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
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
Yes they are renovating it but the hallways are still packed even with the new addition and the violence in the school is terrible
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.
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.
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.
This school is overcrowded, unorganized, and chaotic. Not recommended if looking for a good education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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