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Jefferson El School

Public | PK-5 | 693 students

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Posted June 4, 2009

My children go to jefferson and is an excellent school, the teachers are awsome and the principal is on top of everything...thats why i rate this school number 1.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2008

As most public schools are, they are a bit overcrowded: the student to teacher ratio is about 26:1. However, we cannot depend on the schools to do our jobs as parents. We should be active in our kids' education by supporting school functions, visiting the local library and helping out with homework. Overall, this is a good school. The principal, teachers and staff really care about the students because I visit the school often, whether to check up on how my son's doing or for administrative reasons. My son, who's going to the 5th grade, has never seen a fight in school and is always rewarded for great behavior and great work. He's not the smartest kid in school but they encouraged him and by the end of last year, my baby made honor roll.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

My daughter went to this school for two years and when we moved her to another she was extremly happy. She had connections to her friends but the overall difference in her learning and social behavior was better. Jefferson Elem. needs an overhaul.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

My son goes to this school, its not all that good, teachers are great, but they have not control over anything in that school. The play area need some work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2008

this school is overcrowded and visiting this school recently out of control both students and teachers


Posted April 5, 2006

The staff in this school is dedicated to the education of it's students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 13, 2004

I think this is a great school. The Principle and Councilors are phenominal. The Teachers are very much on top of things. The Parent involvement is great from outside the schools. I do wish there could be more envolvement on the conditions of the outside of the school grounds.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 80% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
57%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
51%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
43%

2009

 
 
34%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
25%

2009

 
 
34%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students45%
Female46%
Male44%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic44%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students39%
Female51%
Male28%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multi-ethnicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

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

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students47%
Female48%
Male47%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities (IEP)16%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students30%
Female39%
Male22%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students43%
Female48%
Male40%
Black48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

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

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students47%
Female47%
Male47%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
English language learners25%

Reading

All Students38%
Female42%
Male32%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities (IEP)6%
English language learners0%

Writing

All Students57%
Female65%
Male46%
Black63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilities (IEP)12%
English language learners14%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

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

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 64% 9%
Black 17% 15%
White 13% 71%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
Assistant principal(s)
School psychologist
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • AYP- Making Progress (2009)
  • AYP- Made Adequate Yearly Progress (2010)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Nicolas Perez Jr.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (484) 765-4430

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special ed
  • Special eduction
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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750 Saint John St
Allentown, PA 18103
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