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John E. Ford K-8 School

Public | PK-8 | 755 students

 

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Posted April 3, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2007

The school atmosphere is chaotic and disorderly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 61% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
54%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
23%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
29%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 52% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
42%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 55% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
44%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 51% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
28%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
100%

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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

32 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
100%

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 "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

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 64% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 81% 23%
White 8% 42%
Hispanic 6% 29%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 56%65%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 9%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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1137 Cleveland St
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