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Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

Public | 1-3 | 313 students


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Posted January 6, 2014

This school is deteriorating in all manners. The character and quality of the staff is less than desirable. The value of the education is poor and so is the building. The classrooms are overcrowded. MAPS is creating a society of automatons. Some of what I have seen and heard are not what I want for my child. When researching available education choices for your child, please ask for honest opinions. There are many other options rather than subjecting your children to public school because "it's the only option." It is NOT! Many people in this community choose the private schools because of the quality of the education far surpasses what MAPS provides. Others prefer to send their kids to Onekama and some homeschool. Please invest your time and investigate for your unique needs. Your child is worth it!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 19, 2012

2012 update on Jefferson in "my" opinion as a parent of 6 kids that has attended several different schools and school districts over the last 18 years,seems to lack many things that many other impressive school districts has had. I will say half of the staff in the school district are good at what they do.The other half either needs improvement or needs to GO! This is for teachers,superiors,clerical & transportation. There are a couple of staff that shouldn't be employed here, there's a couple that are just amazing! I will note that the special education staff,ISD/IEP staff are absolutely wonderful at what they do! Theres a couple of "teachers" that are also wonderful as well. Its a different community here verses other larger communities that we came from. The question I keep asking myself is "How is it that a large school district that has several schools,several programs,over 1,000 staff,well over 25,000 students,run in a city that has busing routes that run about 10 miles long & 10 miles wide,with at least 50 buses,run much better and more smoothly,that budgets well?" Every activity/event is so costly here,I assume thats to contribute to climbing out of some of their debts?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 19, 2010

Jefferson Elementary makes everyone feel welcome. It is everyone's school and everyone takes pride in that.
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Posted October 23, 2009

Jefferson has a friendly environment & a great atmosphere. It's very welcoming & my children love it there!..Thanks staff!
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Posted March 17, 2008

I am a parent with 2 children currently enrolled at Jefferson Elementary. Our oldest also attended Jefferson. The teachers, staff and parents at this school are outstanding! They care for the children as they are their own. The teacher/parent bond is something that you just can and will not receive anywhere else. The education that my children have received is far beyond what my expectations were. My children have excelled in subjects that they tested low in the previous year. I love this school and as for my family, there is no other choice in Elementary education in Manistee County!
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Posted October 4, 2006

Love it! All 4 of my kids went/go to Jefferson, pre-school through 4th grade. I've had an academically gifted child, a shy bookish child, a hyper-active & academically challenged child, and an outgoing athletic child. Jefferson has been unique and rewarding for each of them. Afterschool programs from 4-H kitty-cat care to basketball, reading programs, computers, music, it's all there. My kids always hug their Jefferson teachers when they see them at the store or around town. Thanks Jefferson!
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.









The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

103 students were tested at this school in 2014.








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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 69%
American Indian 6% 1%
African-American 3% 18%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Andrew Huber
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  • (231) 398-2021


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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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Manistee, MI 49660
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