My husband and I have a blended family, so I was originally on this site to leave a review of another school. But, when I saw most of the reviews of Bartram are two or three years old, I felt as if I should give a more recent review here as well. First off, the over crowding issue a couple of parents mentioned back in 2014 has still not been addressed by the school district and has gotten much worse in the past couple of years. Not enough seats at lunch, not enough school books to go around, and it took them forever to provide enough lockers for students this year due to over crowding. I am not quite sure why the school board thinks that's acceptable, but it isn't! One would think that an "A Rated" school would be on top of issues like this, but they aren't. Most focus by the local school board seems to be directed toward elementary schools, which is fine of course, but those students do age and go on to high schools that are not properly equipped. About half the teachers are simply "acceptable," while the other half aren't acceptable in the slightest....... especially math and science teachers who literally are more lost than the students they are teaching. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the St Johns County School District starts addressing over crowding issues in the HIGH SCHOOLS (not just the elementary schools and middle schools). My kids spend most of their days in portables where it's hot and uncomfortable, and they're taught by teachers who are just there for the paycheck, not to make a difference in a student's life. As I mentioned previously, my husband and I have a blended family of children of all age groups and going to various schools, so we tend to see a lot of what's going on in this district, and it isn't good! We moved here from the Duval district because of St Johns's County's high ratings, but have watched it go down hill drastically the past few years!
Bartram Trail has great teachers that seem to actually care about your learning. Many teachers go out of their way to make sure you understand the material, having help sessions in the mornings before school or after. The students are friendly and there is a huge sense of community involvement when it comes to the school's sports. There are also many different options for courses to take. Bartram is well kept and I have enjoyed my experience as a student here!
So far, Bartram Trail High School has been awful. I'll be more specific: Apparently, the institution is so overworked and overcrowded, it's nearly impossible to get a counseling appointment just to register. In the meanwhile, as the clock ticks closer to the first day of school, you're left completely in the dark. Banned from attending orientation with no options to properly prepare your child, a half-hearted, last minute micro-orientation "might" be an option for those who are forced to wait to register. As a military family, we have enough ground under our feet to decipher good from not-so-ideal schools and there are red flags flying all over Bartram . The administration is curt and uncaring and it seems the principal struggles with effective planning strategies. I'll provide an update and amend the rating (if appropriate) once my student is actively attending... But it will be solely on the teachers and curriculum to turn this review around... Should be interesting since a review of the course catalog leaves MUCH to be desired.
The only thing this school has that means anything is it's football program. The teachers do not care about the students, the AFJROTC program is pathetic, and the school has a huge drug problem that no one is doing anything about.
Limited Programs: This district no longer has a gifted program K-12, and offers no gifted services in high school. FCAT scores and rankings trump children's individual learning needs. Families used to move to this district for their gifted program, but now gifted children's needs are disregarded K-12.
I started at bartram in ninth grade and i am currently in my senior year. I cam here after attending a Catholic grade school for ten years so I knew no one when i started. Students were very welcoming and I made friends in no time although sports helped with that. The teachers are well educated and the curriculum is challenging if you apply yourself and enter the more difficult of classes. The teachers are helpful and always give oppertunities to help students but the the front office and administration is less then desirable. They take a "help yourself" approach. all-in-all a great school!
The teachers are excellent, although the administration leaves a lot to be desired. Students and teachers alike are frustrated with the principal, yet continue to do their best to get a quality education.