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Jefferson Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 948 students

 
 

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Posted October 25, 2013

Suspensions should be for misconduct, however, in this school, a child can get a suspension for not doing his homework, even if he has a disability and is overwhelmed. Attitude of vice principal and office secretary need improvement. In School Suspensions are handed out before a parent even has the opportunity to have a meeting with the principal or vice principal and the student to be able to see what actually happened. This is problematic because students with disabilities are at a real disadvantage if they cannot explain themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

My son attends Jefferson, this was his first year and I have been debating about sending him back. It's just a few things I don't like about the school, like poor communication with parents, rude to the students and a little racism. They have some great teachers, I really like Mr Talacko & Mrs Fury awesome teachers. I like that they are strict with not letting any type of students attend the school with their school records & suspensions background check. They have alot of cuuriculms that most school don't have to offer, I also like the Parent Portal where I can check my son's grading daily with email notification as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2011

My daughter has attended Jefferson for 2 years. We are Eastpointe residents. I could not be happier that she had her middle school experience there. The staff was always available to parents and students. Student behavior was monitored closely and no serious problems were encountered while we were there. Technology and school improvements have blossomed and they would rival any public middle school. Strongly suggest you attend orientation if you are looking for a great middle school for your child. They also have Powerschool that allows you to know your childs grades within a day or two. Only improvement I would like to see is class size reduced to 25 students per room. Some classrooms are small. Mr. David Lavender is an outstanding leader. He has a clear vision of what is takes to educate our students. He values input from teachers and parents. Only had problems with one teacher and she was retired last year. I sat in as a parent rep. when they hired several new teachers. We interviewed many teachers and all new hires were outstanding. The sense of community has been wonderful and wish all parents the satisfying experience we had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

They have a lot of good activities for the kids. The teachers really care about each and every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

My son is entering 8th grade. We have had a great experience at Jefferson Middle. He has excelled and I think the teachers are awesome. We only had one teacher in 2 years there that wasn't amazing. The teachers will communicate as much as you want, I emailed everyother week to check in and always got quick responses. My son has carried a 3.5 GPA the entire time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2009

Yes, there are a lot of school of choice students but that is the case with all schools. One good thing about Lakeview...a parent was telling me that it is hard to get your child into our schools...her son had to have a clean record or they would not accept him. Thank you to that. Our school of choice requirements are strict.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

This school is changing alot. Lately there are so many school of choice students that the school is getting rough. I am thinking of taking my kids out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2009

The teaching staff is very good, lots of communication. Students are always doing something, relay for life or other events as well as lots of sports and clubs.. Well rounded school. Their scores are good and the electives have really been good for my son, especially art and band.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

Jefferson Middle School is a great school. The staff is great and the students are just as awesome. My son will be entering his 3rd year in fall of 09 and he has kept an 3.20 GPA or above the entire time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2009

I go to Jefferson. I love it there! The teachers are the best! And everyone is REALLY nice, I would NEVER want to go to another middle school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2008

not many parent sget invole,saftey is hardly there,not many estracurriculars for 6th graders and not many teachers will keep up with parents after speaking with the parents and setting goals for thier kids,principal needs to keep up with what the parents and teachers and counslers say and do so less kids will fail!go to the school any give time to see failure
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

I am a current student here and this is my 3rd year here. It's really not that bad, and there are a lot worse schools out there. There are some really bad teachers though. But some I really like.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2008

I had attended this school and I actually liked it alot. It had some poor and good teachers. I liked my teachers overral. The conferences drove my parents crazy. We didn't have much time to see all my teachers but its not their fault how many students they have. My mother had arranged meetings with my teachers the next morning and got questions answered and such. I was pretty pleased with this school and overrall liked it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 11, 2006

I have a student at this school. After, having such great experences at the elementry schools I am disappointed with the middle school. The teachers barely communicate with the parents unless there is huge problem and this happens a little late. Conferences are a joke. There are way too many parents and not enough time with teachers. It's like a race to see how many teachers you can see. You will never see them all and it feels like a waste of time. E-mailing the teachers is the best form of communication. It's not very personal but you can get all your answers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

I have two children at this school. The level of parent involvement is lower than elementary school, but the PTSO is quite active and supports the student and staff with numerous activities. Recently, elective offerings have been increased with the change of schedule, and new and more challenging courses have been added. Many folks may not agree with the way discipline is handled, but the school is not overall unruly or undisciplined. Of course, folks may feel their child is being singled out but in my experience discipline is fairly and firmly handled. The school offers students opportunities in Band, Orchestra, Choir and Performing Arts, as well as sports and numerous clubs (writing, reading, chess, etc.). Academic rigor could be more stringent, but efforts are made to accommodate each students' needs. JMS has undergone significant remodeling and has updated labs and technology. While there's room for improvement it's a quality building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

There is no tutoring available for kids unless they are failing. My child needed help with some math concepts that I could not help with. I talked to his teacher about this and was told there is nothing that can be done because he is passing with C's and D's, he needs to be failing to qualify for tutoring. I was very upset.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2005

my child attends this school and I cant believe how overly sensitive the teachers/admin are there but yet they treat these children like 4 year olds! They need responsibility and discipline!The principal well lets just say I'm not sure there is one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2004

I am a parent of a current student there and i am not happy at all about there principal who doesnt disipline other students and there parent participation is not very high. I would not recomend going to this school at all.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

299 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

297 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 27% in 2014.

309 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2014.

281 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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42%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

284 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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67%

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

284 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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46%

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49%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 35% in 2014.

304 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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38%

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32%

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22%

2011

 
 
22%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2014.

307 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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71%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 20% in 2014.

327 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
15%

2013

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
8%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 69%
African-American 9% 18%
American Indian 2% 1%
Hispanic 2% 6%
Asian 1% 3%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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27900 Rockwood St
Saint Clair Shores, MI 48081
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