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Jefferson High School

Public | 9-12 | 1321 students

 
 

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Posted November 2, 2009

I was a student at Jefferson High School I personally love this school. Learning is that main focus they offer lots of extra-curricular and sports I love this school beacause its the best it makes you feel like you are at hime
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2008

As a teacher at Jefferson for the last eight years, I am proud to say that Jefferson will become the best high school in West Virginia. The 2008-2009 year forcasts to be the best year ever with all the renovations completed , the population reduced and the addition of ninth graders. Academics and classroom environment are becoming the focus. The teaching staff is the best ever with a 30% turnover; most of the deadwood has been removed; the administration is on top of everything that is important, from safety to community service. If a student wants to learn, Jefferson offers every opportunity with all the fringe benefits of a public school social atmosphere. (I will have to say though, that it is unfortunate that not enough students took advantage of their opportunity to take my SQL, JAVA, or C++ courses this year.) Bill Lukens, Mathematics and Web Page Design Teacher
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 10, 2008

Yes they are renovating it but the hallways are still packed even with the new addition and the violence in the school is terrible
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2008

Jefferson high school is a great school we all know is overcrowded but in the fall of 2008 this probelm will be fix with the grand opening of Washigton high home of the Pratiots. Jefferson high school offers lots of extra-curriculums.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 3, 2007

Both of my children go to this school, I'm sad to say. The school is disorganized, full of incompetent teachers, staff, and administration. It is overcrowded and no one cares if your child passes or fails. No one abides by the regulations in the student/parent handbook and I have yet to see what is done with the mass amounts of bullies in the system. I do not recommend sending your child to this school. If you are able, send your child out of state or to a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2007

My son entered JHS as a Freshman. We are now planning for his Senior year which will begin in the Fall of '07. Terribly disorganized school on many levels. With 40,000 plus tax-payers in the county who help fund it, it is disgraceful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2006

This school is overcrowded, unorganized, and chaotic. Not recommended if looking for a good education.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 3, 2006

As a young teacher at Jefferson High School, I have had a very positive experience. JHS often draws unwarranted criticism, but I am continually impressed by the number of teachers I see who arrive early every day, grade papers tirelessly into the night, and take great pride in the achievements of our students. As a large school, our resources are often strained. However, with our large population base, a unique variety of opportunities becomes available to students who desire to be challenged academically. I put our students who choose to enroll in our AP and Honors level courses on par with any college-bound students anywhere. Parents who are concerned about the quality of education their children are receiving should seek out the most challenging classes and programs that are available at JHS. You will find a number of teachers who are motivated more by the achievements of students than by paychecks.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 13, 2006

As a 2003 graduate, I have to say this high school is definitely not the worst school to go to, but it is far from the best. It is definitely overcrowded, majority of teachers don't have the compassion needed to teach students, nor are a majority of them willing to reach out and help those students who need it. The few teachers I can name as exceptional are limited to Mr. Fincham & Mr. Canterbury (agriculture teachers) and Ms. Knott (10th grade history). Though rest assured, there are other good teachers there. Just not many. And we are losing too many of our great teachers. I know Mr. Canterbury left to go to Ripley spring of 2004. Not only are they not getting paide enough, but they're not getting the respect they deserve either. I'm proud to be a JHS graduate, but mainly because of my few great teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 11, 2006

I think that this school lacks foundation, sponsorship, individual attention to our children, and of course funding. There is no incentive program and leadership is lacking. I have put my children in private schools after their freshmen year. Unfortunately due to serious overcrowding and lack of funding for teachers and programs this potentially wonderful school is not somewhere I reccomend sending your high schoolers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2006

Personally, I think this high school stinks!! The elem. schools and middle schools in Jefferson Co. are okay, but this high school is seriously overcrowded and in need of significant teacher pay raises in order to keep them in Jefferson Co. instead of leaving for nearby VA and MD schools who pay significantly more. If your child is not confident and independent he he/she will simply get lost in this environment. We have one high school that is extremely overcrowded and another new one to be completed in a couple of years. Unfortunately, we also have several more housing developments going up, so the new high school will almost definitely be over capasity before it is complete. My advice to you is to look at VA and MD schools before settling here. That saddens me as I am a WV native, but without teacher pay raises we all loose.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

The school is overcrowded to the point of ridiculous. The student to teacher ratio is overwhelming to the teachers, and the teachers are way under paid. The result, all the good teachers are either burning out or headed to Loudin County, VA. The county reps or for that matter the parents, just don't seem to give a darn. PTO meetings are attended by about twenty parents from a school system that has at least 4800 parents. WV needs a state leader to take charge, and convince the people of this state that educating our children needs to be the number one priority. Until then, I am looking to move to Maryland or Virginia where education seems to be the number one priority. W
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2005

Jefferson has an adequate number of AP courses available but is very rigid about who can take AP and honors courses. Unfortunately many of the best teachers have been retiring lately. This fact tends to discourage students who didn't do well before but now wish to do so. There is an unwarranted overemphasis on certain sports. The band program is good but there is no orchestra. Art seems to do well, but I have no personal experience with it. The academic team has been quite good. Parent involvement seems to be limited to 'booster clubs' for extra-curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2004

Being new to this school, I have found everyone in administration very helpful and focused on the students. It is overcrowded and your child must choose to want his/her education, but there are great programs here. I think the atmosphere is one where students must be independent and they must function more as their own advocate or they will get lost. This is due to the overcrowding issues (which should be resolved when the new school is built in 2006). I have noticed that the 'over achieving' parents driving their children that other school systems have is not as overpowering here as the school that we recently left. This makes learning more the students' decision rather than the parents. It creates a transition of readiness for college and I like that. My son's education is truely his at Jefferson High and he will do well in college because of it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2003

The school is great for an education for our kids.


Posted September 9, 2003

This school is extremely overcrowded and has been for over 10 years. I feel it has affected the children and their learning because of it.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 41% in 2012.

342 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

341 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 31% in 2012.

339 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
59%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 37% in 2012.

340 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2012.

341 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

340 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
56%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 45% in 2012.

339 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2012.

294 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

294 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
53%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 35% in 2012.

290 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
68%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students45%
Black19%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Title I45%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities50%

Reading

All Students54%
Black26%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Title I54%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities59%

Science

All Students42%
Black17%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Title I42%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities46%

Social Studies

All Students53%
Black28%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Title I53%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West 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: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students57%
Black28%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Title I57%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities61%

Reading

All Students60%
Black37%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Title I60%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities66%

Social Studies

All Students64%
Black40%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Title I64%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities0%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West 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: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students69%
Black49%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Title I69%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities73%

Reading

All Students61%
Black43%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Title I61%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities65%

Social Studies

All Students54%
Black30%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Title I54%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities0%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West 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: West Virginia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 92%
Black 12% 5%
Hispanic 5% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4141 Flowing Springs Rd
Shenandoah Junction, WV 25442
Phone: (304) 725-8491

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