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Jefferson High School

Public | 9-12 | 1720 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 26, 2007

I love this school our principal is so amazing and the teachers are great
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 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


Posted October 5, 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


Posted August 2, 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


Posted July 1, 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


Posted November 3, 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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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.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

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27%

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30%

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27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

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35%

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32%

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30%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2013.

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27%

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27%

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26%

2010

 
 
26%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students27%
Female24%
Male30%
Black14%
Asian31%
Hispanic28%
Multiracial28%
Native Americann/a
White32%
Low income23%
Non-low income42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students35%
Female39%
Male30%
Black27%
Asian31%
Hispanic32%
Multiracial39%
Native Americann/a
White40%
Low income32%
Non-low income45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)7%
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students27%
Female26%
Male28%
Black13%
Asian23%
Hispanic24%
Multiracial33%
Native Americann/a
White37%
Low income23%
Non-low income44%
Students with disabilities (IEP)13%
Students without disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) to test students in grade 11 in reading, math and science. The PSAE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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46%
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28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Average ACT score

17

Graduation rate

65.7%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on composite ACT scores and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 37% 51%
Hispanic 36% 24%
Black 19% 18%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Don Rundall

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
  • Poetry
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4145 Samuelson Road
Rockford, IL 61109
Phone: (815) 874-9536

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