Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary School – Ocala, FL

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary School

1900 S.W. 5th Street
Ocala, FL, 34471-1861

(352) 671-7260

Mrs. Dawana Gary, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School, Choice School

Marion School District

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Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 17%
  • White: 61%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 22%


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Students utilize paper to engineer a device to support weight!

Students utilize paper to engineer a device to support weight!


Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary is a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) magnet school in southwest Ocala, FL. As a professional learning community, the Jones faculty embodies a positive, enriching culture that promotes the academic achievement and social emotional development of all students through a growth mindset. With high expectations for both students and faculty, the mission at Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary is to create an innovative environment where all students are enriched through our STEAM program, enabling students to learn and utilize the Scientific Method through a strong integrated science program. Students participate in hands-on activities in the classroom as well as in their weekly specials rotation in the interactive Science Lab with the guidance of our Science Enrichment Teacher.

In the Makerspace Lab, as well as our classrooms, students are encouraged to utilize their artistic capabilities and creativity by engaging all students in solving real-world problems through design challenges. These higher level challenges involve critical thinking, shared inquiry, and collaborative learning. Coding, web design, and media production are applications found in our computer lab special's rotation as well as classrooms. Science, Math, and Technology hae been integrated across the curriculum since 1994.

It has been a challenge to maintain relevant technology in classrooms due to financial barriers; however, with the support of parents, community, and business partners, the faculty at Jones utilizes a variety of engaging strategies and interactive technology.

Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary has been an A school for 16 years!