School Details

Thomas Jefferson High School

2501 West Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA 51501
(712) 328-6493

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1291 students 18 students/teacher (IA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade


Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED)

In 2010-2011 Iowa used the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED) to test students in grade 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The ITED is a norm-referenced test, which means it measures how well students in Iowa score in comparison to their peers nationwide. Students who score at the 40th percentile are considered proficient. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Iowa Assessment (NRT)

In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Council Bluffs Community School District average
  • Iowa state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Thomas Jefferson High School is a public high school in Council Bluffs. 1,291 students go to Thomas Jefferson High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 71% of the 1,291 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Thomas Jefferson High School is 18:1. Tucker Center for Career and Technical Education is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 80%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 3%
Hispanic 13% 13%
Multiracial 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 1%
Asian 0.5% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71% 63%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    My son graduated from TJHS in 2012 and he will be graduating from Morningside College in May 2015 (3 years). TJHS prepared him for college and he took advantage of the IWCC credits/AP classes while in high school. I think TJHS was an excellent fit for him and we open enrolled him into TJHS. Thanks TJHS!

  • (8 months ago)

    I have been in CB Schools for 20 years. Thomas Jefferson High School is comprehensive high school with a beautiful updated facility that we are all proud of. Great staff and great families round off a great school with many academic and extra-curricular opportunities that other schools outside CB Schools do not offer. Come and visit anytime and see for yourself the positive welcoming atmosphere TJ has to offer your student.

  • (8 months ago)

    I am grateful for the students that come here every day willing to work and wanting to learn. I am also grateful for the kindness that many students have shown me during my time here such as opening doors when my hands are full or saying thank you when I do something nice for them. We also have a great staff here that is always willing to listen and help when I need it.

  • (1 year ago)

    The grading scale mentioned in a previous post is a school district wide thing and its at both high schools. Don't let the uneducated posting of someone else shed a bad light on only one school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Academically this school has bottomed out. They have a new grading system that has turned F's into D's D's into C's and C's into B's. And no one fails. If you have an A student you wont notice. I've dealt with completion grades (A's on failing work) used to blur the near failing tests scores into looking like some learning is taking place. Classes without enough books for students so the year is based on a daily handout and what you absorb in class. I encourage all parents to know what's going on with their childs school work. The grades are far from accurately representing what's being learned. Your child will have a very difficult time succeeding in college if they are educated at this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    TJ is in desperate need of new leadership. Over the last 4 years (2006-2010) the school has declined drastically. TJ used to have a winning band program. Not any more. TJ used to have a winning drama department. Not any more. TJ used to have a winning speech and debate team. Not any more. It seems the administration has systematically driven off top quality teachers in these areas and hired teachers much less qualified to lead and motivate the students. When I as a parent expressed dismay and concern about a rookie teacher being allowed to trash a previously quality program with no apparent supervision I was driven away by the principal and the activities director. It is clear TJ admin cares only about boys football and basketballs and has no real regard for the role arts play in producing quality well-rounded adults.

  • (7 years ago)

    Thomas jeferson has many great characteristics and well as some bad ones. TJ has a very good teaching staff and offers the most HES and AP classes of any school in Council Bluffs. Currently students are working on changing the culture of the student body here at TJ to get kids more envolved and to get clubs like fine arts more recognition. Also it is under going construction and the school is really starting to look great. You will see some big changes around here and I feel it is a great school for parents to send their kids.

  • (8 years ago)

    All of my siblings including myself went to Thomas Jefferson. My younger sister is still attending. I believe that TJ is a terrible school. Yes most young kids love sports but it is very hard for them to base their entire future on it but that is what TJ emphasizes the most. Fine Arts are barely recognized by the staff.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think it is the best. I went there and it was so fun and all the kids are great and kids really get involved as well as moms and dads.I love it there and its a great place for you kids to go.And the teachers a very nice and funny.

  • (8 years ago)

    I attend TJHS and I believe it is one of the worst schools around. The academic programs aren't challenging enough for students. As for the avialability of fine arts programs we have them but honestly I don't think anyone cares that they are there. Everyone in the school almost acts like the fine arts programs are a nuisance. Parents just plain and simple do not get involved partially because TJ has nothing really interesting to offer. So if you have thought in the past about sending your childrenn to TJ I highly suggest rethinking that.

  • (10 years ago)

    I attend this high school and I believe it is a wonderful place for kids to learn. There are many opportunities for college classes that the school district will pay for. TJHS also has some of the best teachers in the area.

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