Terrible elementary school. Had to transfer my child to another school. Feel bad for the students that go there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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