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4145 Samuelson Road
Rockford, IL 61109

(815) 874-9536
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Grateful to: Teacher
November 19, 2015
I am super thankful to Mrs. Stockton for being so persistent and always opening my eyes to new ideas.

- submitted by a student
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
November 19, 2015
Many of the students who go to this school either don't care about their grades or are waiting to be dropped out or are just barely getting by so they can say they passed high school. There really isn't much determination/ambition in the student body.

- submitted by a student
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
November 19, 2015
There are fights almost every week and honestly people really don't seem to care about others.

- submitted by a student
Develops honesty: Disagree
November 19, 2015
I feel like there are certain teachers and staff members who are very inspirational and are really working toward helping the students with their goals, but not enough of the staff is like that. I feel that some of the teachers have given up on their students and no longer care.

- submitted by a student
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
October 13, 2015
Rundall is very dishonest. Integrity should start in the Principal's office. Jefferson needs a better more qualified Principal.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2015
Jefferson ranks near the bottom among all public high schools in the State of Illinois. The sad part is that the Principal, Don Rundall received an award. I suppose he stopped the students from rioting daily, but what about the on-going lousy test scores. The bar at Jefferson is set very low; for academics; for sports and especially when it comes to discipline. Bad student behavior is so often over-looked and has become the norm at Jefferson. Avoid sending your children here at all costs!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 17, 2009
The teachers do their best to listen and help all children. The faculty involved with the special needs children are very good.

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2009
Jefferson is a good school; if learning is happening, it isn't necessarily within the 'mainstream' classes, though, it's happening in Honors and AP classes. The teachers are all good, it's the students that don't have enough dicipline. Some administrators are disagreeable, but most are just enforcing the rules, and many are there to help, as well as being willing to.

- submitted by a student

December 14, 2008
I believe Jefferson is getting better.Our new principle is very strict. Cell phones are not even allowed in the hallways or during lunch. After school detention is being held also. Fights do happen and like any other high school. But not as bad as it use to be. Students now have to stay outside when they come before school starts. IDs are a big thing at Jefferson and security has increase. Us Jefferson students are trying hard to increase our testing scores and most of the teachers do make testing a big deal. Over all i believe Jefferson is getting better.

- submitted by a student

November 26, 2007
I love this school our principal is so amazing and the teachers are great

- submitted by a student

September 07, 2006
We have had four children involved at Jefferson and they are all honor roll students. Parents expect the schools to solve all of tier problems but the real education begins at home. We have been very pleased with the school. The staff is wonderful. Parents, spend more quality time with your kids and infuse this kind of self esteem in them...the schools are not capable of raising your children the way that you are. By the way, the new principal is fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

October 05, 2005
It is hard for me to rate J.H.S. as I feel I would need to have a better inside as to what goes on there. I can say, my child is learning and is able to take Honors and A.P. classes to prepare her for college. The only negative thing I can personally say is that I have had some problems with being able to get in touch with personnel in the attendance office.

- submitted by a parent

August 02, 2005
Jefferson High School is a very bad school to enroll your children into. My son goes there and he comes home complaining about some of the teachers discrimination. There are also a lot of fights there and it is a bad place for our children to be there. Teachers do not control their children in the classrooms and that effects the academic performance. If you are planning on moving to Rockford, and planning on enrolling your children in District #205, I suggest you not. Most Rockford Public Schools are bad, and on the watch list. Move somewhere where your child can have a better education. :)

- submitted by a parent

July 01, 2005
I was scared to death by the urban student population! We moved here from out of state, and were we ever in for a shock! The high school my son attended was the same size but the students were very respectful of their peers and teachers, compared to Jefferson students. I tried to get my son enrolled at a different high school but was unfortunately placed on the waiting list. The teachers have no control over their classrooms and that shows in the students academic progress obviously. My son is leaps and bounds ahead of his peers (gpa) due to his previous education. I am worried that he is not being challenged with his Rockford education, and will struggle needlessly in college if he would have received a stronger academic high school foundation.

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2004
I go to Jefferson and it is a fine place to go to school. I recommend it over the other Rockford Public Schools.

- submitted by a student
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Jefferson High School
4145 Samuelson Road, Rockford, IL  61109
(815) 874-9536
Last modified Jefferson High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jefferson High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top