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About This School

Jefferson Middle School is a public middle school in Villa Park. The principal of Jefferson Middle School is David Katzin. 424 children attend Jefferson Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. 15% of the Jefferson Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 46% of the 424 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 51% get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Jefferson Middle School is 13:1. St. Pius X is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 44% 53%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 8%
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 37% 29%
Asian 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1.0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 33%
Limited English proficiency 15% 20%
Economically disadvantaged 46% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Jefferson Middle School is located in a changing neighborhood located on the north side of Villa Park IL. The area has had a hard time in recent years mostly due to the economic recession. The north side of Villa Park has always been considered on the "wrong side of the tracks" and does not get nearly the attention of areas of Villa Park further south. Crime has risen in the surrounding neighborhood and this school and facilities such as the nearby community center have deteriorated. I have heard there are a few good teachers trying to do their best with the resources available but overall opinions of students and parents seem to give the school an overall fair rating at best.

  • (1 year ago)

    All my children have attended Jefferson Middle School. I have seen rapid turn over of administrative staff administrators who seem to have (or claim to parents they have) NO power over what goes on in the school and district administrators who seem to delight in insulting both parents and children. The teachers are variable some great some not so great. But the over attention to English as a second language classes seems to take money and time away from more important academics for the rest of the school. The "Letter of the Law" seems to be upheld without the Spirit of it being attended to. With the exception of the Nursing staff the administration do better to pay attention to the parents TRUST the parents and cut back the ESL overkill for the betterment of all students. There is a gap in trust between the administration (esp at the district level) and the people who pay their salaries (the taxpaying parents) and fewer draconian rules and more attention to academics would be best. However the anti-bullying program seems to be working well and I do commend whoever puts their time into this.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a parent I would give the school an overall grade of "C". There are some very excellent teacher who work hard to bring up the school's standards. However the school as a whole is weak on student discipline and principal leadership. A notiable increase in negative student behaviors. The average learning student has seemed to fall through the cracks. District 45 has a whole spends too much time and money on the english as a second language learners.

  • (2 years ago)

    All of my children have attended this school and one is still at this school in 7th grade. I think this school is excellent and I have known many of the teachers for 13 years. They are highly educated and devoted to this school as well as the students. I'm not sure why Jefferson's ratings are low at this point but I can tell you that I do not agree. I am a professional with a Law Degree and a very observant parent. I attend all of the activities my children are involved with and find the teachers to be plugged in at all times.

  • (2 years ago)

    everything negative I have read here is accurate! i still feel soooo angry when I recall my sons experiences there. everyone with the exception of the school nurse is unprofessional and disrespectful . doesnt even seem like theyve ever attended a child development or educator class. I feel so bad for the students who are still there. If District 45 doesnt intervene soon there will be alot of kids futures changed for the worse due to the school/program/staff. I am NOT the only parent who feels this way. I have stories that are unbelievable to most. I wont go on and on but please believe me that place is horrible!

  • (4 years ago)

    i just graduated jerfferson middle school. to be honest i dreaded it. i absolutely hated it. all the teachers are overwhelming and they make fun of the students. the student counselor tells the students secrets to other teachers. the teachers are no help at all. they say the principals are the best they're lying. they decide to cut-off all the outside of school programs "thinking" it'll help everyone. the teachers are mostly preppy and PLAIN annoying.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great teachers and principal and staff. They care about the kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    very very bad administrators dont know what is personal space and privacy

  • (6 years ago)

    i attended Jefferson middle school and i loved it. sometimes i wish i could go back the teachers are amazing i miss everyone

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school. The extracurricular activities are awesome and the teaches really interact with the students. Unlike some schools it has a wall-climb sofas in the LRC and an Industrial Arts class with a workshop area. How amazing is that!?

  • (7 years ago)

    My son seems to not be challenged (straight A's and no homework ever). Comparing this school to the other in the district (in regards to test scores) this one fails by comparison

  • (7 years ago)

    I am very happy with how my daughter is doing in Jefferson. The CPS didn't offer help or spend extra time with students like the staff a Jefferson will. My daughter has done from being a D student to an A and B student. I can't even begin how to say thanks to Jefferson.

  • (8 years ago)

    Jefferson has high qualified and committed teachers who focus on meeting the needs of the students.

  • (9 years ago)

    Parent support and Extracurricular activitys are at a high whereas academic is not. WHen I went to school here I never made the honor role or even did somewhat good in school not that I was a bad student but there was so many distracions and now I am an Honor role student.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a great school! The teachers are very caring and interested in the students. The curriculum at Jefferson is more advanced than many other schools when I talk about what my children are learning with parents from other schools. Small class sizes assure that my children are getting the attention they need in all subjects. The events they host are many and many parents are willing to volunteer their time. I am very happy with the quality of education my children are receiving at Jefferson.

  • (10 years ago)

    Some teachers are really nice and its a fun school to go to!

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