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Saint Johns, FL
Students enrolled: 1,068

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2316 Race Track Road
Saint Johns, FL 32259

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May 04, 2015
My 2nd grader has been blessed with some very good dedicated teachers. From Ms Meadows in K, Mrs Adams in 1st and Mrs Kirby in 2nd grade.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2014
The new Common Core Curriculum is a nightmare. I wish Florida had not taken the money, and instituted this awful thing Homework is going on for 2 hours. My daughter is crying and frustrated. The math is more like a paragraph/ cruel riddle that indirectly asks the actual math question. A disaster. The teachers cannot possibly be happy, with the risk of losing their jobs due to possibility of students scores/too low. Pressure on our students is going to be much worse than the FCats. Common Core is a Socialist form of Education. Many of the books are incorrect when it comes to important things like details of our History. Our children are having to answer personal questions on some of the tests. i.e. Do your parents get along? Do you have fire arms in your home? 11 and 12 year olds are being asked on tests what they think about Lesbian/Gay issues Its here! The dumbing down of our Children, right here in Saint Johns County Schools

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2014
Transportation DOES NOT EXIST. I sit in the pick up and drop off parent LINES FOR HOURS. If your child has a LD, this is NOT the place for you. They cannot help you, they won't. Teachers ( several) in 4th grade DO NOT CARE. KIds are very nice. School is clean and well done. Education, FORGET IT

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2014
In response to the person's response to the review dated Dec 13, their statement is false and was posted under false assumptions. I have one student in gifted and the other is in the "general population," so I am not speaking strictly to the gifted program. At times my general population child has more work than that of my child in the gifted program, but there are still high expectations and a variety of assignments for both. I am not blowing smoke - I've been in several elementary schools and JCE ranks at the top.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2014
Do not put you child in this school if they have a learning disability. They will not help much and will make you do all the teaching.

- submitted by a teacher
December 22, 2013
In response to the prior review, this parent is speaking strictly regarding the gifted program. Your child's academic experience within the general student population at JCE won't be anywhere close to this stellar.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2013
I have read so many reviews admonishing this school based upon their focus on the FCAT that I am compelled to respond. This is a great school, and among the best you'll find in Northeast Florida (we moved from Duval county and our kids have attended 3 elementary schools in the last 5 years). My kids are challenged each day with assignments way outside the FCAT realm. They are reading 200-page books with written questions to check understanding, diving into history by reading biographies, and giving oral reports based on interviewing military veterans to create posters to honor them on Veteran's Day. They are tasked with doing science experiments at home, including using recycled items to create a boat with some form of propulsion. These kinds of tasks are fertilizing little minds to help them grow in their understanding of the world around them, to fuel their curiosity, and to equip them to be critical thinkers. The goal is to do well on the FCAT, but I have found that it is balanced with the mission of educating our children. Florida has tied financial penalties and rewards based upon test results, so it will always be important, but at Julington Creek it isn't the MOST important.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
First the pros: 1) some really good, caring teachers/staff who actually do their jobs; 2) the asst. principal is smart and hardworking; 3) the resource teachers (art, music, computer) are passionate & it shows; 4) high parental involvement = mostly decent kids & higher levels of achievement. Now the cons: 1) Adm. & PTO are both VERY political; 2) parental involvement seems to be waning in recent years; 3) some teachers are burnt out,/unconcerned/otherwise mediocre; 3) agree w/others, the principal blows off parental concerns. It's still better than a lot of schools out there, but for St. Johns County, probably average.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
We moved from another state and my daughter has attended a few different schools. I was looking for someplace to settle in and found the high ratings for this school. It is only the beginning of the year and I am so disappointed already. They may have good test scores but all they do is teach for the test. The teacher nearly said as much during curriculum night. Their transportation is a nightmare. I have had a safety concern and went to the principal and transportation with no results. I've made sure to put everything in writing to leave a paper trail. The principal couldn't even pull the correct information out of my letter to provide to the transportation dept. Good thing he is not taking the FCAT this year. Our teach admitted to barely knowing how to send email let alone update her webpage. She voiced multiple times how busy she is with her own life and my daughter reports her taking cell phone calls frequently during class. This may be a dream school for some who have nothing to compare it to. However, I am most disappointed and may even move in the middle of the year if I am able to find something better. Poor resource classes as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2013
Very disappointing. Several poor teachers and the administration turns a blind eye despite complaints from multiple sources. They don't care about the children or their eduction. Their only focus is the FCAT scores. They are more concerned about teaching to the test instead of teaching them what they actually need to be successful. Unfortunately, the children lose out on a quality education while the administration wastes time playing games or just completely ignoring the issues. The administration is very political - they tell you what you want to hear but don't actually do anything to help the children. Nothing but excuses and poor attitudes. Pathetic that they call themselves educators and advocates for children when all they are truely concerned about is their own hidden agendas. Sad that this is supposed to be one of the top schools in the area. Highly recommend looking anywhere but here.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
Admin is EXTREMELY political. This school works very well until you dare to have a problem. And may God be with you if you do have a problem. Not only will your problem go unresolved, everyone from teachers to admin not involved in your issue will know about it. I agree with the reviewer who said the principal is a poor problem-solver. Not only is he a poor problem-solver, he is very unprofessional in the way he handles problems. If you are one of their 'favorite' parents, your child will get all the best teachers (You need only look through the yearbook to see this unfortunate pattern.) But if you are not, your child will get the scraps. If you are someone who can smile when there is a problem and pretend it isn't an issue, then this is the perfect school for you. If you are a fierce advocate for your child, I strongly suggest you go elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2013
Disappointing first year. Fifth grade teachers make it very clear that they do not want parent involvement. Administration does not follow through. Cafeteria workers are harsh. PE teacher sarcastic and music teacher shrill. I agree with posts that topics are rushed through and not given proper attention when a child needs extra help.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2013
This is our 1st year at JCE, & I was excited b/c of the good rep, but my actual experience has been disappointing. PROS: parent & Community involvement, nice clean facilities, active PTO, safe environment, friendly staff. CONS: academics geared toward the average ( my son is bored & is clearly not being challenged), the admin & PTO are very political (don't get on their bad side or else), not good communication home from teacher ( if I do not reach out I am left in the dark), I had some concerns about the discipline in the class and felt I was given the brush off (later I heard from my son it had improved, but the teacher didn't tell me that she had addressed my concerns. I think she wants me to stay out of her way.) Teachers are very worried about assessments like the FCAT (this is a problem statewide in FL public schools.) My son has encountered the "mean girl" phenomenon, and I do not think a strong emphasis is placed on moral teaching (I think the school relies on the parents for this which works because of the nice community, but there is little reinforcement at the school.) It's not THAT bad, but we are strongly considering switching to private.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
I have to say that where no school is perfect, this one STRIVES for it. Mr. Story is an amazing principal. He truly cares for the students. My daughter does not warm up to men and she ADORES him! We have had some major issues with the school, but in the end we wouldn't dream of moving our children to any other school. Mr. Story is always willing to work on the solution to any problem. I have seen first hand how big of a difference that can make in the academic and social success of a child.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2012
My youngest child (of three) is now in 4th grade and has attended JCE since Kindergarten. Overall, we have been very pleased with her education, as well as the special services that are provided. My daughter is in the gifted program. The school and the district go out of their way to ensure that each child has an individualized plan of instruction. As a parent, I couldn't ask for more from a public school. This school is large for an elementary school with over 1,000 students. Great teachers. Very involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2011
This school is the reason we moved to this community. The academic quality exceeds most private schools and provides a nurturing environment that my 7 and 9 year old children flourish in. Every teacher we have had goes out of their way to communicate how our child is progressing and how we can help them improve. Daily email are almost the standard for each teacher. They share pictures, activity updates and every parent is ALWAYS invited to participate to the extent their schedules permit. I can not imagine a more ideal setting for my children to grow both academically and socially!

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2011
I have two children who just complete their first year at JCE. We LOVED it. No school is perfect, but I can tell you that my 4th grader has been in three previous schools (two private and one public), and JCE is her favorite. My Kindergartener grew by leaps and bounds, both academically and socially. My kids have a great deal of enthusiasm and school spirit, and I truly believe it is due the warm and caring attitude we have experienced from both the staff AND the teachers. I hope we never have to leave.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2011
The attitude the staff show is absolutely bewildering. I have nieces and nephews who attend this school and I thought this school was a great school for my child to start at, but I was proven wrong. They lack in giving you information on how your child is doing. They just smile through their teeth and say "Oh, they are such a sweet child." Then when my child comes home, I hear from them that the teacher didn't let them play. They sat on the floor next to them while the other kids played. It makes me very angry to know that they can treat a 6 year old like that. When I ask how my child is doing I want to know the good the bad and the ugly. They're treated just their like herd,they teach them nothing. We send them to school and all they do is eat and play(thank goodness for at least that). The teachers have no interest in these kids they only care about going to work and getting paid. When the day is done they look relived to leave. When I was in elementary school my teacher showed love and compassion for not only the children but for teaching as well. Something Julington Creek Elementary School is lacking very much.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
Julington Creek Elementary is truly an exceptional school. The staff focuses on the fundamentals of education and provides a nurturing environment for students to excel. The level of parental involvement is exceptionally high, which only re-enforces what is taught in the classroom is also complimented at home. I am fortunate that my child attends this school and looking forward to my youngest attending in the near future.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
Julington Creek Elementary is an exceptional center of learning. The teachers and staff are dedicated to providing the best academic education possible to the K-5th grade students attending there, as well as life lessons and what it means to be a good person. They know that character counts and a sense of community and responsibilty makes all the difference. Community service projects abound; food and clothing drives, spending time with the elderly, collecting for the Humane Society, mentoring programs, Relay for Life, Jump Rope for Heart, these are all part of the fiber that makes up Julington Creek Elementary. Art work jumps off the walls, chorus and band music drift down the hallways, physical endurance is tested, books fly off the media center shelves, academic excellence is achieved; children and adults alike are challanged daily to be the very best they can be. It is truly a magical place.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
We have the best teachers around!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Julington Creek Elementary has the BEST teachers. I have 2 boys and both have wonderful, loving, caring, and highly intelligent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
One of the top rated Elementary schools in Florida! So blessed my children are fortunate enough to go there!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2009
Strong administration does matter. I would not have thought so when my son was in K. The administration at JCE is making a real effort to improve. It's a tough job and Mr. Story has grown into his role at principal. The school will continue to improve. With the budget shortfall, it has gained a focus that it did not have - - - that is true of our own household. We will have many happy memories as we move on to Fruit Cove Middle School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 10, 2008
Julington Creek Elementary has the most amazing teachers! I love how they work together and each contribute their own unique style.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
Although construction has given the school some challenges, JCE's leadership team has tried to meet the needs of all. I love the new safety measures put in place and feel our children are safer than before. We also love the new math enrichment program that has been put in to place to challenge our child. Many times my child is overlooked becuase he will do just fine in the general education class and there are others in need of more direct attention. It is nice to see enrichment activities put in place versus the normal remediation practices.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2008
I second the issue with administration, the school no longer has a strong positive leadership and it is showing with staff morale. The construction has been a nightmare and instead of actively trying to find a solution the administration is ignoring and squelching complaints from parents and staff. I don't expect tremendous change until the administration realizes their most important asset is their teachers. A shiny new cafetorium is wonderful but the knowledge served up daily is where their concern should be focused. Mr. Story this isn't OZ, this is a school with issues that need to be addressed, pay attention before the children pay for your lack of leadership.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2007
As a transplanted northerner, I was skeptical about FL schools. I have been blown away by JCE! The teachers, administration and staff are ALL outstanding. My children have enjoyed every of minute of education at JCE. They are treated with respect, expectation and love. Teachers utilize the latest technology and are continually educating themselves to increase active participation of the students. Our kids LOVE FCAT week because they are so well prepared and the teachers make it fun, not daunting! Teachers are fair-expecting their students to try their hardest and do their best. There is no favoritism, no cliques at any grade level. Everyone is treated equal and fairly. I, personally, couldn't have picked better teachers than what JCE has to offer. I wish my kids could stay here for all 12 years!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2007
I am a very involved parent at this school and have major concerns regarding the adminstration here. Overall it is a great school when it comes to the teachers with the exception of a few who are too strict and inflexible. The problem arises when one encounters these teachers and try to find a solution with the Principal. He is very teacher supportive and leaves little room for parent's conerns in these instances. There are many parents who have encountered same problem with Principal and teachers here. Also this administration has a habit of hiding issues from parents and the school district to the kids detriment. Great parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2006
This school has great parent involvement. The kids really excell with all the attention. The new principal, Mr. Story, is great. They really challenge the kids academically. The art program was great also. I heard over and over about the wonderful music teacher also.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2005
JCE is a wonderful school! The teachers and staff are among the best. Parent involvement is incredible. Truly an A+ school!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2005
Academics and parent involvement take center stage here. Extracurricular activites are readily available, as are educational enrichment activities such as foreign language and computers. Only concern: Poor drop-off and pick-up routine.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2004
My son transferred to Julington Creek Elementary in October and we could not be happier! The Principal, Teachers and Staff are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Julington Creek is a fantastic school. I have 3 children currently enrolled. A 3rd grader and 2 1st graders. The teachers and staff truly care for the well-being of their students. My children constantly amaze me with the things they accomplish in their classes at JCE.

- submitted by a parent

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Julington Creek Elementary School
2316 Race Track Road, Saint Johns, FL  32259
(904) 547-7980
Last modified Julington Creek 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.
Julington Creek Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top