This is my son's third year at Jamerson and I couldn't be more pleased! I am blown away at the passion that all the staff members have. From the lunch ladies all the way up to the principal they all seem like they truly care about their jobs. I wish that I could have gone to a school like this when I was young! They have my son excited to go to school everyday and learn which is huge to me.
Jamerson is a fantastic elementary school with great staff, involved parents,etc! We have been @ Jamerson for 5 years now and I definitely would not have kept my daughter there if I didn't love it! Go Jamerson! : )
We loved Jamerson...my son is now in HS but he received the best possible start at Jamerson. He was challenged, loved and built into a remarkable young man at Jamerson. The parents are there because they want to be...a truly vibrant parent organization dedicated to making it happen for their children. The most collegial, caring staff that any school could offer is always striving to improve. The kids are happy and engaged whenever you visit...what else could a parent ask of a school.
I am a parent of a graduated student from Douglas Jamerson Elementary who was so well prepared entering middle school, and I'm so very happy to be at DLJ for the next 5 years with my second child. The teachers are amazing, and the principal is outstanding! This is the most well-rounded school. From the arts to the academics I feel privileged to be a part of it.
My daughter is in 5th grade. I will be so sorry when this school year is over and I no longer have a child at Jamerson. The staff provides such a positive, warm environment. They really care about ALL kids, not just the ones in their classroom. The integrated engineering curriculum is unique in the county. Even if your child isn't interested in engineering specifically, this curriculum teaches different ways of looking at things and problem-solving skills, things that are necessary for anyone in life. Parents are truly welcomed here too!
My son completed kindergarten last year and just started first grade. I couldn't be happier with the quality of the teachers, administration and facilities. Most important, the other parents are incredible. So far, so good. It is a well--oiled education machine. He is learning quickly and we are both happy with everything.
Douglass Jamerson Elementary is a wonderful school. The staff of knowledgeable, caring and compassionate teachers are top notch. I have had a child at this schools since the second year that it was open. I was an active parent at Jamerson long before the school was recognized with countless awards or before becoming a Southside Magnet School or even a Bay Area Magnet School. Over the years I have seen several changes in the Administrative department, but the one thing has remains constant, are the teachers and there love and passion for the children. This staff of educaters operate like a well oiled machine. Of all the schools in the county, and trust me I have toured quite a few, Douglas Jamerson is hands downs, with out a doubt, simply the best.
Douglas L. Jamerson is a GREAT elementary school! My daughter is going on her 5th year @ Jamerson and really enjoys going to school! I like the teacher, staff & parent involvement and we look forward to another FABULOUS 2013-2014 school year!
My child has attended this school for almost four years now. I loved the school at first and unfortunately my child has had two poor teachers who have affected his joy of learning. As a parent, I have worked hard to communicate with the teachers and I am very involved yet I see poor leadership and feel no support. My advice is to consider your child's needs first and realize that communication is very important to success.
I know this school has a rating of 6/10 for scores, but I believe that the scores are misleading, and not the only consideration for choosing a school. My son left another magnet school after kindergarten to attend this school, and we have never looked back. My son has Asperger's Syndrome, and the support and acceptance for children with autism at this school is amazing. Although my son attends general education classes, he is assigned a paraprofessional to help him with his day, and an autism classroom where he goes when things get to be too much. The teachers are caring and competent, and willing to work with children and parents to find the right fit for the child. The engineering curriculum is awesome, with the kids building, planning and using math and engineering principles from kindergarten onward. The principal truly cares about the school and the children, and the staff are involved. The kids are held to high standards of cooperation, education and behavior. The gifted classes are held off-site at a middle school, the only negative that I can think of, but the gifted teachers are wonderful as well. I am so glad my son attends this school.
My daughter completed her first year (kindergarten) last year at Jamerson and is heading into first grade in two weeks. When I enrolled her at Jamerson, I had had a choice of five magnets and three fundamentals in Pinellas county--several of them quite popular and hard to get into--and I am SO happy we chose Jamerson over the others. I cannot encourage other parents enough to tour this school and seriously consider them as a choice. It is such a happy school with a very caring staff and a wonderful, balanced focus on discipline, nurturing and education. You can feel the happy, positive environment everywhere you go. The academic and social strides my daughter made throughout the school year were absolutely unbelievable and she just loves it there. I truly believe any parent who wants to do the best they possibly can by their children will make Jamerson their number one choice.
Jamerson Elementary is a lovely school. Its teachers and support staff are 2nd to none. From Kindergarden through 5th Grade the children are challenged to think out of the box. The teachers succeed at making learning fun. Whether a child is gifted, average or has special needs the Jamerson staff consistently goes above the call of duty to do everything in their power to help a child flourish. A better education could not be bought!
Take the time to tour this school! You won't regret it! It was by far my favorite of all of the magnet/fundamental schools I toured. Keep in mind with the test scores that they have an autism program at the school, and those grades are factored in to the test scores for the entire school.
Doug Jamerson Elementary School Our Magnet school is the best kept secret in Pinellas County! From learning engineering concepts in kindergarten via fairy tales, to teaching children to explore "how" the world works around them ... this is an FANTASTIC school! The faculty are amazing, patient, dedicated and loving. They offer programs to meet children where they are at ... from gifted work to offering help for struggling students. The school truly is like a huge family ... and deciding to send my children there is the best decision I've made. You have to tour the school for yourself to see how truly awesome the school is. You'll be amazed at how engaged and happy the children are with their work. It's a positive environment that fosters excellent learning and personal growth from its students. A++++
Amazing school with dedicated, creative, and caring teachers. Two years here and we continue to be impressed with what we see. The principal is dedicated to making this school succeed, the PTA is extremely active, and the teachers are first-class. We feel lucky to have found this school in Pinellas County. We highly recommend it. So does our daughter who is absolutely in love with her school.
I am glad we finally found this school. I love the focus on Engineering and Math that they have which is well integrated in their other subjects. They encourage the children to do their best all the time. My son loves all of his classes which is great since he had issues in his other school with PE and writing. The teachers are highly educated and the parents are involved. It is a great school.
I couldn't be happier with Jamerson! And I can't wait to see how the faculty works to make this next year even better! The teachers are caring, creative and highly educated and won't settle for just average with any student! They devote their entire lives to making our children's experiences in the K-5 years challenging, satisfying and memorable! The curriculum is top notch and so forward thinking that I believe this school will be a model for other county school systems throughout the country soon! Keep it up Jamerson!
My daughter loves this school. The teachers are caring and nurturing; she comes home begging me to do homework. Mrs. Dann (principal) sets the tone and I'm sure that a lot of the school's success has a great deal to do with her visionary leadership.
My child is in Kindergarten at Jamerson and I LOVE the school. My child LOVES the school. I can only say good things about it! I don't 'worry' about the neighborhood -I simply pray over it. Things happen everywhere even in nicer neighborhoods; the important thing is this is an excellent school with excellent curriculum, teachers, staff and students and overall friendly warm atmosphere. Take a tour and check out the smiles on the kids' faces - they're happy. I highly recommend it!
Jamerson is an excellent school. Our son is very happy there: he loves his teachers, he enjoys going to school each day, and he is friends with everyone. Yes, Jamerson students come from diverse cultural, educational, and socioeconomic backgrounds, which is a HUGE challenge for the school, but it is a reality in Pinellas County's public schools. Despite this, Jamerson does an excellent job embracing kids from all backgrounds, pushing all children to work hard and enjoy school through positive reinforcement, genuine compassion and, when needed, effective discipline. Our son works well above grade level and his teacher has been amazing at keeping him challenged and not holding him back. Jamerson will put advanced readers with reading specialists or parent volunteers and let them go as far as they can -- there is absolutely no 'sit quietly and let everyone else catch up' mentality at Jamerson! Grade skipping, partial grade skipping, gifted programs, more homework, individual projects -- Jamerson staff is open to anything that will meet an advanced child's needs, and will gladly work with parents to determine what those needs are. For the record, Jamerson is located in a low-income neighborhood, not a 'bad' neighborhood.
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