School Details

J. J. Finley Elementary School

1912 Northwest 5th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32603
(352) 955-6705
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 578 students 12 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

62%
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57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
64%
63%
74%
62%
61%
55%
52%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
74%
81%
81%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
54%
56%
57%
59%
61%
60%
59%
54%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.
  • This school in 2012
  • Alachua County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

J. J. Finley Elementary School is a public elementary school in Gainesville. The principal of J. J. Finley Elementary School is MS. KATHLEEN B VALDES and can be contacted at finley@gm.sbac.edu. 578 children attend J. J. Finley Elementary School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 22% of the J. J. Finley Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 57% of the 578 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at J. J. Finley Elementary School is 12:1. Character Counts Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 37% 45%
Black, non-Hispanic 29% 36%
Hispanic 17% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 12% 4%
Asian 11% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 53%
Limited English proficiency 22% 2%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I too attended J.J. Finley as a child but I probably would never if I were a 5 year old Autistic child; like my son who was kept out of school for 3 weeks because the principal "felt" he was going to be a distraction. She never gave him a chance to see what he was capable of never changed and observed him in a classroom setting. So now my son who knows his name can spell his name can write is name know his alphabet and numbers random; had to go back to Pre-K.... I know many are going to have something to say but to that I say "speak on". But I was always taught to never judge a book by it's cover" and "judge not or let ye be judged"... I love what my lil book is teaching me.... He's quite a story!!!! P.S. -I only gave one star because I had to!!

  • (1 year ago)

    The best school that I have ever known my children love it and will never forget their excellent days and experience during the one year that they spent at it.

  • (1 year ago)

    I think J.J. Finley is an excellent school My granddaughter learned so much in kindergarten. We don't want to move out of the district so she can continue to go to J. J. Finley.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son attends this school and I could not be more pleased with the education he receives.He came in as a new student from another country and I was worried about the transition but his teacher Ms Monda Poe together with the other teachers (whose names I do not know) made him felt at home and he is doing wonderfully well. They try to help each child reach their full potential. The primcipal and the class teachers are always available to listen and help. Ms. Monda Poe is a great teacher and my child is lucky enough to be in her class. All the teachers I have met truly care about the kids and are willing to take the time to address your concerns. The PTA is also top notch. Keep up the good work.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a former Finley student. I absolutely loved Finley i learned so much and the staff/teachers were above average. I would highly recromend this school to any parent looking into this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    My fourth-grade daughter is this year new to J.J. Finley. So far I am concerned that neither the principal nor the guidance counselor returned calls I made to them a week ago.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school! My kids attended J.J. Finley 2001-2002 as ESOL students. The knowledge they got there helped them a lot in their further schooling back home- overseas. We as parents felt happy and safe about having our children in this school. All the teachers tried hard to help us make us all feel at home. We appreciate that very much and we say 'thanks' to them again. I would always recommend this school - specially because of Ms Lyall Ms Bagby Ms Sabback Mr Bair and Ms Delaney the PE teacher and Art teacher(sorry I forgot the names) to all new ESOL students and parents coming to Gainesville. Vesna Obradovic Belgrade Serbia and Montenegro (ex Yugoslavia)

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