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Jefferson Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 518 students

 

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Posted December 5, 2013

My son has a difficult time sitting in class and following rules. His teacher as well as the principal worked together and came up with a behavior plan for him and he is now doing much better in school. Thank you for taking the time and effort to help my son be a better student. He is very excited to attend school and looks forward to getting his name called out over the loud speaker when he is student of the week. Thank you for making my son feel special and important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2009

So happy to hear Jefferson is changing for the better!My Grandson is in 6th gr and is doing well! We took his sister out and sent her to charter school because we did not like the school!Tooooo many rough kids and destructive kids!Some of the teachers are awesome and deserved better than they got at Jefferson! Happy to hear things are so much better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2009

best school ever. my parents went there. i went there and my kids attend there!!! Fantastic
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2009

Jefferson has new leadership and has undergone extensive changes in the last year and a half. Under the direction and expertise of Dr. Timothy Moe (Principal). and leadership and the hard work of a caring, dedicated and professional staff the school has gone from an underperforming status to a status of 'Performing Plus'. This is quite an amazing accomplishment considering this was accomplished in one school year. I am proud and honored to have both of my grand children educated at this uniquely diverse and professional educational community. Sincerely Mr. Logan


Posted December 14, 2007

I think this school does the best they can with the resources available. My daughter is in the 2nd grade and she absolutely loves her teachers and all the activities they provide her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

My child will be starting 2nd grade in the 07-08 school year. I am tremendously concerned with test scores. AIMS & Terra Nova scores are extremely low in comparison with other schools. More focus needs to be placed in all instructional areas to ensure that students are receiving the highest level of education possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2007

My son is in the 2nd grade and for the past two years, I havn't been impressed with the communication. Anything sent home with my son either needs to be returned the next day, or should have already been returned. Before it even was sent home! Some of the items are even dated a week before. The nurse's office is also not high on my list. When my son was hurt and they called his dad on his cell phone, she choose to 'page this person' rather than leave a message to tell him what the emergency was.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

The disipline is lacking. some teachers don't back up aides on playground. cafeteria way out of control on noise level. principal no back up for employees. foul language from staff used to often (not all staff) front office help is bad in communicating problems to principal. needs stronger dress code for front office, and some teachers. high population of gang activity on campus. foul language from students allowed to much. rules for playground not followed by students, when brought up to principal just over looked. too many fights. used to be a fun place to work. but when you get treated like you are just like some of them there, just for the paycheck, i got slammed because i really did care about the students and a few staff members treated me like a human being. the front office needs traing in public communication skills, and principal more backbone for diciplining.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted December 2, 2005

I think Jefferson is a decent school, but I think there is a lot of room for improvement. Some of the teachers are better than others and when I had to switch classrooms mid year the principal was very accomodating. I believe they are on the lower scale for education but I think they care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2005

my son has adhd , my daughter has learning disable. The teachers at this school have been great working with both of them and helping get them in the right programs for them to do a lot better in class . my daughter as been in the band this past year and has loved it and the teacher . they are very caring staff at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2005

My daughter attends Kindergarten at Jefferson and I have not been all that impressed. At the beginning of the school year I asked her teacher if it was her intention to have the students reading by the end of the year, and she responded with a flat out 'no!' My daughter knew how to read before she started school, but the teacher was not willing to work extra with her. Her reply was 'they're only in kindergarten!'. Although I agree that children shouldn't be pushed, some kids are willing to learn at a faster rate and that was not taken into consideration. Now that we are approaching the end of the year, the teacher aid will occassionally read with my daughter or do flash cards with her, but for the most part, she spent the year learning the letters of the alphabet--something she's known since she was three!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

I put all four of my children through Jefferson. Two that have already graduated are sucessful and happy in their lives. The others attend Brimhall and Skyline and both do very well. Many students that have attended Jefferson over the past 16 years have done well. Those that were not, wasn't just the schools fault. We have a no child left behind act. Holding teachers accountable. When does the government hold the parents accountable. Good attendence and being on time a critical to your childs learning. Supporting the school in helping children follow rules not only makes school a better place of learning, but also teaches your children respect,manners, and teaches them that we have rules in the world that need to be followed. I disagree with homework. It is a childs job to go to school, nobody wants to take their job home, why should the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2003

I have seen numerous people, ranging from children that are enrolled in this school, to adults that went to this school over 20 years ago, who either cannot read a lick or can barely read at a 2nd grade level, and yet this school continues to pass them along to the next grade. What does that tell you about the care and devotion to our children that this school has?? Tells me that they could really care less, as long as they don't have to deal with it. Or something disgusting like that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2002

they never updtae calander info, and I think the students saftey is over looked. This, I mean when students are being pick-up and dropped off to and from school.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
48%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
58%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 64% 43%
White 30% 42%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 5%
Black 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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120 S Jefferson
Mesa, AZ 85208
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