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Thomas Jefferson High School5
Posted November 25, 2014
- a parent
My son graduated from TJHS in 2012 and he will be graduating from Morningside College in May 2015 (3 years). TJHS prepared him for college and he took advantage of the IWCC credits/AP classes while in high school. I think TJHS was an excellent fit for him and we open enrolled him into TJHS. Thanks TJHS!
I have been in CB Schools for 20 years. Thomas Jefferson High School is comprehensive high school with a beautiful, updated facility that we are all proud of. Great staff and great families round off a great school with many academic and extra-curricular opportunities that other schools outside CB Schools do not offer. Come and visit anytime, and see for yourself the positive, welcoming atmosphere TJ has to offer your student.
I am grateful for the students that come here every day willing to work and wanting to learn. I am also grateful for the kindness that many students have shown me during my time here, such as opening doors when my hands are full or saying thank you when I do something nice for them. We also have a great staff here that is always willing to listen and help when I need it.
Academically, this school has bottomed out. They have a new grading system that has turned F's into D's, D's into C's, and C's into B's. And no one fails. If you have an A student, you wont notice. I've dealt with completion grades (A's on failing work), used to blur the near failing tests scores into looking like some learning is taking place. Classes without enough books for students, so the year is based on a daily handout and what you absorb in class. I encourage all parents to know what's going on with their childs school work. The grades are far from accurately representing what's being learned. Your child will have a very difficult time succeeding in college if they are educated at this school.
TJ is in desperate need of new leadership. Over the last 4 years (2006-2010) the school has declined drastically. TJ used to have a winning band program. Not any more. TJ used to have a winning drama department. Not any more. TJ used to have a winning speech and debate team. Not any more. It seems the administration has systematically driven off top quality teachers in these areas and hired teachers much less qualified to lead and motivate the students. When I, as a parent, expressed dismay and concern about a rookie teacher being allowed to trash a previously quality program with no apparent supervision, I was driven away by the principal and the activities director. It is clear TJ admin cares only about boys football and basketballs and has no real regard for the role arts play in producing quality, well-rounded adults.
Thomas jeferson has many great characteristics and well as some bad ones. TJ has a very good teaching staff and offers the most HES and AP classes of any school in Council Bluffs. Currently students are working on changing the culture of the student body here at TJ to get kids more envolved and to get clubs like fine arts more recognition. Also it is under going construction and the school is really starting to look great. You will see some big changes around here and I feel it is a great school for parents to send their kids.
All of my siblings, including myself, went to Thomas Jefferson. My younger sister is still attending. I believe that TJ is a terrible school. Yes, most young kids love sports, but it is very hard for them to base their entire future on it, but that is what TJ emphasizes the most. Fine Arts are barely recognized by the staff.
I think it is the best. I went there and it was so fun and all the kids are great and kids really get involved as well as moms and dads.I love it there and its a great place for you kids to go.And the teachers a very nice and funny.