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The Jefferson School5
Posted November 05, 2013
- a parent
The Jefferson School is in a league of its own. If you are looking for a school where students are fed material and asked to spit it back on tests, so the school appears excellent according to state testing standards, this is not the school for you.If you want your child to come home with volumes of "busy work"that never challenges them to think, but only memorize, send them somewhere else. The Jefferson School day is jam-packed with interactive learning in a fun, engaging and nurturing environment. There is no bullying here, no distractions, no nonsense. Students are enriched by a caring and very educated staff, which brings worlds of experience to their classrooms. These students perform miles ahead of those students in the surrounding educational facilities in both testing parameters and beyond. They are at the top of their class in their high schools, which speaks volumes of the quality of education they received at this school. They become thinkers and leaders , which stems from a combination of the education they receive at school and at home. In my opinion, there is not a better quality education in this region. You owe it to yourself and your children to take a look.
To say my family has been thrilled by our positive experience at TJS would be an understatement. Our son was never excited about going to school prior to attending TJS. At TJS, his teacher was able to recognize that his disinterest came from not being challenged (something that was never addressed at much more expensive private schools he has attended). He was given a tailored curriculum to keep his mind active and foster his love for learning (is there anything more important for your child than that?). The class sizes are small and the teachers have time to get to know your child in a way that is impossible to do with larger classes. All of his teachers took interest in him, finding extra ways to help him build his confidence and help grow his character. TJS administration is outstanding. Ms. Hendricks is smart, pro-active and has proven she is capable of elevating TJS to the highest standards in education. If you have a smart, capable child and want them to be in an environment where fellow parents, faculty and adminstration are all dedicated to giving your child an outstanding progressive education, this is the place to be.
The Jefferson School, Georgetown, DE. While our family had high hopes for our children's experience at Jefferson, we can only say how very disappointed we are with the poor curriculum and inadequate teaching staff. This school is so far from its founding mission that it's next to impossible to compare the learning experience from 10-20 years ago to its current practices. While some staff members are ok, others are lazy, disengaged, and very cavalier about students' performances. Most parents are supplementing the curriculum by Kumon tutoring centers. Our children have had to be tutored when they transferred from Jefferson to local public schools. Students' various learning styles were never adequately identified or addressed. The math curriculum is particularly weak and does not follow the Delaware standardized norms. Reading and writing are stronger programs, but science, history, etc, are not. There are no textbooks. There is little or no homework. Delaware DOE does not monitor private schools like it does public/federally funded schools. My statements do not represent an aberration. I cannot say enough about how disappointing this school experience has been.
We loved the Jefferson School as a safe and fun environment but, after two years there my daughter still remained at the grade level when she entered. Socially, the children flourished in a well-loved and nurturing environment but, academically, my daughter suffered and is now having to make up two grades of missed work. I found this out after transferring her to another school. The most surprising of it all is that academic concern was never shared with me and I was being told she was at grade level. I would highly recommend Jefferson for the younger children but then transfer out starting at the grade levels.
We love Jefferson! It is like a family. The parents are very involved at all levels, the kids are happy, and the teachers are incredibly dedicated. The hands on curriculum allows the kids to learn at a deeper level than in the public schools. It's a gem!