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Jacksonville, FL
Students enrolled: 650

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1137 Cleveland Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209

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(904) 630-6540
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March 07, 2015
It is a very nice school. I have been working in many schools as a substitute teacher and I always feel respected in this school. The teachers care about the students and the Spanish program is great.

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January 29, 2014
This is our second year in the Spanish Montessori program. I am amazed how rapidly she is learning Spanish and her teacher is AMAZING!! We have a new principal this year and I can already feel the positive changes taking place. She is always visible. I never see Mrs. Renfro without a smile.

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September 28, 2011
john e ford is the greatest school ever!!!!!!!! the teachers there really care about the students and want to see each of them succeed they work with them until they learn what they need to know!!!!!!! john e ford has a great faculty from the women in the front office to the guidance office they all make you feel that you & your child is their family!!!!!!!! and last but not least ms. tina & ms. parker are the best principals in the world!!!!!!!! i love you john e ford!!!!!!!!

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June 04, 2011
Ford will stimulate your child and teach them to be a self-directed learner. What more could you possibly ask for? It is diverse, organized, and my son is excited to tell me what he did each day.

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April 29, 2011
I have three children in the Montessori program. When my youngest is old enough she will attend as well. The teachers are professional, caring and passionate about children becoming lifelong learners. I can't say enough great things about this school. If you believe in diversity and children experiencing other cultures they have that too!

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April 26, 2010
I chose this school's Montessori program for my son next year, and was very impressed by every teacher and curriculum offered. It's one of the best-kept secrets in Jacksonville.

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November 28, 2009
i was a student at john e ford and it was awesome. my teachers were great and the other students were amazing. i helped out with the lower grades and i was one of the 6-7th graders. after i graduated i went to stanton college prep in the ib program. this school is great and mrs wolfe is awesome

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June 12, 2008
My son's reading and math skills are way above average. He has attended school here since kindergarten and he has excelled each year. He speaks spanish pretty fluently. The only problem I see there is the science curriculum, it leaves something to be desired. Overall John E Ford is the best school around.

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September 01, 2007
The school atmosphere is chaotic and disorderly.

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May 22, 2007
My daughter is graduating this year from the 8th grade montessori program. She has excelled in the small middle school environment. Her teacher's have been able to be personal mentors to her and keep in daily contact with me. The school is beginning to rally from the chaotic merger of two magnet programs. I would highly recommend this program. In fact my three year old will be starting soon in the prek program.

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May 20, 2006
John E. Ford is undergoing a major transistion this year, as a result some extracurricular activities are not happening. My son is enrolled in the Spanish Immersion program, after attending Montessori for PK-3 through K, he loves his teacher, the language, and is learning a great deal of Spanish. I am excited about the prospect of my child becoming bilingual and would recommend this program to others. However, I would also recommend that students start out in an English, preferrably Montessori, kindergarten in order to secure reading skills and some general knowledge.

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April 14, 2006
My daughter is enrolled here for kindergarten. She has learned Spanish well. However, the climate of the school is chaotic and disordely. She spends many a day watching TV, not going to recess, and hearing teachers yell. The principal is not proactive, there are ants crawling around the cafeteria and classrooms, and there is not enough classroom and resource space for all of the students attending. She will not be returning to John Ford next year.

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February 24, 2006
Due to the merger of the Spannish immersion school and the montessori program, this school has suffered from serious growing pains. While we are hopeful the second year will be a significant improvement, it has been frustrating to see our children in a chaotic environment without any of the community builders (like PTA and family nights until February!) that make a school a community of learners. We are struggling with the decision of whether or not to keep sending our children for the Spanish Immersion program. We believe it has amazing potential, but the coming year will determine whether or not this 2 programs can come together and become a great learning community. There have been few extracurricular events, or functions to draw families to the school.

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November 23, 2005
John E. Ford has been a wonderful educational experience for my son (who is a third grader). The teachers communicate with the parents on a daily basis and always encourage parent- participation. John E. Ford has really given my child a confidence boost, which is very important. Kudos to them for the warm, friendly, family environment. Academically, they are positioned among the top elementary institutions in Jacksonville and Florida (the nation even.) I couldnt ask for a better school!

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John E. Ford K-8 School
1137 Cleveland Street, Jacksonville, FL  32209
(904) 630-6540
Last modified John E. Ford K-8 School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John E. Ford K-8 School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top