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K-5
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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 365
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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3770 Utah Street
San Diego, CA 92104

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(619) 344-3300
(619) 297-7053
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Map of Jefferson Elementary School address.

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November 24, 2014
My twin girls are in kindergarten at Jefferson and they love everything about it! So do my wife and I. Their teacher is so fantastic that my kids spend much of their free time drawing pictures of her and writing her notes. Mr. Morga, the principal, is accessible, open-minded, energetic, and beloved by kids, parents, and faculty alike. More parents in the Jefferson zone are wising up and sending their kids here--this year saw the highest kindergarten enrollment and the highest percentage of local families enrolled in decades. This is due in part to the promotional efforts of a group of dedicated parents and community members; but it seemed inevitable that Jefferson would get swept up in the North Park renaissance. We enrolled our kids here instead of choicing into other schools as many of our neighbors had, hoping Jefferson would provide not only a fine education for our kids (it's an IB school and a STEAM magnet), but also a greater connection between our family and our community. I could go on for days about the enrichment opportunities, library, afterschool programs, etc., but suffice it to say that so far the Jefferson experience has exceeded our hopes and expectations!

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
Jefferson school is such a great school my daughter is in TK right now and she is so happy and so I'm I . The Principal Mr. Morgan is such a great and professional guy I really like that he is always taking care of the kids and teachers too. They are so organized my daughter she went to preschool at this school too and she was in miss rosiles class and we love her a lot she is the best . I love that school and the plan they have . Thumbs up for Jefferson Steam Magnet IB world school.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2014
This school has been wonderful. My daughter is in Transitional Kindergarten right now and was also here at Jefferson for preschool last year. The Principal, Mr Morga is a very genuine and good spirited man. The staff is all pretty great. We have been so lucky to have Mrs. Rosiles for preschool last year and Mrs. Dow for TK this year. There are always fun field trips and activities going on for the kids. My daughter loves it here. Unfortunately we are moving to the North County this summer and I will have to change her school for next year. But if we ever move back, I will put my daughter right back in Jefferson. Their after-school care program on campus (Primetime) has also been awesome.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
Jefferson Elementary School in San Diego, deserves to be recognized for the amazing way it has transformed over the past few years. When you first arrive at the school site, people are welcoming and they smile making you feel comfortable right away. The school has gone from old and drab to new and bright with all the physical changes that have been made on the outside. On the inside, the students are all engaged in their activities. The leadership has been exemplary with Principal Morga, who is the force behind all these amazing changes. He is a kind, caring, approachable human being that is truly dedicated to his job. There's always some type of activity or event going on that includes the neighboring community. I had worked as a school secretary in a nearby school that closed, those students then transferred to Jefferson Elementary, which pleased me greatly to know they would be attending a quality school very similar to the previous one they attended in our neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
My son is now in 5th grade, and I am extremely thankful that he was able to attend Jefferson since kindergarten. Together we've raised a wonderful kid. He's above grade-level academically, he's challenged, he's stimulated, he's taught to think and, most importantly, he LOVES being at school. School feels like home and family- the staff and parents make this school feel like a community. Extra curricular activities are plentiful and help kids feel connected to school. There is a sense of playfulness and fun on campus. PTA is active, and the principal is dynamic. His teachers have been excellent.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2012
Jefferson Elementary School is an excellent school. The Principal, Teachers and Staff genuinely care about each individual student. The curriculum is designed to teach children reading, writing, and math as well as how to be good citizens of the world. Students are taught with the use of computers and up-to-date teaching techniques. Children are encouraged to be proud of themselves for their culture and ethnicity and to have respect for all cultures. Children are given positive, special attention when they have trouble with certain lessons until they master concepts confidently. I have met Jefferson graduates who have successfully gone on to higher education and now are accomplished adults with families of their own and good jobs. I recommend Jefferson Elementary to parents who want to see their children excel in school.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2012
This is a great school. I live outside of this school zone and opt to bring my two children here. The principal, staff and parents are great and do a lot more with the kids than just teaching them basics or how to pass a test. I truely know that my children are cared for each and every day. Other reviews on this site are several years old when there was a different principal. This school has improved so much since he has started being the principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
This is the worse school my kids had ever been...Teacher and principal they havo no authority over the kids kids they just do whatever they want. They always complaint about everything which means that they havo no way how to handle difficult situations with kids also I don't like the fact that they give kids homework in spanish..I am spanic and I came to this country very young..And I learn english the good way or the bad way..And I think everybody should learn english no matter what..No homework should be given in spanish at all that will confuse the kids and they wont make no efforts to learn english....Jefferson school is worse school ever...

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 09, 2010
This is a great school i have been since kindergarden and i love it !!!!!!

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
There is not a lot of parent involvement. The staff and principal are wonderful and supportive. There are 2 opportunities for After School Care.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
We were very pleased with the education that our child received. Our child spent kindergarten and half of first grade at this school before moving to a new state. Her teachers in both grades were EXCELLENT! The school staff was friendly the principal was a little stand-offish but overall because of the excellent teachers we had a good experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
Unfortunately, I believe Jefferson Elementary was a big disappointment the last year. I was unhappy with the quality of the work produced and the lack of teacher instruction. This will be my sons last year with Jefferson and I plan on providing him with a tutor just so he won t get behind in starting the sixth grade. I wished that they had a music program or after school activities for the children to participate in. I believe that that would allow the children to take pride in those activities, school spirit and even class work. They do however have several exceptional teachers, but because they are few and far between, its does nothing for the child when they go onto the next grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2005
Unfair disciplinary practices; slower classroom rate--if your child learns fast, he'll become bored here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 06, 2005
Jefferson elementary school has a wonderful principal and dedicated teachers. However, the school itself is filthy, the bathrooms smell terrible and everything is covered with years of grime and dust.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2004
My daughter has been going to Jefferson Elementary since Kindergarten. I have always had support and the school has made being a single parent alot easiler. The 6 to 6 program is the best

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2004
My 10 year old has been at this school since 2000, and my 7 year old has been here since kindergarden. As far as public schools go, it is probably one of the better ones. We had alot of problems with the principal who recently retired, and the safety on-campus, but since the new principal started, all of that has been resolved. They have an excellent 6 to 6 program, and wonderful, open-minded teachers (for the most part). Both our boys are ADHD, and we had some problems with the principal/counselor when our oldest was in 1st grade, but again, all of this has resolved since that principal retired.

- submitted by a parent
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Jefferson IB STEAM magnet school is in the heart of historic North Park, the "Hippest neighbor hood in the nation". We are in close proximity to Balboa Park, the Zoo, Museuems and many art studios in the North Park area. The school has gone through major renovations with an amzing front entrance, a beautiful school garden and many murals and sculptures to celebrate art and diversity. Jefferson is truly the "gem" of the San Diego Unified school District and the North Park community.

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Jefferson Elementary School
3770 Utah Street, San Diego, CA  92104
(619) 344-3300
Last modified Jefferson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jefferson Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top