School Details

Jefferson Elementary School

2001 Pebblewood, Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 567-5580
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 533 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

15%
54%
56%
31%
61%
65%

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
  • Natomas Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

38%
45%
46%
59%
60%
66%

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
  • Natomas Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
65%
65%
51%
72%
72%

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
  • Natomas Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

41%
62%
60%
36%
55%
65%
33%
55%
57%

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
  • Natomas Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
60%
60%
40%
53%
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
  • Natomas Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Jefferson Elementary School is a public elementary school in Sacramento. The principal of Jefferson Elementary School is Tiffany Smith-Simmons. 533 students attend Jefferson Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 37% of the Jefferson Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 76% of the 533 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Jefferson Elementary School is 17:1. Bannon Creek Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 9% 22%
Multiracial 5% %
Hispanic 48% 28%
Filipino 4% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 26% 25%
Unspecified 2% 3%
Asian 12% 13%
Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 12285%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.9%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 55%
Limited English proficiency 37% 17%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Worked at this school and got no support from the principal when I had issues with the teacher I was an aid for.

  • (9 months ago)

    NATOMAS (CBS13) The parents of a second-grade student say nobody at the school knew where she was for more than two hours after she walked away. As the 7-year-old girl wandered the streets of Natomas her parents say nobody at Jefferson Elementary School contacted them or the police right away. It all began when Samaya got in trouble for a disagreement with a classmate. So Samaya is very upset so she goes to put her head down like this her father Jason said. When Samaya did that she knocked over some water. That s when they say her teacher Lupe Rodriguez dragged her in her chair outside and left her there through recess and reading class. At that point Samaya wandered 2.5 miles off campus down Truxel Road to the Walmart and then to the restaurant On The Border. Meanwhile the Dillards say school leaders drove around looking for the girl. Her parents say the school didn t contact them until an hour after they noticed she was missing. The Dillards say to this day they ve never received an apology from the district.

  • (11 months ago)

    Since Dr. Reynolds was the principal and Ms. Keeler took her place things have been great. We got the best score in the district for the CST. Best school EVER!!!!!! She has been working with the staff students and parents to make this school a better environment & enducation place for children.

  • (1 year ago)

    Fantastic school that cares about every child and makes my child feel like she is successful no matter what.

  • (4 years ago)

    I can see from the last report that how things work around Jefferson hope thing will change next year miss lopes gone needed the librarian gone after 18 years sorry to here that she was great ..... but nobody said anything about Ms.Dauterive she has been there 23 years and leaving going to other school big lose she was great.

  • (4 years ago)

    I don't believe that the 'no child left behind' scoring truly depicts the success of a school but I will be taking advantage of the opportunity to transfer my (current) kindergartner and 4th grader. The principal is unavailable I feel my kids are not supervised well when outside the classroom one of the teacher's has a negative approach to teaching which I feel impacts self-esteem and there is a consistent gross lack of organization. Also - I was excited for my kids to experience some cultural/race diversity. But the older one has unfortunately had a bad experience which I hope will not affect her views. The school has a strong policy on racial slurs and harrasment - but it seems only if it's aimed at non-white kids. All that said - I recognize that the teachers/staff are incredibly overburdened and can't say I could do any better in their position.

  • (4 years ago)

    Jefferson Elementary School is an excellent school. It is full of great teachers with terrific teaching methods.

  • (4 years ago)

    Jefferson is a great school. All 3 of my kids attended it. They have intelligent teachers and it is built in an excellent neighborhood.

  • (4 years ago)

    Jefferson is located in a safe and wonderful neighborhood. The teachers are very well-educated which make them great teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    Jefferson is a great little neighborhood school. The campus is clean and inviting. The staff is wonderful and take the child's best interest to heart. My favorite place to be on a beautiful day is at Jefferson!

  • (6 years ago)

    Although the school year has just begun I really love my daughter's kindergarten teacher and she thinks she as well as the afternoon teacher do a good job. I was very impressed with the teachers as well as the classroom and overall school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I had major issues with teacher and principal. Poor communication. Not willing to help and puts low self-esteem in children. When my child left she did so much better and she was now happy to go to school. Even got top award in her class. I would never tell any parent to take there child there. By far the worst experiance ever. This has made me scared to put her in public schools.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is in 5th grade and still has not been taught cursive writing? Was told he won't need it by Vice Principal. Also we have a contract that was done in November and the school has not done any of what is on the contract to date. I am still trying to get them to hold there part. My son and I are doing are part.

  • (7 years ago)

    In my experience with Jefferson they take action only when it will directly affect their own budget or you threaten to go above their heads. Although my kids like their teachers communication is horrible.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am not very happy with this school. Some of the teachers use reward systems to get the children to fall in line. Not good.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great teacher and parent involvement. Need more computers in classrooms.

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe that Jefferson needs to improve on their classes and their level of sympathy and encouragement towards students with disabilities.

  • (9 years ago)

    The school was OK for the most part the one problem I had that I complained in writing about was the lack of communication when my children first begun school there. I had no idea about uniforms or about pick up locations lunch info. etc.

  • (9 years ago)

    I would not recommend this school if your child is african american. The kids never seem to have enough work and the teachers are forgetful.None of the fifth grades classes were working ont he same subject which means some of the kids may have left the school knowing more or less then other.

  • (9 years ago)

    I currently have three children attending Jefferson Elementary in Natomas. Prior to this school year they had been attending year round school. Jefferson follows the traditional school year schedule. As of now my boys really enjoy the school ; however there have been a few actions on the behalf of yard-duty or recess monitors that I do not agree with. Getting to the bottom of these issues have not been the most pleasant of experiances. But under the circumstances they are trying to monitor how many children? When speaking to adults I honestly feel they forget how to communicate on a level other than what they are use to with the children.

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