We were very nervous about going to this school, after some of the negative reviews, but I can now say we are very pleasantly surprised. We moved from a private catholic school in Vacaville, and after several concerns with the academics and the negative administration, we decided on Jepson after other parents shared that they were pleased with the school. The offer XL, accelerated classes, for those students excelling. They offer Algebra XL, History XL and English XL. They also have band, media class, cooking, etc. Sports are awesome too! The campus is clean and safe. The kids are polite and my son has had no trouble transitioning into this school being new in 8th grade. The principal in passionate, the counselor is responsive and kind to the students and the administration is welcoming and helpful. After switching I hope other parents realize the quality of this school and stop paying for mediocre education at other private schools. I only docked the school a star cause the XL classes are often filled up and there is no room for students to add. I think the principal should encourage kids to get into XL classes and open more sections. Oh and this year Jepson was a API 804!
First year here for my autistic twin boys--Great Special Ed staff and wonderful counselors! Kelley Birch is a fantastic principal. Transition went smoother than I anticipated! I will be doing my part this year to boost parent involvement in the PTC!! :)
Willis Jepson Middle School is one of the best schools I have ever attended. After reading some reviews, I can confirm how much of a bad learning environment the students could make it. There are various fights every once and a while, but the staff quickly and efficiently deals with issues like these. As for learning at the school, it is a breeze. The staff is more than willing to help your child succeed. That is the goal of every single teacher at Jepson. The students vary from culture to culture. It causes many issues between each and every one, but most of the time the students tend to get along. I highly recommend this school.
Both of my Grandaughters have attended Willis Jepson and I only have great things to say about the teachers and counseling office. Ms Anita is very helpful and eager to guide you in the right direction. Ms Waldrup and Ms Ayala and Ms Anita are superstars in my eyes. I have found only one area that I have not been happy about and that is the attendance office. I have felt ignored and felt that I was interrupting their conversation about what happened at home yesterday. They saw me when I walked in but chose to not acknowledge so. Hopefully this can be addressed and corrected in the future. Also the policy of writing a note to be excused for Dr. Apt etc. and not having parent sign child out should be changed. The girls said there are not a lot of fights or bullying at the school and if there was any it was taken care of right away. The only thing I do have a complaint about is I personally think there is way to much homework a lot of the time. If 2 or 3 teachers give 30 to 45 minutes of homework then it adds up and they have no relax time and I think they need that break. Jepson is a very good school in all and would not change schools.
Really bad school, many fights there, many bullies, many peer presure,no attention from the teachers, no control, i never feel safe there
I pulled my son out of Willis Jepson Middle School because of persistent bully problems.
no fights at all. really good school :) deffitnatly recomend it more then Vaca Pena. Vaca Pena is a really nice school, but NOT good on the inside. bad teachers, bad teaching methods, the principlas/councilars do NOT care about your children.
This school is wonderful. The curriculum is spectacular and the staff are super nice and have excellent teaching methods. The social enviroment is really great and little to none fights.
this is my first year at jepson and there are many many fight there. i never feel safe there
I went here for seventh and eighth grade.I loved it there.The teachers have great teaching methods.Also the enviroment had a big part in helping me learn.
Love the kids and I feel safe here somme teachers have realy good teaching methods others aren't that great but the teachers realy encourage you to do better. I personaly think its imposible to not have friends in this school because there are so many different kinds of kids. And I love the fact that everyone has their own eating spot. Thanks for your time.
There is a difficult time coming for the VUSD. Too many budget cuts, but too little focus on promising new curriculum. Very set in the old school and needing to focus on academics. So much focus on disciplinary subjects. A varied population of students, some very academic and some just paying there time.
Has to be the worst school a parent could ever send his or her child to. But then, there's not much of a choice in Solano County, is there?
I am a student at Jepson, and the last review on here was highly unjustified. For one, the book we all read as seventh graders was called A Samurai's Tale, and yes, included ritual suicide. Suicide was thought to be a very honorable death in Japan. And no one at Jepson has committed suicide in many, many years. I really like Jepson. Theivary is not a problem. Yeah, locks get stolen sometimes, but thats usually because you leave your lock open. Cell Phones sometimes but rarely. I personally have never had a problem with bullying because Both Mr. Heny (Principal) and Mrs. Birch (Vice Principal) are very strict about that. As an eighth grader I don't want to leave! The only bad thing is the whole money situation, but that's at every Vacaville school. Just thought maybe you'd would like my view on the school since I have to be there everyday!
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