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Joseph Finegan Elementary School8

Atlantic Beach, FL | Duval County


October 29, 2012

We continue to be impressed by this outstanding school. The staff is wonderful and attentive to the needs of the students. They are constantly striving to improve the grades and social interaction of the children. We are really enjoying the relatively new principal, Mr. Dew, and love how he is eager to listen to the concerns of us parents. Finegan is the best elementary we have had and thankful to have our children in attendance there.

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May 27, 2012

This school hasn't always had the best repetition in the past but it has definitely come a long way!! This is our last year here and I can honestly say that we were treated like family. My son started coming to Finigan for speech with Mrs. Garrett before he was even in school and at that time he was very shy, but she was very patient with him and because of her, I truly believe he has come to love school. This is one school that not only encourages volunteers, but celebrates them. At the end of the year, the teachers provide a volunteer breakfast to say thank you to everyone who has helped out!! So if you are able to volunteer, I highly encourage you to. I am going to miss this school and I know that I will never find another like it!!

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January 31, 2011

This was a great school for our two kids to attend. Our youngest was having issues with reading but by the end of the year had caught up, her teacher was incredible and patient. Our oldest child's teacher had actually been at the overseas school they went to for a few years and knew the system so she was able to push him in the areas he needed pushing to get into advanced classes for Grade 6 at middle school. Definitely recommended especially for military families.

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January 24, 2011

THE best public school in Jacksonville! Small class sizes, a great principal and office staff and wonderful teachers! They understand the military way of life and have been a fabulous place for all three of our children.

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January 14, 2011

It is comforting to know that Finegan Elementary not only adores my chiild, but also the military. Many of the staff have been a part of the military life. They understand what your child is going through with transitions, deployments, other struggles of military life. Our experience with the Fourth and Fifth Grade Teams have been outstanding. They have looked at him as an individual and worked on his learning potential. I know teachers from other schools come in to observe and get guidance from many of Finegan's teachers. That is a good feeling knowing your child's teacher is well respected by not only at Finegan, but other schools in the district.

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January 13, 2011

This school was my child's 3rd school in as many years. She struggled a bit coming in, but the teachers truly cared about her progress and worked with her and me to ensure that she got everything she needed. She has now gone from making all c's to a-b honor roll. I love volunteering at Finegan and seeing what wonderful things they are doing for my child and all the children at NS Mayport and the beaches areas.

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April 19, 2010

Great school, caring staff, and Gabe's first school.

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July 19, 2009

I have had experience with Finegan Elementary with 2 of my children. I have not found another school in this area that knows the needs of a military child both emotionally and academically. The teachers and staff are great. I have spent many days at the school, and I am impressed each and every time.

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May 27, 2009

As a military family with children attending Finegan for the past 3 years, I am glad we are transferring. Otherwise, I would pull them out. The front office staff is known for being unfriendly and unhelpful, the principal placates parents but has no follow through (not an honest bone in his body), information for upcoming events is routinely not sent home until a day or two prior, the guidance counsellor is unreliable at best, etc. A few of the teachers are wonderful, but that is really all the school has going for it. Several military families are considering pulling their children out after experiencing Finegan, and many already have.

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April 30, 2009

My daughter is about to finish up her first year in school, and I am amazed at the amount of time the teachers and staff put into the development of our children. Safety and courtesy is top notch and for a military child school, they are amazing! P.S. Ms. Donlyn is my daughters teacher, I would recommend her to anyone :)

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March 26, 2009

The was by far the worst Elementary School we've been to. Being a military family and moving from place to place, the sure do not take that into account when learning is different in different states. This school focuses to much on being a top ranked school, rather than focusing on the childrens needs.

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August 27, 2008

WOW! This is my son's first year at this school, and I MUST say that from the very first contact with anyone at the school, from the office staff, the teachers, all the way to the principal, it has been the MOST rewarding encounter! I have been treated with the highest level of respect, they really are listening to what I am saying and the reply is quick. If the answer to a question is not know, they are not afraid to admit it! But what I love the most is that the needs of the student come first! Thank you Staff at Joseph Finegan Elementary! my only regret is that I did not find you until now!! MSM

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August 26, 2008

this is one of the best schools ever..wish we didnt have to move away. teacher and parent communications is awsome..

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July 10, 2008

This school is one of the most caring, determined facilities I have ever known. While Finegan is driven toward the needs of all students, she is particularly sensitive to the needs of military children and families.

February 11, 2008

This is my son's first year in school and I sent him to Finegan on a special assignment. It was the best decision I made. His teacher is wonderful and he has come so far. The school has an excellent PTA and staff. I love this school and will continue to send my son here!

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