GARRISON-JONES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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3133 GARRISON RD
DUNEDIN, FL 34698
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Phone: 727-469-5716
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 5
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 5th Grade
  • District: Pinellas County Public Schools
  • Students/Teacher: 14:1
  • Students/Grade: 107.1
  • Number Students: 750
  • Number Teachers: 60
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5093
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Karen Buckles
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (22 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (15 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-03
    "I have a child in the dual language program and I absolutely love it. Having had older children in various other local schools I find the dual language program academically superb. All the dual language teachers seem dedicated and do an awesome job. I can highly recommend this program. As far as the regular class room settings and teachers go, I don't have much knowledge other then mixed information from other parents. The only negative thing I can say is, that (probably due to the size of the school) many big events seem unorganized. Also the front office staff is, as prior mentioned her, not very friendly or helpful. The ladies seem aggravated when asked for something and I almost get a feeling of being a bother. This is not acceptable, since the front office staff are the first to greet a new face. One other thing I have noticed is, that parent involvement (other then connected to the PTA membership) seems unwanted or discouraged. I think that was also mentioned in a prior post."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-09-28
    "The teachers at this school are fantastic! The adminstration leaves alot to be desired. They do not work well with the PTA and even ask parents to break the rules of the PTA."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-09-28
    "I am one of the parents that always raved over this school. I loved everyone, staff , teachers and adminstration. I had heard other complain but never saw it myself. I was a very active volunteer for 9 years and was treated great. Until this year, I was told to only help in class, and ignored when I questioned why. I volunteered to take a prominent position in PTA and was ignored and recieved no answer. I still love the teachers who try their best but the adminstration ruins this school. Past Vice Principals have told me they had issues with the principal which caused them to leave."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-09-27
    "You guys need to call the superintendent especially the ones that have already left because of this school for good reason because of this principal.. don't go with ridiculous reasons go prepared but don't let her get away with this. She only gets a year to year contract and either she gets rid of the people in her office that doesn't know how to respect people and great them with a smile and talk to them with respect or she can hire someone who can. Its a principals job to step up and lead not her staffs. If she doesn't know her parents and her students then shame on her for not being able to have her own backbone. You need to report her. In Florida you need to set up a meeting with her superintendent I first then if that doesn't work set it up with the county if it gets to the county you will be her and her head will roll trust me! I work for the county! I know who your talking about and she already has a record of not doing her job well and her staff has been reported more then once and there is a big clean house about to happen with this school if something doesn't turn around this year so hold tight!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-09-27
    "We had very high hopes when picking this school and was inspired by the talk we had with the principal in the beginning. however we noticed very quickly that it was just talk and no action. Even the first day at the school was very awkward and not inviting. The PTA last year was non-existent and this year there was suppose to be a strong one that was 'hand picked' and fell apart before school even started. The teachers seem to be great in the classroom, but I have no experience with them beyond the classroom. if something doesn't change soon they will drop from an A rating (probably should already have but the area we live in is fantastic and many people are still migrating to the area keeping the enrollment high). The leadership needs to change and the parents need to be involved. The current situation is the parents that are leaving fail to complain, they just move on to charters, magnets and privates instead of putting a bug in the ear of those who can make the changes needed like the Super which gets voted in much like the post below me says " {The principal} only gets a year to year contract "."
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