School Details

James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School

3276 Norman Thagard Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32254
(904) 630-6640
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 1080 students 18 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

84%
49%
52%
89%
53%
59%

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 2013
  • Duval average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
51%
55%
91%
52%
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 2013
  • Duval average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
49%
51%
91%
52%
56%
82%
45%
47%
98%
80%
79%

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.
98%
78%
78%

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 2013
  • Duval average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
60%
64%

Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Duval average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School is a public middle school in Jacksonville. The principal of James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School is Ms. Sharwonda Peek and can be contacted at peeks@duvalschools.org. 1,080 children attend James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0.4% of the James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 22% of the 1,080 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory Middle School is 18:1. Youth Development Center is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 44% 39%
Hispanic 4% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 34% 44%
Multiracial 3% 4%
Asian 14% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.09% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 49%
Limited English proficiency 0.4% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Being a new parent to middle-school and to James Weldon Johnson I must say that I am not impressed with James Weldon Johnson as I thought I would be. The school encourages parents to be involved but when you are-you're treated like a "bother" to some of the teachers. The teachers that my child has this year are "average"-with the exception of maybe 1 or 2. I am over being receiving email responses from teachers with rude undertones when I reach out to partner with them to ensure my child's overall educational success. All parents are not involved with their child's education but it seems like if you are involved at JWJ- most of the teachers use this time to belittle your child and make you feel like your child is the worst child in their grade. I have seen great improvement in my child's academics this year and my child LOVES the school but as a parent-I am NOT impressed with the "parent/teacher" relationship. Everything is communicated through the child [problems and all] and when you go to reach out to the teacher the first thing I was told is "I spoke with your child about this and they should have told you"...It is still important for the teacher/parent to connect.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school. The teachers are amazing and they try to make school as fun as possible. They have great activities and school projects. I love the Greek day you get to have in 7th grade it's amazing. The students are also really good and social. I recommend this school to everyone

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a gifted and academically talented magnet that does not have enough books for their students.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is one of the best schools in Florida. Number one in reading and writing in the STATE. The sports teams are undefeated the work is good and provides a nice challenge. I recommend the school. The teachers and principal are very focused on discipline and respect. My son loves it.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child has attended JWJ for 2 yrs going on third. I think JWJ is an average school. We are not sure that the education is that much greater than he would be getting in Honors or advanced classes at our local middle school. The transportation issue as well as the huge about of homework loss of quality family time and the topics of the summer reading books they require really makes us question the value of our decision to go here. The teachers are average meaning some are really great and some are not great at all. The homework load is to heavy and busy work with little purpose for learning. We are still not sure about 2012-13 still looking at other options. Promise of new block schedule system to improve things not sure if we want to wait around to see!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    JWJ is an incredible school. I drive 45 minutes to get there and it is worth every second. We came in 6th grade from a private school and I can tell you first hand it is 300% better than what we had previously paid $10 000 a year for. The teachers are awesome and the kids are from diverse backgrounds. Everyone is made to feel welcome and part of the JWJ family. Our child absolutely flourished from day one. We will be so sad when we have to leave. Go Trojans!

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter has been in the JWJ system now for two years and we are pleased. The new building has made it even better with more space and better facilities. Highly Recommended.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is absolutely amazing! I attended all 3 of my middle school years at jwj and it has really helped me. The teachers are there to help the students and also to challenge them to work harder. The kids won't have to worry about much else besides their work. There are a few problems with the older students bugging the younger ones but it doesn't often interfere with those students' learning experience.

  • (4 years ago)

    James Weldon Johnson has taken a nose dive in 2010. My son in the gifted program became bored with the easy and repetitive nature of the work in 6th grade it was basically a repeat of 5th grade. I am under the understanding that JWJ had to lower their academic standards this year to accommodate a wider range of students. What a shame...JWJ used to be the best school in the area now it's just another average middle school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child attended this school and i found it to be an execelent school with the acacemics. and curriculum. I had no problem with the teachers and my child loved it. It was tailored to his needs as well as his level of learning. I would recommend this school for those who are gifted and academically talented. This school has my vote.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child would have definitely liked it better in twin lakes or mamdarin . i recommend not putting your child/children here its really not worth it.

  • (4 years ago)

    James Weldon Johnson is an okay school!!! The teachers are ok as well. This is my 3rd and last year at james weldon johnson and it will be missed.

  • (4 years ago)

    Perhaps I'm missing something here I do not see this as an exceptional school. Perhaps it was at one point but now the teachers are just stressed out and angry

  • (4 years ago)

    what are people talking about by saying we have fights and what not ? i have been to this school and it is very excellent teachers classes and students that care about others D

  • (4 years ago)

    the school is so much better than landon. it is so much fun and everybody is nice and all of the teachers really care. GO TROJANS!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I started going to this school and so far it is incredible! The teachers are some of the best and are very nice. They really got me into wanting to learn. The campus is easy to go around but I do find annoying that older students will bug the younger ones but that's not the school. Anyways simply this school is awesome and I look forward to the rest of the School Year

  • (5 years ago)

    I have nothing but great things to say about this school since my child started 6th grade in the fall. A wonderful all-around school with emphasis on education and the child as a whole. Teachers want the child to succeed and the communication is wonderful.

  • (5 years ago)

    teachers only work with students once a week punisments such as suspensions do not get applied soon enough the band is below average and students are very very very badly behaved (fighting every month cussing every day etc)

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is attending 6th grade here & it is excellent. The teachers are really involved which also keeps the kids really involved. I transfered my son into this Blue Ribbon Magnet school after he attended 3 days at Oceanway Middle School needless to say JWJ is 200% better school. I also can actually track my sons progress (Every day if I wanted) through the schools use of SnapGrades.com and the communications with the teachers through e-mail this not only helps me but also my son. JWJ is an excellent school if I hadn't gotten my son into this program I think I would have had to pull him out of the public schools for home schooling which I am not an advocate for.

  • (6 years ago)

    i am in sixth grade gifted at this school and i love it so much the teachers our nice and the schedule is easy to follow. Also the work once you catch up on it is very easy. they dont overload you with home work like everyone says

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