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Jefferson Jr. High School

Public | 8-9 | 826 students

 
 

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Posted February 28, 2013

I have transferred my student from a private school to this one as it provided more opportunities and level of expectation than the private school. The Honors classes were very challenging and pushed my daughter to work hard. I see her maturity level and work ethic changing rapidly. The teachers are incredibly friendly and always willing to provide extra help. There are discipline problems, but what public school dosen't have them? My daughter never witnessed any of these serious problems throughout the year. Great school with an amazing staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

I took my son out of a Catholic School environment to go to Jeff Jr. He was far more challenged at Jeff Jr. as a public school academically than he was at the Catholic School. He took Honors classes in the 8th grade, which he was unable to do at the other school. The class size was a bit larger, but any time he needed any help in any subject, all he had to do was talk with the teacher and they worked it out together. He became more responsible, more mature and time managed and more was demanded from him, therefore he performed to the task as expected and no one 'babied' him. He is much more prepared to enter high school now than he was before due to the expectations of him as a student. The parental involvement is pretty good, as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

I actually go to Jeff. Its a good school, just because some students decide to act up doesn't make Jeff a bad school. The teachers really care about the students and what they have to say. They're hard on us because they know someday we're going to be great and change the world. Jeff is amazing and anyone who says it isn't just because of issues with disapline needs to live the day and the life of a student there and you'll see differently.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 2, 2008

This is an awesome school! The teachers really respect the students and do everything they can to help their students be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2005

This school is a failure. The undue emphasis on standardized testing and the minority gap hinders the ability of gifted and talented students to excel and achieve their potential. Even the so-called honors classes are filled with mediocre and lazy students. As for extracurricular activities, the school places a much higher importance on sports than on intellectual clubs. And, of course, there are serious discipline problems. Most incidents go unreported and unpunished. Profanity is ubiquitous in the hallways. Any parent with a gifted student will not find any support in this school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 22, 2005

I feel that safety and discipline is an issue at this school. There are children who continually get in fights and cause very disruptive behavior that are allowed to return to school time after time. I think that Columbia schools needs to enforce their no tolerance policy more effectively. Also there is drug problem in most of the schools from middle school thru high school. This needs to be looked into more throughly than it has in the past. Suggestion: drug dogs brought into the schools several times throughout the year and search lockers and walk through class rooms. Violators should suffer strict consequences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2003

I have real concerns regarding the school staff's participation in protecting the kids. I fear that before they take these things seriously, someone will end up with irrepairable harm. I guess schools are no different than any place else. They don't repair things until someone is hurt or sued.
—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.
Communication Arts

The state average for Communication Arts was 55% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Communication Arts

All Students65%
Black34%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White73%
Free or reduced-price lunch40%
Students with disabilities24%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Math

All Students46%
Black19%
Hispanicn/a
White56%
Free or reduced-price lunch24%
Students with disabilities15%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Science

All Students59%
Black23%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
White70%
Free or reduced-price lunch31%
Students with disabilities20%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math and communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The MAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Missouri. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 57% in 2013.

350 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
58%
Government

The state average for Government was 57% in 2011.

421 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Algebra I

All Students60%
Black34%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Free or reduced-price lunch40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Missouri used the End-of-Course (EOC) Assessments to test high school students in Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, English I, English II, American History, Government, and Biology. The EOC Assessments are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Missouri for each subject. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; data is not reported if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group.

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 62% 74%
Black 20% 17%
Hispanic 7% 5%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Columbia, MO 65201
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