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Jefferson Magnet School

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Posted October 8, 2013

I think this is a great school. My daughter is in second grade and she is really good in reading. She has improved a lot! The principal, staff and teacher very qualified.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

Great school went there for 3rd/4th . Mr .Reynolds was always great. So much field trips. I cried that i wasnt there for 5th .


Posted December 12, 2011

I have nothing but great things to say about jefferson school and its staff. My step daughter is now in fourth grade and she has been there from kindergarden. My son is in kindergarden for the second year. he has a learning difference and concentration issues. The taechers, principal, vice principal, nurse and therapists have been more than helpful in my sons development. Many innercity schools let their students fall through the cracks but jefferson is absolutley not one of them. The teachers take pride in what they do and are very influential to the kids. My son and step daughter love going to school everyday and they are always telling me how they can't wait to see their teachers each week. And as for my sons learning disability, the staff is doing a wonderful job directing his interests into sschool work, making it fun. He has come around 110 percent. He couldn't read at all at the end of last year. Now, instead of me reading books to him at night, he wants to read to me. Jefferson science magnet scool should be the choice of every parent who decides to move to norwalk, or lives in norwalk.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2011

My son just graduated from Jefferson Science Magnet. Although he only attended for 2 years; I pulled him from another Norwalk Public elementary school where we were miserable. Jefferson has been the best experience for him. The teachers are amazing, the computer lab, double dose, partnering with the Maritime aquarium and GE. Everything and everyone worked to give Jefferson kids the best education and elementary school experience possible. I recommend everyone, especially if your child is interested in natural sciences to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2010

Great teachers and other faculty!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2010

The teachers and staff work well together for the kids


Posted April 13, 2010

The Principal, John Reynolds has created a great team of teachers and staff. His motto is only do what's purposeful. Jefferson recently won The Fairfield County Academic Gain Award from the Lone Pine Foundation. The school takes a true interest in each students gain.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

I taught at Jefferson School/Jefferson Science Magnet School for 27 years. We always had teachers/staff, students, and parents who worked together and shared the responsibilty of getting the best education for the students. Our school motto is 'We Help Each Other' and we live up to it!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 27, 2010

My son is in the first grade and loves this school. He was previously at Kendall Elementary which was extremely overpopulated. I tried getting him into Jefferson and Columbus in K but he didn't get into either but God is good because for the 2009/2010 school year, he got accepted to both and we choose Jefferson. Their curriculum is great and his Teacher, Ms. S. has helped him improve in reading drastically. My only complaint is that I do not like the after school program my son attends however, that's not run by Jefferson. On another note, parents are encouraged to be involved, I've gone to the school to read to the kids and they were all well behaved. All in all, it's a great school. Oh lastly, the morning and afternoon parking situation is awful, I guess based on the schools location nothing else can be done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2009

My daugther started kindergarden in 2008. I'm soo happy the teachers give her confidence, she's very happy to go to school every day. I feel really like there is no words to describe everything she learn each day. Thanks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

My son has been here for 2 years now and I can not say enough about the staff and the school administration. They care about my son and only want to see the best happen for him. They work with me and my wife to assure us that our son is on track for the following school year and that he is at, or above state level in mastering academics. It makes us sad to know that we are relocating to another state and can't pick up this school and staff to take along with us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2008

I think the staff in this school needs to learn how to talk to children and also the staff in the cafateria need to learn how to talk to children. Basically i think allot of the teachers in this school need a lesson in communication.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

My son went through Jefferson and now my daughter is in her third year. The teachers and administration provide a warm and caring environment. The science magnet curriculum is fantastic! We love Jefferson!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

Jefferson.. what can I say besides it is the best thing that ever happened to my 3 children. We have had great great years here and it saddens me that my child only has 1 more year there and then he will move on too. They are more than teachers to these children, the children are very diverse but treated equal. We have a caring staff, a caring student body, pto... etc... I would not leave Jefferson district until all of my kids are out of Jefferson. I would never want to let either of them miss the experience that my older 2 had. Its by far the best elementary school in norwalk, clean, safe, educational standards are high and now we will be a magnet. I am so glad my child will get to partipate in the 1st year of the change over.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

My daughter has been at Jefferson for 4 years now and I wouldn't take her out and put her anywhere else. The staff are the nicest and most helpful people and the teachers are very dedicated. It is a wonderful school and we actually chose where to live by the great experience we have had here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2005

My child had been at jefferson since k and its been 3 great years. If we talk about moving she wants to make sure she can still go to jefferson. We have had great teachers and the pto is great!
—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 67% in 2012.

90 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

92 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
71%

2009

 
 
89%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
76%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2012.

76 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
56%

2009

 
 
85%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female74%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic76%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%

Reading

All Students69%
Female59%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic61%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%

Writing

All Students75%
Female74%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic77%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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 Students67%
Female67%
Male68%
Black61%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic68%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%

Reading

All Students58%
Female63%
Male53%
Black59%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic57%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%

Writing

All Students72%
Female83%
Male61%
Black69%
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic73%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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 Students61%
Female58%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%

Reading

All Students56%
Female53%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%

Science

All Students66%
Female67%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%

Writing

All Students67%
Female83%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

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 49% 19%
Black 23% 13%
White 16% 62%
Asian 11% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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75 Van Buren Ave
Norwalk, CT 06850
Phone: (203) 899-2870

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