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Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 569 students

 
 

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5 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted September 29, 2014

My son goes to Thomas Jefferson as a magnet student after applying for two years straight, and he luckily was accepted. In a few words, this school is wonderful! It is older, however, the family- oriented environment and individual attention each student gets more than compensates for its age. The teachers are all very friendly, the classrooms are becoming more and more modernized, and overall I am very pleased with the quality of education my child is receiving here. The family functions are one of the many bonuses of being a part of the Thomas Jefferson family so if you like being involved with your child's school, then this is the school for you. Could not be happier! We LOVE Thomas Jefferson Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2014

My son has completed kindergarten at TJ, and he absolutely loves going to school. Principle Turner is hands down the best administrator I've had the pleasure of knowing. The teachers are awesome. Lots of fun and learning. Heavy on the homework at times, but it is required to get the kind of results that are the envy of other schools in the area. Big family atmosphere, excellent security, and thriving and active PTA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2014

We have one student currently at TJ, and another that will be attending in 2015. DCPS has a lot of problems, but TJ is not one of them. Teachers are wonderful, kids are great and the administration is second to none. If I could say better things about them, especially the Principal Mrs. Turner, I would. We drive 30 minutes each way to get our child to this school. Believe me, if you are lucky enough to get in, you will be happy about it every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

Substitute Teacher. One the best schools I have worked at for DCPS. I have been to the worst. I have seen how bad it can get from all angles. Teachers, Admin, Students which all need to be visited by the "Karma Police." This school was the opposite. Kids do work. Kids follow rules for the most part. I give leeway because I am the "dreaded substitute." I used positive motivation, it worked. The admin was beyond reproach. Teachers went out of there way to make me smile or get to know me a bit. I felt like a included member of the team, which is rare in DCPS. Send your kids to this school. But be active in their next school or else all the hard work by the staff there can be undone in what seems to be a single summer and a few days in the surrounding middle schools. I hate to say assimilation can be bad, but believe me they will be in for rough ride if your send them to non magnet schools. I give them a 9 of 10. Take this to be the truth, I am an independent without any bias and do not need to fear or defend this or any institution. I make comments about all schools I attend to inform the public to what I experience. I see the kids for who they really are, because they don't fear me.


Posted April 29, 2013

I adore this school, staff and everything about it. This is like a little private school in Duval County. I can't say enough about this school. I am so glad I found it. I drive 15 miles a day, to and and from. Love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2013

This is a small, family oriented school hidden on the westside of town. The principal and teachers know most of the students and parents by name. This is not normal at most schools. Upon entering the school there is a family atmosphere that is unlike other schools. Students are well behaved and enjoy coming to school. The teachers truly love their students and treat them with respect. The school is often offering opportunities outside of the regular school day for family fun. Between family nights, carnivals, and dances there is usually something to choose from for inexpensive family entertainment. I am pleased the school has tight security in this day and time. Everyone has to be buzzed in to building at all times. It helps me know my children are safe at school. I have 3 children that attend this school and we have been extremely happy there. They are getting loved and a great education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2013

Thomas Jefferson is an amazing school. I have had two children at this school one who is still there my oldest has graduated. I love how they are on top of keeping the kids safe. New rules have been put in place but I dont mind at all because I know it is for the safety of the children. I love how everyone there is very friendly and helpful. I always feel welcome there. The principal, teachers and staff are amazing!! This is truly a wounderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2013

My daughter is in the magnet program there she loves it. She has attended there since kindergarten. I was a little worried at first but I guess that's just being an overprotected mom. The principal Ms. Turner is great as well as the administrative staff. The teachers are all great that my child has come in contact with. My child hasn't had any major problems with other students. The school is a little old but that isn't a big deal to me. It's what inside the school and the foundation that matters. Thanks TJ Family for caring and nurturing our children on a day to day basis. Grade A school by the way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2012

I'm a substitute teacher and Thomas Jefferson is one of my favorite schools to work at. The teachers are very devoted and the students are eager to learn. I've never had a behavior issue inside the classroom. The school is old though, but I think that's part of its charm. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 11, 2011

I had 2 children attending Thomas Jefferson a few years ago. My daughter excelled in the program and was on the media team. My son did very well there in kindergarten but in first grade had the ESE teacher. He has ADHD. She failed him because of his behavior. We left the school the next year and went to Gregory Drive. It was the worst experience of his life. We are now back at Thomas Jefferson and he is EXTREMELY happy. I applaude their zero tolerance for bullies. I don't particularly care for the changes implemented this year toward parents because I think parents should have complete access to their children regardless of what time of day it is. But overall TJ is one of the better elementary schools on the westside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2010

my duaghter went there from second all the way too fifth. she loved it there. and now my son has been there since day one and is in third grade they are wonderful group of people teaching and learning everyday. they are kind and patient and for my son he truly needs adults who show they care everyday so i thank you thomas jefferson for all yall do for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2010

My son attended as a Kindergartener and I absolutely loved it. He is returning next year along with his big brother, who will be a fifth grader. I would highly recommend this school to all duval parents. Grade A!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

this is a great school tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. the saff is friendly and personal with the parents and the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2009

I do not recommend this school to all students. My children were treated unfairly because of their race. It was not all teachers, but I was relieved to transfer my children out of that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

I give this school a 10.They have the best Teachers and Staff always willing to help in every way.My baby starts this school year and I know he will be in good hands.My other son will be in the 4th grade and he loves everyone there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

I have 1 daughter attending School there now and who did attend there and has since Graduated. I have alwas thought greatly of the School until now they have some teachers who seem to have lost some sympathy for a person that may have faced some abnormal event in ther life and not willing to work with you, I am very dissapointed in the School. Mr. Steve Glover
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2009

My child goes to this school and I have to say, the teachers are the best I have seen. I love everything about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2007

I have 3 children, two currently at thomas jefferson and one who is a former student now attending stillwell middle school. I have been very grateful for the standard of education my children have received at t.J. The teachers and staff have always been helpful and pleasant. Over the years they have implemented many new procedures to insure the safety of our children, such as the buzzer notifying the office of visitors. All of my children have loved their teachers and have truly enjoyed their experience at thomas jefferson elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2004

The teachers are wonderful and the staff is superb! There is no better place for a child to learn in Duval County than Thomas Jefferson Elem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

I must say that the teacher's at this school are the best i have ever known, they are there for the kids and I was also a student at this school to know that the love and the good leadership is still there helps me a lot, I say the teachers are the best, my nieces are a b honor roll 2 have left and 1 still have 1 that attends here but she is over all great and loves the school dearly, keep up the good work thomas jefferson.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 58% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

98 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

82 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

78 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
92%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
39%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2013-2014 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 74%
Black 16%
Two or more races 5%
Hispanic 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 78%65%61%
Master's degree 22%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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8233 Nevada Street
Jacksonville, FL 32220
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