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Old 06-09-2012, 09:55 AM
 
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According to FLDOE.org this school was given a "B" grade. On greatschools.org it's a 4 out of 10. Does anyone have anything positive or negative they can tell me about this school? We are moving to Heritage Park and that is the school they tell us we have to send our kids to. We are also looking at Christian schools so if you can point me in a direction of them that would be great as well!
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Old 06-09-2012, 10:35 AM
 
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I don't mean to sound harsh, but if elementary schools were an issue, it seems like you would have looked into the school rating before you purchased a house. I know a little about Crookshank, and personally my child wouldn't go there. If greatschools.org says it's a "4", that's based on test scores and for a St Johns County elementary school (or any school!), that's pretty bad.

Hopefully someone on here can help you out with private schools in St. Augustine.
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Old 06-09-2012, 12:52 PM
 
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I didn't buy a house here. I am looking to rent. I have not signed anything yet. I am just tring to gather some info before making my decision.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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Regarding Crookshank Elementary School, I'm not sure what criteria you will use to make a decision regarding a school for your children. IMO, the school's teachers, administrators, equipment, curriculum are of the same high quality there as they are in any other St. Johns County Public School and the school enveironment is very safe. The students come from a very diverse mix of families socio-economically. If you are not comfortable with your child attending school with children whose families are not very much like your, you may not be comfortable with the school. I know many families living in Heritage Park who are very pleased with Crookshank and with their Heritage Park community. You can get a lot of house and great amenities for much less there than you would pay elsewhere. It's a very family friendly place to live.
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Old 06-09-2012, 07:26 PM
 
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Just to clarify: 27% of Crookshank's students qualify for free or reduced cost lunches.
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Old 06-10-2012, 05:45 AM
 
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Thanks Ssclulow. I thing we are going in WGV so we lucked out with Wards Creek. Thanks for your reply.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:05 AM
 
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We moved to Heritage Park last year, and are renting.

There is definitely a lot of conversation about Crookshank in the neighborhood.

A lot of families have said they've been pleasantly surprised by Crookshank. They laud the principal and the teachers. Crookshank's boundaries include some of the poorest areas of the County. Due to that, there are many kids there who aren't academically prepared to start school, are behind academically, etc. Thus, test scores are low. However, many parents are happy with the school overall.

There are also families who will not send their kids there. A decent amount of families send their kids to private school. Cathedral Parish, Turning Point, etc.

A lot of parents are now looking into the new montessori charter school that is opening this fall near the Fountain of Youth. The St. Augustine Public Montessori School (SAPMS) does not offer kindergarten, but instead starts in first grade, so some parents are sending their kids to kindergarten at Crookshank this fall, then hope to get a spot at SAPMS next year.

Personally, my family is sending our child, who is starting kindergarten this fall, to one of the elementary schools in the NW County. We are able to do so as my spouse is a teacher who teaches up that way, and our child is allowed to go to school up there.
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