J-H has an enthusiastic community of students, teachers, administrators, staff, and parents. It also has fantastic facilities: a new building and K-8 means elementary students have resources not available elsewhere. Test scores are improving as investment in the school has turned the corner. I encourage everyone to visit the school and be impressed by the level of learning taking place.
My daughter is a twice exceptional child - extremely gifted, but also with special needs. The teachers and staff have been very sensitive to her needs and issues and work with us to ensure her needs are met. The smaller school and class sizes (for middle school) as opposed to what she'd have at Hammond make a very big and positive difference for her. We greatly appreciate the levels of communication and willingness to work with families to ensure a positive education experience for the children.
When we compared homework loads between our daughter and kindergartners (kindergartners!) from other schools, we were pleased to see that our teacher wasn't a drill and kill teacher. A full day of Kindergarten is plenty for a 5-6 year old. And we haven't missed it.
We sent our daughter to JH for kindergarten. She is now a rising first grader. Our child is reading us books, describing plant life cycles based on the school garden (and eating lettuce from said garden's bumper crop!), understanding the root concept of fractions, and she loves school. Just as important, the school loves her - from the new building which says "you matter enough for investment" to teachers who are making test scores climb while still making school fun.
Jefferson-Houston does have a bad reputation, but my wife and I found that reputation is a lagging indicator for progress. If you're open to it, visit the school. You might find that the reputation is about five years behind.
This school has changed principals often. The new building has not changed the staff. They only offer Spanish and middle school students have to go to GW for after school activities. Spend time at this school in the classrooms and meet with the current principal before making a decision to send your child here.
Jefferson Huston middle school is a great school am very happy Faculty and staff focus on developing students are learning independence and take personal responsibility for their assignments. I believe this makes the students prepared for High school. Jefferson Huston is the best best school from 0ld Town Virginia JF keep up the wonderful work.
This school is now a way to big building, the classes are small, the student population is not as diverse as it used to be. The parking is tight, and it is not easy to access the building. One can not enter from the rear of the building for after hour programs. The floors are all cement so not good on legs or feet. If I were not in the designated area for attendance, I would not send my children there.