Paxon School for Advanced Studies

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Paxon School for Advanced Studies
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Motto "Caritas, Constantia, Excellentia, Integritas"
Type Magnet schoolCollege Preparatory
Established 1954
Principal Royce Turner, Ed.D
Administrative staff
107
Students 1,557 (2014-15)[1]
Address 3239 Norman E Thagard Blvd, Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Colors Navy Blue and Gold
Nickname PSAS; Pax
Mascot Golden Eagle
Website www.duvalschools.org/psas

Paxon School for Advanced Studies (PSAS) is one of four International Baccalaureate senior high schools (the others being Stanton College Preparatory School, Wolfson High School, and Terry Parker High School) in Duval County, Florida. According to the College Board's Advanced Placement Report,[citation needed] Paxon has one of the strongest math and science Advanced Placement programs in the state of Florida. Because of this accomplishment, Paxon is one of a select group of Florida schools invited to apply for the Siemens Advanced Placement High School Award.[citation needed] Only ten to fifteen schools per state are invited to apply.[citation needed] Some valedictorians have been accepted to the United States Naval Academy and different Ivy League schools.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Paxon High School was originally named Paxon Field Junior-Senior High School when it was built in 1954. It included 7th through 12 grades until 1957, when Paxon Junior High was built across the street. In 1996, Paxon became a college preparatory school and an International Baccalaureate school, and took on its present-day name. Today, Paxon considers its chief rival to be Stanton College Preparatory School, another Jacksonville IB school. In 2008, Paxon School for Advanced Studies was ranked number 8 of the 100 best high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine; 17th in 2007, 28th in 2006, 7th in 2005 and 3rd in 2003.[2]

The site where the school was built was Paxon Air Field, where Bessie Coleman was killed in a plane accident in 1926. Coleman was the first African American (male or female) to become an airplane pilot, and the first American of any race or gender to hold an international pilot license. Paxon Field was Jacksonville's first airfield, with the exception of the beaches. The Navy used the (grass) airfield for training during World War II, but eventually declared the site excess in January 1947.

Magnet program[edit]

The Paxon School faculty consists of over 100 teachers whose awards include district Teacher of the Year and National Board Certification.[citation needed] The 88-acre (360,000 m2) campus includes athletic facilities, a swimming pool, a professional grade television production studio, science labs, and a theater.[3] Sports teams include football, baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, swimming and diving, golf, wrestling, weightlifting, tennis, and bowling, many of which have competed and placed at district and regional levels.[citation needed] Social clubs include the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Youth Leadership for Change. Since becoming an academic magnet, Paxon SAS has seen 3 principals, Dr. James A. Williams (Founder) 1996-2006, Mrs. Carol H. Daniels 2006-2009, and Dr. Royce Turner 2009–present.

International Baccalaureate[edit]

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program was initially formed in 1968. Paxon established an IB program in 1995, was approved in 1997, and had its first graduating IB class in 2000. The four-year program consists of two parts: Pre-IB and IB. Pre-IB prepares students for the rigorous two year, pre-university liberal arts course of study.

U.S Army JROTC[edit]

Army JROTC Detachment: Golden Eagle Battalion which was a recipient of the "Honor Unit with Distinction" recognition[citation needed] (From 1993 to 2009) Which was terminated in 2009 due to lack of funds, but then reinstated the same year. The Golden Eagle Battalion is now stronger than ever, and still carries the "Honor Unit with Distinction" recognition. The battalion is currently led by Senior Army Instructor Major (Ret.) Kenneth De Voe, Army Instructor Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) Cecilio Archbold, Army Instructor Chief Warrant Officer (Ret.) Dweise Harris.

The Cadet Chain of Command for the current school year is as follow:

  • Battalion Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Eyan Eubanks
  • Battalion Executive Officer Cadet Major Aysia Washington
  • Battalion Command Sergeant Major Cadet Command Sergeant Major Jaylnn Greiner

The Cadet Staff is as follows

  • Battalion Adjutant Officer (S-1)
  • Battalion Intelligence Officer (S-2)
  • Battalion Operations and Training Officer (S-3)
  • Battalion Supply and Logistics Officer (S-4)
  • Battalion Communications Officer (S-5)
  • Battalion Special Events Officer (S-6)

The Cadet Command is as follows:

  • Headquarters Company Commander
  • Executive Officer
  • First Sergeant
  • Alpha Company Commander
  • Executive Officer
  • First Sergeant
  • Bravo Company Commander
  • Executive Officer
  • First Sergeant
  • Charlie Company Commander
  • Executive Officer
  • First Sergeant
  • Delta Company Commander
  • Executive Officer
  • First Sergeant
  • Echo Company Commander
  • Executive Officer
  • First Sergeant

Drill Team The Golden Eagle Battalion Drill Team comprises Armed, Unarmed, Exhibition and Color Guard drill.

  • Area 1 Drill Champions 2015, 2016

Swimming pool[edit]

The school has an outdoor pool which is used by the athletic teams. It becomes a free public pool operated by the City of Jacksonville Parks & Recreation Department during the summer months.

Sports[edit]

Basketball, Baseball, Football,Flag football, Volleyball, Bowling, Cross Country, Track and Field, Soccer, Cheerleading, Softball, Tennis, Golf, Swim and Dive, Lacrosse, Wrestling [4]

Honors[edit]

  • Ranked as the #35 public school in the United States by Newsweek Magazine in 2013[5]
  • Ranked as the #23 public school in the United States by Newsweek Magazine in 2012[6]
  • Ranked as the #170 public school in the United States by Newsweek Magazine in 2011[7]
  • Ranked as the #6 public school in the United States by Newsweek Magazine in 2009[8]
  • Ranked as the #8 public school in the United States by Newsweek Magazine in 2008[2]
  • 2008 Gold Medal winner, ranked as 30th best High School is the US by US News & World Report[9]
  • Ranked as the #29 public school in the United States by U. S. News Magazine in 2007[citation needed]
  • Ranked as the #17 public school in the United States by Newsweek Magazine in 2007[10]
  • Ranked as the #28 public school in the United States by Newsweek Magazine in 2006[11]
  • Ranked as the #7 public school in the United States by Newsweek Magazine in 2005[12]
  • Ranked as the #3 public school in the United States by Newsweek Magazine in 2003[13]
  • P.S. 75 of Duval County Public Schools[citation needed]
  • Newspaper: The Eagle, selected as the #1 high-school paper in Jacksonville by the Florida Times-Union in 2004, 2005, and 2006.[citation needed]
  • Football Stadium: Paxon Stadium (main rivals are the Stanton College Prep Blue Devils)
  • Freedom Award Winner[citation needed]
  • The graduating class of 2005 was the largest graduating class ever to be seen by the school.[citation needed]
  • Paxon's land area is the largest of any school in Duval County[citation needed]
  • Paxon's CEEB (SAT/ACT) code is 100780

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "PAXON SCHOOL/ADVANCED STUDIES". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Newsweek Magazine: The Top of the Class by Jay Mathews
  3. ^ "Duval Schools". Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 8, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 21, 2012. Retrieved May 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved November 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ Newsweek Magazine: The Top of the Class Newsweek Web Exclusive
  9. ^ US News & World Report
  10. ^ Newsweek Magazine: The Top of the Class by Jay Mathews
  11. ^ Newsweek Magazine: The Top of the Class by Jay Mathews
  12. ^ Newsweek Magazine: The Top of the Class by Jay Mathews
  13. ^ Newsweek Magazine: The Top of the Class by Jay Mathews
  14. ^ Guralnick, Peter (2012). Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 9780316206778. 
  15. ^ Janet Jernigan, J.R. Cobb shares history; Monticello News, August 19, 2010. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  16. ^ Luc Brunot, Interview with Robert Nix, Bands of Dixie Magazine, November–December 2008. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  17. ^ "Antwaune Ponds bio". Retrieved February 28, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Ron Sellers bio". Retrieved February 28, 2018. 
  19. ^ Strickland, Sandy (July 12, 2000). "Paxon gets 'walk of fame'". The Florida Times-Union. Retrieved November 20, 2017. 
  20. ^ a b Florida Department of Education: April 29, 2002-Gary and Steve Pajcic donate $1 million to help bring veteran teachers to challenged schools in Duval County Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.

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