We have 3 children enrolled here. One @ PVPV and two @ Rawlings. Have found staff, teachers, administrators all to be excellent. The extra resources are a bonus. Additional subjects, too, like art, music, etc. seem to have very qualified teachers, as well. My kids love it and they are all doing well. The focus from the teachers seems to be preparing the kids to be successful, especially as they prepare them for middle school. The only thing I notice is that other parents don't seem to put in the time and effort to ensure that their kiddos do their homework. Kind of surprising that the parents aren't as hands-on as I would expect.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.