Seriously? WOW... I hope someone can answer this question for us because my son is in Pre-K now and the school that he will be assigned to for kinder does NOT look good. It's maybe 5 mins from my house but I wouldn't mind driving 30 mins. if it means having him in a fantastic school.26874
Has anyone looked into the Magnet program in Duval County schools? It is only open to Duval County peeps. I asked and it is not in St. John's county or others close by (I've heard that but have not checked into other counties). The schools are specifically geared toward certain areas of interest etc (yes, even elementary). Ex. Fishweir Elementary is focused on performing arts (ie. band, chorus, art), J. Allen Axson Elem (where my son went) is a Montessori school. It is just like sending your kid to a private school but not the tuition. At least, that is what it was like for our son at those two schools. We were paying nearly $8,000 per year before moved to Jax, FL for private Montessori and delighted about the Magnet Montessori school. All teachers are Montessori certified teachers and they do teach in the true montessori method. WAY cool. I don't have enough room to go into all of them but for those moving or even already here--it is so worth it to look into the Magnet programs. There is a Magnet "fair" in January that hosts all schools and they all have booths and lots of literature as well as teachers/Administration and some students on hand for questions. There are Gifted programs, computer/technology/science/math programs, etc etc. I'm so excited about this program (is it obvious) and I am so blown away when talking with a neighbor or friend and they say they just don't have the time to look into the magnet schools. Hmmm. Yes, there is bus service, clubs, after school care. All the regular "regular public" school things available. Check it out. You don't have to worry about "is this school a good one or not in my neighborhood"--they all are because they are specialized. Son is now in Kirby Smith Middle School and talk about a WONDERFUL education. I can't even begin to list all the way cool things offered. Plus, teachers are Masters and some PhD educators. The majority of the teachers my son has are really, really truly there because they want to teach and truly care about the student learning. It is so very wonderful--truly. See, I am really for this, duh! Oh, Kirby Smith is technology/science/math focused. Your child will receive an education rivaled by private schools--and probably even better. Check it out. I obviously don't have enough room here to give you all full scope of the Duval County Magnet program here. (no, I am in no way involved with/work for this program. Just a true believer and supporter and parent!) Michelle26873
Same here....i'm in north Jax...just looked at the fcat scores for last year at the schools within 10 minutes from my house.......they stink....., i have 2 years before preK starts....do i need to relocate??26872
I lived in Jax for about 4 yrs and my oldest daughter attended Brookview Elementary in Arlington, and I was very impressed. They made it easy for her to transfer into the system since we are a military family. I will be returning back to Jax this year and I am looking back at the schools in Arlington. I have not heard anything bad about the schools in this area.53842
@ Carol dont relocate and Fcat scores are very important but look at the schools on a whole not just scores we have a new principal for the past 4 yrs and she is really changing the school for the better and now our V.P. we have had for 2 yrs. is wonderful so when making your choice look at the whole pictuer not just scores, our school just became a Magnet school and it will just get better for now on. So check in to a Magnet program its like sending your child to Private school with out the hassle of tuition.......@ Melisano the Magnet Programs are Great our school just became one.65170
Wow! I realize this post question is old, but I can't believe no one has mentioned St. Johns County!! Not only the best school district in the Jacksonville area, but one of the best in the STATE. Check out the Great Schools ratings (all of NW St. Johns County are 10 rated schools). We have been here for two years. Previously, we attended two different private schools with a strong academic program. We are every bit as happy with the public schools out here. 71664
Take a look at the Catholic schools in and around Jacksonville. There are about 20 K-8 schools and three high schools. In the high schools, 99% of the kids graduate, and 98% go on to college. Five of the K-8 schools in the diocese of St. Augustine are National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Most of the schools accept the Step Up for Students state scholarship which is needs based. The schools are fully accreditied and have wonderful state licensed teachers. The schools still offer music, art, computer, languages and physical education as well. And they teach good old fashioned values and have high expectations for behavior, leading to a calm, secure learning environment.73680
If you cant get into the magnet program,check to see if your neighborhood school is an "F" school,also known as a title 1 school.If so,the district offers a program called No Child Left Behind.This program allows children whose neighborhood school has a failing grade to attend an A school close by.This was a lifesaver for us.Our neighborhood elementary school is an F school and we did not want our son attending due to the bad neighborhood we live in and the type of the majority of kids who went there.He was accepted into the magnet program but was put on the waiting list due to the amount of applicants so when we got the letter stating that he would be able to attend and A school that was only 15 minutes away,we were thrilled.This is his second year there and we love it!!75439
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