magna cum laude at FAMU. I want to thank every teacher who encouraged me to do my best at all times. Stanton is the best in the Nation!

- submitted by a former student
June 16, 2006
Students are great, as well as the teachers.

- submitted by a former student
May 09, 2006
This is a great school that looks highly at academic achievement as well as at individual growth.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
April 06, 2006
Stanton is not an average high school. it strives its students to meet high standards and is a great school for those who are willing to give it the amount of dedication needed. All core classes after about 10th grade are either IB, AP, or honor courses. Some courses are dual-enrollment with FCCJ, a local college. All of the academics are taken seriously and they are taught by oustanding teachers. Last year for the 10th AP Euro exam, Stanton got the highest amount of people pass it in the world. Outside extracurricular activities are in an abundant supply and if you can't find what you need then you can make another club with your interests. Parents are involved in school, but not to the detriment of hindering students social statuses. They are greatly appreciated and tend to help out the most in sports.

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2006
I attended Stanton from 2000-2005. My highschool experience was unlike any other. I am now a sophomore at UF and have yet to have teachers who care and are able to convey the material as well as the teachers at Stanton do. There's something dramatically different about Stnaton and its the environment it creates that fosters learning. There are no fights. The biggest problems that face the administrators are kids who skip art in order to study for a chemistry test.

- submitted by a former student
March 14, 2006
The academic quality is high. All of my child's teachers are willing to help her learn. They truly care.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
My son is a 9th grader in Pre-IB. I have found the quality of teachers to be incredible. They are inspirational, energetic, and well educated on the subjects they teach. They are way above the norm. They also provide many extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2005
Stanton is, without a doubt, the best public high school in Jacksonville. The students are driven. The teachers are inspiring and dedicated. I'm a graduate of Stanton and it has opened up so many doors for me.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2005
This is a great school, great quality!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
A great motivational environment not found at most secondary public schools. Opportunites for success are promoted. The teaching, administration and especially the guidance departments are a valuable assest to each student in attendance. My son just entered his senior year and I couldn't be more delighted with the Stanton experience he has been afforded.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
School is great, academic challenge, but high competition in order to obtain a scholarship, good and safe.

- submitted by a former student
August 07, 2005
The courses here are definitly not for the slackers life style. They are excellent for a child with high ambitions.

- submitted by a former student
August 06, 2005
My son graduated from Stanton last May, and will attend a state university on Bright Futures this month. He also is a National Merit Scholar. I can't say enough about how good this school is. A handful of the teachers are among the best I've ever seen, and all of them are good. But the real clincher is that there is no discipline problem ... since Stanton is an all-magnet school, any student that presents a potential one is merely threatened with being returned to his district high school! Stanton more closely resembles a junior college, and offers a better education -- for free -- than Bolles, University Christian or any other private school in the area (I have first-hand information for that).

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2005
I could not have been more thilled to have my kids go to this school. I think that the school is great and the curriculum is wonderful. The students are well rounded and very friendly. The teachers are wonderful and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2005
Terrific school in general. Especially the IB program.

- submitted by a student
June 09, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 10, 2005
Stanton is great, particularly if you are doing the IB program and you're dedicated enough. You'll either hate it or you'll love it.

- submitted by a student
May 09, 2005
Attending this school allowed me to skip the stereotypical high school cliches. For that I am thankful. Some of the students show no mercy when it comes to getting the grades and it can get tough being around so many competitive individuals, but in the end, it was worth it. A truly great school.

- submitted by a former student
May 04, 2005
Good school with a great cirriculum.

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April 02, 2005
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January 15, 2005
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January 11, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
December 03, 2004
We left this school after 9th grade. There is only one lesson I learned as a parent: If your child wants to study and mature enough to understand that knowledge is important, he will not fail any school, even Stanton. My child went to neighborhood school and still did not perform well. So, Stanton is a good school for smart children.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2004
I think very highly of this school. My son attended this school for 4 years and has grown and matured at an alarming rate, not only academically, but as a person. The majority of the teachers are of excellent stature and go the extra mile for the children. The guidance department does things that most high school guidance counselors don't do. The scholarships and admission into colleges are the big things that they help students with. But no one knows about the millions of transcript requests that they complete in a day. The school is well rounded. By far, the academics are superb. In addition to academics, these students produce award-winning art, plays, and place very high in band competitions. These students are not only gifted academically, but artistically. More importantly, the school teaches about being involved in the community.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
Stanton is a good school for acedemic experience. It teaches and prepares you for college. It gives out alot of homework, sometimes are unessecary. The only thing my daughter does when she comes home from school is eat, work, and goes to sleep. Sometimes, I feel bad for her but I know it will all pay off. Stanton offers may after school activities that I think is very interesting.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2004
My daughter attended Stanton for four years and came from Darnell-Cookman. We had a wonderful experience with the IB program and teachers. The IB teachers were always available to the students both academically and mentally. The advisors were very approachable and went the extra mile for IB students and parents. The curriculum was challenging, allowing all IB students to achieve their full potential. My daughter graduated with an IB diploma, was eligible for a four year Bright Futures Scholarship and able to enter college as a second semester Sophomore. College has been very easy, due to the caliber of Stanton studies and study skills she developed there. Over breaks and visits home I hear and friends sing the praises of the Stanton IB program. While at Stanton my daughter was active in sports and clubs. The leadership skills will follow her for life. I highly advise parents to look into Stanton.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2004
Some of the smartest kids in America come from Stanton College Prep. Just to be an average student, you must take all honors classes and a minimum of 4 AP classes. There are many kids even above that who are in the IB program, which they receive college credit. An excellent and very smart school.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2004
Stanton is an excellent school as long as your student is doing well. When a child has a problem it's your problem. The buck gets passed. My child is a student this year with trouble in math. The teacher hasn't responded to two voice mails and has cancelled his tutoring session, twice in the past four weeks. A call to the principals office, made earlier this week was suppose to be returned and wasn't. Stanton is for the well above average student. If you have trouble they don't want you. My child is from Darnell Cookman. A B honor roll.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2004
Stanton College Prep School outranks and is largely better than most schools in the country. It was rated #2 in the Nation, that should speak for itself.

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2004
This is a wondeful learning experience. You have fun in the process too. Great teachers also.

- submitted by a student
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Stanton College Preparatory
1149 W 13th St, Jacksonville, FL  32209
(904) 630-6760
Last modified Stanton College Preparatory is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Stanton College Preparatory Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top