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Wards Creek Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 805 students

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Posted May 18, 2014

My children have attended public school in 5 different states (Virginia, California, Louisiana, Washington, and Florida) with my oldest only in 4th grade, and I will say hands down Wards Creek Elementary is the best school they have ever attended. My oldest has a 504 plan and my youngest an IEP and receiving services and accommodations for both children has been so easy! After fighting with school districts all over the country it was such a relief to have a school not only accept my recommendations, but offer several I hadn't even thought of. Plus the school nurse is AMAZING! Any time we are trying something new to help my daughter she's right on board and keeps me updated. Everyone is so friendly, they are so organized, and even the students are sweet as can be. With bullying being such a hot issue right now this was a great concern of mine, but I joke that my kids could go to school looking a mess and their fellow classmates would compliment them on their unique outfit. I've never had an issue with communication with their teachers (which is very important with two special needs kids) and I feel confident they are being given every tool they need to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2014

May granddaughters go to this school. They love to share everything they learn from their teachers. I'm always amazed how much they know and retain from their weekly lessons. Their teachers are apparently dedicated to their students' education.


Posted April 19, 2014

They are more worried about being a Torch school than teaching. The principal will tell you what you want to hear about your child but not listen to you at all. This school is going down very very fast. It really misses Mr. Campbell. The current leadership is all about themselves and not about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

Love the school but hate the homework given.to.a kindergartener!! They go on a lot of field trips and the teacher that my son now has is great! They do have a lot of days out of school but him as a kindergartner is OK cause its his first year in school and he is really excelling !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

Worst school ever! Our careers have moved us around so with all our children we've been welcomed to several schools. I'm hearing other parents with similar issues in that the staff behave as they wish. If an issue arises you will be disrespected as if you are the child. Wards - are how many behave, controlling to a fault with no regard to the parents relationship with the school. The school is missing several programs, compassion, understanding others, and after all it is a school so those things should be there. Don't have an issue maybe okay, Otherwise the staff perform as they want and tell you how it will be. They smile then speak in a demeaning behavior to you and children. I've seen it so many times. If people knew the truth about how the staff behaves I don't believe some would still have jobs. My opinion is many of them just don't know what to do. Parents beware, Wards Creek is an all about us school, "us" being the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

My child has attended a couple of different schools in Florida, and this is by far the best school. They have great teachers, and a great staff. I cannot say enough about the wonderful faculty and feel blessed to have such a great school for children. They have very high standards and really push the students to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2011

This is an AMAZING school. I attended Shadyside Academy and Winchester Thurston (both top rated private schools in Pittsburgh PA) and would put this PUBLIC school up against them any day. I'm not sure how a child with below average drive or parent involvement would survive here, but that is fine with me!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2010

My daughter loves this school, teachers, and students. She is dejected that we have to move away for our careers. Hopefully we can find a school on here that she will love just as much. If you are looking for a school with low parent involvement this is not that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2010

Wards Creek is an amazing school with great opportunities for students. The teachers are incredible and really care about the kids. The parents are encouraged to be involved in as many ways as possible. My children particularly love how often the are able to use computers in class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

We are a military family and have moved quite a bit. I can say without hesitation that Wards Creek is by far the best school my daughter has been enrolled in. The teachers are supportive and easy to communicate with. The extracurricular activities are outstanding. My daughter loves this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2010

This is a wonderful place to be! The staff is awesome. Our children have never had such a great learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

My daughter is in kindergarten at Wards Creek. The principal is amazing. I have never seen a principal, staff, and parents so involved before. This school is very safe and very determined to give your children the best education possible. I am so thankful that it is my daughter's school. Her teacher is extremely enthusiastic and wonderful. I just cannot say enough good things about Wards Creek!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

principal is engaged in some parental support and school but not in others. one of my student's teachers is harsh and abrasive to students and does not support a positive and professional demeaner and does not appear to be a good or role model to young children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

Wards Creek is a fantastic school full of top rate teachers and administrators!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2009

Wards Creek is an awesome, Florida A Rated School. We have fantastic teachers, administration and staff! My kids love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2009

My family moved to Florida almost two years ago and we lived in a different county and i wasnt pleased until we moved to St John County and i love the school system. The care about the children and they show it.. My son has learned so much from his teachers and classmates because of the way they teach.. Thanks so much and keep up the work...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

My family has had a wonderful experience at Wards Creek the past two years. My sons teachers have both been incredible. They provide outstanding learning opportunities for him every day and are in constant communication. It is amazing to see such challenging work come home from such young children. Wards Creek is an incredible place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2009

My daughter loves this school. Wards Creek has plenty of activities and learning. The school has high standards, so if you re a parent looking for an easy school for your child, then I suggest another school. They stress academics here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

We have recently moved to FL from another state.I cannot say enough about Wards Creek.As most people know, FL ranks 50th out of 50 states for public school funding.To find a good school is hard to do, and often requires children to apply to a magnet program or even worse- move.We moved to St Johns County instead of Duval because of the reputation for public schools. I am SO pleased with what my daughter has learned thus far. The teachers are in constant communication. They are highly organized and efficient, respectful and caring. They are involved in the learning process, and they go above and beyond their call for their 'job' -they treat it as much more than a job. They care for the kids, and the parents as well. I have NEVER heard anyone 'brag' or seen anyone be lazy as the previous review states. We LOVE Wards Creek.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2008

My son has been at this school after completing the previous grade in another state. I cannot express the heartbreak I have when I think of the education that he has lost since moving. The teachers are unorganized, lazy, and only concerned with getting the children ready to PASS the FCAT tests. The principal is personable but way too busy bragging about his new school building, technology, and incompetent teachers to notice the poor educational experience that he is representing.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

144 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
81%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
82%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

145 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

139 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
81%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

134 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

133 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

124 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 82%
Hispanic 9%
Black 3%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%58%61%
Master's degree 33%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 2:50 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MS. EDIE JARRELL
Gender
  • Coed
Fax number
  • (904) 547-8735

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6555 State Road 16
St. Augustine, FL 32092
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