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7-8
Public
Merritt Island, FL
Students enrolled: 642

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1275 South Courtenay Parkway
Merritt Island, FL 32952

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(321) 453-5154
(321) 459-2854
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September 16, 2014
We have had 5 children attend JMS over the recent years and have been impressed with the quality of this school, including: academic focus of the faculty; excellence of the art/music program; friendliness of the administrative staff; facilities; and level of parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2014
My daughter is graduating this year from JMS and it's been a tremendous experience for her. She is in the Galileo program and she was fortunate to have the same teachers for Math, Science, English and History for 2 years. The Galileo program is a very challenging program but it really prepared her for MIHS. Truly the teachers are fantastic at JMS!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
I have a daughter that has attendef TJM for several years and us graduating this year. Some of the teachers have been phenominal while others have neen medioaker... the education she has received has been ok, but wish it could have been better.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
I am so proud that my son was able to attend such a wonderful middle school. The school was quite proactive on communication with parents and provided many extra curricular activities that promotes soaial growth for a student at this age.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2013
I've been working at Jefferson for 2 years as an ESE support staff member. The staff at Jefferson is very caring and always strives to do what is best for students. There are a lot of extracurricular activities for the students, and academically there are classes offered both for students who need opportunities for enrichment and for remediation. The administration and staff both strive to improve parent/school communication. My children are grown, but I would be happy to have them attend Jefferson Middle School.

- submitted by a teacher
May 01, 2013
I have worked at Jefferson for many years and consider it the best school I've ever worked in. The student body is a great group of kids, the parent organization active and supportive and the administration encouraging of its teachers. For high achieving students we offer the Galileo program that addresses the curriculum in ways that appeal to students who are gifted. Our band and chorus regularly receive superiors at competition, and we have many extra-curricular programs outside of the school day. If we were zoned for this area, this is the school I would put my own kids in.

- submitted by a teacher
May 01, 2013
I have had three students go through Jefferson am am very proud of the fact that they still consider themselves Statesmen. It is an excellent middle school that prepares the students to be ready for high school. I love how friendly the front office is and now that we have Edline to look at - the teachers are very easy to reach. I feel the best part of the school is how the teachers work together in teams. When I had a question, I can call one teacher and meet with all four. Not all schools do that and I found it very helpful. I also feel the school is very safe because when my son was there he would tell me he feels the resource officer does a good job.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
I love technology and the social media that allows us instant information; however, I take exception when the information shared is not accurate. If you are interested in Merritt Island and coming to Jefferson I ask that you please talk to the parents on Merritt Island. We have an excellent parent organization with lots of parents who would be very happy to talk to anyone about their experiences at Jefferson. To see my school rated so low because of 12 unhappy parents is unsettling. I also, as the principal, would love to talk to anyone interested in my school. I have an open door policy and talk to anyone who come into the school. Thank you for considering that 12 people might not give an accurate representation of an organization the serves over 650 students a year.

- submitted by a teacher
May 01, 2013
My child is zoned for a different school and attends Jefferson as an out-of-area student. I have a nephew that attends as well. We have had no problems, it is a great school. It appears that most of the bad comments/ratings are left by parents that have children with discipline problems.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
Thomas Jefferson Middle School is an excellent school. My daughter was part of the Principal Leadership academy, Cheerleading and much more. they have many events for the kids to participate in .. Teachers are great and the Dean keeps the school safe and ship shape

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
I have been very happy with this school. All of my son's teachers are very involved in his education and reach out to communicate with me. The principal is very involved in nurturing this difficult adolescent age and is also very involved in the community at large as well. The parent organization provides great support to the school as well. I believe my son is getting a great education.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
Not the best school in Merritt island. My daughters friend was locked in a bathroom at JMS. I do not reccomend this school

- submitted by a community member
July 21, 2012
Horrible school...very few teachers care about students, the Assistant Principal is a joke (I feel bad for her children), and the Principal is either lazy or incompetent because she NEVER responds to issues, she'd rather sick her little Asst. Principal with no brains or compassion to deal with your issues. Teachers bully children and allow other children to bully each other...my child got into trouble for defending a child who was so badly bullied he told my son he wanted to hurt himself...this school needs a lot of training for staff, and their front office needs an attitude adjustment. School nurse - got her degree out of a crackerjack box or something because she's not too swift. Learning- a joke, moved my son here from up north and he was re-learning everything from 5th and 6th grade in 7th and 8th. After the experience we have had with Merritt Island schools (Jefferson & Tropical), we decided to send our children to school out of this town...I'd rather take a long drive than use this town's schools...

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2011
This school has to be the worst school in the area. The teachers bully the kids. The teachers expect the hormone raging, puberty stage teenagers to have more control than the teachers do. The Dean of Students is the biggest bully of all. She enjoys belittling and pushing students around. If there was another option for public school in Merritt Island, we would be there. I wish more parents could stand together and be heard, but we all know that will never happen. Considering a bus driver can beat up a parent and still drive a bus in the county, could we really expect the county to do anything but support a bully for a Dean.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
jms is a very bad school the only reson that everyone gose thar is that is the only middle school in merritt island i went thar and i did not get help from any teathers all the school cairs bout is fcat scors i will never sind my kids to this school.and i dont think any one can say something good bout this school.

- submitted by a community member
July 19, 2011
Horrible school - indifferent teachers, loads of mistakes in grades, edline is non-existing, unfriendly front office, ast. principal a jerk, not sure how they got such a good rating. I, parent of a 14 yr old, am looking elsewhere to place my child. Very mediocre learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
I am a student at JMS and i am very unimpressed. Most students there are mean and many find school unimportant. I know because in many of my classes students don't seem to care. I've also experienced bullying on a severe level so bad i was afraid to go back to school. On the bright side the teachers and staff are conciderate but few see what realy goes on. Over all I'm happy I'm moving to a diffrent school next year.

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July 26, 2008
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April 12, 2008
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no rating September 26, 2007
This school has been wonderful. Aside from a slighltly odd Guidance Counselor who should not be working with children, we have been happy. Teachers are kind and supportive.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2007
This has got to be the worst school in the district. The teachers do not care, the school is over populated and run down. FCAT scores are the only thing this school worries about!

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June 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
School is overcrowded. Primary goal at this and any Florida school is FCAT ratings.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
Jefferson in my 'school of choice'. The teachers and administration work hard to make this school a safe and caring environment. The teachers give 110%. They are supportive of both my student's needs and my own concerns.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2006
Great school--the principal and faculty are an impressive and caring group. They discipline fairly, but yield no tolerance to rule-breakers. Advanced classes are available, as well as honors Algegra/Geometry. Although 2-grade school has over 700 kids, my son feels very comfortable and at ease in his surroundings. Very clean facility, cheerful, new science wing and track/field area.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2004
My son went to Jefferson and then we moved to Satellite Beach and he switched to DeLaura. We were so happy with Jefferson and haven't felt the same way about DeLaura at all. The teachers at Jefferson are so involved with the students and seem to really love kids and care about their success. At DeLaura, it seems to be a job and that's all...

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Thomas Jefferson Middle School
1275 South Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island, FL  32952
(321) 453-5154
Last modified Thomas Jefferson Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 7-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Thomas Jefferson Middle School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top