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Washington, DC
Students enrolled: 279
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801 7th St. SW
Washington, DC 20024

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(202) 724-4881
(202) 724-2459
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August 31, 2015
As a previous employee in the school, I can honestly say that this school and its administrator is completely flawed whose actions are protected by the Chancellor. I have seen this Principal humiliate students in the auditorium in the presence of their peers, grab students in a harsh manner by their arms, send students to in-school suspension for days for wearing the wrong colored shoes, intentionally violate student IEPs and laws by placing them in self-contained classes, lie to parents regarding student needs, progress and behavior, as well as bully teachers into quitting. This school has the highest staff turnover in DCPS, averaging 10 new staff members, 7 or more being teachers each year. In addition to this, teachers disproportionately resemble the student demographics in the building. Furthermore teachers are not allowed to use DCPS issued text-books and are evaluated on their usage on content material obtained from the internet. If I hadn't worked at the school, I would not believe the continuous unethical practices that occur on a daily basis; however, these violations occur on a regular basis because parents have no other middle school option in the SW community and because Principal Gordon is personal friends with the Chancellor, Kiya Henderson.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
April 27, 2010
As a leader and parent I am upheld to a higher standard of conduct and discipline. These are also criteria s I expect from teacher(s) at Jefferson Middle School. By yelling, criticizing, and embarrassing my student in the company of her peers will seriously and negatively affect her self esteem and academics. For the teacher(s) at Jefferson Middle School who continues to practice and run their classroom in this way should expect very little in way of success from a student. It is very difficult to defend you in the areas of respect when you lack giving it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 18, 2010
This is a very good school I myself attended Jefferson Middle School. When Graduated in 2008 it was hard to say goodbye to a good School. I had fun when I was there.

- submitted by a student

January 20, 2010
the teacher are not lazy,they work hard to make sure we learn,they add fun. This was a staement from my chid who has attended Jefferson for the 7th and 8th grade. I as a parent choosen to display my sons opion,because of his quick response,when ask,I am busy parent,so I dont get to be apart Jefferson,but I am apart of my son,and i see the difference,dispite that I am not there in every PTA,Jefferson has made every effort to keep me in form,by email,or phone.

- submitted by a parent

April 14, 2009
My son attends Jefferson and enjoys the fact that it is a science and technology school. They offer robotics club, chess club, digital photography and more for their after-school programs. The school is going through transition with a new principal, but I believe the changes being made are good overall. The teachers are attentive to the students from my experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 20, 2009
Mym son is in the 7th grade and we love it. He really likes his teachers and the 7th grade vice principal is great. She really understands kids and seems to work well with my son's teachers. The other day my son stated that Ms. Waller walks around to each of the classes to ensure 'academic excellence'. I really like the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 08, 2008
This school has some serious management issues. The administration is very nice but seems to have a big problem getting the school into a permanent schedule. My son has informed me that his schedule is being completely mixed around for no apparent reason 7 weeks into school. My biggest concern is that he said one of his classes is now being held in a very small room in the basement of the school. There's barely enough room to fit all the desks and some students have to sit on the floor. There's one tiny window and they can't even hear the bell or announcements. He's pretty sure it's because the current teacher cannot control the class and the administration decided that they could not have class in the auditorium. Seems to me they are playing the out of sight, out of mind game instead of addressing the problem.

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2008
My son attends this is school and it is a very good school. I have no regrets sending my child to this school

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2006
i love Jefferson Junior High School it is a very good school and the principal is very good this is a great school. they have great teachers and the acdemics is very good .

- submitted by a student

February 27, 2006
As a mentor of an Asian student at Jefferson Junior High School, my student has have on several occasions told me stories about how he and his fellow Asian students are being physically and mentally harassed by the other students because of her ethnicity. The administrators at the school should begin putting into action any ways or means to prevent these 'hate' crimes. In this day and age, events as such should have been a thing of the past.

- submitted by a parent

January 10, 2005
It's my understanding that the principal was removed/previously worked for Shaw Junior High. I feel that parents should be made aware if a principal has been removed from a school and reasons why. These are our children and it's only fair that we know whose leading them in their education each day.

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2004
The classes taken at this school are great, but the security is lacking greatly. The principal says the students are the problem. However, that is not the fact. He may have worked at Jefferson before, but simply yelling and overcriticizing a student does not help their self esteem, academics, and confidence. It demeans them. Also, some of the teachers are not even doing their job. One of my friends who attends a high school now, has failed the geometry exam because of her previous teacher's methods. I truly believe Jefferson needs to improve.

- submitted by a student

October 06, 2004
Although Jefferson JHS has a great administrative and teaching staff, most student aren't acedemic achievers. Meaning all the students are intellecual, but just lack the enthusiasm for learning.

- submitted by a student
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801 7th St. SW, Washington, DC  20024
(202) 724-4881
Last modified Jefferson is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jefferson Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top