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Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 981 students

 

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Posted August 16, 2013

I love this school so much! I have made so many friends here. I'm hispanic and what I like the most about Tj is they offer the Adelante Hispanic Achievers! Other schools just offer better programs for kids who are extroverts and socially qualified. Like why does it matter if a kid is socially awkward or not? They should get the same chances. I feel like Tj is a great school but some students just need to get a reality check that you come to school to learn not be immature and childish! I was going to start 7th grade this year at Tj but unfortunately I moved and had to switch schools :\


Posted May 21, 2013

My grandchildren go to this school and it is horrible!! These kids don't even have any books. How can you learn anything without books?? They have to walk on colored lines in the hallways like a prison system. There are fights there EVERY day. Lots of bullying. This is their last year at this school....thank goodness!!! The teachers have no control over the students. This school needs to be shut down. Their overall test scores are horrible. I hope they can excel in high school and put this school experience behind them.


Posted February 22, 2011

I moved here from Johnson Traditional, and the people here are way nicer! IIn terms of teachers and students! We are always doing some fundraiser or something just to show school spirit and I LOVE IT!!!


Posted November 12, 2010

I LUV TJ! I WAZ ON STARS N STRRIIPES! MY SISTA TELLZ ME THAT NOW ITZ THE EAGLES TEAAm! SHe IS in 7tH GRadE!


Posted October 17, 2008

Although I'm gone from Thomas Jefferson now, I will never forget the experience it was! Whatever you hear negative about Thomas Jefferson mustn't be true! So set that behind you when making your choice of which middle school to attend. Thomas Jefferson has a wonderful staff. Teachers are dedicated to teaching their students. They practice teaching in many different ways, hoping to seek which way has the best effect on your child. They don't tolerate non-sense. Their 'P-R-I-D-E' System teaches children how to be successful adults. Thomas Jefferson is the best school to go to to get ready for high school too. When I left Thomas Jefferson, and High school came around the corner it felt like another day at TJ! Except the lockers weren't red or blue! It felt like at any moment one of my old teachers would be around the corner. Look into TJ 5th graders!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2008

Well as a student I love the communications program. It really is a cultural experiance because of all the diffrent races you learn so much more when it comes to cltre. Andthe teachers are awesome. They joke sometimes but they really are serious when it comes to or learning. Having the same teachers all three years helps you bond with the teachers real good. If your a 5th grader looking for a school to go to choose tjms!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 1, 2008

I'm a student at Tj and I think it is a very good school! The teachers there are very good and have a good way of making learning fun! Also there are many good kids there as well as bad, but still lots of good kids! I really liked going there and it's to bad that next year i'll be leaving to my high school! I will really Mrs. Mattingly as a communications teacher though, because she taught me how to write very good stories while making learning fun! That is what i love about TJ and I will Miss that school very much! Wait i thought of a nother good thing. The falcuty at TJ also rewards kids very well. Like if kids did well on thier CATS test, they have a CATS celebration, andthey do that for other tests too! I love TJ, and i will miss it lots!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2008

TJ is a great school! I feel my son's teachers really care about him. My son is a 6th grader and I have to admit I was scared at first to send my son to to this school. After meeting his teachers all my fears were laid to rest. TJ is very diverse and is working hard to improve test scores
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

I truly love TJ it has a great band the 7th grade band even got a distinguish that's pretty good because the band teacher Mrs.Forrest. Also the have a excellent communications program!!!!! Since my daughter has been attending TJ she has been very successesful and has been confident in her work.They are also very diverse and has a esl program for people who speak a different language and that will make everyone successesful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2007

I love TJ! I truly do! TJ is the most diverse middle school in Kentucky and the administration, teachers and staff have worked very hard to bring up their test scores. TJ has the best group of kids, teachers set high standards and make learning fun. Anyone with issues with TJ needs obviously has a one-dimensional view. Spend more time there and you will see how great it is! I am a teacher and I would send my kid to this school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 28, 2007

I agree with the comment above. My child had left an Elementary School that was awesome and he had great study skills. He went to TJ and totally lost his ways, although he did leave TJ with being an Honor Roll student. The only good thing about TJ was his band class with Ms. Forest. My son is now having a very difficult time in High School due to what he didn't learn at TJ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2006

Children that do well in academics seem to be left out of the loop. Orchestra class is the best thing there. Mrs. Pierce is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 44% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
12%
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
13%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
20%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 48% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
11%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
9%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
19%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
30%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
18%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
27%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 59% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
38%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 39% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
26%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students11%
Female21%
Male5%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White12%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Students with disabilities2%
English language learners3%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students13%
Female15%
Male12%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White14%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students16%
Female19%
Male14%
African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White17%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities11%
English language learners6%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students16%
Female26%
Male10%
African American12%
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White15%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners9%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students17%
Female17%
Male17%
African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White23%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners4%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students28%
Female36%
Male22%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners9%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students29%
Female24%
Male33%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learners7%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students30%
Female30%
Male30%
African American22%
Asian54%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American28%
White38%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learners23%

Reading

All Students25%
Female29%
Male22%
African American17%
Asian15%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American28%
White35%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learners12%

Social Studies

All Students34%
Female31%
Male37%
African American24%
Asian23%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American37%
White47%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learners16%

Writing

All Students14%
Female20%
Male10%
African American14%
Asian8%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native American16%
White13%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilities7%
English language learners12%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2011.

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2011.

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2011.

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
30%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2011.

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
27%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 36% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 36% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
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English II

The state average for English II was 56% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 44% 11%
White 36% 82%
Hispanic 19% 4%
Asian 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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Resources

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  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
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Louisville, KY 40219
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