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Jefferson Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 635 students

 

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Posted February 5, 2014

The school was great at helping my son with his speech due to Apraxia. They were also able to identify a slight lisp that my daughter had and was able to correct that also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

Great school! My daughter started in K and is now in the 4th grade. She has had excellent teachers all the way through... dedicated to the kids, willing to communicate if something is wrong and go above and beyond to help when needed. My son just started K there this year, and his teacher is fantastic too. I'm excited that both my children get to experience this school. The Principal knows most of the kids and their parents by name and face, as do the office staff. They are respectful and willing to help with anything, no matter how big or small.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2011

I have two of my children at Jefferson. One is in the third grade and one is in the first grade. They love school and look forward to each day. My third grader is doing algebra, reads novels, and can diagram a sentence. He has barley any homework (mostly none) and yet is getting a stellar education. My first grader is also doing things beyond my expectations. He does long division, geography, and botany work and blows us away with the amount of information he is capable of learning. He went from barley reading in the fall to small chapter books in the winter with the help of his teacher. She guided us with a plan on how to accelerate his reading and comprehension, and it was so simple. Again, little to no homework, so we can spend quality family time together after school instead of filling out busy-work. I love the "Character Counts" program that the principal has put in place. Each month our family follows up on the goals and the topics including respect, responsibility, and caring. Furthermore, the principal knows most of the 500+ children's and parents names. It blows me away how committed they are at this school. Love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2010

Our son is in the 1st grade at Jefferson and he couldn't have a better experience. The K class was simply amazing, that set him up for a wonderful lifetime of learning. He loves going to school and we have never had a single issue with the other kids (they are just so nice) and we appreciate the feedback with the new report cards. We have another son that starts in 2011 and we just hope the same teachers are still teaching at Jefferson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

I have had 4 kids go through Jefferson-two that are still there. We have had nothing but great experiences. The staff is wonderful. Many of the teachers have been there for numerous years, and we've seen as the years go by, that many of the students have parents that also attended Jefferson, and have moved back into the neighborhood so their kids can go there. This speaks well of the community as well as the school! My husband went to Jefferson, and we are one of those families that moved back to the neighborhood so our kids could attend Jefferson. There is a high level of parent participation and a large number of parents and community members that volunteer. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2009

I love everything about this excellent school except for late start Thursdays.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

I have a daughter in the 4th grade. Her experience is much different from the other 4th grader parent. She is reading the classics and being pushed in math and science and all subjects. Her teacher is wonderful. If you are a parent that reinforces the importance of school at home, your child will absolutely flourish at Jefferson. My other child is now in high school, Jefferson prepared her to take all honors classes through middle school and now in high school. Both my children will go to college, and their strong foundation started at Jefferson
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

This school isn't able to educate children. When you have 4th graders learning blocks of ten, there is a problem. We took our child out of the school and placed him into a private school and now he is doing algebra and can do long division holding remainders and they diagram sentences and things like they should really be doing in the 4th grade. Thank God we made the decision to place him into a private school. We have to pay for it, but it is worth it because I want to see my child go to college. I see kids that can't even multiply going to Jr. High School that were educated at Jefferson. 6 hours of school a day doesn't cut it. The teacher and principal could care less too, and talking to them is a waste of time. Excellent example of WA Schools here. Thumbs down! Yikes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

cool, awesome and UBERLICIOUS!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 19, 2007

We currently have one child at Jefferson and pulled one from the school this fall and placed him in a private school. Jefferson class size is too large and kids that are quiet and shy just tend to slip through the cracks. The child learning spread in the classrooms is too vast for the teachers to reach all the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2007

This school isn't what it is cracked up to be. The students in the class that my son attends don't have any discipline. Lots of pushing and the kids are running wild. The WASL scores are declining also. This is our childs first year attending this school and his education is declining, regardless of the WASL test. Next year he will be going to a private school. We won't allow our child to fail. The school district is failing our children. We are scared!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2005

Our daughter is currently in 1st grade and started at Jefferson in Kindergarten. We were a bit unhappy with the timing of announcements of which teacher she would receive for 1st grade. When the announcements finally came out we were very disappointed when she was initially put into a K-1 program. However after having a couple discussions with the principle and her kindergarten teacher the school allowed us to have our daughter moved to a standard 1st grade and we have been very happy with her teacher and the academics at Jefferson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2004

This is a very good school and is welcome to any student, no matter what their limitations. Jefferson will do almost anything to help your child get better grades and be able to go on to the next grade. I sugest enrolling your child at Jefferson if you are in the area, and also if you are not that close to any schools really, I'm sure that we have buses in that area, but if we don't, you should try requesting that we get some there, it'll be worth it. At Jefferson we dont have any problems with kids doing anything illegal at the age, like drugs or drinking/smoking. Also there is very little problems with kid-to-kid injuries (like being beaten up by another student)and if there is, it's almost always an accident.
—Submitted by a student


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.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income73%
Not low income92%
Special education60%
Not special education89%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female96%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Low income80%
Not low income95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students60%
Female69%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income50%
Not low income64%
Special education15%
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female90%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income65%
Not low income79%
Special education15%
Not special education87%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students62%
Female87%
Male39%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income45%
Not low income67%
Special education23%
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students65%
Female74%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income46%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female88%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income70%
Not low income89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students86%
Female88%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Low income73%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students60%
Female66%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income40%
Not low income73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female75%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income60%
Not low income78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 60%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Hispanic 6% 20%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 11%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 233%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 20N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 86%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mary-Dean Wooley

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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3612 South Grand Blvd
Spokane, WA 99203
Phone: (509) 354-3200

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