Jefferson School has a very progressive staff with dedicated teachers and strong leadership. The Boys and Girls Club is located there and provides fabulous after school programs, at a minimal charge. The student body is very diverse and their needs are met with many specialized programs and staff members. The school environment and staff are very accepting and embracing of the unique needs of the students and families that are members of the Jefferson School Community.
I think this school is very good, although it has its flaws. but it allows the children to expand there creativity. The school is named Jefferson School for the Arts for that reason. The Staff there are great and their educational techniques are based on enjoyment. And the trips there are educational in ways that only the people who has been and helped there understand.
I am thoroughly disappointed with Jefferson. The name is inappropriate as well; the arts program is one of the worst I have experienced. There are a few excellent teachers, but many poor ones as well, and the administration often ignores parent s requests on placement. They virtually ignore LD and gifted, allowing them to fail or become bored and withdrawn respectively. If you have the ability to send your child to any other school, I would seize that opportunity!
Don't be fooled by the rating. My children have had absolutely horrible experiences at this school. The principal is rude and does not listen to parents. Many of the teachers do not seem to care if your child succeeds academically. Some of the classroom aides are good though, and are much better at teaching than the teachers. Thankfully this is my youngest child's last year.
I am extremely concerned with the number of field trips the children go on.. I feel that most are not educational but for pure enjoyment, I am not against having fun, there is a time and a place school is for learning and therefore I feel the children should be allowed to get out of school much earlier then having to go on these worthless field trips. Perhaps school, would be able to get out mid May instead of mid June. A very concerned Parent
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