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Jefferson Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 726 students

 

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Posted September 13, 2013

Top Notch Academic! Great kids, great teachers, great administrators at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Kids, and parents very happpy at TJ!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

Top middle school in the area. The IB program sets Thomas Jefferson apart from other middle school in Arlington. Teachers are reacheable and approachable, they do work really hard together with the administrators to make students excel and reach their goals - to do better in all other areas not only academically. The school do breed some of the brightest in the area. Great location, just south of Ballston on S Glebe Rd. in an area that is safe and central, surrounded by some affluent neighborhood. Kids are recognized for their achievement and contribution. Great to see the IB program principles in action at TJ. The kids are great, there is no bullying. Great community overall at TJ - that is PTA, kids and the whole TJ family and community. My kids love TJ, they are busy with school work, endless activities, sports and serious clubs at TJ. They talk about how the teachers make their learning fun yet challenging! Simply the Best of the Best! Highly recommend TJ to parents - new comers and to all parents out there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

This school is the best middle school that I have seen so far. They create so many activities and field trips that we really enjoy. the building is in the best condition so we don't get bored at all in class. the teachers are great because they don't give up on us. There is always choices to like come after school or during lunch. The rules they have are agreeable with the students. Its a school where the students voice matters too. I am always looking forward to going the next year because I love the building I love how friendly the teachers are, and well they make learning fun. Especially the teachers they make games during class that makes us understand more about that particular subject. I really love this school also because when we have big activities like honor roll its really a great moment because they give us choices and actually give us something that proves that our hard work paid off. its really a school that I would recommend to anyone. And my favorite part about this school is that its an IB school.


Posted July 31, 2013

This is just my first year, but I really enjoyed it. One of the best things about T.J is that's it is an IB school. Another thing is that they start talking about college in MIDDLE SCHOOL which is great. I really love Thomas Jefferson Middle school and the staff is also wonderful.


Posted December 25, 2012

Great school. We are new to Arlington and had some concerns about being "south of 50." Thankfully, we have been pleasantly surprised. TJ has been great, our kids have had a relatively easy time transitioning in and the teachers have gone out of their way to reach out to our girls. Academics have been top notch and we have really appreciated the level of effort that the staff has put into making sure that our kids are being challenged and that they are obtaining a mastery of their material. Overall, I can't say enough good things about TJ - we are definitely looking forward to the next two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2012

I love TJ!!!The teachers are amazing and I've learned a lot! If your looking for a wonderful, caring school, you've found one!


Posted October 3, 2012

At first it was just like any other school. Now i have fit in well I don't get bullied, I have friends etc. Overall it's a good school


Posted March 26, 2012

This is an not a good school. The facilities are below average, and the education is not great. I would not send your children here. Also the school offers very little freedoms to the kids.


Posted October 28, 2009

Thomas Jefferson Middle School is a hidden gem among Arlington schools. The teachers are very responsive to individual students and provide quality flexibility in a understanding enviornment. Recent overall student scores are soaring at Jefferson, and it is reflected in the eagerness of students wanting to learn and be at school. The administrative team, headed by Ms. Monde, and the teaching staff should be well pleased and appreciated for their successful efforts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2009

This year in TJMS was my best year, also my last. I am no longer a Yellow Jacket, but boy was going to TJ fun. When I was a little, I just knew TJ as being the school that the County Fair was held at. I really think parents showed enroll their children in TJ because kids spend a great amount of their day at school & the school kinda becomes your second home and no one wants a bad home. I am really sad to leave TJ, but it was an amazing school. Also, for new comers to TJMS, I encourage students to get involved. Do sports, be in the SCA, get good grades so that in 8th grade you can be in NJHS and/or Ambassadors to the school. I was a cheerleader, team representative, and so many other things (: TJMS is an amazing school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2009

Hi I'm a student who was recently elected Turbo Tiger representative for my team as a rising sixth grader. I was extactic to learn I had won, and I'm also running for secretary next year! Yes Thomas Jefferson might not be completely attractive yet, but the school has launched a beautiful renevation program that will be completed in two years by the time I'm in eigth grade. Please enroll your child in Thomas Jefferson's fabulous program! (Plus we'd love to have a new student/friend! :D)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2009

My daughter and I have had a very good experience at Jefferson this year in 6th grade. Classroom size is small, the teachers are responsive and involved, and she had a good transition entering 6th grade. The school is in need of physical improvements but with the strong leadership of the PTA and parent involvement, I think that will happen. My child also has received an appropriate level of homework. I agree with the other commentor that it is a place that focuses on learning and we really like the small and friendly atmosphere at the school. In sum, no complaints and a very good experience .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2009

One of the most important things for me is a school that nurtures my children's independence and love of learning. Jefferson is a great fit for us. We've enjoyed the principal, the teachers, and the other students. We have had no problems at all. Jefferson is a terrific school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2008

I don't know if the rest of the kids went to the same school that I did, but jefferson is great!!!! I am very happy and have never been bullied, hurt, I've never got in a fight and only 1 or 2 have broken out since I've been there. Maybe I was just fortunate and had good classmates. Excuse me for saying this, but middle school is hard. Teachers are less involved then in Elemantary school. Your kids just need to grow up and live with it. The teachers and staff were great, plus if you have a problem with a teacher, deal with it. A teacher teaches in their own way, if you don't like it deal! I don't agree with everyone of my teachers, but I don't whine and change schools. That's ridic! Jefferson is a great IBMYP with great teachers! Yay TJ!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2008

Well the 2007-2008 school is finished and I have removed my child from this school. The principal is unresponsive, to the point that she told me 'if I did not like the teachers, I could remove my child.' This to me was the easy way out, a cop out and an insulte. Don't get me wrong, there were a few good teachers but not a good match for a struggling child or a special needs child. I would not recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2008

Okay; I was a student at Jefferson for 2 years before I moved and I must say this school is great. The teachers care about the students needs and they have a great personalites. It just recently turned into an International Baccalaureate World School (IB for short) which is an amazing program that lets your child learn about diffrent cultures more than a tradtional school. Please ignore the fictious comments about gangs because there are no gangs! Yes, there is cliques, but every school has them! Every school , and I mean every, has cussing and backstabbing going around. our child is most likely to invovled in it as well, so do not feel as if your child is victimized if they went to T.J because they will feel this way at any other school. It's quite normal. All in all, T.J is a great school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2007

This school is not a good school. Admin. staff as well as the principal have no clue on how to solve the issue of Bullying, so much so as I have witnessed as well as heard of teachers bullying the children. I thought TJ had a good reputation. Fights are a big problem too, not enough supervision. If only someone cared, it could be turned around. Teachers just turn thier head at bulling and bad language. I walked through the hall once and saw a group of students cussing, the teachers standing there paid no attention, and it was a heated discussion, I a parent stopped it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2007

I am a parent at this school, and I believe this school is the worst experience my child has ever had. The Staff is unkind and the students are usually bullied to tears. There are constant fights that brekout. There should definetly be a stricter and more proper dress code. If there was a negative star, I would give this school one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2007

Thomss Jefferson middle school is wonderful. It just became IB. My child is challenged, and the teachers are excellent. She is having agreat time. I highly recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2005

well I think that TJ is the Best school in Arlington, Va it does have some Gang involvment which they are trying to stop but what school doesn't. I recommend TJ because the teachers are nice to the students and they Respect them. The only problem in TJ is bullying (Kids talking about kids). Every school has this problem and I see that in TJ when a teacher hears a kid make a comment about another kid they let it go. I suggets that TJ becomes VERY strict about this because some kid's feelings get hurt.
—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: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 74% in 2013.

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 86% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 75% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 71% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 70% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 88% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2013.

200 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students78%
Female students81%
Male students75%
Black students69%
Asian students81%
Hispanic56%
Multiracial86%
White students97%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities85%
Limited English proficient students49%
Proficient in English90%

Math

All Students81%
Female students81%
Male students80%
Black students74%
Asian students90%
Hispanic67%
Multiracial90%
White students94%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities92%
Limited English proficient students66%
Proficient in English89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students74%
Female students81%
Male students68%
Black students74%
Asian students77%
Hispanic58%
Multiracial80%
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities35%
Students without disabilities84%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English89%

Math

All Students73%
Female students80%
Male students66%
Black students70%
Asian students86%
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White students93%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities83%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students66%
Female students68%
Male students65%
Black students63%
Asian students64%
Hispanic47%
Multiracial73%
White students90%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities73%
Limited English proficient students42%
Proficient in English78%

English: Writing

All Students74%
Female students76%
Male students72%
Black students72%
Asian students77%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial87%
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities82%
Limited English proficient students52%
Proficient in English83%

Math

All Students63%
Female students67%
Male students60%
Black students67%
Asian students64%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial73%
White students85%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient students48%
Proficient in English71%

Science

All Students65%
Female students62%
Male students69%
Black students63%
Asian students61%
Hispanic42%
Multiracial87%
White students92%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities48%
Students without disabilities72%
Limited English proficient students35%
Proficient in English80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 76% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 76% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students89%
Female students91%
Male students86%
Black students79%
Asian students89%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
White students96%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
Limited English proficient students75%
Proficient in English93%

Geometry

All Students96%
Female students100%
Male students93%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English96%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) End-of-Course tests to assess students in reading, writing, math, science and history/social science subjects at the end of each course, regardless of the student's grade level. The SOL End-of-Course tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. High school students must pass at least six SOL End-of-Course tests to graduate. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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Math specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ms. Keisha Boggan

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Diving
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
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  • Creative writing
  • Drama
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125 S Old Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22204
Phone: (703) 228-5900

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