School Details

Jefferson Middle School

255 West Vermont Street, Villa Park, IL 60181
(630) 516-7800
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 440 students 13 students/teacher (IL avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

43%
53%
60%
46%
56%
59%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • School District 45 Dupage County average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

44%
51%
59%
50%
61%
59%
77%
79%
79%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • School District 45 Dupage County average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
61%
59%
58%
63%
60%

Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

In 2011-2012 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • School District 45 Dupage County average
  • Illinois state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Jefferson Middle School is a public middle school in Villa Park. The principal of Jefferson Middle School is Raul Gaston. 440 students go to Jefferson Middle School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and White, non-Hispanic. 15% of the Jefferson Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 46% of the 440 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 56% are paying 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
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 43% 49%
Hispanic 38% 30%
Multiracial 3% 3%
Asian 3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56% 45%
Limited English proficiency 15% 19%
Economically disadvantaged 46% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Jefferson Middle School has proven to be an excellent school. I currently have two children there and one still at the elementary school. I would recommend this school to anyone. The entire faculty and staff have been helpful respectful and truly care about the students. Teachers spend countless hours trying to help each and every student succeed. I still can't believe that parents have negative opinions about a school based on the demographics. Apparently some still have not lived in the real world. The diversity experienced at the school has made my children better people. Thank you faculty and staff for all that you do!!!!

  • (8 months ago)

    Jefferson Middle School is a great school with quality staff and administration. That imaginary dividing border of North and South needs to end. We are all one in district 45 and we all feed into the same HS. Jefferson is a phenomenal school. The teachers are excellent and caring of every student. My daughter got an excellent education and has formed a bond with many of her teachers. She has wonderful memories she is taking with her along with an excellent education. One of her Jefferson teachers took time away from her own family to come to a WB volley ball game to support her graduated students. This is an example of how caring these Jefferson teachers are. Yes Jefferson is a diverse school. But diversity is good and the real world. The Jefferson students don't see color differences among each other. They are all equals. If a parent has a concern about sending your child to Jefferson based on reading poor reviews my advice to you is to call Jefferson and make an appointment to come inside and tour Jefferson. Talk to the principal. He has brought great things to Jefferson. Come see all of the great things going on inside the walls of Jefferson. Go Wildcats!!

  • (8 months ago)

    Jefferson Middle School has a phenomenal staff who care about what happens in the school and in the class room. Diversity is actually embraced at Willowbrook so I do not understand some of these posts. I have been an active member in this community and have watched these kids grow. They are good kids who get labeled because of an imaginary North/South line. I am not pleased with the standardized testing in English when there are so many ESL classes- the schools are set up for failure. I am a proud Jefferson parent and have been pleased with my children's education from North School and Jefferson.

  • (8 months ago)

    Jefferson Middle School is a great school with a dedicated faculty. Unfortunately some people seem to think that location (north vs south) determines quality. The teachers really know their students and try to bring out the best in each of them. They look beyond the test score to help them reach their potential. I have not seen this as being true at the other middle school and I feel bad for the students that get left behind on the south side. It's time to end the north vs south in our community and get behind ALL schools and ALL students that must be served. Parents uphold the high expectations that the staff have for each of their students. Go Wildcats!

  • (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.

  • (2 years 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.

  • (3 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.

  • (3 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.

  • (3 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.

  • (5 years ago)

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

  • (6 years ago)

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

  • (7 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

  • (7 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!?

  • (8 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

  • (8 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.

  • (9 years ago)

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

  • (10 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.

  • (11 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.

  • (11 years ago)

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

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