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Benjamin Jepson Magnet School

Public | PK-8 | 562 students

 
 

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Posted May 10, 2014

I am a student at Jepson. I believe that this school is terrible. The students never listen,but those who do are forced to listen to the same instruction on a daily bases because so many students haven't finished their work. I receive notices the day before the events. You can't walk into a classroom without there being children yelling and cursing, not only towards other students, but towards the teachers. Even the president of the student council started a fight.


Posted November 15, 2013

My son started pre-k 4 this fall & I have no complaints at all. Maybe the people who have been complaining in these reviews should seek to reeducate themselves & learn grammer and spelling before they write a bad review which makes them look ignorant. Seems these parents are sour perhaps because the teachers at Jepson told them they will have to actually work with their kids at home in addition to school. Perhaps they were told by the principal they need to work on their parenting skills before blaming the school for their misbehaved child. Just a thought....Jepson is great and the principal is amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2013

Reposting, in response to the parent who is suggesting that parents complaining have not been proactive. On the contrary, I met with a number of school officials and set up additional teacher/parent meetings as did my spouse in efforts to get our child the academic challenges we felt appropriate. Simply stated, this is a great school for average kids. Those who fall above or below grade-level benchmarks are harder to serve in this setting. At the end of our second year, we did decide to pull our children out and we are happily homeschooling them both. It is a much better fit for us as we continue to be actively involved (and proactively involved) in our children's education. AGAIN, I have only the best things to say about Ms. Sylvia's PK4 classroom, and my child who "graduated" from her class last year is now doing SECOND grade level work having already finished her K work over the summer and her 1st grade level work this month. Her program of preparing the children to read is so successful, I can only imagine how hard it would be for the kids coming into K with no preschool to keep up with Ms. Sylvia's kids; mine is reading 2nd grade chapter books now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2013

Parents who complain about this school likely expect that the school is going to do everything for their child and they can sit back and not lift a finger.I have always found that that principals and teachers are easily available and proactive in my children's education and experience at Jepson. School is what YOU make of it, and if you don't make an effort, then likely you won't have a good experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2013

Benjamin jepson has been a HORRIBLE school for my children, my son is now attennding Edgewood Magnet School ! He LOVES it there. BJ has LOTS of bullys, rude, unkind Parents, teachers, and principals, such as davis, BJ multi-age system is horrible ! Studend are 13 in the 5th grade and my son had to stay in 5th grade TWICE! I do not, NOT ! recamend this school ! Its just like WEXLERGRANT ! his Second old school ! Do not send your kid HERE AT BJ'S!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2013

I have been at this school for 7 years. My daughter is in 6th grade. I believe the new principal is great. She is very proactive. The "new" rules are for safety. I for one don't mind waiting in a line to pick up my child if it means she is safe. The academic standards are much higher. I feel all the changes are for the better!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2012

the new principal is horrible! is anyone else having a problem with her and new rules?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2010

I've been at this school for 11 years now, and I can't say anything bad about it at all. It helped me become the great young adult that I am now. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2008

this school is brand new but it coould still need some chnges for example alot of kids say swear words and the teachers hear it and they even tell them to watch there mouth! and they coild at least just tell the kid that it is not appropite. but other than that the kids always fight there isnt a day that will go by peacfully. but the third floor princpal named lesli is a really good pricapl and so is the main princpal! and the science teacher tom is exellent and so is the math teacher maria and amy for language arts and the social studies teacher to tod!!!!and the libarian jeeane!!! now debbie the secratry is reall kind!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 25, 2008

My children have gone to Jepson for the past 5 years. This is the best school for my daughter as she does not learn in the traditional manner that school is usually taught and since kindergarten the teachers she has had have worked very hard to find a way for her to learn and reach her potential. While some people would be turned off by the fact that everyone is on a first name basis, I find that this fosters a lot of respect between the faculty and students and students feel that is not only their school but their second family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2008

I am a graduate of jepson who has been there since kindergarten and i absolutely loved it! the teaching is excellent and the children, for the most part, are very well behaved. Of course like all schools, there will be the 'knuckle heads' but they are usually not in the same classroom with you. The size of the class is not too big which is good for learning purposses. Although they may not have sports teams, they have other academic-based programs which makes Jepson among the best schools in new haven. If you want your child to get a great education in the right environment with the diversity all schools should have, Jepson is the school for them. Yours Truly, A Well prepared for the future jepson graduate CLASS OF '05' !


Posted February 26, 2007

I totally disagree with the previous comment. My two sons have been at Jespon since pre-school. The children do not run the school! As far as using first names for the staff... The use of first names fosters mutual respect. Respect given, gets respect. If you choose to have your child in a classroom where they sit in rows, hands folded, working at a level that the entire class is...this isn't the school for you. Instead, open classes, reading nooks, hands on learning ...this is the Jepson I wanted for my sons. My boys haved thrived at this school, excelled in studies and have become caring, smart, well adjusted students. I would recommend Jepson Magnet to any parent seeking a wonderful start for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2005

The school has no structure at all. The kids seems like they run the school. Anytime you have students calling you by your first name that's no good and that's what this school does.It's not teaching the kids morals or respect.I made a big mistake sending my child to this school.
—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.

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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 83% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
42%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
41%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
67%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 86% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students55%
Female52%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities59%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%

Reading

All Students48%
Female44%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%

Writing

All Students58%
Female63%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students56%
Femalen/a
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%

Reading

All Students43%
Femalen/a
Male32%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%

Writing

All Students50%
Female75%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students59%
Female60%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic52%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%

Reading

All Students56%
Female71%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic52%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%

Science

All Students56%
Female56%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%

Writing

All Students75%
Female88%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
Female67%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%

Reading

All Students68%
Female76%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%

Writing

All Students63%
Female82%
Male46%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Female57%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%

Reading

All Students77%
Female76%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%

Writing

All Students72%
Female83%
Male63%
Black70%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students64%
Female71%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%

Reading

All Students71%
Female83%
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%

Science

All Students46%
Female54%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English47%

Writing

All Students81%
Female92%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 38% 20%
Black 32% 13%
White 29% 61%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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