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Joseph Williams Elementary School4

Gainesville, FL | Alachua County

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June 4, 2013


What a great school! We feel so lucky that our child attended this school in 4th and 5th grade where she really developed confidence and higher level critical thinking, and gained a group of friends that were wonderfully open and caring about others. The teachers are amazing, dedicated people that teach in an individualized manner, going well beyond textbook and worksheet learning--they fully engage the kids in the content of lessons with participatory and collaborative learning experiences that make the classes so much fun for the kids. I was always impressed and never disappointed in my child's education at Williams. The 5th grade teachers in particular are exceptional.

Submitted by a parent

September 23, 2010


I wanted to speak to the review below which says that there are no clubs or sports at Williams. That may have been true then, but now there are many clubs, including chess, art and a "green" club. There is also after school soccer. This is our first year in the magnet program, and we are very happy with it. Just be forewarned, the homework load is quite heavy.

Submitted by a parent

April 26, 2010


The Magnet Academy for Gifted Students is exceptional. Additionally, the principal of Williams Elementary, Mrs. Fortner, is very hands-on with the students and communicates with the parents very well. The teachers at Williams and in the Gifted Program are all great teachers.

Submitted by a parent

November 1, 2009


Every teacher is committed to making sure every child has all the tools they need to succeed in life both academically and socially! You will not meet a more committed and caring staff.

Submitted by a parent

September 2, 2009


5 stars love it keep up the good work!

Submitted by a parent

September 9, 2008


The magnet program is wonderful due to the quality and dedication of its teachers. However, ther drawback is that the program is definitely a 'school within a school.' If you don't know, Williams is in the poorest part of Gainesville (high crime area, etc). For the magnet kids, there is little interaction with the 'regular school population' and when there is the magnet kids are sometimes verbally bullied. I noted this on an internal review of the school. There are also no after school sports for the kids and the only clubs are chess ($100 a year) and engineering (grades 3-5). I miss the 'neighborhood school' atmosphere of other elementary schools; in that way, I feel my child is losing out, but he is definitely getting the academic quality he needs (and we want for him). There are better schools for regular programs, tho.

Submitted by a parent

May 18, 2008


My child has been attending the magnet program at Williams for three years.It is like no place else!ALL the teachers are outstanding (regular and magnet)Afterschool, music, Spanish, Pe, THEY'RE ALL WODERFUL.

Submitted by a parent

October 26, 2005


The principal is wonderful along with the teachers.

Submitted by a parent

February 10, 2005


I would rate their academic program as excellant. Music and art are encouraged. Higher levels of parent envolvement are present.

Submitted by a former student

May 18, 2004


Williams is a great school that really cares about each student. Most teacher are trained right here in Gainesville at the University of Florida.

Submitted by a parent

November 17, 2003


My son has been attending Williams for 3 years. In this time, I have found that the teachers are not only very concerned and supportive of both children and their families, but also enthusiastic about their job and the importance of their role among the kids, their families, and the community. Williams has some of the nicest teachers I've seen in more than one country--Mrs. Latsko and the P.E. Coach among them. Thank you for generosity, teachers from Williams!

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