Our son is a special needs in the preschool program. This program has been a Godsend for him. He loves to go to school and loves his teachers. Our only experience is with the preschool special education program so I cannot attest to the rest of the school.
My son is a special needs child and while we believe his classroom teacher is very helpful and caring person we can't say the same about the principal or the "specials" teachers. This is the 2nd year for the principal at the school and we feel she is doing a very poor job. She doesn't respect the parents concerns and does things the way she wants even when asked not to and with total disregard for the best interest of the child. We felt we needed to contact the assistant superintendent who agreed with our position and spoke to the principal on our behalf and now we feel our child has been targeted by the principal.This is very scary as our son is often unable to tell us what happened due to his low cognitive function. We have also had difficulties with the "specials" teachers, they seem to lack the knowledge or training on how to deal with special needs children. We even recevied a letter from one (an Art teacher) giving us suggestions on how to parent a special needs child and letting us know how hard they work and how lucky we are to have them as teachers. So in summary if you have a special needs child this is not the school for you.
When my daughter attended the teacher was inflexible in her lessons and wouldn't adapt to my daughter's higher level of learning. We came in from out of state and it was a shock with regard to how "old school" the teaching methods were and the principal leadership lacked teeth.
As a former student who also did a teaching internship and now a parent of a Jefferson student I can attest to the quality of education, but most importantly the loving and caring teaching staff at the school. Jefferson is a tight knit school that values its diversity. There are many long time teachers who are highly tenured. Despite the push from the so-called educational experts about what to teach our children, these gifted teachers are able to balance their time to teach what is expected of them by administrators and what our children need to be taught. The school core values align with what I believe in.
Jefferson Elementary school is a very 'involved' school. It is obvious that the teachers care a great deal about each student. They will go the extra mile to help a special needs child...even giving their home phone numbers in case a parent has a problem or concern. The principal is very active with the kids as well. He knows most (if not all) of the kids' names and he interacts with them in a very positive way. He'll go on the play ground at recesses and play basketball or just talk with the kids. I drive school bus for the school district (and this school in particular) and hear the comments - they all love the principal and sometimes debate back and forth who has the best teacher. The academics are well taught. My children have done well in school because of the instruction they have received by these very experienced teachers. The intramural sports and orchestra that is offered to the students are great. These are just a few of the reasons that Jefferson Elementary is a Blue Ribbon winning school.
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