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630 Florida A1A
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

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November 21, 2014
We were thinking of moving but it would require us to change to PVPV/Rawlings. I know many parents who have children there and are happy. I did not like the other parent comment stating: "the other PVB school, Ocean Palms, is doing a good job, but not great". That could not be further from the truth. OPE is a fabulous school, outstanding staff, highly educated principal and teachers, involved and supportive parents, in a kind, compassionate, loving, generous, fun and academic environment. They focus on the whole child and the community and always do service projects to help others. I love the school so much, that we won't move until all my children are finished there. We came from a private school and Ocean Palms, is the best thing that has happened to this community and our family. We are proud to call it our school. Happy kids make for successful adults. When you love school, you love leaning, and you can't lose. Please refrain from comments about "the other PVB school" and be thankful we all live in a community with such high standards on education and two rated 10 great elementary schools. Lucky kids!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2014
The school is so Deceiving..Fake Fake Fake is all I can say! This school is full of problems and Drama. Full of uneducated children who's parents just buy them off with materials and so they go to school thinking they are entitled to treat all other children bad and this school does nothing about discipline. The parents (mothers) are all snobs and think that they are the best and queens of this school. Administration does not do its job well at all. This school is pathetic! They are all an act, and full of drama. It is a shame how this school located in beautiful Ponte Vedra is a total waste. There are many, many parents in this school who share my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2014
PVPV is a school not a play center or CC. These children enrolled here for the most part have plenty of time to play and be tended to while out of school. PVPV has a focus on learning and preparation for middle school. The students coming out of PVPV are better prepared than most in the entire state. That is the job of the teachers and staff and they do it well. Many of the parents are not used to be told something different than what they think is right, perhaps because most are high achieving in their professions. Ponte Vedra mothers are never wrong and have a lot of influence in the community to make a point when they feel to do so. Teachers are in a bullseye if they are not doing as told by these mother. That makes it a challenge to teach. Regardless Ms. Furness are, Ms. Fairness as i would say, keeps everything in order and the results are proof. The other PV school Ocean Palms does a good job but not a great job.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2014
A handful of bullies in this school. Administration does absolutely nothing about this!! It is unbelievable how this school has tolerance for these children who get away with this on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
Terrible elementary school. Had to transfer my child to another school. Feel bad for the students that go there.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2013
We can all have expectations that turn into disappointments. However, I have found that when voicing concerns issues are addressed and rectified. My children were nurtured and equipped with a love of reading that will stay with them throughout their years.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
Unsatisfactory School. This school is fake in everyway. Most teachers and administrations are all about their looks and money. Poor attention to students and the real issues that go on in this school. I totally agree with the real reviews below unlike the ones that were written by the teachers helpers and administration.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2013
Poor Discipline in this school. Needs a make over with New Administration and Principle. Doesn't have Priorities in check! This school is all about FCAT scores and the rest down the drain.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
We moved to Ponte Vedra 6 years ago and chose our home based on the location of this school. St. Johns Co. schools are ranked #1 in the state and PVPV is ranked #6 in the State. The leadership here is outstanding. Kathleen Furness, the principal, is one the most professional, caring, motivating, and strategic leaders I have ever met - in both business and education sectors. She works seemlessly with the staff, the County, the State, the parents, the PTO , and the community to get her school all it needs to be the best. At times there are between 700-850 applications sent in for a single open teaching position so the school has the opportunity to hire the very best. My 13 year old went to PVPV from 1-5th grade and has since gone to a highly academic private middle school. She was the only PVPV student to go to this new school and in her 6th grade evaluation, they saidshe was THE MOST prepared child to enter their middle school that year. I credit PVPV with getting her to that point. I can't say enough great things about this school. Get involved, be flexible, and communicate in a positive/constructive way and you will have a terrific experience as well.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
PVPV Rawlings is providing a wonderful learning environment for my children. My children are fully engaged in the learning process, thanks to the excellent teaching skills of faculty. Reading is a top priority, as evidenced by my kid's reading ability. The principal runs the school effectively and is able to plan for and implement school priorities, while also handling immediate school needs that may arise. The PTO brings in extra funding to keep this school up-to-date with curriculum, technology, safety and other needs that may arise. There are many volunteer opportunities at the school, providing families with a great way to get involved in their child's education.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
Our school is one amazingly enriched environment. From the highly skilled teachers, the print rich atmosphere and the technologically advanced classroom the students are surrounded by outstanding education. The students engage in hands on experiences and higher level thinking activities. As a parent, I am impressed by the safety measures in the school and the amazing opportunities that my child is afforded daily. The loving environment is safe and nurturing. The families donate time, talents, and energy toward improvements yearly. This is one well run place and it produces great leaders and leathers.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
Ponte Vedra Palm Valley- Rawlings Elementary School is a model of excellence in teaching, student involvement, technology in the classroom, parent involvement and community partnerships.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
Our family moved to St. Johns County 2 years ago based upon the reputation of the school district, and PVPV/Rawlings has met every expectation for a fantastic elementary school and then some. The teachers are top-notch, and the school is run as a forward-thinking, creative business as well as an educational platform. The children at this school receive innovative and fresh technology, media, and learning tools that compete with any new school, hands-down. We are thrilled with our experience at PVPV/Rawlings, and proudly endorse the school and the entire staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
this school has more kids in portables than they know what to do with their scores while ok for florida are not good compared to the national scores...

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
AWESOME!! It is the best place for a great education1 Terrrific involved PTO, community supporters and staff!! WE moved to St. John's County when we moved to Florida after looking at the school first. Definately the best!!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
I am welcomed in my child's classroom, the teachers are highly responsive, and twice-per-year conferences for all students ensure a constant parent-teacher-child loop. As a teacher at another school, I can confidently speak to the amazing environment of PV Rawlings. I have had two children move through this school, and each unique teacher has been a gift to our family. My kids have formed MANY down-to-Earth friendships, and I have not experienced the snobbery mentioned in previous comments. We are highly blessed to be at PV Rawlings.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2013
My daughter is about to start her 4th year at PVPV Rawlings and we have had nothing but a great experience there. As with any school, there are some "just OK" teachers, but most are fabulous. Teachers WANT to work in St Johns County and at PVPV/Rawlings, so they are able to pick from the best. The administration, although maybe not warm and fuzzy, are responsive and available. As a parent, there are many opportunities to get involved and it's definitely encouraged by the school. Although it's a large school, I never felt like my daughter was just a number. The 2 campuses give it a smaller feel and make it easier to manage the 1200 kids who attend. I've read some negative reviews, but from our experience over the past few years, my opinion and the opinion of all of my friends and neighbors is that PVPV/Rawlings is a great school overall.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
Best school ever. My daughter loves going to school. Thats something I was never able to say. The teachers are very caring. You could not pick a better school than this one.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2013
This school is only focused on it's scores and not on the students themselves. They don't do anything about bullying, correcting teachers or making sure your child is getting what they need to be successful. They need a certain number of successful students to keep up their scores and the rest they brush under the mat. If you try to work with them to get them to help your child, they will do anything and everything to push you out of their school. They don't care if they sacrifice your child as long as their overall scores are high. So if your child is above level, you will be catered to. If you have a ton of money to donate in addition, you will have the best of it all. If your child is average or below, find another school because you will all lose if your child attends here.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2012
It appears Furness has one of her cronies posting on her behalf. Be very careful if it rains you may drown. A Fortune 500 community? In case you haven't noticed PVPV is not a business it's an educational facility supported by tax payer dollars. Queen Bee should redirect her focus on improving the methods of teaching and less on getting her hands in your pocket. Will parents be privy to the survey results?

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2012
All of my kids went through PVPV and the experience was excellent. Teachers ranged from average to excellent, with none below average. While some were exceptional, none were below average. The principal was superb. While we had few reasons to see her, the times we did were always a good experience with problems solved quickly and appropriately. She knew all the kids, and all the situations common to the school. She's one of the best administrators I've come across. Parental involvement was great and enthusiastic, adding much to the capacity of teachers to teach. Overall, PVPV is an example of excellent public education and for my kids, a great experience. I can highly recommend the school and believe it is the equivalent of the best of the private schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2012
The "Queen Bee" needs to go! She has crossed the line and runs the school like she is the CEO of a fortune 500 company and not a principle of an elementary school with actual real life children. She does not take kindly to any interaction with parents unless you are writing her a check (or are male-she seems to react to the dads (; ). She says the child is placed in the classroom "based on academics" and "does not take in account what the teachers say or what the parents say". However, in my experience and many others that is not the case. The kids are thrown into a classroom that their sibling had-not always the best choice as all kids are different. Unless your child places well on the FCAT or is very outgoing it's very possible that your child will fall through the cracks. If you choose this school PAY ATTENTION and be prepared for a battle! On the positive side, most teachers are great and most kids and parents love them. My advice is to work with the teacher first and foremost and hopefully the issue can be resolved without Mrs. Furness. If not, don't give in and be tough, thorough and to the point. I have a feeling there will be a change soon-parents have had enough!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2012
Poor leadership. Staff is rude and lack organization and follow through. The principal is most concerned about preserving her position than providing good leadership.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
This school has potential but suffers from an unauthentic principal and an unhelpful front office. Most teachers are o.k., but way too much emphasis is placed on the FCAT. If it's in your budget, I suggest you seek out private schools in the area; there are a few excellent choices.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2012
I am amazed at the education that my children are receiving at this school. EXCELLENT SCHOOL! Top notch. St Johns County has the top schools in the state of FL and it shows. I am very impressed with our first year here!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
I agree with the reviews here. While this school used to be wonderful, its gone downhill under a grim, scores-oriented principal. It's almost funny that all things fun have been deemed "unsafe" by the principal, no more 5th grade trips, field trips outside campus are rare (they bring the field trip to school), no family fall festival, no navy helicopter landing to celebrate giving program, its all gone. Principal has major problem with bullying in cafeteria and on playground Her answer is to show movies during lunch, and to refuse to meet with parents whose kids are being bullied. Volunteers are overly involved helicopter moms who don't like anyone new or different, their kids get the good teachers and the rest of us struggle by with teachers who scream. But if you really want to experience what PV has to offer, go to the Rawlings front office where the most unwelcoming office staff possible will inform you that the principal isn't available, nor do they know when she will be available. Even though its a public school,donations are expected and requested often yet $100,000 technology donation was deemed obsolete by principal 10 months after its purchase. new leader, please!!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2012
Absolutely unimpressed by this school. Very little contact with classroom teacher (no newsletter, no emails) and my child who previously loved school now hates it. The school itself has been quite uninviting since the word go. My child transferred in October and the registration process was awful. No tour, no meeting the principal, etc. Made to feel quite unwelcome. Avoid this school if you can!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
Administration and Most Teachers are more focused on themselves and money than in the students themselves. Fake and hypacrital as well. Only care about fcat and school statistics as well, rather than focused on all childrens individual needs.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2010
My two daughters attended PVPV and received an excellent education. The teachers are warm and caring. However, the principal and most of the front office staff are simply rude and unprofessional. The principal needs training on how to speak and interact with both parents and students. Many parents feel the same way.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2010
In general, the teachers here are very good. Unfortunately, they are shackled by a cold & rigid administration & cater to the politically connected. The principal, Kathleen Furness, is more concerned about her career than the needs of the individual children she serves.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Because the education there is very good. I've seen students who are there very culturally diverse and wanted to help others that cannot help themselves. The staff is very good

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
The teachers, the resources and the support staff. It's all good!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Teachers are great and a very solid curriculum. We are so happy

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
The thing I like most about my school is how much success we have with parents' involvement. Hands on is the key to a child's education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2009
My daughter transfered from Chets Creek 2 months into first grade. She was miserable and struggled daily with reading and writing until she entered PVPV. Without the guidance and education provided by her new teacher, Ms. Osburn, my daughter would have continued to suffer academically.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2008
Outstanding school. We have two children attending and we are extremely satisfied with the teachers, curriculum and leadership.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 13, 2007
Our daughter began kindergarten the same year as the principal, Kathleen Furness, began leading PV-PV/Rawlings. We have had children in the school ever since. We have been blessed by the wonderful teachers at the school, and so many of them have shown a genuine love for our children.Our two girls were very prepared for middle school when they graduated from Rawlings.The academic standards are high, with a heavy focus on reading. While they are forced to teach to the FCAT, contrary to a review below, we have not experienced the school being 'singularly focused' on FCAT testing. The students are prepared, but they have many, many experiences that are not FCAT related. The office staff is caring, kind and extremely helpful. Out of our children's 17 placements, we only had one experience (1999) that was not positive (and that teacher is no longer there).A great school and staff!! Patti O'Shea

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2007
We have been highly disappointed in this school. The school is singularly focused on FCAT testing and does not provide a well rounded education. Geography, Science, History are all areas where the school borders on neglect. Self discipline is not emphasized, instead reward systems are over used.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2006
The teachers are very nurturing, but the principal is more interested in politics than the children. I find this sad and upsetting.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2005
PV-PV is an outstanding school where the principal takes an interest in every child individually, first by ensuring that they are placed with the teacher best suited to their unique needs, then by closely tracking their progress. The second grade PACE (gifted) program is exceptional in providing those students with the addiditonal challenge they need. However, more attention should be taken to enhance the first grade PACE or gifted program, currently only one hour per week.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2004
A very positive learning environment with excellent facilities and support. However the quality of staff varies greatly and at times can be an unpleasant situation for some students should they be unfortunate as to draw on of the less gifted teachers. The teachers are prone to want to have easy street and have all students fall within a performance and behaviour structure thereby not requiring any significant adaptation to situations and or students. Those teachers who go out of their way to help students are recognized only by parents who are thankful their children were so fortunate to have these teachers. Those teachers who are not willing to take the extra time to assist students face no repercussions whatsoever and diminish the school as a whole. Luckily there are only a handful in this school and hopefully your child will avoid them entirely.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2004
This is an excellent school, with quality programs for students.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2004
This is by far the best school my child has ever attended. The teachers are very involved in their students, and keep parents very informed! This school raises the bar on safety for the students which makes me feel very at ease when my child is there. Bravo to the teachers and staff!

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2004
This is a school that consistantly goes above and beyond the call of duty. It's hard to find a school that works with both child and parent equally. Quite the possitive change from Gwinnett County Schools in Metro Atlanta, GA which is where we moved from in September. It's not always easy to be the new student and M.K. Rawlings (a division of P.V.P.V) made the change very easy on my daughter. The students as well as faculty welcomed her with open arms. It was amazing to see how much further ahead academically Saint Johns County was compared to where we moved from.

- submitted by a parent
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Ponte Vedra Palm Valley- Rawlings Elementary School
630 Florida A1A, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL  32082
(904) 547-8570
Last modified Ponte Vedra Palm Valley- Rawlings Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ponte Vedra Palm Valley- Rawlings Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top