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Thomas Jefferson High School

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Posted December 13, 2013

Thomas Jefferson has done an amazing job supporting my twice exceptional daughter with multiple diagnoses. She was placed in advanced placement and honors classes as needed, and given extensive accommodations including use of keyboard, extended time on all assessments, private testing area, permission to leave the classroom if anxious or overwhelmed, sensory diet, and an excellent case manager, trained as a PLAN teacher (Pragmatic Language, Affective Needs). We couldn't have been happier with the teachers' ability to work with her and their commitment to following her IEP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

My son has been going to Thomas Jefferson since he was a Freshman and he loves it. His grades have never been better in his life because he likes being there so much and wants to do well in his classes. I don't know how they do it, but they definitely have what it takes to help my son succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

As a former student, there is only one thing I would like to communicate to other students considering TJ: DO NOT COME HERE. This school's teachers do not respect or encourage students, the administration is only concerned with sidestepping rules to get graduation rates up, and the students are the least motivated kids you will find in Denver. Even if you have the drive to enhance the school or become involved, the teachers and school will squash your ambitions since they assume you're like every other unmotivated D student. Don't let any websites or mailings fool you, this school is the least academic building in the state. Do not come here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2012

Best high school in Denver. Great all around experience and well rounded education. The school has a great history in athletics and academics.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 27, 2011

TJ has been a really great choice for my 9th grader. In addition to an excellent professional computer/journalism program, that you won't find anywhere else, there are honors and AP offerings for every subject. The honors/AP classes are challenging,even for kids coming from IPM or HGT programs. The teachers and administration treat the students with respect and like young adults. Most of the students respond well to this and so there is a relaxed learning atmosphere of mutual respect. The principal is very down to earth and doesn't sweat the small stuff. She actually seems to enjoy being around the students..even the boys! And the cool thing is watching all these kids of different ethnicities and backgrounds getting along so well. We could all learn something from them. Oh...also great sports, theater and lots of other clubs and extras!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

I enrolled at TJ for the second semester of my junior year since I had recently moved in to the area. I had previously attended GW.My first day there was terrible simply because my counselor was never happy to help me.My teachers never bothered to welcome me or give me the information I needed in order to be successful in their class.A couple of weeks later my grades began to suffer due to the lack of support from my teachers.When I felt the need to talk to a counselor for help I asked other students which counselor they recommended and everyone let me know that students never go to the counselors but instead go to the asst. principal for support.I couldn't believe that the counselors at TJ were so unpopular, knowing that at GW I needed my counselor weekly to get help with my grades and preparing for college.About a week later I found myself back at GW.Although TJ was at a much more convenient distance it was not worth the potential for failure that I had there.Overall, my experience at TJ was terrible and I would definitely recommend that if possible you avoid this school if you want your student to have all the support necessary for success in high school and in college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2010

I now have 2 children attending this school. The academics are great, teachers are great, and the opportunities to play sports are great too. Both kids completely fit in there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2010

I think that Thomas Jefferson High has an excellent Special Education department . The teachers and Paraprofessionals are great ! So is the Dr. and the nurse ! They have had to have patience and understanding with my son and I . He has been there since the 9th grade and is now in 11th . We went through some difficult times and with the help of all these professionals we made it though . Some of them have really gone out of their way to help us . We are so thankfull to them and would like them to be reconized . Hopefully, when my son graduates . Thank you to a certain security/coach as well for making us feel welcome and trying to help my son get into sports and self confidence. Most of all they all showed true caring and compassion for my son and I. Thank You!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2009

This school has an overall outstanding program for the kids the want it but the problem is they don't. I am a student and it is hard to focus because the other kids slack off.They teachers are also something to worry about. There are a few teachers that i have had that hate kids and just shouldn' tbe teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 14, 2009

i just graduated from this school and i can say it definatley prepared me for college. i loved the diversity, for i know it is hard to find being an African-American male in Denver. This school was awsome..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

I think TJ is a wonderful school...academically and athletically!...I have experienced first hand how supportive everyone is, from Mrs. Just, the principal, to the fabulous baseball coaching staff, to Jenny Humphrey(in the office)...TJ helps my son shine!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

I truely believe that this school changed by sons life. He is always cheerful, which makes me happy. He loves attending TJ. Not only is it an advantage for him, but as well as for me, too. The curiculum is outstanding and I know my son is getting his full education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2007

This school does not come close to it's potential. The best teacher that my son had was let go. She was the only one who communicated and acted on her desire to see my son succeed. With her intervention my son's GPA went up nearly 2 points! There seem to be too many politics at this school and not enough quantifiable actions! The principal seems to care but I question her judgment and level of experience. Equally as important the school's staff does not represent its students. There needs to be a more direct way for parents to communicate with on another so that we can effect change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2007

My daughter enrolled for her freshman year and enjoyed it very much! The teachers were kind and helped her when she needed it and kept us informed, without pestering us. I recommend this to any parents wanting an excellent curriculum that teaches you to think for yourself and question things to advance your learning opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2006

This school has become overall, intolerable and immoral after the departure of Ms. Bailey (our beloved and caring principal who knew by heart, the first and last names of every student enrolled, whom she personally greeted while passing through the halls). This school severely lacks decency and experienced personnel in positions of power.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2006

great school excellent academic curriculum
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2006

My daughter has attended for just one year, her freshman year. Everything is fine except there's a couple of teachers to be a bit wary of. Get to know your childs teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2004

thomas Jefferson is the best school that I have ever been to. The teachers are great and the people are also kind to me and anyone else there it dosen't matter who you are. Thomas Jefferson should be the top school of Denver we may not have alot but the students and teachers make up for all of that. Not to mention the work is equally a challenge it's more and harder to do because it's all new and so hard but yet out teachers still somehow get us on track and make sure we get the proper education. Sorry it's not a review but it's opinon almost the same thing.
—Submitted by a student


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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 39% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
28%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 55% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
44%
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 34% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
15%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 49% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
33%
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 Students33%
Female30%
Male35%
Black (not Hispanic)10%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Free lunch eligible21%
Reduced lunch eligible35%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)2%
Students without disabilities39%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)10%
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant33%

Reading

All Students62%
Female70%
Male57%
Black (not Hispanic)46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Free lunch eligible54%
Reduced lunch eligible70%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant62%

Writing

All Students47%
Female58%
Male40%
Black (not Hispanic)27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Free lunch eligible36%
Reduced lunch eligible65%
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)10%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant47%
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 Students24%
Female19%
Male27%
Black (not Hispanic)15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Free lunch eligible10%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch38%
Students with disabilities (IEP)3%
Students without disabilities26%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English26%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant23%

Reading

All Students67%
Female69%
Male65%
Black (not Hispanic)51%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Free lunch eligible51%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities74%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)17%
Proficient in English69%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant66%

Science

All Students42%
Female38%
Male46%
Black (not Hispanic)21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Free lunch eligible24%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities47%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)0%
Proficient in English47%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant42%

Writing

All Students40%
Female44%
Male37%
Black (not Hispanic)25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaskan Nativen/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Free lunch eligible22%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Not eligible for free/reduced price lunch61%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficiency (LEP)6%
Proficient in English43%
Immigrantn/a
Neither migrant nor immigrant40%
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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52%
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24%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

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ACT participation

91%

Average ACT score

18

Graduation rate

83%


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.

3 This rating is based on composite ACT scores from 2012-13 and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2011-12. ACT participation represents the percentage of 11th graders taking the ACT. Because the ACT is mandated in Colorado high schools, ACT participation is NOT included in the GreatSchools rating.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 37% 56%
Hispanic 29% 32%
Black 24% 5%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
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 54%N/A41%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Sandra Just
Fax number
  • (720) 423-7047

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
  • Standards-based
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • JROTC
  • Student council/government
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