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Jewett School Of The Arts

Public | PK-8 | 740 students

 
 

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Posted March 5, 2012

Jewett School of the Arts used to be a wonderful school. Although my children have attended JSA for several years, we are currently looking at other options. The current principal, Dr. Tracy Nelson, has very poor leadership skills. Discipline is a very big problem at JSA. Dr. Nelson hoped that changing the schools uniform policy from jeans and t-shirts to very expensive khakis and polos (which many parents can't afford) would help with the discipline problems. It didn't. There have been many allegations of misconduct at JSA involving teachers and administrators. These allegations have led to several investigations by not only the Polk County School Board but the local news media as well. In my opinion, Dr. Nelson should be more concerned with the education that the children are receiving and the discipline issues instead of focusing so much on their appearance. Within the past two years, the school grade has fallen from an A to a very low C. I feel that until JSA gets a new principal the school will continue to go downhill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2011

Teachers can be great... or not so much. If feel that this year my child is wasting his time in 4th grade. Very sub-par teacher - little to no feedback. The major overhaul and construction going on is absolutely laughable - why this can not take place over the near-3-month break during the summer is beyond comprehension. Overall ok - much to be improved upon - still probably one of the better options in Winter Haven (sad to say!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

The teachers are the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2010

Jewett really are for the kids, they everything they can to make sure they get the best education and work hard with the students and parents and community.


Posted January 20, 2010

My child has had an outstanding academic experience at Jewett. The arts based curriculum is a perfect fit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

JSA is a wonderful school ! I love how you have both the acedimics and the arts ! It will make the students an excellent future and afterall they are our future! The teachers are the best ! They should deserve a huge raise because of their hard, hard, hard, did I mention hard, hard work! I love JSA!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted October 13, 2009

This school is great ! Students are not always tonattentive but the teachers fix that fast ! Arts program is amazing and very commited !its also a very fun school where kids learn with having a very good education! I think that you should send your children hear with no other thoughts! Students are ready to learn ! Teachers are ready to teach ! Parents are ready to support ! Thats what i think makes a amazing school like Jewett school for the Arts ! Go jaguars ! p.s One of the best schools i have seen !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

I love Jewett School of the Arts ! It is the best school ever. The teachers are the best people they have there! They all deserve a raise! Dr. Nelson does a spectacular job and its about time she became the principal ! The arts are the best part of JSA . For all the parents out there I would highly reccomend dance because the dance teachers do a great job ! For teaching I would reccomend Mrs. Trueheart K , Mrs. Ounan 1st, Mrs. Garay 2nd , Mrs . Tanke 3rd, Mrs Teague 4th, and Mr. Ounan 5th. Their probably the best teachers there because of all the hours and effort they put there work into ! Last year the 3rd grade 100% of 3rd graders ALL passed the F-CAT !!!!!! JSA has been an A school for a long time ! I would highly reccomend JSA !


Posted September 28, 2009

My name is Rev.Hall and my son James went to school at Jewett school of the arts from k-8th grade my son was in band and was a honor student. They always showed the kids that you can achive anything they set there minds too. Dr.williams the new asst. and Dr. Nelson the new principal are wonderful people they were there when my son James went there Dr.Nelson the asst. at the time and Dr. Williams over alpha and the e-team he was one of my sons teachers and he was wonderful both care so much for the kids and they both have a great vision for the futher of the school. Ms.Raub is also one of the new asst. there all thought i dont know her personaly yet i hear she is a wonderful person and also shares there vision. I which they went to 12th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

Well overall the school is wonderful and the Arts REALLY do enchance the academics. The teachers know the best for them. The only bummer is the principal, Mrs.Henderson she is really strict and mean.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 12, 2008

I love this school the teachers were very interactive with us and the majors were specialized in diffrent ways so that they could learn more about what the dream to be
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2007

Weak educational program. School culture does not foster strong academics. Physical education is considered an art to major in. As in all things, some people love this school, others don't. You must judge for yourself, but there are better public school alternatives in this city.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2005

This is a great school overall. We have been very proud that our child is attending JSA. Honestly, the Principal is not very hands on with students and teachers. The communication from her is lacking we have seen better adminstration that is for sure. But hands down some of the best teachers in the county are at JSA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2005

Jewett School of the Arts offers an wonderful variety of the arts to enrich my child's educational experience. Children can choose from dance, visual arts, physical arts, chorus, band, orchestra, and drama. Exposure to the arts enriches the educational experience for each studen at JSA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2004

My child has just finished first grade at Jewett and we are just thrilled with our experience. The teachers are caring and supportive. The administration is involved in the students daily lives. My daughter is excited about learning and loves to read.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2004

My grandson moved here from Virginia and had a very hard time adjusting to the 'public' school scene. He is a little 'nerdy'. He was picked on constantly and hated school. Since he has been at Jewett School of the Arts, he has adjusted beautifully and his self-esteem has grown by leaps and bounds. This school was truly his 'safe haven' and I salute the faculty for making a difference in his life. He goes to high school next year with a good positive outlook on education. As a teacher of 15 years, I know what a good attitude can accomplish.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 18, 2003

I fell that JSA spends too much time on the arts and not enough time on academics. The middle school was added with little forethought as to how it would be run. Many middle schoolers missed out on opportunities for academic competitions, especially the first two years it was added, such as science fair, E Team, spelling bee, math competitions, etc. If you are looking for a lot of song and dance, this is the place for you. If you are serious about preparing your child to go on to college, I would look for a school that is more academically minded.


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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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

88 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
76%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

86 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
56%
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 53% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
51%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

87 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
68%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
68%
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 47% in 2014.

58 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
22%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
31%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
40%

2013

 
 
88%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

77 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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 "C".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "B".
  • 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC 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 Algebra 1 EOC 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 47%
Black 30%
Hispanic 16%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 74%66%61%
Master's degree 21%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 4%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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2250 8th Street Northeast
Winter Haven, FL 33881
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Phone: (863) 291-5373

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