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4100 Race Track Road
Saint Johns, FL 32259

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October 25, 2013
Durbin creek is a outstanding school. My son is not a reader! Hates it, to say the least. The school is very aware of his struggle with reading. While I really hate hearing about the things my son is not good at, I do like the fact they take notice and take couple of steps to help. The school does have a great extended program ran my Ms PVH & she is awesome with the students. I would personally like to see more educational after school courses offered. My daughter is the opposite, she can read 10 books in a week, however needs extra help with other subjects. With two working parents it is very difficult to find tutoring or extra help. Opition extra academic could help the students & PTO.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2013
Came from a different school district two and a half years ago. When moving to the area we researched schools and bought in our neighborhood so our child could go to Durbin Creek. The first year was wonderful, had a first year teacher who was excited and my child really enjoyed herself and learned a lot plus a terrific principal. The second year was again pretty good with another 1st year teacher but not the same enthusiasm as the 1st teacher and a change in pricipal seemed to have a negative impact on how the things happened at the school. Year three has been disappointing to say the least. The teacher is out quite a bit. My child complains they don't go to recess on time and they don't do much of the mileage club, which she loves (still getting good grades though). Teacher three is running the FCAT drill which really makes me wonder in the long haul what my child is missing from her education. The principal has been non-responsive with concerns I've had, however, the assistant principal deserves kudos with how she handles issues. They do have an extended day program as well as after school programs that are outstanding. Just love the staff who run the programs.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2012
I have put two kids through Durbin Creek Elementary and my third child has two years left. It seems that many of the negative comments are coming from parents whose children are in transition from other places because I have had a very positive experience. I can't spend a lot of time at the school, but I communicate regularly with the teachers and find them very responsive. Some teachers were a little heavy with the homework, but we survived. My children have been well prepared and are doing very well in middle and high school. The FCAT is a pain and it bunches the school year unnecessarily, but we all know why it started...parents complaining that kids were being promoted who couldn't read or write and we got a one size fits all solution. The budgets have been hurt by the decrease in property values, but the district seems to have been quite responsible in handling that.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
I would have to agree with the previous posters. Although an 'A' school according to 'objective' standards, the sole focus of the school is on FCAT scores and making the grade. Teachers, who could be fantastic, are made into data recorders. The content in math and literature is watered down and nonsensical, the majority of questions come in the form of low level multiple choice prompts. My child is only asked to bubble in answers to most math questions rather than to actually obtain an answer. Many of the questions can be answered correctly by a child who is need of serious remedial help. The FCAT scores give an illusion of true learning, but in reality represent a lowering of the bar. In addition, most of the focus is spent on the students who have not yet met grade level FCAT standards, but are able to meet them with ease. Those who have the skills already languish in a environment full of testing and re-testing. Those in need of assistance get a some extra assistance, but would probably benefit more from a richer environment where testing wasn't the sole purpose. On a more positive not, there are some wonderful kind teachers here, if only they were more free.to actually teach.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
We moved to Durbin Creek from another in county school, and I am very disappointed. It is BEYOND overcrowded, there are the annex in the back, where at one point we witnessed a trial run of a severe weather drill that took more than 20 minutes to get the annex children into the halls of the original building. It feels cold and unfriendly. Seems to be more focus on PTO than anything.My daughter has always been a wonderful student. She LOVED school, had wonderful marks on her report card, and great feedback from her teacher. This year was completely different. She had several not good marks on her report card, her teacher didn't seem to care much for her, and they were treated more like soldiers than students. She got up many days sayinghtat she didn't want to go to school, that her teacher wasn't nice, that she wanted to stay home, etc. We made sure to ask that this wasn't a problem such as bullying, and she said no- it is simply the class and the teacher. It made me so sad to see her lose her zest for learning. She no longer likes to read anymore, and 3 out of 5 nights a week were spent with her in TEARS over the amount of homework she had. I really hope next year is better.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2011
I did not love the first year we have been there. My daughter is in Kindergarten and I have felt that the school was not a happy environment. They even make the kids sit boy/ girl in the cafeteria during their only free period that they are allowed to have a friend to talk to. My daughter is a good student and never got in trouble, but the children around her did and it brought her spirit way down. She spent many mornings not wanting to go to school and saying it wasn't a fun place to be. In my opinion Kindergarten should still be a lot of play, happiness and fun. There is a lot of life left for seriousness. There are also MANY ways to be taught to learn through playing and having a good time doing it. We are looking into other alternatives for first grade.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2011
This school is overall a great environment for children. But, if you have a child with ESE needs, the ESE program is understaffed, underfunded and the environment is very difficult on the kids. I had to pull my son out of the school and put him in a private school due to the bad experiences and his diminishing confidence. Without the proper funding and teacher assistance, this won't change. My daughter still attends and is finishing up her first year. It is a bit sad to see that the kids are pretty much spending the last three months reviewing the year and the kids are really bored. We should be pushing our children to achieve and learn more. To me, this is the greatest problem with public schools today. We settle for the minimum standards.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
Excellent school - uses differentiation to teach to each student. The parent involvement is second to none! The principal is a fantastic leader!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
THe staff, the teachers and the parents truly work together for the benefit of all the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
They have some of the best teachers in Jacksonville, FL!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
The teachers and staff are wonderful!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
everything about the school is great...I have one older child that has moved on and one starting kindergarten this year. I was very impressed with the tour and the kindergarten classrooms....

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Durbin Creek is an amazing school with a wonderful PTO, fantastic staff and great families!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Dubin is a fabulous school! I have a handicapped child and they meet all of his needs! What a great place with great Teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Durbin Creek is an amazing school. The teachers and staff are supportive and caring. Everyone works in the best interest of the children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
The Teachers/Staff are dedicated and focused on the needs of their students and promote parent involvement. Students are challenged to do their best, demonstrate character and are recognized and praised for it.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
The teachers and staff makes Durbin Creek a great School!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Very helpful with assisting with the education of a child with disabilities. Very friendly and understanding staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
It's a wonderful elementary school that has caring teachers & parents. Most of the children that attend live in the same neighborhood so it's easy to have friendships.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Durbin Creek Elementary is an awesome school that strives to meet every kids learning needs. They also strive to create a fun learning environment with really cool activities such as 'Snow Day'

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
You can't find a better elementary school in St. Johns County. The teachers are dedicated to seeing students succeed in any way they can. Parent involvement is stellar, and our PTO supports the school in so many ways. Students are challenged to do their best, believe in themselves, and demonstrate character. Technology use is highly valued and infused throughout the curriculum. The Durbin mascot - an Explorer, is appropriate through and through.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 27, 2010
My daughter is in 3rd grade at DCE. I have loved every teacher she has had. They are exception and go above and beyond to help the children excel. These teachers truly care about the children and helping them learn to the best of their abilities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Durbin is all around top notch in every area. The school has wonderful technology and the curriculum meets the needs of each student. The parent support and special programs really help the students and school excel. The administration keeps an open door to teachers and parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Top elementary school in Florida! Great teachers, great staff, great kids!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
The level of talent and commitment at Durbin Creek is AWESOME! My son is receiving the greatest elementary education in the state!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Parents are so involved and teacher strive for the best for the children.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
We've been with Durbin Creek Elementary since it opened and we love it. The parents care, the teachers care and the administration cares!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
because it does an excellent job at making my daughter feel comfortable, welcome and to feel as brilliant as she can possibly be!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
Durbin Creek is a wonderful school with a great Principal and a fantastic team of teachers who a committed to helping our children achieve the highest goals. We are an 'A' school with excellent standardized test scores. Our PTO is awesome and is doing a great job of promoting our school and helping our teachers meet their needs for teaching our kids. I think we have the best students, parents, teachers and administration that any school could have!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
The teachers and administration at Durbin Creek Elementary are dedicated to providing the best education to every single child that attends. I feel strongly that my child is receiving the very best education. I love the accountability and responsiblity of everyone to assure our children are learning every day!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
It is a school supported by a family-like community where everyone from teachers, parents, and local business come together on a regular basis to support the youth of our future. Having been around schools all my life, I have to say Durbin Creek has fantastic chemistry.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Principal Dr. Falaney runs a tight ship at this school. All the staff are so caring and educated to keep our kids on top of their scholastic game! The envioronment kept at this school feels safe, encouraging and pride. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
It is a wonderful school full of wonderful teachers!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
The teachers go above and beyond what they need to do. They continue to get the children excited about learning and create a great environment for all learning levels to excel! They also do a great job of promoting personal character building in our children which is so important in developing well rounded children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Every teacher my children have had are exceptional. They truly care about each student's success! Durbin has an incredibile PTO which only compliments the awesome faculty!!! We are blessed to be part of such a unique community based school.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
The teachers and the staff- are awesome they go the extra mile for all the kids even the ones who's needs are in abundance:)

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Love this school. The teachers seem to really care about the kids and the school has a very friendly atmosphere. The Principal is doing an awesome job maintaining the high standard of education that we all expect for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
I love Durbin Creek because the teachers are wonderful.. I truely enjoy what are school stands for, at Durbin we try to teach our children pilliars of respect as well as the importance of 'family' at Durbin we are all one unit.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Teachers and administration strive to have the kids push to their greatest efforts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
There is a great community in the school. Everyone comes together to make it a wonderful place for learning and fun.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Parent involvement is so strong at this school. The teaching staff is wonderful. Large public school, but still has a small, private school feel to it. Academic excellence abounds.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Durbin Creek is a wonderful school that has teachers and faculty that care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
DCE grandparent who loves this school because of the parents that do so much for the children,the teachers who care, and for the admin. that works so hard to make this the best school in the district.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 20, 2009
DCES is full of kind, caring teachers who go above and beyone for their students. The students work hard, which shows in all they do both in and out of school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Awesome teachers who REALLY care about the students they teach.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The teachers and staff are loving and caring. They go the extra mile to ensure the kids are happy and safe.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The teachers care about the students and the parents are very involved. They offer great after school activities for students that are in extended day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The teachers are wonderful and truly care about the children and their education.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
I love the parent participation at Durbin! I love seeing the looks on the faces of the students when they see their parents volunteering in the school and the thrill it gives my own children that I actively participate during the day and nighttime activities. We also have some of the most unique and fun PTO events which ultimately helps the teachers and staff purchase items that the district can't afford in this economy! Teachers and staff are fantastic!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
An incredibly awesome group of professional teachers with an equally impressive group of parents make this school top notch!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
DCE has the best teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
DCE teachers, support staff and parent volunteers help provide such a top notch educational experience for the children. We are so proud that our girls go to DCE!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 27, 2008
Awesome school! My daughter is in First Grade - has the perfect teacher, Mrs. Halleck - a fabulous Principle, Dr. Falaney. School Nurse Kristi provides excellent care (may daughter is a Juvenile/Type 1 Diabetic). Extended Day (Ms. Brandt & Ms. PVH) are superb! I couldn't be happier with DCE!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
This school is very balanced in its approach to developing well-rounded students. Subjects are integrated, there is an excellent resource program, and the character counts program adds a moral component that many schools are lacking. Students are recognized for not only their academic achievements but also for exemplifying their positive character traits. The principal does indeed run a tight ship but she does so with a warmth that the students and parents know is genuine. There are so many parent volunteers at this school that teachers are able to accomplish more and higher quality projects with the classes. I used to be a teacher, so I looked very critically at this school before registering my child here. It has surpassed all expectations!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2007
Durbin Creek Elementary School has an incredibly high level of parent involvement, which contributes to the success of the students. The principal runs a tight ship, and is dedicated to keeping DCES an 'A' rated school. I am very pleased with the progress my children have made every year at DCES, and I believe they are receiving an excellent education. The PTO is very active, and DCES has many opportunities for family and community involvement. I hope my children are able to complete their elementary school education at DCES. We have been there from the day it opened!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
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June 09, 2005
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April 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2004
Strong academic program. Parents are committed to the childrens success. Very active PTO.

- submitted by a parent
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Durbin Creek Elementary School
4100 Race Track Road, Saint Johns, FL  32259
(904) 547-3880
Last modified Durbin 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.
Durbin Creek Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top