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Jefferson Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 854 students

 

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Posted August 25, 2013

JMS my review. the teachers seem overworked, overwhelmed, and disconnected. The students are out of control, bullies and bad behavior are everywhere. The social atmosphere is awful at this school. Our public school system is in shambles. A lot of the problem is in the home, I agree, but the schools need to have standards and do the jobs we pay them to do. If there is no standard of behavior to expect and no consequences carried out then why bother? Also, in New Mexico Special Ed has been funded, but the schools have NOT PROVIDED the resources for the kids that desperately need it. Jefferson is one of those schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2012

2011-2012 school year. Our son started the first day of 8th grade at Jefferson M S not knowing a soul because we had just moved from out of state. We are so very pleased with our son's experience. He is both shy and small for his age, yet he made friends quickly and loves school. There are a variety of after school programs every day of the week and kids play soccer during lunch break. The gifted classes include math, language arts, and science. His teachers are AMAZING and respond quickly to emails or phone calls. These teachers have provided academic challenge, which our son needs. Our son comes home from school happy every day. Really, is there anything worth more than that? Parent volunteers in this district must pay for their own background checks. I feel this excludes some parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2011

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Posted February 27, 2011

My daughter has really blossomed in her 3 years at Jefferson. She has been challenged academically--particularly in science, math, and literature; thrived socially; and had the opportunity to build her leadership skills through mock trials and debates. The teachers are such high quality and so dedicated that I cannot say enough good things about them. However, the administration has been slow to respond appropriately to some recent cyber bullying by so-called "good" (read entitled) kids, and has a history of punishing both aggressor and victim equally in altercations. These leadership flaws could have serious repercussions over time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2010

this school has bad attitude problems the teachers and student are very rude nd iv gone there since sixth grade nd im a 8th grader now this school has hard learning prosseses


Posted August 6, 2009

My son is starting his second year at Jefferson and I have mixed feelings about this. This school is huge and I agree, at least 35 kids per class. It is therefore easy for a child to get lost in the crowd and their issues not addressed or resolved. Last year there was not a counselor for 6th grade until 2nd semester which means the testing my son was suppossed to get will probably not occur until this year. I also agree, Mr. Bustos (VP) deserves special mention as a real asset to Jefferson!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

I go to Jefferson Middle School and I love it! JMS has really nice kids and the staff is great! My teachers are the best and I learn so much! I highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2009

i have sent my daughter here at jefferson. She is doing great. The teachers here at Jefferson are great as well. Havn't had any problems with the teachers or the princable one so ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

If more schools were patterned after Jefferson MS, we would have more students achieving and less just getting by. My son can concentrate mre on his school work and not on who is going to bully him on any given day. When the teachers expect more from their students, the students expect more from themselves. When they have pride in their achievments they have more pride in themselves which makes them want to do even better, and in the end they win. We need more Jefferson Middle schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2008

I pulled my child out of this school due to lack of response from administration. I am tired of hearing Teachers complain about uninvolved parents. When parents are concerned and seek meetings with teachers and administrators, they are pushed back until it is too late. I decided to try my chances elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2007

This is our second year at JMS. My girls are very involved in sports and music. Their teachers incourage them by recegonizing job well done. JMS makes it very easy for parent involvement. It is my opinion that this is one of the best schools in Albuquerque.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2007

The lack of support and leadership has taken a toll on the school. There is a new principal coming in this year. The dicipline is wishy washy with equal punishment for victim and aggressor. The gifted programs are excellent, but overcrowded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2006

JMS may be excellent for a student with no disability, but I would not recommend it if your child has any special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

JMS is public education at its worst. The faculty is uncommunicative and uncaring, following the arrogant example set by the principal.
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Posted December 22, 2005

I am a student at jefferson and I think it is a great school the teachers are great and their discpline is okay. The principal is really involved and will be at school events. Like our orchestra concerts. And basketball games. There is a exellent music program the teachers know what they are doin
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 5, 2005

This is my second year attending Jefferson. Last year was not so great, but this year is wonderful. All of my teachers are very involved and eager to teach. Placing your kids in the enriched and gifted programs is something that I am involved in and love it. All of my gifted teachers are my favorite because the classes are small, you get a lot of attention and one on one work, you get to be with kids that are on your level of academic comprehension. I still reccomend JMS, but always apply for the academy, sadia, or bosque. I am applying right now and you should do the same.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2005

My son has excelled in there math, and science classes. He also wants to go to school now becuse of their Rock'n' Rythem class. He learnd how to play guitar in a few short weeks! Jefferson in a wonderful school and i recomend it to every parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2005

I love my school this is my first year and I just love it. The music classes are great and the teachers are Exellent. If you have a child send them here I know they will love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2005

Jefferson is one of the best middle schools in Albuquerque. The teachers are excellent. They care about their students academics. The school is organized and has many extra curricular activities. I recommend this school to anyone. Most teachers and professors have their children attend.
—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 40% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2010.

245 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 41% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 29% in 2010.

267 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students51%
Female53%
Male49%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Native American11%
White66%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities6%
English Language Learner Current17%
English Language Learner Exited41%

Reading

All Students52%
Female59%
Male43%
African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Native American21%
White72%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities8%
English Language Learner Current9%
English Language Learner Exited43%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students48%
Female50%
Male46%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic40%
Native American33%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities5%
English Language Learner Current6%
English Language Learner Exited45%

Reading

All Students57%
Female61%
Male54%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Native American58%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities11%
English Language Learner Current3%
English Language Learner Exited55%

Science

All Students53%
Female56%
Male52%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Native American42%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities16%
English Language Learner Current0%
English Language Learner Exited48%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students53%
Female58%
Male47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Native American33%
White76%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities20%
English Language Learner Current10%
English Language Learner Exited48%

Reading

All Students71%
Female77%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Native American75%
White84%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities38%
English Language Learner Current29%
English Language Learner Exited67%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 62% 59%
White 26% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 10%
Two or more races 4% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Black 2% 2%
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 57%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Orchestra
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Dance
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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712 Girard Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: (505) 880-3744

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