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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Darnell Cookman Middle/High School is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in Jacksonville, FL. It has 1,156 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 74% of students are at least proficient in math and 80% in reading.
Address
1701 N Davis St
Jacksonville, FL 32209
Telephone
(904) 630-6805

Darnell Cookman Middle/High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
80%
Percent Proficient - Math
74%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1120
101 responses
Average ACT
24
48 responses
AP Enrollment
100%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B+
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$48,256
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$955
National
$949
Median Home Value
$140,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 39 responses
Report
  • Multicultural.
    31%
  • Homecoming
    21%
  • Haunted Hallway
    15%
  • Pep rallies
    13%
  • Spirit Week
    13%
  • Homecoming
    8%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,156
Free or Reduced Lunch
41%
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
6%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$46,500
Teachers in First/Second Year
24.6%
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$9,454/ year
National
$12,239
80%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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Darnell Cookman Middle/High School Reviews

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Darnell Cookman has been a school growing in diversity and always advocating for the best for their students. The small size of this magnet school give the chance for all students to get to know one another and bond together, not just those in the classroom, but across grade levels. Each grade from seniors to six graders, interact with one another and benefit from each other. The teachers make sure to know each student and form relationships with them which will remain strong across the years.
There is something for everyone here. Clubs are always a source of where people can get together and bond over their commitment and passion for something. The most famous club, and rightfully so, is the Multicultural Club. It is a club where students across grade levels come together and work on dances, fashion, and art to showcase at the end of the year the school's diverse and shows how Darnell Cookman takes pride on having different people, ideas, and cultures thriving in our buildings.
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I have attended Darnell-Cookman since 6th grade, and in that time the school has sculpted me into the woman I am now; I have transitioned from a shy, insecure girl that was okay with doing the bare minimum into a goal oriented, involved, and high achieving student. As a student at Darnell I have been exposed to many opportunities, such as an internship at NAS Jax Medical Center where I was given the privilege of shadowing doctors and surgeons. We went into the operating room and observed an ACL replacement, bluff removal, and a vasectomy. We went through the Trauma Casualty Combat Care obstacle course where we were instructed how reach an injured sailor in the field of combat to apply a tourniquet, saving their life. Darnell has prepared me for the pursuit of a higher education; the rigorous course work prepares students for the work load and expectations in college. I highly recommend this school, even if your child doesn't to be a doctor or is unsure of what they want to be.
I like that Darnell Cookman challenges students to learn and grow. Darnell Cookman provides a great quantity of opportunities for students from various backgrounds to academically shine. The graduating class is fairly small in comparison to other schools, permitting students to get more personal attention from teachers and form remarkably strong bonds. Adding more activities for students to do outside of academics can help add to Darnell Cookman’s greatness.