School Details

Thomas Jefferson Middle School

1407 Sunset Avenue, Madera, CA 93637
(559) 673-9286
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 995 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

94%
58%
86%
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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
  • Madera Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

35%
31%
50%
43%
38%
57%
6%
8%
31%
61%
64%
85%
38%
41%
52%
61%
59%
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
  • Madera Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Thomas Jefferson Middle School is a public middle school in Madera. The principal of Thomas Jefferson Middle School is Jesse Carrasco, whose e-mail is carrasco_j@madera.k12.ca.us. 995 students attend Thomas Jefferson Middle School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 22% of the Thomas Jefferson Middle School students are "limited in English proficiency." 68% of the 995 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Thomas Jefferson Middle School is 22:1. St. Joachim Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 80% 82%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Asian 2% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 14% 12%
Unspecified 0.7% 0.4%
Multiracial 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.5%
Filipino 0.4% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.04%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 19936%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68% 77%
Limited English proficiency 22% 39%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Great teachers great leadership ; great neighborhood love this school you won't regret putting your kids here

  • (3 years ago)

    User Rating 1 out of 5 stars by Mad Mom 03/22/2011 I absolutely cannot stand going into the office the two rude cows that are sitting there doing nothing wont even acknowledge you when you walk in the rest of the staff does not know what they are doing!! the teachers are confused and don't care 99% of the time why is our money bing wasted like this?!!! If we pay our taxes our children need a good school and parents and our children need to be treated with respect.

  • (4 years ago)

    My two star rating is of the front office staff at Thomas Jerrerson Middle School. On two occasions I have had to stop by the office to pick up my child and the staff was not friendly and I had to wait about 10 minutes before any of the two ladies that were there would even help me. They were not busy at the time and there was no other person other than myself and them they could have at least acknowledged my presence with a 'hello' or ' I will be right with you'. If this kind of treatment that parents recieve how do they treat our children?

  • (4 years ago)

    I think that Thomas Jefferson is a great school it has great academics and the teachers are responsible and dedicated to there work and the students.The sports there are also great. And as most parents they are worried about the other students there well the students there are great kids.So I think that every kid should experience at least one year at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

  • (5 years ago)

    In response to the post about the algebra course the school offers an alegra readiness course for the student to take who struggled in pre-algebra (the course they all take prior to algebra) and which they begin taking in 6th grade. They should be ready for algebra by 8th grade. Also tutoring courses are offered free before/during/and after school for students to get help with questions or confusions. I know the standard is what is being upheld!

  • (6 years ago)

    I think T.J is a great school. The principal and staff are caring and supprotive.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very concerned about some of the academic courses. I was recently told that all 8th grade students will be placed in an Algebra 1 class. What happens to those students who are not prepared to take this class. They will fail straight out. The whole reason behind this decision is so that the school does not lose points on their API and APY. They are setting up a large number of students to fail. Its not right. I know these things because I too teach math at the Jr. High level thank goodness it not at this school!

  • (7 years ago)

    I think that every child in the district should get to experience at least one day because TJ is just the best school in Madera.

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