I have been with the school long enough to see quite a few changes. Not all changes were good, not all were bad, but within this 2013-2014 school year, I can honestly say that most of the changes have been good for the school and good for the students. The administration has a firm view of what will help the students (and teachers) improve and progress forward. Are we concerned with test scores and data? Yes. What teacher/school/district/state isn't? It's true we adopted Reading Street this year, and although there was some grumbling about it in the beginning, it has been a GREAT, comprehensive program. We've never had a "reading program" and this is fabulous. From an educator's view, Spalding was not working for us. Admin had doors installed in the rotunda this year, and students and parents have to be buzzed in to enter the school now. It's wonderful! You will not find a hard working team of educators and support personnel to work with your student. Give Jefferson Academy a try, and become a part of an EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY, not just a school. You may not like everything we do, but you can be sure we bust our tails to give our students the very best we can give!
Is not what it once was. The American history and citizenship emphasis is gone. The students get just the basic history curriculum mandated by the state. But there are several Theater and Drama classes to choose from in the Junior HIgh! They have also swallowed Common Core curriculum hook, line and s[t]inker. No more Spalding, hello Reading Street! They have also become much more focused on scores than on learning. Hence, the curriculum dumb downs. My favorite..at Back to School Night the direcotr says that student safety is their number focus. So they spend money on access controlled side doors, but the front doors can be walked right through and if the secretaries are busy, right into the school. The best part about the safety emphasis is the lack of a crossing guard. So, the school is now unprotected just as before from any sort of intruder, the admins have reserved parking and repainted offices, there is 2 new sets of interior doors, yet no way to help the children cross a busy street twice daily? The school had its issues, but now it just seems like any other school in many respects, and worse than average since they lie about being an History & Citizenship school.
We went to Oquirrh Mtn after homeschooling for a year and absolutely loved it. The parents are very involved and teachers plan all sorts of great activities for the kids to help them with what they are learning! My kids were challenged and learned so much, I would recommend this to school to anyone!
I am a homeschool mom but two of my children really wanted to try "school". I homeschool with a emphasis on American History so this school intrigued me. When I walked in I was very imressed at the pictures of the founding fathers on the wall and our founding documents. Also the three pillars that are the school's focus are displayed which are Moral excellency, Citizenship and Scholarship. Every Monday morning students were recognized in an assembly who demonstrated those qualites. I also liked the opportunity to be in team sports where you do not have to be pro. to make the team. The school tries to have a variety of experiences for the students. Last month they had thy BYU full folk team come and perform. It was awesome! My eight grade daughter was sick of her jr. high school because of the materialism so I loved the uniforms, she also hated the books with tons of swearing that was in them at the other school, so when she switched over we were glad that this school is more cautious with the books that the kids are assigned to read. The principal and vice principal are awesome! They are men of moral excellency which is important to model for these kids.
We are new to the area. For three months my daughter sat alone at lunch and had no friends at her jr. high. It was very sad. I talked her in to trying Jefferson academy(oquirrh mt). She walked in and people were coming up to her and asking her name. So she was happy. The Math was much higher than her jr. high. They use saxon which is what I love! But she had to devout about 2 hrs a night because it was much harder than her old school's math. However, she is now understanding math much better than she ever has and even getting A's on the tests! Because this is a new school I see that the elementary is more solid than the jr. high. The jr. high has a mix between nice kids that did not like the drama of their jr. high school to problem kids where their parents are trying to get them away from their problem friends. However, I believe every year there will be less and less problem kids because of the elementary kids that are returning and moving into the higher grades. That being said, you will have the same mix of problem kids at a regular school but this school has smaller classes, better focus on values, and better curriculum. So I still would choose this school.
I was so impressed with this school this year. I was nervous because some people say that the board is out of control and they get rid of teachers left and right. however, isn't this one of the benefits of a charter school. If they hire a teacher and they see that they are not teaching in a manner that works for the focus of the school then they can replace them. In a regualar school they would let that teacher keep teaching for the next 30 yrs. while destroying children's self esteem and love of education. SO I have to say that I am happy that the board watches out for our kids. Not that I have seen "bad" teachers hired but just that the board has kids at the school and they want the best mentors that will teach the children moral excellency, scholorship and citenzship in a way that prepare theses kids to move the cause of liberty. That is why the school was created. I love that this school teaches latin and saxon math. I love the things that the kids get exposed to an a cultural level. I love the principal, secetaries, and vice principal. Mr. Finch is so positive, happy and involved. He even tap danced at the talent show last week. This is a great school. Very impressed.
Rating of 5 is not accurate! Those test scores are from the very first year the school was opened. They need to update and get 2011 and 2012 and the rating will go up. Great school, great staff, great focus, great curriculum! Best school I have seen and I homeschooled for 10 years.
We just finished our first year at Jefferson Academy (formerly Oquirrh Mountain). I had children in K, 3rd, 6th, and 8th grade. I have been very happy with the quality of the teachers and staff, with the excellent curriculum (big fan of Core Knowledge), my children have all progressed, and even excelled here, and with the small class sizes, they have been able to have individualized attention. Any concerns have been met with a strong willingness to work to create the best environment for my children, the extracurricular activities are great - we participated in drama and cross country track - they are constantly working to improve the school. Every child is encouraged to be involved with the different activities available, everyone is given the chance to excel, and children are rewarded for their good efforts. I have loved my opportunities to volunteer in the school - great group of parents and faculty - and I felt like I was "home" from the beginning. There have been bumps and glitches - it's still a new school - but the overall experience has been excellent. Three of my children will be returning next year, and I plan on being involved for years to come.
My 2nd grader, who as struggled in reading since Kindergarten started at Oquirrh Mountain (now Jefferson Academy) in the Fall of 2011. Since then his progress has been phenomenal! He has progressed several reading levels to the point of now approaching grade level. I feel that Jefferson Academy is a really great place where teaching and learning is loved and practiced. In my experience the students receive personal attention and extra help when needed. The curriculum is integrated throughout grade levels and is engaging and challenging.
The board is out of control. Something needs to be done about it, or else where will be no consistency in educators.
My kids have been going there since the school opened. I am very pleased with it. I was sad to see Mr. Bell go, however the whole thing seemed to have been blown up! The new principal has been great! I am pleased. He brings a whole new way of things as well. Also the new teachers have been great as well. They all seem to work a lot better with each other then last year. It is well worth looking into! A lot of things that weren't going last year are this year-the library for example. We now have a real librarian and it's in order. Very pleased with this year!
My son (6th grade) loves this school. He is treated well by the teachers and the students. I don't see the student harrassment that he endured at his other school. He wants to continue at this school until the end of junior high. We are so glad we switched. This is our first year and I don't see any problems with the teachers or administration.
My son was being bullied at a local public school,he was the constant blame for the problem, when I addressed the teacher if she actually ever saw what happened, she stated "no, usually its going on when I am not around, and then I notice it when it gets too escalated." My response to this was: "oh, so when my son is REACTING to being kicked, you only notice HIS behavior" what a joke. So we decided to make the switch. I've seen a light turn on in my child. He is a different child now that he is no longer bored with the curriculum and constantly being harassed. He's been there less than a month but, wow!
I feel the drama at the school has been blown way out of proportion. Most opinions of what has been happening are based on hearsay rather than actual knowledge. I support the former principal and did not agree with the boards decision but I sincerely believe this is the best place for my children. I have loved the teachers, leveled math and reading, and I believe the new principal ought to be given the opportunity to support and encourage a positive learning environment the same as our former principal was. I believe this school is well on it's way to a 5 star rating!
We will not be sending our four children back to this school next year for the soul reason that the principal Mr. Bell has been let go. He is truly the best principal we've ever had. He is the reason that this school has been successful for its first two years. Without him and with the runnaway board that has taken all power from the parents, the school will go down hill fast. Many of the good teachers have quit or are on their way out.
School is good, we like it. The only concern we have is-only specialists can teach particular subjects. One teacher, whos major is English, cannot teach Math and English and Something-else! Thank you.
Love this school! My kids have been there since it started and while it got off to a slow start, it has been roaring ever since! We have seen our concerns from last year addressed and improved upon and our kids have made more progress than we could have expected. Teachers and staff are professional, enthusiastic, and kind. The only thing I would change is an option for full day kindergarten, but you can't get that anywhere around here, so it's not really a complaint, just a wish!
The curiculum at this school is so much better. Our kids are now being challenged and are so much happier to go to school each day. The Saxon Math is great! They are also learning both American and World History. Drop off and pick up is very well organized. The kids get to walk right into the building instead of waiting outside. Pick up goes really quick. The school continues to be making improvements. We are pleased with the school year, and how much more progress our kids have made. We will be returning for the next school year!
I have 2 children at this school. I have never seen a school get up and running quicker and with more success. I am kept well appraised of the progress and really enjoy the open communication. Excellent math program in my opinion. We have had a great 1st year and are continuing into middle school. I really love the teachers and the community feeling. Downside you have tobe responsible for carpooling kids to school. Upside is warm, solid teaching. I really see my kids progressing.
I would not send my children to this school. My daughter is in 1st grade at this school and I keep on wishing that I have never sent her there. Many other parents in her class feel the way I feel. They are very upset. I was informed before it opened of the following: There would be computer class once a week, a libary for the kids to use, and many other things. The first grade class has not gone to computers for over 3 months going on 4 now. The libary is not ready - no books that can be used yet. Plus my daughter keeps on learning about world history when I was informed it would be American history.
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