Jackson Park Elementary is a place where people put their heart into everything they do. My son will be in 1st grade this fall. His year of kindergarten was fantastic. He truly enjoyed his time and did well. I mean, he learned how to read! His teacher, Mrs. Rice, was amazing -- smart, funny, in-control, empathetic -- so I have high hopes for his second year at JP. I wish PE was offered every day; young kids NEED to burn off energy! I also wish events at the school had better organization and arrangements (seating, audio quality, signs). It is a shame that U City's incredibly diverse population does not reflect in its schools. Because of the lack of support residents have for this district, the schools' reputations suffer. This has been the trend though, where families choose to pay for private schools rather than back public ones or even move out of the district altogether. Take it from someone who considered the other options. But I'm glad I didn't give into the fearmongering. There are no fights, there are no screaming matches between kids and teachers, there is no bullying or dangers we've experienced. JP is a school that is just as excellent as any other.