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Oakleaf Junior High School

Public | 6-8 | 1407 students

 

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Posted May 5, 2014

My school is Oakleaf Junior high school. The administration of this school is trying to keep it an A. school. That's why parents participation in the school program is very important. The teachers are very strict as far as homework and behavior are concerned
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2013

My daughter has really thrived at Oakleaf Jr High. Her grades have never been higher, and she has been very happy attending school here! The staff are always kind, courteous and professional. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2012

this school is a great school. i mean u have excellent teachers like ms. Britt and Mr. walker. i think that this school helps u a lot to achieve a lot of your short and long term goals. understanding that you have to take things day by day it also gets tough sometimes. but this school has a 0 tolerance policy on fighting and bullying. start now stay focus and finish strong the Oakleaf way. Mya freeman


Posted December 28, 2011

I have worked in several other schools throughout my teaching career. This is my favorite school. The administration cares more for the students and the education than any other school. We work together to prepare students for future academics and life. I also have 3 children who have attended and 1 more that will be educated by these outstanding professionals.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 1, 2011

I miss oakleaf junior this school is amazing! Kids are friendly, teachers care about the students and what too help there needs.Overall I had a great time at this school(:


Posted June 23, 2011

The administration will keep your child safe (that was very important to me). There is zero tolerance for fighting or any other dangerous activities. There are quite a few excellent teachers who go beyond the call of duty to make certain kids are working at a high level. Great JOB! Now, for the flies in the soup. There are a fair number of really terrible teachers hiding behind that "A" on the school and sadly, the administration has been ineffective in replacing these teachers. The administration will also block any attempts to get your child removed from the classroom of the really terrible teachers. It is policy to blame the child and not the teacher (or the process) for any struggles the student encounters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2010

Three of my children have attended Oakleaf Junior High and I must say that it gets better and better every year. The staff are great and teach to the childs level. The campus is great, clean, and functional. There are many curricular and extra curricular activities for the children to join including their clubs. The children are very respectful. I would highly recommend this school to anyone considering moving their children to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

My son is new to the school but so far I'm really unimpressed. The school seems completely disorganized. A teacher told me last night that she doesn't give a lot of homework for her class because she doesn't want to grade it all. YIKES! Student orientation would be better named "student disorientation" and the open house was a train wreck. I think the school has a lot of potential but suffers badly from a need for strong leadership and organization. Get it together Oakleaf.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2009

Great school, great academics, great parental involvement and alot of good after school activities. My son is an 8th grader at this school and I just feel he is thriving here....we are more than pleased with this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2009

its a great school its the best one my kids have been to
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2009

my 5 kids love it and the teacher are great
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2009

I Love this school because my science teacher (Ms. Orner) is teaching us about atoms and it is very interesting
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 22, 2009

I attended this school my whole junior high career, and i HATED it . It was so boring, the teachers were boring, they never really put much effort into helping you. We all had friends that attended OPJH and they always had stuff going on and okaleaf never did. I mean sure the facilites are nice but id rather have a better student body and teachers. The rules were over the top , and the locker layout was awful ! you tried not to go so you could avoid all the mess in the hallway , the lunches were so jammed full of people it took forever. And you still have to walk in lines , and the roatating schedule was rediculous, when i got to OPHS and they talked about the rotating schedule everyone laughed and said they never heard of it and how stupid it was! i HATE it
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2009

I totally disagree. My child has attended Oakleaf since it was built. The Principals all were very caring and in tune with my child. Every potential incident, concern and problem I brought to them they addressed immediately! They took the time to talk and know the students by name. They offer free tutoring here. My child had started having problems in Math and I was able to get the tutoring offered. I had gone to other tutoring facilities and was going to have to pay $250 a month for less time, Oakleaf took care of it all with just a note. My child has been honor roll every year because of this. Oakleaf also has a before and after school Y program right on the site. It allows activites without me having to transport. My child is African American, kids and faculty love my child. Great School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2009

Very ineffective leadership, lacking follow-through on discipline issues, teachers treated poorly by administrators, and parents concerns are not taken seriously. That being said, the teachers are great for the most part, except for a couple here and there, and overall, the kids are great too, except for a few bad apples who are not handled effectively. There is however, a great deal of bullying among students, and several race issues. If you have the choice, do not send your junior high girls here, they will grow up too fast! Also, the special needs kids are NOT getting what they need, and this cuts into the time teachers have to spend with their other students, but that's a problem in Clay County as a whole. Go private or Christian if you can...best of luck! Not an 'A' school at all in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2008

All sounds great if your in junior high or if your child has no learning disorder...but mine does and the school took over a year to get the FM reciever he needed and more times than I can count the teacher has forgotten it or just didn't use it. As for the principal, sure you always see him, that is till you request to talk to him. Then you get somewhere else. I will say the VP of the Elementary is GREAT...and Terri in the front office has a heart of gold. I'm hoping the next school is better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2008

I have been attending Oakleaf school for two years now i am currently in 7th grade. The school has a great academic curriculum. Most of the teachers are very patient with the children. Oakleaf also offers alot of extra curriculum activities. Oakleaf has set very high standards for their kids and the kids achieve them eagerly. This is a great school and i would reccomend it to anyone willing to put forth the effort.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2008

I think that this school is great! I have many friends and I feel very welcome and loved my everybody there. All the teachers are friendly and nice and they offer to help with anything you ask them to help you with! They also have great lunch food.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 4, 2007

This is a brand new school. It's only the second year. It was opened way before schedule because of the high demand for a school in our new community. I expected a bit of disorganization and chaos, and there was a little, but what I didn't expect was the high quality of teaching and leadership. Especially in the higher grades. There are many great, professional, caring, knowledgeable teachers. The principal is also great. His door is always open, he is out in the crosswalk every single morning greeting students and parents. There is a high learning environment , discipline and respect is enforced. My children come home from school happy everyday. They are learning, they're making friends, they feel comfortable and proud of their school. They are being challenged and motivated . We are looking forward to a great 2nd year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

this school is a very talented tp rate school. the school provides acedemic activities and even squeezes in a little fun once in a while. the students at this school are very well behaved. there has been at least only 2 fights at this school since the year begin. the principal has good leadership skills. as for the teachers they might as well be professionals because they have a very good way of getting to the students and making them behave excellent. the school provides girls and boys basketball, football, soccor, track, and wrestling. and has morning and afternoon activities such as tutoring. the school lunch is very healthy and always has low fat food. the food is also always fresh. and instead of giving soda like other schools oakleaf provides water, flavored water, lowfat juices and varieties of milk such as regular, vanilla, choclate, and strawberry and all of these are low fat.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 53% in 2014.

456 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

462 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
65%
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.

443 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

453 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%
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 47% in 2014.

368 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

484 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
63%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

485 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
61%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

477 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
72%
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 78% in 2012.

445 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
98%

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

  • 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

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n/a

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n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

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n/a

2013

 
 
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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 48%
Black 29%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 98%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 63%64%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 1%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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Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

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  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • MS. JANICE TUCKER
Fax number
  • (904) 291-2549

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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4085 Plantation Oaks Boulevard
Orange Park, FL 32065
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