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4538 Vance Jackson Road
San Antonio, TX 78230

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(210) 356-4400
(210) 442-0580
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April 28, 2015
We had a pretty rough experience at this school. The district is huge and the average student seemed to suffer from a complete lack of parenting. To hear the students tell it, there was rampant sexual activity (and if not, they certainly liked to lie about it - in detail), extreme use of profanity, and a general disrespect for authority. While we did encounter several seemingly good teachers, many had a tenuous hold on their classrooms and if there was a substitute teacher, forget it. The place became a lawless zoo. More than one substitute abdicated full responsibility for the entire class to my child for appearing to be the most stable, articulate, and intelligent, which made her a target for the rest of the students (of course). Completely inappropriate behavior on the part of the student body as well as certain members of the staff abounded, to the extent that we are leaving the house we love for (we hope) greener pastures after only one year. As far as we are concerned, both the educational and the social experience we encountered at Jackson Middle School was completely unacceptable.

- submitted by a parent

October 28, 2014
My 7th grade son loves this school. Much of this has to do with the excellent band program that builds character, self-esteem and community. As a parent, I would have to say that I have not known a group of teachers who are as dedicated and passionate about what they do at any other schools my children have attended in the city. Jackson is a hidden gem in our neighborhood. Spread the word.

- submitted by a parent

March 27, 2014
I love working at this school. Many of the students are respectful and helpful. The staff is also wonderful!

- submitted by a teacher

May 12, 2013
Jackson Middle School provides and excellent education for its students because the teachers are top notch and care. There is a strong parent community. My child loves being there and being involved. When we lived in Dallas, my older child attended an exclusive private school where the classes were made up of 16 students and the report cards were 5-7 pages long with each teacher writing a half a page on my child, but the tuition was $18,000/yr. Minus the facilities such as indoor pool, beautiful grounds, etc., the education at JMS is comparable. There is a mix of students, but this allows for exposure to diverse backgrounds which is important for a well rounded education and which was part of the mission statement ("a diverse community of learners") of the private school with which I have experience. I am very satisfied with my child's experience at JMS.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2013
Jackson is great. I am a all A's one B student and the teachers are very excellent and want students to succeed and I had a great experience. I never got in trouble with any teachers and they are nice. I'm in Chess Club and it's a great club and I'm recommending this school to anyone in the north east district. It's a great school and I'm glad that I'm a student at Jackson MIddle School.

- submitted by a community member

March 06, 2011
Jackson Middle School has provided an excellent learning environment for my 3 kids. The administration and teachers are very involved with the kids academically and personally. Their concern for all kids is second to none. Insure that your child participates in the band, it's an extraordinary program! Uniforms are a plus. Get involved with your kids, their teachers and staff at Jackson! You'll become a more satisfied parent.

- submitted by a parent

August 31, 2010
To the parent who said this school is terrible...I have to disagree! My THIRD daughter is now going through Jackson and none of them have had any hositle experiences. They have ALL been involved in band, sports and a variety of different clubs. I'm not sure what your child experienced or with who but I can tell you that during the years when I have emailed, called or asked for an appointment for ANY reason, the staff at Jackson have made time for me and my children (under both the OLD and NEW administration). I even spent an entire day with one of my children at Jackson when she felt socializing was more important than school work. No, Jackson is not the fanciest school in the NEISD but our kids are cared for and learn more than the basics (GT and PRE AP).

- submitted by a parent

October 18, 2009
I am very pleased with Jackson Middle School my daughter had an great experience . They are so active in the community! The teachers there are outstanding. I so far have had no worries about my daughter going there. No complaints either about this school.

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2009
Jackson Middle school had a parents week activity. I can counted with my fingers how many parents and grandparents got involved. Sometimes is not the school teachers, but the parents. I will change my son out of Jackson next school year, because I don't like the bad influence. Sad to said is not the teachers, but the parents.

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2009
Jackson is the best middle school i have ever seen! we have had so many good teachers and still continue their legacy! We even help the poor children in Africa! now you can't say we are a bad school, like one of the parents said 'we don't have the nicest facilities' but you know what, i have learned so much more than i would have at Saint Matthews, which was my original school before moving to Oak Meadow Elementary, because Saint Matthews was too uptight and they made us go to church twice a week! That made me loose interest in the curriculum. So over all, i love Jackson and its teachers (Especially Mr. Westermann, who sadly retired this year) But then again everybody loved him! so for all you parents thinking of not enrolling your kids in my school because you think it's 'bad'... your wrong. Thank you

- submitted by a student

February 20, 2009
I am surprised at these reviews of Jackson. This school is terrible. The environment is not safe by any means but hostile. The new principal can not even control the uniform policy much less the behavior of these children. My child transferred from a elementary school that was fanstastic and we are now removing him in an attempt to try and keep him from losing interest in an education. Their music program is great, but after six grade their education isn't very good. No motivation to do anything.

- submitted by a parent
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January 27, 2009
The staff is amazing from the helpful janitors/cafeteria workers to the kid-loving administration! They really take up for thier students with wonderful and unique events. They truly care about the success of each and every student on thier campus even after they leave JMS.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2009
I have had 2 children go through Jackson Middle School. We moved out of District and did 'choice school' so my last child a 6th grader could have the same experience. As a parent, I am very pleased and my children think Jackson is the best! The band program is phenominal!

- submitted by a parent

January 02, 2009
Our daughter is currently in 6th grade and could not feel more cared for or challenged. She has an AIM class that allows her to touch base with the same teacher each day. She feels safe and loves how friendly everyone is to her. For some reason Jackson is not looked upon as one of NEISD's top middle schools...We believe it is!

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2008
I have had 3 children go through Jackson, and one that just completed 6th grade. I have nothing but good things to say about Jackson, its teachers, coaches and administrators. Jackson may not have the fanciest facilities, but there is no comparison for the quality of education, nurturing and concern that they have received/experienced from all who are involved. I truly appreciate everyone at Jackson Middle School. M. Kilgore

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2006
Overall curriculum is challenging, there are a variety of clubs and organizations, the disipline is unreasonable at times, but the teachers care a lot and the principal means well. The councelors are also very helpful.

- submitted by a student

August 02, 2005
Teachers work hard to ensure students receive a safe and friendly learning environment. They are sensitive to the individual needs of the student population and are committed to their academic success.

- submitted by a teacher

June 26, 2005
My son has attended 6th and 7th grade, and will complete 8th grade. Jackson has very strong leadership, including administration and teachers. The principal, Mr. DeFosset, allows the teachers to maintain order in their classrooms, and he backs them up to provide them a sense of support. He listens to all, including parents, students, and teachers, and makes unbiased decisions. Academically, Jackson reaches all levels of ability, including Gifted and Talented programs. Jackson has a very strong band program, involving over half the student body. It regularly wins its yearly competitions. Jackson also has orchestra and other arts. Jackson provides for most sports, allowing for all to participate, regardless of ability, via A, B, and C teams. Jackson has strong parent involvement through PTA, and numerous volunteer hours. The PTA invoked uniforms, which has enhanced the no-nonsense attitude about negative behavior. I highly support and recommend Jackson Middle School.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2004
The thing Jackson Middle school doesnt have is parent involvment in student activities,class work,or extracurricular activities. As a student of Jackson this is quite embarassing to say that my school does not participate in alot of competitions for band, orchestra,& theatre arts. Overall I'd have to say that my school lacks parent involvment.The only good thing I have to say is that they have good acedemic programs! Respectfully, Student from jackson

- submitted by a student
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Jackson Middle School
4538 Vance Jackson Road, San Antonio, TX  78230
(210) 356-4400
Last modified Jackson Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jackson Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top