School Details

Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 School

1501 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 706-4400
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 350 students 8 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

46%
70%
72%
47%
65%
65%
53%
76%
84%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alexandria City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

22%
65%
70%
41%
67%
75%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alexandria City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
67%
73%
42%
65%
71%
38%
58%
69%
47%
67%
76%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alexandria City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

36%
61%
74%
81%
73%
78%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alexandria City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
63%
75%
40%
47%
61%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alexandria City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
59%
71%
50%
65%
70%
56%
59%
76%

Standards of Learning (SOL)

In 2011-2012 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading, math, and history/social science in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 5 and 8, and in science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Alexandria City Public Schools average
  • Virginia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 School is a public middle school in Alexandria. The principal of Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 School is Christopher L. Phillips, Ed.D. and can be contacted at christopher.phillips@acps.k12.va.us. 350 children attend Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 72% of the 350 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 School is 8:1. George Washington Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 74% 39%
Hispanic 14% 27%
White, non-Hispanic 10% 24%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72% 49%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I was really happy with the school's special education preschool. My son learned a lot and learned compassion for others. The teachers were hands-on and caring.

  • (1 year ago)

    Jefferson-Houston offers three preschool programs. My children attend the PLT program that combines typical developmental children with children with delays in their development. Is a wonderful program with a great team of teachers that families should take benefit of.

  • (2 years ago)

    my son just started going to this school three days ago and he seems excited to go to school... they must be doing a good job.

  • (2 years ago)

    Jefferson Houston has the potential to be a good school but the bullying is out of control. I had to pull my son from the school and the administration is not proactive enough to handle the students that are causing the problems. I recommend to do your research before enrolling your child.

  • (2 years ago)

    Jefferson Houston is awful. I was highly disappointed in the teachers and school leadership. The intramural sports program is disorganized as the students ride the bus to George Washington. We discovered that many of the students were "walking" to George Washington instead of riding the bus. Although the teacher to student ratio is great most of the kids require constant disciplining so the teachers can't spend as much time teaching. There are no good after school programs or school activities. Recommend you spending an entire day there and do lots of research before you decide to send you child to Jefferson Houston!

  • (3 years ago)

    This is Alexandria's hidden jewel. The teachers are outstanding and the students are very respectful of each other. I have two kids at the school both of whom are doing very well (one has made the honor roll with straight As for the past two quarters - and the other is consistently making As and Bs). The school now has an IB program which is extraordinary - and the principal is top-notch (best I've ever encountered - she genuinely cares about every student and knows them by name).

  • (4 years ago)

    Jefferson-Houston Elementary School is a very good school with great teachers and staff. Ms. Graves is doing a wonderful job for the whole of the school. She is turning the school around. The building is very nice I like the way it is laid out with its open classrooms for shared teaching. My daughters went to this school and now my grandson is attending. We love it.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love it because of the dedication of the teachers and staff who work everyday to help our students achieve the goal of learning. We are indeed a family.

  • (4 years ago)

    Everyone in the building cares about the success of every student. The fabulous principal and staff are willing to look for creative ways to engage all of the kids in learning. We are heading toward becoming an IB school and we are expanding to PK-8 with 6th graders in the building this year. My sons are receiving a great education.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is working very hard to improve it's test scores and improve the quality of education. It serves a population with limited resources and is working to meet the challenges of this population

  • (4 years ago)

    The principal staff and teachers are committed innovative and creative. My son loves going to school at Jefferson Houston!

  • (4 years ago)

    Because they have the best PTA president ever and they are a very diverse community school that are striving daily to become better. Next year they are kicking off an International Baccularate program. Good Luck

  • (4 years ago)

    Great Principal great staff great kids! All staff help ALL kids to reach their goals.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a great school! It offers something for everyone. The staff are really engaged and it's an exciting place.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have two grandchildren in Jefferson Houston. They are excelling on standard tests citizenship and overall achievement due to the leadership of the principal staff and the pro-active PTA. It is the best run school that I have encountered in my 75 years.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is the best we are shining stars

  • (9 years ago)

    My child benefited greatly this year from his wonderful kindergarten teacher Mr. Larry Ciarelli. I am proud to say that my child earned a quality education at this school and will continue achieving above standards.

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