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About This School

Jackson Academy Of Math & Music is a public middle school in Morgan Hill. The principal of Jackson Academy Of Math & Music is Patrick Buchser, whose e-mail is buchserp@mhusd.org. 583 students attend Jackson Academy Of Math & Music and identify primarily as Unspecified, Asian, and Hispanic. 34% of the Jackson Academy Of Math & Music students are "limited in English proficiency." 45% of the 583 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Jackson Academy Of Math & Music is 19:1. Spring Academy is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Dance
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 9% 11%
Asian 6% 7%
Hispanic 50% 40%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 37% 38%
Filipino 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 9301%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 29%
Limited English proficiency 34% 21%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    Great school...Great teachers..lucky to get in...Great programs..All about the kids..The school should be rated top 10.

  • (8 months ago)

    We are so very blessed to have Jackson in our children's lives. Our family is thrilled with the school. The onsite afterschool bible study is wonderful for supporting our beliefs and sharing them with our community. We are also very pleased that so many of the new hires have a strong faith and do not seem to be pressured to change. It is great to hear that the teachers reinforce our values by teaching that using the Lord's name in vain is not acceptable. We have a lot of hope for the future because it seems that the new highers all seem to have a strong christian background; in fact the newest teacher proudly spoke of her Pastoral experience as part of her introduction letter home. I have also heard from a few of the parents of older children that Jackson omitted some of the more controversial science lessons with the older kids last year. This place is a blessing. It allows us to provide our children with an education that compliments our values.

  • (10 months ago)

    We're loving JAMM -- the principal teachers staff everyone is great and the new focus on math and music is so exciting. There's a piano lab new computer lab school-wide outdoor music concerts and general excitement in the school as it continues its transformation. The parent involvement has increased significantly and the Home & School Club is doing a fantastic job building community and providing events and activities to bring everyone together and support the school.

  • (10 months ago)

    My child attended Jackson for her 2-6 grade years. During the last year the change from Jackson to JAMM occurred. It was not a positive change. The new principal Patrick Buchser is weak leader who while he has great vision is unable to follow through. There are still some good dedicated teachers there (notably the awesome Ms. MCoy) but there are some very weak ones too. Our sixth grade teacher was (though good intentioned) ineffectual disorganized and completely unable to meet the needs of a more advanced student. She had poor classroom management and skimmed over material. When I went to see the principal he agreed that there we problems but was unable to do anything. As a result my child was robbed of her sixth grade curriculum. I spent the summer trying to teach her the social studies and science she missed. I deeply regret sending my child there.

  • (11 months ago)

    Jackson had decent programs for kids with learning disabilities. They had great parent participation during the years my children attended. Sadly ESL students suffered here and the GATE program fostered an environment of elitism among both students and parents. Underserved students need their parents volunteering advocating and partnering with their child's teachers in order for academic success to return to Jackson.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school teachers and staff. We are very happy with the education and community at JAMM our children love it too!

  • (1 year ago)

    Jackson Academy is a wonderful school we are so glad to have our child in this community school. The staff principle and teachers are top notch and highly motivated and involved. My son is thriving in this environment and has access to regular music instruction and a math program not usually available at public schools. The American Institute of Mathematics is involved in the curriculum as well as the South Valley Symphony. While JAMM may not "teach to the test" the curriculum focuses on teaching concepts logic reasoning and problem solving skills. Ignore the test scores from previous years this is a wonderful school where children can enjoy learning.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our first year at Jackson Academy and so far so good. The teacher is great with them and communicative. I appreciate the parent participation and events that keeps us connected. Teachers and administrators are very approachable and happy to work with parents. I hope that being a Math Academy we see some after school math programs in for those that will need the extra help.

  • (1 year ago)

    Please do your research. JAMM is in program improvement year 7 and is a Title 1 school. The test results and school rankings are on the California Department of Education website. The name and format was changed for the 2012/13 school year but as far as the academic rigor don't be fooled. The school needs a proven academic turnaround specialist as a leader to bring up the many students who are far below basic below basic and basic. This school lacks accountability and consistency from the school district. Please do your research.

  • (1 year ago)

    Jackson is a wonderful school. I am sorry the other reviewer had a bad experience with the principle there were many big changes at the beginning of the 2012/13 school year and some priorities unfortunately may have fallen through the cracks. My experience with JAMM's principle has been quite different. He handled a situation where my son was regularly picked on beautifully. He swiftly dealt with the situation by meeting with all the yard duties the teachers YMCA staff and both boys. Which immediately stopped the bullying. In addition to an involved principle there is a great after school program run by the YMCA and several after school enrichment activities including Lego Robotics Dance and Science Club just to name a few. My sons teacher is experienced observant and communicative. I am very happy with the well rounded education he is receiving at JAMM.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am just going to describe the principal's actions. Make your own decisions. He is a principle who didn't manage to figure out how to use/ access his voice mail for the first two or so months of his new position as principal. He did not respond to my requests for meetings left at the office. He did not respond to emails because there were problems with the system. His staff laughed when I asked the best way to contact him because they can't get a hold of him. He called for a meeting about my child without reading my child's school records that were the reason for the meeting. He has not fixed a fence in the back of the school despite it presenting a safety issue. He has avoided starting or formally cancelling the enrichment program that was an inexpensive afterschool educational program run by parents but implemented a costly YMCA afterschool child care program. He talked more about the donated flowers that volunteer parents planted than any plan about improving the math scores or his plan to raise the educational standards.

  • (1 year ago)

    We all have great hopes for JAMM and I am very encouraged by the "rolling up sleeves" mentality of the new staff and parents. A lot of great new kids are there but I urge parents to not blindly embrace the current status and I definitely want to share the fact that this school can NOT get out of Program Improvement unless ALL subgroups' test scores at OUR school improve. Blame the former parents principals and teachers all you want (you're foolish if you do) but dis-aggregate the test scores by subgroups and you'll see things clearer. If we don't pull up the lower socio-economic groups (and yes they are still there at Jackson) we've achieved nothing. We all have to chip in and work together to make this happen. I'm full of Jackson pride - but know ALL of the facts before commenting on test scores. The new principal's previous test scores didn't fare so well either. The larger population will help "white" test scores but it won't be enough to get us out of Program Improvement. Keep your eyes open parents we are still beholden to a district that needs A LOT of improvement. Let's stand together and look forward and DEMAND the best for our kids!! GO JAMM!

  • (1 year ago)

    We pulled our son from private school and moved him to Jackson Academy (1st grade) when we heard that Jackson was going to a K-8 with almost all new staff and becoming a state Magnet school. It was difficult looking at the test scores especially when we actually live closer to Nordstrom Elementary. However this is a NEW school with new staff and a plethora of new students who have parents who WANT to give and get involved. Although we have taken a little bit of chance we feel that in the 2 short months that we've been at Jackson this will be the premier school in Morgan Hill. The staff principal and parents are so excited about making JAMM work. There's definitely a very positive attitude and a good buzz in the air.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a Math and Music academy Jackson School will surpass all other schools in student learning and attendance. This will be s success story for the MHUSD.

  • (2 years ago)

    Jackson Elementary is changing. Starting in the Fall of '12 there will be a new principal 50% new staff and a new name - Jackson Achievement Academy. The district reports Jackson will become a Math and Music Magnate school which will span grades K-7 in '12-'13 and K-8 in '13-'14'. The notion has great promise but thus far the specific details of a math and music academy curriculum have not been released. I am hoping that the district or school can mandate parent involvement. At present there is a small handful of parents doing the work that should be distributed across many more people. Charter the highest achieving school in the district has a policy requiring time from every parent. Finally all schools need to be re-empowered to handle discipline. A few very disruptive students seem to never face the full consequences of their actions. While expulsion may not be the best option for the troubled child I submit it is the best option for the other 26 children in the class.

  • (3 years ago)

    My 3 kids went to this school and loved it. We really liked the teachers and we helped out a lot in the classrooms. Unfortunately I took 2 of my kids from here to go to Charter School thinking it would be better and the kids were so sad to leave and leaving the school proved to be a bad choice. We really liked this school a lot! Lots of good activities and parent involvement!

  • (4 years ago)

    Jackson lacks leadership!! Change must be made at the top. The environment at this school is toxic. If things do not change MHUSD will continue to see families leave this school and the district.

  • (4 years ago)

    This year Jackson school is in Program Improvement year 4 heading straight into PI 5. Very little has been done at the School or the District level to help increase the API levels / the students educational results!. Jackson never even had a Site Plan writen for this school year and has truly failed our EL students! The principal at Jackson has zero leadership abilty and frankly the parents don't trust him! Sham on you MHUSD for not having the kids best interest at heart and allowing that man to remain in his postion! Any school in PI 4 the principal should have recieved a 'Pink Slip!' Unfortunatly I can only give the school two stars. Those stars go to the teachers who truly try and the kids who a hurt by the lack of leadership!

  • (5 years ago)

    Jackson is awesome. My children have attended this school since kinder and I have no complaints. Mr. Dudley is great and is passionate about his job. Great staff teachers awesome GATE program and lots of activities for the children. We recently moved to the Nordstrom area but we have chosen to keep our children at Jackson--excellent all the way around!

  • (5 years ago)

    The administration at this school is weak and very negatively affects the quality of education the students receive. It also fails to address the needs of students in terms of physical and emotional safety. The organization is weak and impacts the ability of teachers to do their job well. Can our high stakes test scores go any lower?

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