This is a great school with more to offer than the other public elementary schools in the area! There are several reasons why. First, the teaching staff at Jefferson is second to none. I have two children who have been at the school a total of eight years combined and we have never once had a teacher whom we felt was less than exemplary. Each year we say, "how would we ever find a teacher as wonderful as the one we just had?" and have found the next year brings an equally positive experience. The staff at Jefferson has above average years of teaching experience. Their compassion for teaching and commitment to their students is what places them at the top of their peer group. The IB program brings in teachers who are creative and passionate and are willing to go above and beyond to create a learning environment that is individualized for each student. Secondly, Jefferson offers an IB program which brings another dimension to the curriculum. Students are exposed to a more global perspective of the world we share and are taught to understand the importance of their roles as citizens. Finally, the diversity of the school adds a richness to the student's learning experience.
A school with a great spirit. My son will graduate from 5th grade, and I'm heartbroken that he has to leave. It has been a wonderful, enriching experience. Desipte being a larger school, he has found his place here. He has explored so many different things and loved them all- a real music program, language, organic gardening, Lego robotics, dance, science, multiple field trips. There is depth and richness to the curriculum. I have another child at a different Carlsbad school- wow, what a difference. What a mistake not to enroll him at Jefferson inthe first place. A typical Jefferson moment: at the school's talent show, several teachers and even 2 school board members got up and danced hip hop for the kids. They went crazy. Mr. Lund, the principal, entered his own robot in the school's Lego robotics contest. How fun! The IB program teaches the students to respect each other, and they will make friends with children from a variety of racial and socio-economic experiences. You don't find many coddled kinds who think they are the center of the universe here. The IB programs teaches them think and to be grateful and kind- and that's what you find at this school.
I have a child development background and I feel so privileged to have transferred my children to Jefferson (out of a test-prep oriented school) since kindergarten. They are learning at such a young age how to function successfully in a global school setting with a diverse population and a challenging, globally focused curriculum. The STAR testing system is becoming a thing of the past, and the new Common Core is very aligned with the International Baccalaureate principles that Jefferson effuses. The teachers are so creative with curriculum and the principal supports wholeheartedly their efforts and the PTAs. My children have had exposure to organic gardening, violin, chorus, drumming, dancing, drama, language, technolody, etc to name only a few extracurricular activities. A truly GREAT school! Thanks Jefferson!
Jefferson is a unique school that cares about your child getting a well rounded education. Along with a strong academic focus, they also nurture curiosity, creativity, and a true love of learning. They do not replace key academic areas like science and social studies with test prep. The teachers are incredibly dedicated and creative. Their IB program places a strong emphasis on science and social studies. My daughter did amazing experiments in third grade that many high school students don't get to do! My two children have learned to celebrate diversity, make presentations and perform with poise and confidence, play twice real instruments and read music, create amazing projects with PowerPoint, Animoto, and other multimedia. They had a Spanish teacher last year, but this year they can choose from 25 different languages with Rosetta Stone. They teach children how to problem solve, think critically, and ask questions-important skills for the 21st century! The school board needs to support this school and stop taking all of their grant money!
I am impressed with the dedication of the teachers who provide an excellent education with very limited resources. The School Board needs to review the equity of distributed resources. This school is short changed.
I just LOVE Jefferson! It's honestly a great school; and I recommend it for all kids who like cool field trips, funny teachers, and awesome friends. First of all, the kids there are super-cool. They tell funny jokes, they aren't lazy, and they're just awesome. Besides, they like new students, and are willing to make friends with them--and there are NO fights at all! Next, the teachers there are funny and well-liked. They're also diverse, and some of them were Jefferson students when they were kids. Additionally, there are some really awesome field trips, such as BizTown, Wild Animal Park, and even the Harding Guest House--and don't forget the beach field trip at the end of the year! Finally, it's where memories are made. You'll always remember it as one of the best schools ever. It'll be in your heart. And that's a promise!
Jefferson Elementary offers their students an amazing, well rounded education that is based on encouraging students to discover and participate in their community and the world around them. The teachers work together to provide cross curriculum instruction, so the children get to experience art, music, literature, science, math, history, and social studies in each and every subject. The learning environment is dynamic and interesting, and the children are happy! This school is socio-economically and racially diverse, and students learn to embrace and celebrate diversity, not to be afraid of it. The parents are incredibly active in all facets of school life, and it is warmly and enthusiastically encouraged by the principal and staff. With the establishment of the International Baccalaureate program, Jefferson has managed to set the bar so high, that it could easily compete with programs that are typically only offered in a specialized, private school setting. You can just feel the pride and enthusiasm of the students, faculty, staff, and parents. It makes all the difference for my children to attend a school where they are challenged to grow and are still valued as people!
I attended Jefferson Elementary and I can honestly say that the faculty are some of the best around. It was there that my interest in playing music was cultivated as I learned to read music and play the saxophone, which I continued to play into middle school. It was a kind of place where no matter what classroom you stepped into you were genuinely interested in what was being taught because there the teachers love what they do, and it shows.
Inquiry based learning, great teachers, awesome Principal and staff, character development and community participation.
I love the International Baccalaureate Program and the inquiry based learning opportunities the children have. It's a great school!
We are an International Baccalaureate program where kids learn by asking questions, research , group projects and hands on projects as opposed to the traditional worksheet packets given on Monday due on Friday. The program and staff allow even children who aren't traditionally academic be successful by providing a different type of learning. Learning through experience. Way better than any packet could do!
I put my son in Jefferson just for the full day kindergarden at first but after having such a great year in the school i could not imagine him anywhere else.This is a great school with lots of extras and it shows.I could not be more happy!
My son is in Kindergarden at Jefferson and I couldn't be more thrilled with the education he's getting.
Jefferson has been a wonderful school for my daughter. She is a high achieving student and designated gate. The programs the school offers are well rounded. Besides basic academics, she receives art, music, physical education, and commputer instruction in her 'specials' classes. The diversity at Jefferson also offers her a different perspective and the opportunity to relate with children of all ethnicities. She is involved in the writing club with our very own story queen, Shelly Thomas who is a published children's author. The teachers at Jefferson reach out to all children of all abilities to enhance their learning and challange them daily. Because our school has alot of english learners, I was concerned about my child not being pushed to her abilities. She has received a fine education, and scored 100% on her math state test last year!
We have been very happy with the educational program, school climate and facilities at Jefferson. The teachers have been wonderful with both our children and have provided creative educational opportunities, beyond teaching simply what is expected. The music (weekly singing during the school day, as well as optional and free group music and band classes once a week before or after school) and art programs are a nice addition to the curriculum and something our children look forward to every week. Shelly Thomas (a literacy specialist and a published children's author) works with the teachers providing literacy support and enrichment to the curriculum with weekly visits as The Story Queen to each classroom. Jefferson is a culturally diverse school with wonderful opportunities for our children to interact with and get to know students that may come from a different background. We love Jefferson and feel it's Carlsbad's best secret!
I have two children at this school. They've had some great teachers but also some very poor ones. From my experiences with the upper level administrators, I feel as though that's where this school's problems start. My son went from being an A/B student at his previous school to a C/D here. His father and I feel as though his entire 5th grade year was almost a complete waste. He had 3 subjects taught by 3 different teachers, one being his home teacher. The lack of organization was very evident. Very, very poor teacher to parent communication about what was going on in the classroom. Face to face conversations about bullying would meet with little or no follow through. These bullys parents weren't even called in some cases. I will do anything not to have my children attend this school next year.
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