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Jefferson Middle School

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Posted August 18, 2010

This school has a lot of spirit, enthusiasm, and most of the teachers are sweet but still strict enough. I am very happy my daughter graduated from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2009

this school is wayy better then any other torrance school. Ever since they got a new principal Mrs. Chou the school has been more organized. The school has tons of parents that are involved and students at jefferson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

I have been attending this school for my six and seventh year. I'm going to still be here for my eight grade year. This school gives us too much homework and projects. I am sleep deprived. I have no freetime anymore. I have to stay up late and wake up early. My teachers are great though. We only had two early dissmissal days this whole shool year! I dislike this school very much. It should be more like Rio Norte in Valencia!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 28, 2007

It is the best school ever! It helped my son go from a 1.1667 Gpa to a 3.877
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2007

Iam in 8th grade.I think most of the teachers(maybe excluding a few)here are very hardworking. I believe they try their best to teach us stuff. They are also very understanding. The workload is normal(approx.2hr everyday),and we rarely do we ever recieve HW on weekends. The person who cleans works really hard each day to keep the campus clean. There are a lot of kids who get all A's at this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 8, 2007

Its work load is low, its expectations are low and its academics are low. Having a daughter also in the 6th grade the only subject she did get enough work in was pre-algebra. If you think there is too much work now wait until she gets to West
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2007

I was looking forward to sending my son to this school last year due to its great scores. However, this school has been the biggest hassle I've ever had to deal with. For starters, the workload is way too high. My son is in the 6th grade and he is bringing home work and projects that I would expect to see in high school. The teachers do not consider that these kids only have few hours in the day when they pile on one ridiculous project after another. On top of that, the grades they get for the effort put in are way too low. I think the standards are ridiculous and the notification of falling behind is too late to improve. I am going to home school him from now on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2007

I am a student here at JMS. This school is great and i higly recommend it. It goes into West High the best high school on Torrance. I dont know how the school may have been in the past but now the school is better. Innovations were made such as the Egyptian Garden. The parents are very involved in the school, and the staff is doing everything they can to make these years at jeffferson the best. The school os now very clean due to the new instructions upon students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2007

I just finished reading the posted reviews and was surprised at the negative reviews. This is my child's first year and all I have is praise for her teachers. From what I can tell she truly enjoys her classes and has the utmost respect for her teachers. I can't review what I don't know. I've met the Principal twice and both times I was impressed. He knew my child and was able to tell me what classes she was in. From what I see, the PTA Board and volunteers are small, yet active group. I give them kudos for their dedication to their children and the school. I'm a full-time working parent and don't have time to volunteer during or after school hours, so I send my, 'thanks!' for their commitment. True there might be backpack/locker issues, but if you're going to complain...then do something about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

This school is great! The teachers are nice the campus is clean an they all are neat.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2007

Jefferson Elementary School is the best school ever, recommend it to all the middle schoolers. Jefferson has the best teaching skills the sixth graders have awesome grades and the school is awesome.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2007

Jefferson Middle school is out of control. The hallways are littered with backpacks,and the grass/landscaping is in terrible condition. I would not reccomend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 23, 2006

The academic programs are very good except some of the teachers don't really give students full attention. But JMS does have a wonderful band and I have been to many of the concerts before and they are like a real band. I really think that this school should be recommended for home etc. and band. The music teacher teaches very well. There's this one 6th grade teacher I know and she teaches appropriately and if you are planning to go to this school, I recommend you to think it over. I'm not saying this is a bad school, but there are plenty of very smart students there.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 12, 2006

Jefferson Middle School is an outstanding school. The Administration, teachers counselors and staff members go the distance for the children. I highly recommend this school as my daughter attended last year. The music program was excellent. Any problems were handled immediately and completely. Although a small school, you would never know it but the customer service the parents get and the reward the children receive. Suzan Person Weaver
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

There are few dedicated and good teachers left at Jefferson Middle School. There is one very good 8th grade English teacher and he works very hard and that is about it. Because of some strange teaching rotation two years ago the teachers now teach subjects that are not their strengths and therefore the students are not getting the best from the teachers. Whoever thought that teachers should teach different subjects than they are good at is not very smart. The principal and vice principal are not very helpful either. The principal seems uninvolved and the vice principal just seems to take up space. We need a huge staff change that needs to happen now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

We need a new leader with enthusiasm and energy. JMS has suffered high turn-over rate of teachers due to poor leadership. We also need to let teachers teach what they are best at, not rotating them like merry-go-round. By the way, good job, eighth-grade English teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2005

Teachers give parents news of declining grades too late, and there is not enough time to improve grades before report cards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

I had a math teacher who couldn't even speak english very well. I learned pre-algebra from the other students in class.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2003

The school atmosphere is chaotic, teachers are weak and the principal is non-responsive. The halls are littered with backpacks because the lockers are too small, the 3 minute passing period is unrealistic and creates more chaos. A lot of the classrooms are set up so students are seated at tables of 4. This just promotes talking and requires them to turn to see the board and copy down the material. Quite often the teacher is also lecturing at the same time. It's not surprising that a lot of the students have no idea what was covered in math class because they have to turn to copy down problems rather than focus on the math lesson. The school also does not offer any type of after school tutoring to help the kids keep up with the classwork. The dearth of support programs leaves a lot of students in the situation where they fall further and further behind and the school administrators just shrug their shoulders and complain about money. The pervasive 'let's do just enough to slide by' attitude shouldn't be tolerated anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2003

The only subjects that your child will actually learn something in is history and language arts. One of the science teachers and math teachers cannot teach. You learn nothing. The language arts teacher is impossible.


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This school's
API score

858

Change from
2012 to 2013

-29

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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API score

858

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-29

Change from 2012 to 2013
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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)

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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 60% in 2013.

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
76%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
English Language Arts

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

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
61%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
60%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

201 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
67%

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

All Students75%
Females71%
Males79%
African American64%
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students68%
Females54%
Males79%
African American64%
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
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

Algebra I

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students80%
Females80%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipino86%
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females69%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disability69%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner44%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
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

Algebra I

All Students55%
Females63%
Males48%
African American18%
Asian78%
Filipino69%
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
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)53%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to state38%

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Females75%
Males61%
African American55%
Asian74%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state76%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students66%
Females66%
Males66%
African American67%
Asian73%
Filipino79%
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability28%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state61%

Science

All Students70%
Females76%
Males65%
African American36%
Asian76%
Filipino86%
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state73%
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
Asian 29%
White 29%
Hispanic 22%
Two or more races 6%
Black 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/AN/A
English language learners 9%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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