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Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

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Posted May 23, 2013

When I found out that my son was being moved to TJES from Centerton Gamble, I was worried that he might not handle the transition well. However, this turned out to be a non-issue. My son has flourished here. His teacher, Mr. Engle, sees the good in each and every child. He saw past some of my son's learning challenges, and identified strengths that he could appreciate and appeal to. The staff at the school and is caring a supportive always. It is bittersweet leaving this school for middle school, but rest assured that your child is in good hands!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

The teachers at Thomas Jefferson are the best! Especially Ms. Geiger. My granddaughter has thoroughly enjoyed 2nd grade this year.


Posted October 16, 2011

The teachers don't pay attention to the children, especially in the recess environment. If there is any kind of altercation or rough housing, don't expect the teachers to have noticed. The after school program is also lack luster. If you go to pick your child up early, in my experience 90% of the time none of the faculty will even know where you're child is. In the event that rain keeps them inside the children will simply be sitting alone doing nothing. This is not an after school learning program, and there are no organized activities. I have since pulled my child from adventure club and would prefer to pull him from the school to place him somewhere the faculty care as much about the kids as they do their paycheck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2011

My son has gone to school here for Kindergarten and now 1st grade. He really struggled academically and all the staff were SO wonderful with working with my son to provide the best and a fun learning experience for him. He just loves going to school every day, his teachers are so wonderful and provide such a fun learning experience! I just love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

I love the teachers, the support that the parents provide, the great learning environment, the level of technology they have incorporated into keeping students and parents informed, and because the PTO is so active providing great opportunities for families to spend quality time together while raising money for the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Thomas Jefferson Elementary has fantastic school spirit, a challenging ciriculum and teaches our younger generation the meaning of respect and good manners. This is an art that has been lost in most current school systems and it is nice to see a school that respects the importance of manners in its student body. TJ also places a good amount of importance on making sure the student body understands that they must challenge themselves to succeed and that with every failure there is a lesson to learn. Go Tigers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2007

My Son had to move from Sugar Creek to Thomas Jefferson when we purchased our new home. He was very nervous at first, but he has had many really wonderful experiences there. All of the staff, right down to the kitchen and cleaning crew are really friendly and the kids feel their energy and respond to all the positive attitudes & encouragement that is demonstrated everyday. I would highly recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

Thomas Jefferson has been a pleasant surprise. Though one of the oldest school buildings in the area, what the staff... and school culture focuses on is anything but old or stale! The atmosphere is possitive, energetic and has a pleasantly safe undercurrent. We have two boys, one in fourth and one in first grade. Their teachers are extremely well suited to each of them. Our fourth graders teacher has had alot of success with motivating the class in learning some fairly dry concepts with creativity and ongoing encouragment and support. Our first grader has been a human sponge for knowledge and social accountability. The programs that the school authorizes are wonderful at creating excitement and interest in what the students are learning about. TJ has an awesome motto and a very harmonious environment. I especially appreciate their 'Rise & Shine' on Friday morning. It is basically a pep-rally...school is fun here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2006

All four of my kids have or are currentally attending Thomas Jefferson. I am impressed on a weekly basis by the leadership of this school. The environment is warm and inviting. Students feel welcomed, safe and loved by the staff. Expectations are set high, and students feel empowered to meet those expectations because they know they have a team of teachers and administrators that will support them. My kids look forward to going to school everyday! I can't say enough good about TJ. I wouldn't send my kids anywhere else.
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Posted March 22, 2006

Three of my children have attended TJ, all with great teachers. Two have already gone on to middle and jr. high where they excell in these new settings. TJ's focus on integrating arts with education provides wonderful oportunities for students to participate in valuble special programs such as a week with a poet and another week with a Chinese artist. Teachers work in teams and coordinate activities across grade levels to make learning fun and comprehensive. Check out the school web site.
—Submitted by a parent


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

Grade level

Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 79% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Literacy

The state average for Literacy was 85% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 82% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 64%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 1%
Hispanic 8% 10%
Black 4% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Two or more races 2% 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 35%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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810 Bella Vista Rd
Bentonville, AR 72712
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