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West Jefferson Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 531 students

 

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Posted July 26, 2013

This school is absolutely awful. I attended 6th-8th grade at West Jeff and hated it. The students are rude (of course this is a generalization) but the administration is the WORST. Instead of taking time to tackle the problems that really matter, they will yell at your student for going inside on a day that it is snowing and you don't have a jacket (they force the students to go outside in almost all weather, unless you can get one of the rare library passes). And the dress-code... Seriously? Last year they initiated a dress-code that made it against the rules to show any shoulder. I can understand no spaghetti straps and no shorts below your middle finger but shoulder?!? Ooh shoulder, scandalous! The only reason I am giving this 2 stars (barely) is because I was fortunate enough to have the small portion of good teachers in the school. Most teachers are rude, unfair, and moody. If you get lucky enough to get the good teachers, they are GREAT. Especially the band/orchestra teacher! She is fantastic and the best teacher in the world! When a younger student tells me they are going to West Jeff, all I can say is, "You'll survive, but barely." DO NOT SEND YOUR STUDENT TO THIS SCHOOL!


Posted February 19, 2013

Apathetic. A fair bit of burnout and treading water at this facility. Teaching the Tcap is the most vigorous application of skill seen so far. I understand because that is now the measure for funding and salaries, and you get that for which there is incentive.Students are tested on the test as preparation for the test. The band teacher is remarkable. The students enjoy and respond to her. She is outstanding!!! This is the single reason I was willing to give two stars. The academics could be considered more challenging for the parents. Concepts of conflicting nature are introduced without adequate enlightenment on their appropriate usage. Students are sometimes tested on material for which there has been no introduction. Poor performance on a test in the form of mistakes, unfinished questions, or unanswered questions is written off to a "focus" issue or poor study skills. Rest assured, my child had neither of these issues prior to attending this school, nor does he currently evidence these difficulties at home. If vouchers existed, I suspect this school would struggle to retain adequate enrollment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2012

I am very, very happy with West Jeff Middle School. The staff are caring, smart, giving people who do their very best with limited funds. They treat my children and myself with respect. They go out of their way to make a difference and to address our needs as best they can. Yes, there are some teachers I feel lack some things. However, these same teachers are praised by others. My son did not fit in the so called "box" that a student should. Despite the challenges, I always felt heard, helped and guided to assure the best for my son. He is now a successful college student. In times of need the staff and outside support staff were amazing. I believe, limitations in the school come from lack of funds. Hopefully this will improve with time. Smaller class size, more teachers and teachers aids will help everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2012

West Jefferson Middle has undergone a significant change in leadership, the effectiveness of which is still undetermined. The Elementary and High Schools that it is sandwiched between are excellent, making the expectations of parents very high to start with. Many of the community organizations in a "rebuilding" phase as well; PTA, CDM etc. As is probably true of all schools the staff cover the entire continuum from fantastic to marginal. The Special Ed staff is very lacking and in need of turnover. As with any school, parental advocacy is critical to ensuring your child's needs are addressed. The good news is that current leadership is responsive to input. Definitely a school on an upward trend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2011

I am giving school 4 out of five stars. As far as public middle schools go, this is one that stands above the rest. Not only do teachers genuinely care about the academic and emotional well-being of every student, tWJMS also has a great electives program that is designed to get kids excited about High School and possible career options. Keep in mind that the middle years are arguably the toughest on kids. WJMS has peer mentoring, and help for many kids after school. My kids went to WJMS, and my youngest just finished the 8th grade. My only criticism is that there are kids who hold classes hostage. they constantly interrupt their teachers, and are discipline problems (bullying, skipping class/school), almost every hour of every day. The rest of the kids miss out on the quality education they deserve, and WJMS can not meet the academic and emotional needs of troubled kids. These kids are socially promoted, and the administration is convinced that recommending an alternative school for them is "giving up" on those kids. I disagree, as my kids missed out on countless hours of lessons, labs, and other learning experiences due to their learning environment being disrupted a lot!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2011

We took our son out of this school - actually, he begged us to get him out of there - the staff is very rude and condencending to their students - our son is an A, B Student - and the type of person that holds the doors open for others -- naturally polite and has a great demenor -- this is a terrible school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2011

If it were possible to give a school ZERO stars, I would. This school claims they are anti bullying etc., however the bullying that occurs is not only between students, but also occurs when teachers bully students. The principal lets the teachers do anything they want, and there are no consequences when a teacher treats a student unfairly. I would love to speak to the person who wrote the last review as her description of the teachers being full of their own self importance makes me think our kids had the same teacher. My child is now withdrawn from the school......GOOD RIDDANCE. If you are considering enrolling your student at this school, save yourself and your child a lot of heartache and DO NOT DO IT!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

As a middle school teacher myself, I am appalled at what happens at West Jefferson Middle School! The teaching staff, and I mean solely the core teachers, were very full of their own importance while maintaining an apathetic attitude. Granted, my son was not a scholar, but he was NEVER a discipline issue. When we withdrew him from the school due to bullying issues (and him being falsely accused then questioned by a SRO--without in locus parentis), not one person in the school inquired as to why he was leaving. I'm not sure why this is...apathy seems to be my only consideration. The supposed group of friends he hung with were "Awesome", but the moment his back was turned he was lambasted. When withdrawing him, his core teachers never bothered to say goodbye...good luck...any even PLATITUDES to make him at least feel like he was cared about....guess they have enough students, mine isn't necessary...but it was a shame. A teachable moment for him, however, as I let him know that REAL teachers will demonstrate compassion to children....at the very least providing the dignity of saying goodbye to someone they had such close contact with. They may rate high as per CSAP, etc..hmm???


Posted January 20, 2011

This is a great school particularly because of the great academics and nice and caring teachers. They give you lots of help when you need it. This school is overall the best.


Posted January 20, 2011

This is a great school! My daughter attends this school and absolutely with out a doubt loves it! They have the best leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2010

We have been happy with the education at WJMS. I have a 7th grader and he has had good relationships with all of his teachers. I love the fact that 6th graders are at this school and they are in elective courses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

The teachers and the academics are mediocre. I attended as a student for 6-8th grade, and this school is pathetic. A lot of classes I was in was just chaos, the teachers were completely unaware as far as I know about what goes on. Kids with lots of potential never really get to show what they are really capable of doing academically.


Posted April 27, 2010

I believe this is a well balanced school. I have heard negative things in the past & think maybe they may have been true.The school has changed starting from the principal. The staff at this school has been attentive.My daughter has really enjoyed this school so far even though she is only in 6th grade.They do care about your childs learning.The key is to get involved no matter which school you choose.You will have a better understanding of everything you need to know.Communication is important.Be available when needed that's key.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

All three of my children have gone to WJMS, and the third is currently a 7th grader there. Overall, it has been a pretty good school and it has gotten much better with the direction and environment created by the new principal. We've come across a few mediocre teachers but also many outstanding ones which is probably the case at most schools. I was dissatisfied when the honors math option was dropped to force everyone into a new 'one size fits all' math curriculum with the admirable goal of having all students in Algebra by 8th grade, but they are now making some accomodations for 8th graders at different levels of proficiency, both high and low, that I think are good. The staff have been accessible and responsive. I feel fortunate that my children have been able to attend a public school of this caliber.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2009

this school is horribvle my kid crys from all the mean childern and the teachers kept asking to put him in a 1 techings class what apoor rated school its the worst school ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2008

I have to disagree with the poor reviews I have read about WJMS. We are new to the area and so far my child has flourished and I find the staff to be extremely accommodating and interactive. I can only hope it continues to go well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2008

Has horrible teachers and they just don't care adbout you but hopefully the new principle will change that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2008

I am concerned that my child is being challenged in this school. She is making good greades but does not seem to be stretching herself at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2007

I am a student at west jeff. I cannot stand this school and it is the worst school I have ever been to. The teachers are very mean and unfair. Also very harsh.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 26, 2007

I have often wondered how accurate these reviews are - some of them seem to be written by the same author. But in the case of WJMS, I have to agree with most of them. This school would be best served by starting over with a completely new administrative staff. The principal and vice principal have a great deal of enthusiasm for fundraising - but when it comes to being accountable to the parents (or even conversing with them) - this is clearly not on the agenda! Your kids will survive this school - don't look for them to flourish.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 58% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 61% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students84%
Female87%
Male82%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible69%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)42%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant84%

Reading

All Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch95%
Students with disabilities (IEP)63%
Students without disabilities97%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant93%

Writing

All Students83%
Female89%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible63%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)32%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English84%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students75%
Female72%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Free lunch eligible44%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)39%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant75%

Reading

All Students85%
Female89%
Male81%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Free lunch eligible68%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch89%
Students with disabilities (IEP)44%
Students without disabilities90%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Writing

All Students74%
Female79%
Male69%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch77%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female64%
Male73%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Free lunch eligible60%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%

Reading

All Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Free lunch eligible80%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch86%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant85%

Science

All Students74%
Female71%
Male77%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Free lunch eligible70%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
Students without disabilities78%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant74%

Writing

All Students69%
Female78%
Male61%
Black (not Hispanic)n/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Free lunch eligible55%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)19%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.

The different student groups are identified by the Colorado Department of Education. If there are fewer than 16 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Colorado Department of Education

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 TCAP results from the state of Colorado.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math, English Language Arts, and Writing from the state of Colorado.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 56%
Hispanic 7% 32%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

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  • School psychologist
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Fax number
  • (303) 982-3057

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  • Assistant principal(s)
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  • Library
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  • Basketball
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  • Basketball

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