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Jefferson City High School

Public | 9-12 | 1957 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted April 22, 2014

I don't know what people are thinking--this school is amazing. I am currently at Westminster College, and JCHS did more than just prepare me for college; it gave me a leg up. I am a 2013 graduate. I was in National Honors Society, Key Club, and Hispanic Honor's Society. I graduated with a 3.75, working hard in that school. Now, because of that education, I am in the Honor's Program here, am at sophomore status because of the dual enrollment opportunities that were given to me at JC, and am currently at a 4.00 GPA, because I have been doing exceptionally well. JC gave me the necessary tools in learning, leadership, and excellence to push on. Yes, those who do not try will not get the same experience that I did, but can't that be said for any high school? JC is excellent, and is never given enough credit.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 12, 2013

I graduated from JC 4 years ago and it seems like it hasn't improved much. A lot of these reviews are correct. If you're a normal kid, you'll do really well there. But if you're not, it's going to be tough. And seriously high school is hard enough. Teachers totally gave up on me because I have a different way of learning. I know for a fact that most of my teachers didn't expect me to graduate college. Now I'm in graduate school at one of London's top universities. Money is put in to sports because the coaches are amazing. I am not an athlete but I ran track and had many coaches for teachers and THEY were the ones pushing me to succeed. The administration helped me through my four years there but it seems like the people I had are gone now. There's a difference between teaching kids how it is in the real world and not helping kids to succeed. Being underpaid isn't an excuse. If teachers were in it for the money they would be doctors. I won't be sending my kids to JC when I have them, but if you don't have a choice, don't worry. A lot of great kids come out of JC. The drugs are bad which I attribute to absent parents. But it's inevitable that kids in Jeff City will have a run in.


Posted January 31, 2013

My wife and I have had several (6) (3 girls and 3 boys) kids attend the Jefferson City Public School system. I would highly recommend the elementry schools for their Professionalism and Heart in making sure that our children are well educated. The Jefferson City High School is an entirely different matter. It all starts with lack of strong leadership, ethics and principles (not principals). One of my kids had a rough time with one of the School Administration to the point that he dropped out. He tried several times to go back with little to no evail. I hold the School Leadership partially to blame for allowing my child to drop through the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2007

JCHS Is a very good school in most respects. The teachers are professional and hold students accountable for their work. The school is a slice of reality: there are kids from all walks of life, and that seems to throw some folks -- they want some Ozzie and Harriet world. The kids deal with the size of the school better than many adults. The school offers many advanced placement classes, a great musis and performing arts program, and a wide variety of offerings. OK, it's a school that takes a lot of pride in sports. That also causes issues. Frankly, I think it's a good thing, but I understand those who feel that too much attention is given to sports. I figure if sports keep a kid intereted in the other aspects of school, then fine. I would recommend JCHS to parents moving to this town.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2007

I am currently a senior at JCHS. In my four years going to this school, I've only had two teachers(out of many) that I felt didn't really know the subject they were teaching. The school offers plenty challenging classes. School's library is really good. The media center, however, isn't that great. Cafeteria food is okay. The building is, indeed, old. Oh, and they should really start enforcing the dress code.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 14, 2006

I graduated in 2005. JC did an awesome job preparing me for college. The teachers and counselors go way beyond what is expected, and genuinely want students to succeed. There is a great balance at JC - strong academics, great athletics, and many opportunities for leadership. JC students consistently score above the state average in every academic area, and over twice the normal percentage of students receive Bright Flight scholarships. I love JC! 43!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 26, 2005

I would like to comment that I have had two children in the past 3 years that have graduated from JCHS while another is a sophmore there this year. My two oldest graduated with a total of 43 college credited hours and my sophmore currently has 6 college hours. All three children playes varsity sports and were very involved in school activities. This school has so much to offer. Of course there are drugs in our world today are there drugs in the school? I guess you would have to talk to someone that is around it. Yes, we have a private school that does not have to take the problem children that end up in public schools but what better prepares our children for the real world sheltering them or preparing them for college where they will be around all types of people. I give this school an A! Sandy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2005

Contrary to some of the previous reviews, I feel this school is great. There are numerous AP and dual enrollment programs. The grading scale is higher than many of the surrounding schools. On top of that, about 1/3 of the school is in the music program; consisting of Symphonic Band, Band 1 & 2, Top Jazz, Jazz, 3-5 jazz combos, Orchestra, and 2 choir programs. All of which do well in their competitions and heritage festivales. The art program has also had decent success. Yes, it is a school of sports focusing on football, basketball, track, tennis, and golf. Most of the teachers work very well with the students and strive to push them to their best work. I would also say that with the students there is a somewhat diverse setting ranging with all social groups. There are some drug problems and some lesser teachers. Success is defined by the student.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 31, 2004

Honors English program ridiculous. The school is just too big. Little personal attention is paid to students, and the administration is oblivious toward many problems within the school. Most teachers are great, fantastic library. Has a pretty strict dress code. Several students have transferred out due to a poor job on the part of the school paying attention to their kids' special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2004

This school is not really as good as you really think. The teachers are very disrespectful and closed minded. Now if your kid is the same as all the other kids they will have no problem. On the other hand if they aren't the teachers will most likely give them a hard time.This school is a more christian school then a public one. As well as the basic adittude of the school being more about sports they anything else. So aslong as you are an average christian sports playing family this school is great. If you are something else find another school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2004

My daughter just graduated from JCHS and it was a positive experience. Her teachers bent over backwards to help her, not just with classwork, but with strategies for doing well on the ACT. She had plenty of activities to choose from and although JC is competitive in many ways, she found opportunities for leadership. Her counselors advised her well in academics and although she wasn't a 4.0, she followed a tough course of classes that I believe will help her be successful in college. At JC the opportunities are there but you have to go after them. In this respect, JC is a lot like the real world, no one hands anything to you on a silver platter. Let the staff know you have a goal and they will help you achieve it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2004

As a student at JCHS, I would never recommend sending your children here. The staff is underpaid and therefore seem more inclined to fail students than take the extra time to help them. When a teacher of mine became angry with me for not paying attention, instead of handling it properly, he threw all of my things out in the hallway and told me to do something about it. I went to my counselor for help and she told me I would have to deal with it or take an F in the class. Another teacher of mine, when I asked to come in after school for help, told me to do it on my time and not hers because she had better things to do. Yeah, that really sounds like the A+ school they advertise.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2004

There is no one to control these students. I had 3 students who went to JC public schools and the hardest part is just getting them past the 9th grade. Most drop outs do so while at the 9th grade building. There are severe racial and drug issues. And my children were passed on to the next grade with the minimum of grades. They can barely write or spell. And math is even worse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

I personally removed our family from the Jefferson City area because the high school has drug problems, no uniformed codes for dress, tardiness, or advanced placement. Most teachers in the area are underpaid and it shows in their teaching techniques. The tax payers in the area refuse to vote for school bond issues. The building was built in the mid 1900's and the equipment and building show that. There is no national recognition of this school and I feel for those students trying to acomplish something in their lives. They have no truent officers for those skipping school, and most students will fake their own absence excuses. I come from a large family with a majority of them stating they will send their children to different disctricts.
—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.
Algebra I

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

548 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
23%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 54% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

669 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
68%
English

The state average for English was 60% in 2013.

613 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II

The state average for English II was 69% in 2013.

674 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 61% in 2013.

489 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
39%
Government

The state average for Government was 54% in 2013.

687 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
30%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 47% in 2013.

599 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
61%
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 Students46%
Black22%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White51%
Free or reduced-price lunch36%
Students with disabilities14%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Algebra II

All Students78%
Black58%
Hispanicn/a
White81%
Free or reduced-price lunch63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Biology

All Students64%
Black37%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial55%
White71%
Free or reduced-price lunch46%
Students with disabilities23%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English

All Students57%
Black34%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
White62%
Free or reduced-price lunch43%
Students with disabilities13%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

English II

All Students66%
Black45%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial64%
White72%
Free or reduced-price lunch50%
Students with disabilities14%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

Geometry

All Students64%
Black44%
Hispanicn/a
White69%
Free or reduced-price lunch51%
Students with disabilitiesn/a

Government

All Students49%
Black27%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
White55%
Free or reduced-price lunch35%
Students with disabilities21%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a

U.S. History

All Students53%
Black27%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic37%
White60%
Free or reduced-price lunch39%
Students with disabilities10%
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 74% 74%
Black 18% 17%
Hispanic 4% 5%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 37%N/A45%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 659-3050

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