This school is one of the best we have ever been involved with. We are military, have 4 children and we have been to many different duty stations. Due to my job I have had a lot of experience with every elementary school in this district as well. I am not sure why this school is rated a "5" on the rating because we give this school and neighborhood 5 stars across the board. Our 3 children that have been there have had a tremendous experience. The teachers have been fabulous and encourage growth in areas that the kids struggle, while at the same time enhancing their strengths. There have been many extra educational activities as well. They have an accelerated program for kids that are advanced, but they encourage all students to go beyond their current status. My only complaint about this school is that we have to leave for a new duty station. Bottom line: If I had to do it over, I would have moved to this neighborhood again. It has been tremendous and I am sad that we are leaving. Semper Gumby. Hopefully we will find a school as good as this one at our new location.
I purchased a house in this area specifically as Parkwood had a fine reputation and I believed the hype. Unfortunately the school has not been able to live up to its reputation and has been a severe disppointment. It is an older school and lacks the amenities that other schools offer and its too small size limits the activities that kids will be able to partake in. This school also suffers from clique-ish teachers who will band together against other teachers...is this the atmosphere one wants a child brought into? This school has the distinction of bordering an upper priced neighborhood and a lower priced neighborhood and unfortunately some teachers are quick to distinguish the kids and act accordingly. Had I the choice in a different housing market I would definitely sell and move on to greener pastures :(
I had thought this school was one of the better in the Jacksonville area and chose my residence based on this. However, I am finding this is not the case, unless your child is the perfect student. My student, while extremely intelligent is a bit hyper and the solution is to leave him behind even though his grades are continuously 95 and better. His teacher is excellent and trying so hard to work with me, but the bottom line seems to be making up for last years EOG test scores by eliminating students that might bring down the scores... I have tried repeatedly to volunteer with the PTO but that has gotten me nowhere. I am not the only parent to have felt this, and will encourage others to speak their mind vs trudging through. Had I known the truth, things might be different. So now my child suffers because while he is more than smart enough he cant "sit still long enough for a test"
I had high expectations for Parkwood Elementary, after the school was lauded by neighbors. I would describe the school as tenuous. The teachers in the school are capable, some passionate, but classroom management issues are prevalent. They have two people in the class for most of the day, yet lots of things go unseen and misreported by students. The agendas are used to report things that are on par for children being children, which make it very difficult for parents to decipher what s serious and what's not. The principal is ineffective, inattentive and killing moral. During her first term I didn't know who she was because she is so transparent. The front office personnel are unwelcoming. The school facilities are old, overcrowded, and underfunded. The school does not receive title I funds and it should! Therefore a lot of things are deficient, but no one will table the issue or do the work required to obtain much needed funding and school improvements. Parkwood has too many issues- poor management, unfriendliness, ageing facilities, and inefficient funding with no improvements identified in the immediate future, parents you will be better served elsewhere.
I rate this is school 3 stars not because of the teachers, most of them are great and try to work hard with students and parents. My only complain is the Leadership, I have to agree with the other parent, sadly great teachers are leaving because of this. The principal has little to no respect for her staff and instead of focusing in the flaws she spends her time making sure her staff knows she is in power. The principal doesn't even attend any events unless someone from the Board of Education will be present. Another great school that could fail due to the lack of good and strong leadership.How many more complaints does the Board of Education needs to do something?
The teachers at this school are as dedicated as the parents. It's a nice small school where everyone works together to get the kids what they need. I had three kids go here (one still does) and I can't say enough good things about it!
I can't boast enough about Parkwood and the neighborhood. The teachers and staff are supportive, caring and dedicated. Communication and parent involvement are a priority at Parkwood. I've come to know many great teachers and parents throughout our time here, and will be sad to leave the area.
After my kids attending IOP and been very disappointed I decided to enroll my kids at Parkwood, what a difference the teachers and staff not only are qualify and dedicated but caring and do their best, the communication is outstanding. I have seen a big change in my kids learning. I regret not considering this School before.
I don't even know where to begin to tell about Parkwood!!! This school is so AMAZING!!!! The teachers and staff are so friendly and everyone goes above and beyond to help the students. The parent involvement is outstanding and the relationships between the students and teachers are wonderful. I have never heard any student say they did not like being at Parkwood!!! If you are planning on moving to the Jacksonville area, look for a house in the Parkwood area and you will not be disappointed!!!! Best school in the area!! Not sure how this school is only rated a 7 because it should be a 10. Just look at the test scores!!! Again....AMAZING school :)
My older son went to Parkwood from Kindergarten through 5th grade. We've been fortunate to be stationed here long enough for my youngest to attend Kindergarten this year. Parkwood is by far the best elementary school in Jacksonville. The school is older but it's clean and well taken care of. The principal, teachers, and staff are outstanding.
I'm stunned to see this school only is rated a "7". This is our 4th year at PWE and I now have 3 children all who have been there from Kindergarten to 4th grade. There is tremendous parent involvement, the teachers listen and work with you, and the kids are very happy there. The advance programs are wonderful and we will be VERY sad to move later next month. We hope, that if we return, we will be able to come back to PW! When debating schools for your children in Jacksonville, look no further!!!
I really like this school. I think my daughter is enjoining a lot in her class.
Parkwood is by far the best elementary school in the Jacksonville area. If questioned, most everyone that lives here wishes their kids could attend this school. Tremendous parent involvment leads to stonger students because of a team effort between parents, teachers and administration. Very strong AIG program led by a high energy, caring, ethical teacher. Strong students challenge each other and lead to high test scores. Caring, quality teachers. I feel my child is well-prepared for middle school.
The emphasis on a quality education is first and foremost at Parkwood. My 2 children have had excellent, creative teachers for the past 3 years. The school itself is old, but they have clean, well maintained facilities with excellent exposure to technology. A new large multipurpose building is wonderful for presentations, indoor PE, and science fair exhibits. The principal and assistant principal are dedicated to running a safe, education focused school who appreciate parental involvement in their child's educational progress. We will miss Parkwood.
I have been a Parkwood Parent for the last ten years (my two children are 5 years apart). We all had a wonderful experience with this school, especially when we were so fortunate to have Ms. Denise Jones. I am a college instructor and have trained extensively in the area of education. The teachers at Parkwood are well versed in learning styles and were organized and kind. You would be fortunate to have your child at this school.
I was excited for my child to attend Parkwood but I ended up disappointed. My child was moved from one teacher to another after one month because they wanted to challenge him more. He went from a structured room to one lacking classroom management and was not challenged anymore than before. After attempting to work with administration on the issues I had to pull my child out of the school. He was stressed and did not enjoy the new environment. I was told he was moving from one good teacher to another but that was not the case. He was moved to make things easier for the first teacher, so she could focus on one group of learners and not need to differentiate for another. He ended up in a chaotic room and unhappy. The school never understood that.
We are a military family new to the Jacksonville area as of last summer. Since we've not lived here with children before, and not knowing anyone with kids the same age as ours, we were at a disadvantage when looking at local schools. We poured over Great Schools... talked with people in the community... and used 'common sense' and decided on the area we wanted to live in order to get our kids into Parkwood. We have never regretted our decision once. All their information is timely and allowed us to look at the mix of kids that we wanted our kids to be with. It was right on the money. I do wish the school had a foreign language component to their special classes... but that is the only disappointment we've had. Our kids are challenged and nurtired. We love it.
All three of my children attended Bell Fork from Kindergarten through 5th grade. The teachers are highly trained and provide a strong foundation in Math, writing and reading. With an absolutely fantastic caring staff, this is truly a school comparable and competitive with schools that pull from more priviledged areas. The student body is an cultural diverse, eclectic group of military dependents and locals.
I think this is a wonderful school with wonderful teachers. The secretary at the front is so patient and kind. My son is doing well in his 1st grade class and I love the way the team keeps their homework schedule consistent. I only have a problem with picking up my sick child from the floor of the office when two administrators were right there looking at him.
My child is in 2nd grade and absolutely likes his school. He started off in one class and had to change classes because the classes were to big so they hired another teacher and he was chosen to switch to the new classroom. He was unsure at first and so was I but now that the change has happened he loves his new teacher and she is very patient with the children in her class. I think everyone of the staff members that I have met are very professional and work well together.
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