The teachers are highly trained, not only in the standard pedagogy, but also in the IB and STEAM curricula. There is a very low turnover rate and every teacher I have met has had a huge amount of affection and dedication to the school and students.
We looked at a lot of options but wanted to go to our neighborhood school. North Park is such an interesting and thriving community, and we found out that Jefferson Elementary is a hidden gem. When we toured the school, we were truly impressed by the enthusiasm and dedication of the principal and teachers, most of whom have been teaching there for over 10 years. All of the teachers have been very receptive to talking about different approaches to learning and we've seen it in action - from group collaborations and problem-based learning to the evolving role of homework in grade school, especially for younger children. We like the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum and the fact that it is a STEAM magnet school. The IB component focuses on teaching the children to be citizens of the world, with an emphasis on building character and fostering tolerance. The STEAM component comprises such activities as the gardening program, Lego club, coding club, and art and dance classes. There is a wealth of activities and the children's days seem varied and fun. Our kids love going to school and it's been amazing to watch them blossom into avid learners. They've never complained of being bored or under stimulated. When the teacher from last year noticed that our daughter was reading above her grade level, she arranged for her to read to the preschool children, which cemented and advanced her reading skills further. This is but one example of how the school has individualized our children's education and nurtured their specific talents. We have been thrilled with our children's school experience so far and we look forward to watching them continue to grow on this rich and comprehensive educational journey.
The school attends to the needs of all the children - from those who are struggling to those who are ahead. Those who struggle receive additional help while those who are advanced are given individualized resources to stimulate them.