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Cedar Rapids, IA
Students enrolled: 1,517

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1243 20th St SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

(319) 558-2435
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August 21, 2015
Great teachers, a long lasting committment to fine arts and significant upgrades to the facility are all reasons why I chose to raise my family in the Jefferson district. My wife as served as a substitute in the school and also interacts with several students throguh a private music lesson studio she operates. Located in a solid, safe working class neighborhood, this school is full of down-to-earth, hard working and smart students. Jefferson, Kennedy and Washington all provide an excellent, well-rounded education, and we're excited to be part of raising third-generation J-Hawks!

- submitted by a community member

March 22, 2014
Jefferson has always had a proud tradition of excellence and high standards for the westside community. The school is currently going through a face lift and is poising itself to be among the elite schools in the city and state for the coming years.

- submitted by a community member

February 22, 2013
I am proud to be part of Jefferson's faculty. We deeply care about our kids and work tirelessly on a daily basis to meet a tremendous amount of need. Sometimes the need is too great to address with the limited resources at our disposal (time, student to teacher/counselor/associate principal ratio) but I can say with absolute sincerity that we work with every ounce of energy that we possess to do what is right by our kids. There are many areas for improvement AND we also have a lot to be proud of due to our dedicated students, parents, community members and staff.

- submitted by a teacher

October 05, 2009
or sports aren't the best but the fine arts show that we are one to compete with and the teachers are hard working and caring about or school work and many if you have problems at home

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 30, 2009
As a current student at Jefferson, I know the school is not a leader in any of the physical sports they compete in and the fine arts program is still terrific if I may add. But the current sophomores, as one of them, are doing terrific at their sports and once they hit the varsity team, Jefferson will be a better school to play and next year the other schools will be surprised.

- submitted by a student
no rating
February 04, 2009
Jefferson tries to be a good school with many good to great teachers the reality is it has come under some hard times with student behavior and student achievement. The current sports program is average at best and fine arts have lost its way. Advanced Placement scholars are only 5 compared to Washington and Kennedy's many honored students

- submitted by a student

August 03, 2008
As mentioned before, Jefferson has a fantastic athletic program and an excellent fine arts program. These programs add so much to someone's experience there, and the staff encourage participation in all activities. Academics are also a major aspect to the school, and students who are willing to put in the time and effort into their classes are sure to do well. Jefferson's academic decathalon has performed amazingly, earning third at nationals most recently (I must also mention that they've won 11 out of 12 attempts at the state championships since 1997). At Jefferson I've found that the more involved you are, the better the experience.

- submitted by a student

May 27, 2005
The culture of the school is outstanding. The most impressive thing is that the last few years has seen a budding resurgance of its athletic programs. The fine arts programs are excellent but statewide prestige is truly garnered from athletic excellence, because it measures the heart of a school. If you are a parent who wants their child to learn cooperation, tolerance, and be nurtured in a truly caring environment, not one of falsely inflated prestige or social dichotomies than Jefferson clearly stands out above the other Cedar Rapids High Schools, in particular the more suburban, newer schools.

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2005
Jefferson High School does have a fine performing arts program. But aside from that they have high and ever improving achedemics. The principals there stay involved with the kids and can be seen out and about in the halls conversing with them and the teachers are always there when someone needs help.

- submitted by a student

November 26, 2004
Jefferson is an excellent school with a very prominent Fine Arts department and a very good reputation for an education level of it's students that are above the standard. The school has recieved the Blue Ribbon Award twice, as well as many Fine Awards. Sometimes the size of the school isn't large enough for the quantity of students, but it isn't a large enough problem that needs immediate fixing. The school recently had two new additions, being a new Fine Arts wing, and also a new Science wing.

- submitted by a student

September 09, 2004
I think Jefferson High school is a great school. Besides a lot of the kids there dont know when to stop. and theres a lot of fights the prinncle is not that good.

- submitted by a parent
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Thomas Jefferson High School
1243 20th St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA  52404
(319) 558-2435
Last modified Thomas 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.
Thomas Jefferson High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top