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21717 Talisman Street
Torrance, CA 90503

(310) 533-4794
(310) 972-6398
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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

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

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

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
no rating
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

July 08, 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

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

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

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

March 28, 2007
This school is great! The teachers are nice the campus is clean an they all are neat.

- submitted by a parent

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

February 04, 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

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 student

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

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

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

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
no rating
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 student

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

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.

- submitted by a community member
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Jefferson Middle School
21717 Talisman Street, Torrance, CA  90503
(310) 533-4794
Last modified Jefferson Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jefferson Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top