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This school has an effective approach to homework:
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This school develops strong character in its students, like integrity, compassion and respect:
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Leadership at this school is effective:
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This school effectively supports students with learning differences:
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This school effectively deals with bullying:
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There are 24 reviews about all of the school topics.

Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


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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.

Develops character: Strongly agree


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These characteristics are built in to the International Baccalaureate program, and are reinforced every day in class, at assemblies, and through signs and artwork on campus.


Handles bullying effectively: Strongly agree


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In the time that we have been at Jefferson, I have heard very few reports of bullying. It doesn't seem to be an issue there, which indicates to me that it is effectively dealt with.

Effective school leaders: Strongly agree


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Principal Morga is a force of nature! He is full of positive energy and he knows how to get things done. He has a great relationship with the kids, parents, and staff.

Amount of homework: Agree


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The school, at least at my child's grade level, have backed off on the homework load this year, and are making sure that the homework they do assign is relevant--not just busy work.


Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


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The teachers have collaborative time (which can be rare at schools) which allows for a cohesive approach to the curricula across grade levels.



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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.

Handles bullying effectively: Strongly agree


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The district has a bullying helpline and the principal has said he takes a strong stance to protect the children from bullying.


Supports LD students: Strongly agree


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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.

Effective school leaders: Strongly agree


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Principal Morga is an outstanding leader of the school. He works tirelessly to promote the school, support the teachers, and inspire the children.

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Last modified Jefferson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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