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Thomas Jefferson High School

Public | 9-12 | 1514 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $239,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $810.

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Posted February 7, 2013

I am a very proud 2011 graduate from this school. I was in Cary when TJs reputation plummeted BUT I saw Thomas Jefferson High School change. Teachers, administrators and students alike decided to make a difference. The reputation of this school is rising sky high. Even though it has its ups and downs like any other school, I believe it will only get better.


Posted May 9, 2011

This school is ghetto and the students are very disrespectful. I really hate it here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 5, 2010

thomas jefferson is great many people criticize this school causee ofits past with the drugs and they don't really recognize that every student at j are great, smart, and that they hav dreams just like any other student in he world. I think peple should just stop criticizing and stop talking about the school cause every scool has problms wit drugs and they might not even know it or might know it and hate to admit. Our school is great our pnciple is awesome and so are the teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 30, 2007

I attended this school 3 years, 9th 10th and 11th grade. I regret not graduating there. thomas jefferson high school is one of the best schools I've attended, there are good teachers such as mr.Sanchez (chemistry), mr.Summers (english 1), mr.Vasquez (english 3 & 4), mrs.Roth (art), ms.Islas (algebra), mr.Muniz (french & spanish), Mrs.Sneed-Hardy (dance). this school is amazing, and even though it had some problem this school is still the best. people attending Thomas Jefferson High School should be proud and glad they are there, they are lucky to be there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2006

the band is one of the best in the city winning major awards in both marching and concert.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 25, 2005

Low performance in academics. The school is does not have a good sports department. There is not much parent involvement since it is populated with low income families who work and do not have much time to attend parent-teacher meetings.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 13, 2005

This school is much to small for the number of students attending.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2003

TJ has very smart, well bevahed students and very good extra-curricular activities, but us parents definitely need to be more involved.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

353 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

337 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

324 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

315 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

319 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
66%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

310 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

260 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Female92%
Male92%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%

Math

All Students90%
Female89%
Male92%
Black or African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)79%

Science

All Students94%
Female93%
Male95%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female95%
Male98%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged97%
Special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
63%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

508 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
40%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

540 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
29%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
95%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
69%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
60%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
72%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

306 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students55%
Female59%
Male51%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Special education38%
Not special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Gifted/talented84%
Non-Gifted53%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students91%
Female88%
Male93%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented97%
Non-Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students69%
Female68%
Male70%
Black or African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education43%
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)55%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students73%
Female78%
Male68%
Black or African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted69%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students41%
Female43%
Male38%
Black or African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged34%
Special education29%
Not special education41%
Limited English proficient (LEP)19%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
Gifted/talented86%
Non-Gifted35%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students22%
Female25%
Male19%
Black or African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged11%
Special education7%
Not special education22%
Limited English proficient (LEP)8%
Proficient in English30%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant22%
Gifted/talented74%
Non-Gifted15%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students68%
Female78%
Male59%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted63%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students27%
Female27%
Male26%
Black or African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanic27%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged16%
Special educationn/a
Not special education27%
Limited English proficient (LEP)5%
Proficient in English31%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant27%
Gifted/talented49%
Non-Gifted22%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Students35%
Female35%
Male36%
Black or African American46%
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Special education0%
Not special education36%
Limited English proficient (LEP)7%
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant35%
Gifted/talented68%
Non-Gifted29%

Geometry

All Students80%
Female80%
Male79%
Black or African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students57%
Female53%
Male60%
Black or African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Special education25%
Not special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)35%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students54%
Female47%
Male60%
Black or African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special educationn/a
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Gifted/talented83%
Non-Gifted48%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 93% 52%
Black 5% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
White 1% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 39%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 9%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • SANDI MASSEY
Fax number
  • (972) 502-7301

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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4001 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas, TX 75229
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Phone: (972) 502-7300

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