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!
Poor leadership. Staff is rude and lack organization and follow through. The principal is most concerned about preserving her position than providing good leadership.
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.
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!
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Outstanding school. We have two children attending and we are extremely satisfied with the teachers, curriculum and leadership.
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
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.
The teachers are very nurturing, but the principal is more interested in politics than the children. I find this sad and upsetting.
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.
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.
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