School Details

Jefferson Leadership Academies School

750 Euclid Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 438-9904
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 914 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

47%
57%
60%
42%
56%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Long Beach Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
57%
60%
44%
51%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Long Beach Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
73%
50%
41%
55%
57%
27%
24%
31%
38%
51%
52%
34%
63%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Long Beach Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Jefferson Leadership Academies School is a public middle school in Long Beach. The principal of Jefferson Leadership Academies School is Kevin Maddox and can be contacted at kmaddox@lbschools.net. 914 children attend Jefferson Leadership Academies School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 28% of the Jefferson Leadership Academies School students are "limited in English proficiency." 90% of the 914 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Jefferson Leadership Academies School is 16:1. Rogers Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 63% 52%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 16%
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 17%
Asian 11% 8%
Filipino 1% 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 82567%
Unspecified 0.9% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 2%
Multiracial 0.4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 90% 68%
Limited English proficiency 28% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Jefferson It could improve by Having better funraisers.They should have school get to geteher in the atourtoriem for every funraiser they want people to go to

  • (1 year ago)

    Jefferson is an extraordinary school. Since some of those last postings our scores have increased dramatically and continue to rise. Additionally student and staff/teacher rapport have improved and there is much more involvement by students parents and staff in all school activities since the implementation of JLA's PTO in 2012-2013. That's not all... Jefferson has made a huge stride in becoming a Green Long Beach School cultivating a lot of Jefferson Pride from the entire Jefferson community. This empowers students. This builds leaders. This also develops problem-solving skills that they CHOOSE to take part in and can't be measured by any exam. Although there is still a lot of work to do with parent involvement and a continuation of students choosing to meet goals we will get there! Welcome to Jefferson... things are truly looking up!

  • (1 year ago)

    A year ago when I found out my son was going to be going to Jefferson I hated the idea. I had heard many things about the school and non were positive. I didn't want my child to go to such a terrible school and tried my hardest to switch. After one year at Jefferson I LOVE this school. They have a grant to have small class sizes self contained 6th graders awesome teachers and staff. All the teachers I have had experience with are all willing to go above and beyond to help their students. Parent involvement needs to make an improvement but its easy for parents to get involved and over all the school is a great place for kids to learn.

  • (2 years ago)

    My child has been going to this school for 2 years and the teachers that she has and have had are very involved. The teachers work with the parents and help the students strive to the best of there ability. My daughter is in honors classes and i must say she is challenged everyday.

  • (3 years ago)

    The only supportive teacher throughout this school was Deborah Sowells a 7th grade Language Art teacher. I went from Basic to Advance when I had her. [ Besides JLA having a 3 for me I give her a 10 out of 5 because she's that amazing.

  • (5 years ago)

    my kid goes to jefferson and i think it is a very advanced school

  • (5 years ago)

    i go to jefferson and i think it is fun and it teaches you a lot

  • (6 years ago)

    its a safe and nice school for young adults

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a student at Jefferson and I think it is a great school. Teachers and staff are very supportive and treat students with respect. This school has great programs like A.V.I.D which gets students motivated to attend college and obtain a career. Academic wise Jefferson offers an outstanding learning environment as a result of its single gender configuration. The professional and dedicated staff and teachers at Jefferson are always willing to help students out with any extra help they may need. Overall staff tries their best to maintain the school campus clean and safe for students. Jefferson is not a school for dummies as some parents think; it is an excellent school that offers a great education for those students that take advantage of it. Personally I am very proud to be part of the student body at Jefferson.

  • (7 years ago)

    It has wonderful teachers like d. Sowells

  • (7 years ago)

    Parent involvement is very low at this school. Students are not supported at home and homework is not a priority to the students because of this lack of support. This lack of academic support carries over to many of the students and they do not understand the value of having an excellent education which is offered at this school. My daughter excels at Jefferson but I make sure she does her studies at home and I check her progress reports and planner to make sure that she is behaving and completing her work.

  • (7 years ago)

    Jefferson needs a lot of work. The faculty and teachers seem to be supportive to the children however i think they just have too much to do. Long Beach really needs to focus on these schools that need help. The sad thing is that my daughter thinks that she is a 'dummy' because she was sent to jefferson and not accepted to one of the other 'smart' schools (stanford rogers hill). Something needs to change. The district needs to show some support for these students who are struggling otherwise this will never change.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is very dirty. If everyone can put their 'hands' in and help that school it would help the students that go their improve on their education. Personally I would never want my kids going to this school

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is a great school . They have great teachers that take time out of there way to help students. They have a great program called avid and it helps kids have a more understanding of college

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a terrible school. I recomend that there should be some cleaning up around that school. The staff all-in-all is pretty good though.

  • (8 years ago)

    No foundation and no support from adminstrators. This school was rank number one statewide and nationwide. Improvement needed.

  • (8 years ago)

    Good School with hard working teachers.

  • (9 years ago)

    Parents complain that their children cant learn and the school is broken down. If the parents were a bit more involved it might help a little bit give a little and the more your kid will recive.

  • (10 years ago)

    The perimeter of the school was litered with trash the benches out on the playground were broken beyond repair the basketball court nets were broken the walls outside were filthy the tarp along the fence to block the outside view in was ripped and in poor shape. The principal also says they lost 7 teachers and 3 staff due to budget cuts. They had to split the 6th graders lunch from the 7/8th graders because there isn't enough supervision for that many children at lunch. My daughter has struggled through school already I am concerned she may fall behind in this school. My daughters best friend tried Jefferson for a year and came home crying many days because she wasn't learning. The teacher spent more time breaking up racial fights and disruptions than she did teaching. This was a rough school in the 90's looks like nothing has changed.

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