You are fortunate if your children will be going to Jefferson. My daughter has had six excellent teachers in a row, although some of that may be luck. But over all, most of the teachers are excellent, engaged, and caring for their students. In the lower grades, I felt there was too much homework with not enough emphasis on quality over quantity. My understanding is that the lower grades have virtually eliminated homework. I believe kids should learn discipline and a positive work ethic early, so there should be a balance in giving quality homework appropriate for grade level. Although there were some challenges when moving to a common core curriculum, on the whole the school has successfully achieved this. My daughter has exceeded standards on the new state tests for two years in a row, so I believe the school is properly preparing students. While I agree that the GATE offerings are limited, I appreciate that teachers volunteer their time to prepare for and teach enrichment classes. As a working mom, I wish I had more time to volunteer, but I appreciate that so many parents are involved in PTA and donate their time. The PTA and RBEF sponsor many enrichment activities like Hands on Art, gardening and nutrition lessons, and field trips. We feel very fortunate that our daughter has received an excellent foundation for her education at Jefferson!