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Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted August 1, 2013

I have two daughters at this school and I love it. The parents are really great and work together to make it a fun place for the students. The teachers are very good too and get very involved. The PTA and Boosters are big here and do a lot of activities. This school has a library, a computer specialist and the AR (Accelerated Reading) system in place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2012

I love this school. Great teachers, Great staff, and the PTA is wonderful. My daughter is completing the first grade and I look forward to next year. I have not had any issues and all my questions have been answered and worries put to rest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

Love this school. My husband and I both moved to Burbank, and now our oldest child attends this school. This was the best decision we ever made and she is doing great. She welcomes the knowledge she gains with a very positive attitude and outlook which is all thatnks to her amaizing teacher who knows how to push her just right enough to want to excel. I feel that the school communicates effectively with perants on information pertinent to kids, education, safety (so important). I have nothing but GREAT to say about this school, its officials, students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2011

We have been VERY pleased with Jefferson Elementary. We have recently moved her from another district with my husband's new job and have been immensely pleased with the office staff, excellent principal, and my sons amazing first grade teacher. My son has some speech and occupational therapy needs and they have also been wonderful in considering and addressing his specific needs. The school has a very good "Peaceful Playground" policy for recess that teaches kids the activities and games that ARE acceptable instead of harping on those not allowed. The school uses incentive slips for recognition, and the principal knows and interacts with her students with kindness and enthusiasm. The PTA and music programs have also been excellent. We feel fortunate to be at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

Great school, awesome principal. Office staff is very rude! Teachers are amazing, truly! My son has really excelled and I couldn't be happier. The PTA is super strong and parental involvement is very high in the classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2011

I feel the same way about the office staff, moody and just plain rude. I haven't seen much action coming from the principle regarding issues with teachers that shouldn't be teaching. Last year wasn't the greatest, but we are fortunate to have AMAZING teachers this year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2011

Great Principal and Teachers. Parents get involved. Rude and arrogant office staff. That type of attitude should not be present near children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

I went there and my three kids went there. Great teachers and great principles and wonderful memories.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2010

so far I love the way my kids are so into the teachers and their studies....they have a great helping systems and thanks to all the parent that can help make the teachers work a bit easier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

My son's teacher Ms. Kubeczka just won teacher of the year at TJ elementary school. Her and Ms. Kistler (the principal) make TJ the best elementary school for my son and others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

I love this school. My daughter did not go to preschool so the first week was rough but she excells now and I could not be happier. I volunteer once a week and see all of the fun projects that she does and all of learning that goes on. Excellent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

great teachers and staff and a wonderful group of parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

wonderful teachers, kids! This school is amazing! What great partnerships!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

We have been pleased with the level of education our children have received at Jefferson. The teachers are dedicated and caring and parents are involved. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Amazing teachers and involved parents make this a top performing school year after year! My kids love it and we love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Thomas Jefferson is a welcoming community of parents and teachers! My daughter has thrived at TJ and I love the support she gets from her teachers. We are so fortunate to be able to attend such a wonderful school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Excellent all around, meeting all requirements
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Caring Staff, Teachers and very involved Parents ensure our kids have quality education and arts options!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

Dedicated teachers and parent work together for kids at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

We have the best teachers and parents, they all give 110% everyday.
—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.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

897

Change from
2012 to 2013

+3

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

897

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+3

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school's test score performance improved between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students75%
Females78%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students74%
Females77%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Females73%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Females81%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Females90%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students82%
Females85%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate86%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students80%
Females80%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students80%
Females78%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students78%
Females75%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 55%
Hispanic 21%
Asian 14%
Two or more races 6%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/AN/A
English language learners 14%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

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Burbank, CA 91504
Phone: (818) 558-4635

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