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Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 838 students

 
 

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Posted June 10, 2013

My daughter just finished 3 years at TJMS and overall I am impressed with her teachers. They are very dedicated to their jobs and attentive to the childrens needs. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because there is always room for improvement. Improvement areas would be more involvement with teachers and males in PTSA. When I attended the meetings I would only see teachers when they needed $$$ attend. I was one of the only males. Yes I take an active role in my daughters education and would like to see other dads do the same. I like the fundraisers which were very well run and only once a year versus other schools my daughter attended seemed like there was a new fundraiser every week. Honors programs were quickly put together so I don't recommend them at this point. Other areas of improvement would be more emphasis on good grades and less on sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

My autistic son has attended this school's special needs classes for 2 years now & I am absolutely thrilled by his progress! There are 2 classrooms set up for this, each for varying levels of needs. My son attends 1 general education class plus P.E. and lunch with all the gen-ed kids. He has made SO MANY friends there, throughout the entire school! His confidence has been built up & his main teacher (Mrs. Krase) is extremely supportive of all that he's doing, both during & after school time. She spends so much of her personal time working to make the children each feel unique & special, and communicating back & forth with the parents, to address each need they may have. The Vancouver School District, in general, has been absolutely phenomenal for my son's personal needs. I could spend hours talking about how much the schools here have done for him. I personally would recommend putting their child in the Vancouver School District to anyone moving to this city, and doubly recommend the special needs programs here at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

This school does a great job of motivating and encouraging students! Academics are so far beyond the local private schools that take all your money and claim they are the best. First hand I know this is not even close to truthful. Well rounded variety of classes that are pertinent to todays careers. A great staff, amazing and very caring teachers and a wonderful principal. Counselors, a school nurse, many people who are sincere and looking out for your child's best interest here. I state this because I know many are looking at private schools, and they are very behind and underfunded academically and do not hold to state laws as far as protecting and providing for your children.Your child can be placed at their proper level in subjects as well. The students are challenged and encouraged. Lots of talk about college for their future. There are kids like any school that behave badly and bully and act out but the administration acts on discipline and seems to be attentive to parents coming forward. I do think more staff watching hallways for physical harassing would be a positive for the safety of the kids. These people are doing a good job here and put their heart into it everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2009

Great school!:) Good teachers, but the principle isn't really around a lot, wish i could have seen her more! Overall i had a great middle school experience!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2009

A very high quality school witha good atmosphere. The teachers are ok but they get the job done. Good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 17, 2008

My son just completed 6th grade at this school. He went to a tiny American School overseas up through 5th grade. Our media driven fear about US schools was unfounded. Our experience has been excellent. TJMS has many young teachers and they help to create a vibrant atmosphere. There are also many male teachers which provides balance and positive role models for the boys. The facility is lovely, built in 2004 or so. The academic standard is relatively high. No bullying. The school does not have much cultural diversity but that is a reflection of the neighborhood. My son thinks the best thing about the school is that 'the teachers are all really nice.' A+ to Mr. Greco, Mr. Neil, Ms. Jorgenson, Ms. KL (p.e.), Mr. Mashoud and Mr. Mongraine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

Great school very positive experiences! M Shanaberger
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

Thomas Jefferson Middle School has an excellent music program. My daughter transferred to this school last spring and we have attended several choral concerts. I am pleased to see music and the arts taking a place of importance in curriculum. At her old school (in a larger metro area), she had an hour or more of homework every night - it was excessive. She has had very little homework here. I haven't decided yet if that is good or bad. For her first week of school she was assigned to a buddy, a nice way to ease the new-school transition. We have been very impressed with the principal and the teachers, although I wish some of the teachers would be more responsive to email messages.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

My daughter has just completed 3 years at TJMS. The teachers are excellent. They care about the students and encourage them to do their best academically and behaviorally. The administration connects well with students and staff. Students are challenged! My daughers math teacher moved her ahead of the class when she needed more challenges! The band teacher is great too! She teaches the kids music, history and the values in life! We've had a wonderful experience with TJMS. Great job staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2007

Fabulous school! Academics are challenging, and the choices of music, art & sports goes on & on! Some sports are 'no cut' & they field as many teams as they can fill. The choirs, bands, orchestra & drama are top notch & keep the high school supplied with talent. The facility is gorgeous. It's a bit large, but they handle it well, subdividing the grades, and each grade in to houses. PTSA is active and supportive.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 59% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
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 64% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
77%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%
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 53% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

297 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
66%
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 Students68%
Female66%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income47%
Not low income77%
Special education24%
Not special education74%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female79%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income67%
Not low income80%
Special education38%
Not special education81%
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%
Female63%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Low income41%
Not low income69%
Special education15%
Not special education68%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female71%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic55%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income47%
Not low income72%
Special education21%
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female87%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Low income60%
Not low income88%
Special education35%
Not special education86%
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 Students47%
Female44%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income23%
Not low income57%
Special education14%
Not special education51%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female73%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income53%
Not low income72%
Special education29%
Not special education70%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students77%
Female78%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income59%
Not low income84%
Special education29%
Not special education82%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 94% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 100% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 97% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
98%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 99% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure 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

Algebra I

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Low income93%
Not low income97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 63%
Hispanic 8% 18%
Asian 3% 7%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 128%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 21%N/A8%
Special education 28%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 78%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Vancouver, WA 98685
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