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United States Universities, Colleges and SchoolsThe site and buildings on which the A. Quinn Jones Center is currently housed is of historical significance to the city of Gainesville, Alachua County and the state of Florida.   The buildings are the site of the original Lincoln High School which was constructed in 1923 and became an official high school in 1925.   In 1926, Lincoln High School (which served first through twelfth grade students became the first accredited high school in Florida for Afro-American students.

In 1956, a new Lincoln High School was constructed.   The original school then served only elementary students and was renamed the A. Quinn Jones Elementary School in honor of its first principal, Professor A. Quinn Jones, who had served the school and the school system in the capacity of principal, teacher, and community leader.

In 1969, the elementary school was closed.   The facilities were adapted to house adult and career education.   It served and functioned as such until 1972 when these services were moved to another site.   The facilities became the Learning Resource Center and the Alternative School, with the focus of the school being to serve students in need of help with social adjustment skills.

Since 1977, the A. Quinn Jones Center has served  Alachua County students in two programs: Emotionally Handicapped and Severely Emotionally Disturbed.   The student population includes grades K-12, with students coming from all schools in the district and/or from various state agencies and foster care facilities.   In 1986, A. Quinn Jones Center was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Renovations began in 1994 and the doors opened for students in 1996.   The three buildings were designed and included specialized features such as; a) classrooms equipped with restrooms and time out rooms, b) time out rooms with a punching bag or a bed to rest, c) a step up cafeteria that seats 30 students, d) a science and technology laboratory, and e) art and music suites.   In 1998-99 school year students were reevaluated and all emotionally handicapped students were returned to their home schools.   Since then the A. Quinn Jones Center has served Severely Emotionally Disturbed students k-12.  Standard and special diploma options are available to high school students.   In addition, comprehensive elementary and middle programs are offered.   Our needs assessment continually shows that our students continually perform significantly below grade level in academic areas.   Futhermore, their severe  emotional handicap presents itself in inappropriate behaviors of such intensity, frequency and duration that the students cannot be served in a less restrictive setting.   The allocation of a Behavior Resource Teacher, the addition of two mental health counselors, and the services of a Behavior Analyst have enhanced the therapeutic aspect of the program. The students continue to come from all county schools, various state agencies and foster care.

A. Quinn Jones Center

1108 N. W. 7th. Avenue

Gainesville, Florida 32601

352-955-6840

 

Website:

 

www.sbac.edu/~aqjones

 

 

A. Quinn Jones Center

1108 N. W. 7th. Avenue

Gainesville, Florida 32601

352-955-6840

 

Website:

 

www.sbac.edu/~aqjones

 

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