801 7th St. SW, Washington, DC 20024
(202) 724-4881

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 279 students 11 students/teacher (DC avg is 14)

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About this school

Jefferson is a public middle school in Washington. The principal of Jefferson is Natalie Gordon, whose e-mail is 279 students attend Jefferson and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 5% of the Jefferson students have "limited English proficiency." 65% of the 279 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Jefferson is 11:1. Walker-Jones Education Campus is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 91% 75%
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 2%
Asian 6% %
Hispanic 1% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.07%
Multiracial 0% %
White, non-Hispanic 0% 9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 65% 53%
Limited English proficiency 5% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    As a leader and parent I am upheld to a higher standard of conduct and discipline. These are also criteria s I expect from teacher(s) at Jefferson Middle School. By yelling criticizing and embarrassing my student in the company of her peers will seriously and negatively affect her self esteem and academics. For the teacher(s) at Jefferson Middle School who continues to practice and run their classroom in this way should expect very little in way of success from a student. It is very difficult to defend you in the areas of respect when you lack giving it.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a very good school I myself attended Jefferson Middle School. When Graduated in 2008 it was hard to say goodbye to a good School. I had fun when I was there.

  • (5 years ago)

    the teacher are not lazy they work hard to make sure we learn they add fun. This was a staement from my chid who has attended Jefferson for the 7th and 8th grade. I as a parent choosen to display my sons opion because of his quick response when ask I am busy parent so I dont get to be apart Jefferson but I am apart of my son and i see the difference dispite that I am not there in every PTA Jefferson has made every effort to keep me in form by email or phone.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son attends Jefferson and enjoys the fact that it is a science and technology school. They offer robotics club chess club digital photography and more for their after-school programs. The school is going through transition with a new principal but I believe the changes being made are good overall. The teachers are attentive to the students from my experience.

  • (6 years ago)

    Mym son is in the 7th grade and we love it. He really likes his teachers and the 7th grade vice principal is great. She really understands kids and seems to work well with my son's teachers. The other day my son stated that Ms. Waller walks around to each of the classes to ensure 'academic excellence'. I really like the school.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has some serious management issues. The administration is very nice but seems to have a big problem getting the school into a permanent schedule. My son has informed me that his schedule is being completely mixed around for no apparent reason 7 weeks into school. My biggest concern is that he said one of his classes is now being held in a very small room in the basement of the school. There's barely enough room to fit all the desks and some students have to sit on the floor. There's one tiny window and they can't even hear the bell or announcements. He's pretty sure it's because the current teacher cannot control the class and the administration decided that they could not have class in the auditorium. Seems to me they are playing the out of sight out of mind game instead of addressing the problem.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son attends this is school and it is a very good school. I have no regrets sending my child to this school

  • (9 years ago)

    i love Jefferson Junior High School it is a very good school and the principal is very good this is a great school. they have great teachers and the acdemics is very good .

  • (9 years ago)

    As a mentor of an Asian student at Jefferson Junior High School my student has have on several occasions told me stories about how he and his fellow Asian students are being physically and mentally harassed by the other students because of her ethnicity. The administrators at the school should begin putting into action any ways or means to prevent these 'hate' crimes. In this day and age events as such should have been a thing of the past.

  • (10 years ago)

    It's my understanding that the principal was removed/previously worked for Shaw Junior High. I feel that parents should be made aware if a principal has been removed from a school and reasons why. These are our children and it's only fair that we know whose leading them in their education each day.

  • (11 years ago)

    The classes taken at this school are great but the security is lacking greatly. The principal says the students are the problem. However that is not the fact. He may have worked at Jefferson before but simply yelling and overcriticizing a student does not help their self esteem academics and confidence. It demeans them. Also some of the teachers are not even doing their job. One of my friends who attends a high school now has failed the geometry exam because of her previous teacher's methods. I truly believe Jefferson needs to improve.

  • (11 years ago)

    Although Jefferson JHS has a great administrative and teaching staff most student aren't acedemic achievers. Meaning all the students are intellecual but just lack the enthusiasm for learning.

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