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Thomas Jefferson Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 423 students

 
 

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Posted October 22, 2010

I love the teachers and the parent participation. They make sure that learning is a joint effort between school and parents. They have realistic expectations of how students should perform and behave but they give those same students the drive to be their very best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

We had two children at the school from Kindergarten to 4th grade and couldn't wait to leave. The school is fine for kindergarten through 2nd but would suggest finding an alternative to it after that point. Much of the material the kids learn is boring and dumbed down to the common denominator. The principal is not friendly, does not engage you as a parent and has created an atmosphere of us vs. them. I believe her strength is in writing grants but her interpersonal skills are sorely lacking. There a few exceptional individuals on the staff at TJ but there is also a feeling that the staff is overtaxed. My children hated going to school and are happy to be elsewhere. Last year we moved out of state and are much happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

I transferred my son mid-year from a nearby parochial school and what a difference. He has blossomed both academically as well as socially. At TJ they focus on positive reinforcement which is a MUST for a child. He was so far behind when he started in reading thankfully he has a wonderful teacher who has brought him up to speed. HE ACTUALLY READS all by himself!!! This was the best decision we have made by far. Teachers have open communication by phone and email for busy parents and contacts you on the progress your child has made. My son is actually advanced now. At the other school he was not even being taught what they had learned at TJ and I was scared but the teacher worked with us and he has excelled unbelievably.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

TJ is a great school. All teachers and administrative staffs are very friendly and professional. TJ is a safe and good environment for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2007

I currently have a 4th grader and a 2nd grader. They have always been happy at TJ and have always done very well academically. There have been 3 leadership changes in the 5 years we've been at the school, however, the quality of the school has not seemed to suffer and the teachers have remained very consistent. They have a wonderful PTA and great affordable after school programs. They have a brand new fitness room that my son loves. My daughter loves to sing at performance day in music each year. I haven't always agreed with everything the administration has done, but, I believe that they have always had my children's well being in mind.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
55%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

94 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
50%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

92 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 81% 48%
Hispanic 2 11% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
Black 2 3% 19%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 55%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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3636 Gomer St
Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Phone: (914) 245-4802

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