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Jefferson School

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Posted December 12, 2013

Let me first say, I love Helena. Great little city and some truly wonderful people. Unfortunately, this is not a good school. Having experienced schools and districts across the country, I am familiar with good educators and ones who are there collecting a paycheck. The principal at this school is the latter - not someone who seems to have much experience educating children or herself. And likely is at this school because she would not succeed with greater responsibility or in a larger market. Her attitude is very 1950s "children are to be seen and not heard." As a parent of a gifted child, I've found the best teachers and administrators encourage children to think for themselves, and are comfortable with children expressing themselves as individuals. This school and its principal seemed unfamiliar with the concept of critical thinking, instead becoming defensive at a child who questions. And sadly unfamiliar with the basics of conflict resolution, allowing playground spats amongst children to rise to the level of trips to the principal. My suggestion would be more education for the principal and more familiarity with modern schools and their administration best practices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2012

We love this school and decided to relinquish our coveted montessori spot to stay at Jefferson. The teachers have all been very responsive both in person and responding to e-mail. My kids feel very involved and a part of the school community, which is important to me. The new math program is excellent and I love how passionate the teachers are about it. One of my children has special needs and when I requested an IEP evaluation everyone from the principal to the school psychiatrist were prompt, kind, and excellent. The parents I know who aren't happy at Jefferson tend to have a combative "it's your fault not my child" attitude, and I think the principal doesn't handle those parents very well, even if the child has special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

We moved here this year and have had a great experience with being involved in the school and the teachers. Teachers and principal are very responsive to e-mail communication and very personable. It's way more traditional than the montessori we were at in another state, but so far the teachers encourage the children to learn and be creative while still being very open to all types of learning styles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2011

wow i am not sure where some of these people come from but we LOVE Jefferson School. I love the activitys they do with the children, they have to most wonderful music teacher who always puts on great programs and the Principal is awesome. I will be so sad the day all 6 of my children move on in grade. The staff and teachers are excellent and we have never had a problem with this school. But then again there are only 2 types of people who write reveiw those who LOVE something and those who had one bad experience, so they just want to bad mouth something. Let me guess you are only bad mouthing Jefferson because your spoiled little kid didnt get their way
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2010

I'm surprised at the negative reviews given to this school. We loved how well it has worked for our son...so much in fact that when moving we chose to stay in the same school. The music teacher mentioned is still there and is excellent. The teachers are responsive and communicative. I found the prinicipal to be likewise. Every person will have a different experience but ours has been great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

A very unfriendly and unwelcoming environment for elementary education. I know of no other school that actually discourages parental involvement and volunteerism. Some of the teachers are good, but the principal is manipulative and bossy, and reacts to questions from parents as a personal affront. If you have a perfectly normal child with no learning or social differences whatsoever, he or she will probably do fine here. But if your child is dyslexic or on the spectrum or has ANYthing that marks her as different, forget it. I suspect that the test scores of students here are only superficially high b/c the principal has scared away so many of the 'different' kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2009

Terrible school. My younger brother attended this school, as well as myself, for a number of years. My brother suffered from ADHD, and because he was 'disruptive', he was not allowed to attend regular classes with his fellow students, but had to sit in the office all day and do his work there. The only good teachers I had were Mr. Wirak, and the music teacher, Mrs. Berg, although I don't know if they are still teaching there. Jefferson was a dismal experience for both my brother and I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2009

Unfriendly environment for children to learn in. My experience with the teachers was dismal and the principal was downright mean spirited. Other parents I know have had
—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 69% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 70% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students76%
Black or African Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic77%
Participates in free/reduced lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Black or African Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic89%
Participates in free/reduced lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students82%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic81%
Participates in free/reduced lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students92%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic92%
Participates in free/reduced lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Science

All Students85%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic84%
Participates in free/reduced lunchn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students77%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic78%
Participates in free/reduced lunch46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students87%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, not Hispanic87%
Participates in free/reduced lunch69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 81%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 12%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Helena, MT 59601
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