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Dr N High Jones Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 656 students

 
 

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Posted August 23, 2012

This school is far and away the best I've seen. My daughter went to 4th and 5th grade here, and my son just started 2nd grade and has been going since kindergarten. They love the teachers, and you can really tell that the teachers genuinely do care about the success of your child. Every teacher is required to maintain their class web page and that helps parents tremendously to check up on grades, assignments, etc. It's no surprise to me that NHJ was ranked 4th in the state last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

Oh my word, this school is phenomenal! My child is in KG and has had an amazing experience. His teacher is fantastic and he is happy and learning tons. High expectations and high quality of education. Mr. Raymond, the principal, is a highly visible and wise leader who challenges the entire community to work together toward focused outcomes. The school stresses character development and encourages and values parent involvement to the utmost. We have considered moving from Ocala but NHJ is my top reason for staying put. Super!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2010

Having never gone to preschool, my son went here for kindergarten and did so well. Now he is in first grade this year and is blossoming already. I highly recommed this school--love the uniforms too. The principal, teachers, and staff really care about these children doing well. Parents really get involved as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2010

My two kids have attended this school for many years. For a public elementary school, we feel that it is excellent. The teacher to student ratio is good and we have been happy with most of the teachers at each grade level. Overall, a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Wonderful to work! Students are well behaved and well educated. Parents are involved and the staff does everything for these students. Great enviroment for students of science, math and technology!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2008

This school is so awesome! We moved to Ocala from up north 3 years ago (from a private Catholic school) and my son just exploded from the education he has received at Dr.NH Jones! My son was in the FLAME program and completed 8th grade algebra in 5th grade!!! I found that the school here was more advanced than up north so it was very challenging for my gifted son and he wasn't bored. The school is very hands on and they learn so much by actually doing activities. They have a fantastic Meritorious Student program that rewards kids for great behavior. I am also thrilled to say that we have never had a bad teacher!! I felt that the school is completely fair at every level and the kids are rewarded for great grades and good behavior. I have never heard a parent complain about anything! Fantastic school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

I have worked in both the business and education communities. I believe some children will do better at one school than others, and that varies with children and schools. However, both of my sons, who are very different in terms of how they learn and areas they succeed in, do extremely well at Dr. NH Jones. It is one of the most loving environments I've seen for an elementary school, and the teachers are outstanding. As a magnet school, it is not comprised of neighborhood children alone, and this lends well to geographic diversity. At the same time, the school retains a 'family' feeling to it. The principal is extremely caring and fair to ALL children and parents, not just a few. I'm extremely grateful we have a school like Dr. NH Jones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2008

This is the most wonderful school my children has ever attended. Mr. Raymond is a great leader and they have wonderful teachers and staff. I will always support this school. Way to Go! Christy Mitchell
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

This school left us with very unpleasent memories. There is alot of unfairness given. Those who have connections get the perks. Those who aren't don't recieve any benefits. The Millennium is not based on scores but district status. The regular gifted is not given the same opportunites as the Millennium. The regular tract in the upper level lacks the media making opportunites that is afforded the lower levels and the Millennium tract.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2006

I am soooo pleased with this school. My son was identified as highly gifted and this school provides a program, 'Millennium', for his level. Thank God! I had him a private school previously and kept asking for more instruction for him, but he never got it. Here, he can learn as fast as he wants. He loves it. The school specializes in Math, Science and Technology and they provide a way for the kids to learn the latest cool technology (within the public school's monetary constraints). The school is also great for the majority of students who are within the average level. I haven't met a parent yet with a complaint. Plus, the principal is very hands on and genuinely takes an interest in the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2006

The school has some great teachers. The administration has poor communication skills and lack leadership skills. They tend to tout more than they actually do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2006

A great magnet school. They have great teachers. The parent involvement is high. The principal has done a great job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2005

This is a tremendously enriched learning atmosphere. The students always seem to be doing something interesting. All the teachers I have met are motivated and pleasant. Many parents volunteer countless hours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2005

When we were moving from a nearby county and out looking for schools this school was highly recommended by parents. I have a child in their Millenium classroom and a child in a regular classroom. I am extremely happy with the choice we have made by sending our children here. My children were attending a private school before we moved to this school and the standard here is much higher and the teaching and non-teaching staff very helpful. This is an academy for science, math, technology and media and very much lives up to its name. Students get exposed to the latest in computers, media production, music and art right from kindergarten. Parents at this school are very dedicated to keep the high standards at the school. The fall festival and other year end activities are very efficiently organized and led by volunteers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2004

Dr. NH Jones is wonderful! Mr. Raymond is a very accesible and caring principal. My children get treated fairly here and receive a great education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2004

Dr. NH Jones is a great school with a good principal and dedicated teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2004

I am considering Dr. NH Jones for my oldest child who is entering Kindergarten. My child has been educated through Montessori techniques for 4 years. We are accustomed to small classrooms with lots of personal attention. I am impressed with the emphasis Dr. NHJ ones seems to place on technical skills, but I am concerned that my child will become just another kid and get lost with the hundreds of other kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2004

Our oldest son has attended Dr. NH Jones since kindergarten. His teachers have all been excellent. We now have 2 attending, both in the new Project CHILD classrooms, and feel that the school and this program goes even further in giving our children what they need, whether it is enrichment or remediation. Rotating classrooms has not been a problem, and most likely will benefit them as they progress into later grades. All teachers are involved in extracurricular activities. It is amazing the amount of after school time they put in to work on projects and festivals, etc. not to mention the great parent participation. It takes dedication on the part of the teachers, parents, and students and I think Dr. NH Jones excels in these areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2004

We closely follow the educational process of our 9 year old grand nephew who is a 3rd grader at Dr. N.H. Jones. The attention given to his 'weak areas' and the creativeness outlined in his teacher's material is incredible. Never has this child loved school and applied himself as he does at Dr. N.H. Jones. It is obvious that the staffing of Dr. N.H. Jones is such that all children benefit. The quality simply shines through. Uncle Ron


Posted January 9, 2004

We are very satisified with the type of education that our son is receiving. The teachers are fantastic and well as the principal Mr. Raymond. He is always there for the kids and the kids love him. He really impressed me when we returned from a field trip he was always there to meet everyone when they returned. He gets really involved with all the activities that go on in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

116 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
94%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 63% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
96%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

118 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
96%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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 56% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
100%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

107 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
95%

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 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 in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. 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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
99%
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 "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

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

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 64%
Black 16%
Asian 8%
Hispanic 7%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 65%63%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%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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1900 Southwest 5th Street
Ocala, FL 34471
Phone: (352) 671-7260

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