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Jefferson Academy

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Posted May 27, 2014

Does this school have extremely high standards and expectations of our children? Yes. Will it be as warm and fuzzy as another elementary? maybe not. I believe if you set the bar high a child will strive for it. My daughter has done just that. Like with any publicly funded school there will be politics involved (tests, funding and now common core) but if the parent stays on top of it and remains informed and involved this can be tolerated. Parents need to be involved! We are happy with the Academy and loved seeing our daughter exceed in all subjects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2014

Don't fall for the hype about this school. Check out US News ratings for college readiness from this district. The school is overcrowded, packed with paying out of district kids to jack up CRCT scores. The general culture here is one of browbeating. The principle fosters it, passes it on to the teachers who yell, yell , yell at kids all day, the kids are mean to each other and then teachers say it can't be helped because they bring that in from home. 9 year olds here are eloquent in all forms of usage of the "f" word. We are at another public school now where teachers are warm and concerned-and the kids are nice to each other. Jefferson is shockingly uncaring for children. The district motto is "we strive for functional adults". Wow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2009

Jefferson is an unbelievable school, with a very high standard of education. I have been thoroughly impressed with its rigor, as I transferred here a few years ago from a much bigger school system. I am very proud that my children will be attending school here!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 24, 2009

This new school still seems to be dealing with growing pains. Many of the parent reviews from JES would equally match for this school. Military style definitely applies here. JA is the only school (out of 4) in the city system that requires a school uniform. Not a dress code guideline, but a uniform. Some of the staff is great, and some don't really seem to like their job so much. Parent involvement is so important, but not all teachers seem to encourage that here. The school counselor is great, as are a handful of teachers that show all the students that they care. Not just their fav's. A lot of kids certainly get away with stuff because they're the favorite, or because they're the child of another staff member. It's a small town. So if you're not a local, then you're definitely an outsider. Good academics, but needs more fun.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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89%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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99%

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98%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
97%

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98%

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
97%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

216 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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94%

2011

 
 
95%

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92%

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93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 44%
Black 8% 37%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • DeMaris Gurley

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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99 Dragon Dr
Jefferson, GA 30549
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