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Jefferson Middle School

About Our School

Patrick Murphy, Superintendent

Jane Allaire, Principal
Lindsay Welsh, Assistant Principal


Jefferson Middle School is located on the west side of Olympia and was established in 1957 as a junior high school. The District changed its philosophy, and Jefferson made the transition to a three-grade middle school (6, 7, 8) when the building underwent a complete remodel in 1994. The science wing was restructured to house the JAMS (Jefferson Accelerated Math and Science) Program in 2012. All science classrooms were redesigned and enlarged providing rich interactive spaces for scientific work.


Schoolwide Program — TITLE I, Part A We use the term schoolwide to describe a comprehensive model of support for students. All students benefit from the interventions and services made possible through a schoolwide program, however, Jefferson places their instructional emphasis on those learners who struggle to learn prioritized academic standards that are needed for many aspects of their schooling and throughout life. Our primary goal is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, meet and exceed the learning goals defined by state academic standards. As the oldest and largest federal education program, Title I programs build equity of opportunity for children whose struggles often keep them on the academic sidelines.


Since returning from the pandemic, several classes have been restructured to provide ample opportunity for students to learn and reflect using critical thinking and problem-solving skills while working independently and in small groups. Jefferson has also implemented specific times for Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Advisory/Homeroom period.
  • The REACH (Reading Enrichment + Acting Collaborating Hands-on-Learning) classes are humanities-based where students learn to write scripts, build sets, direct audio and lighting, as well as act on the stage.
  • In the CTE classes students will develop creative solutions to project-based learning utilizing multiple applications and be introduced to standards-based grading.
  • Our Health and Fitness classes provide students with instruction designed to develop knowledge and behaviors for active living, physical fitness, sportsmanship, self-efficacy, and social-emotional intelligence.
  • Our staff has developed monthly themes and activities at our middle school this year and implemented an Advisory/Homeroom that is structured around SEL. During this time teachers promote academic, organizational, and behavioral growth and development.
Jefferson is committed to making continuous improvements to ensure that our campus is inclusive and respectful of individual and group differences. This is a school-wide attitude that is supported by a strong focus on organization and commitment to learning which is driven by the strong work ethics at every level of the school. One of the keys to success at Jefferson Middle School is the overall high expectation of academic excellence for all students. Students are taught to view school as training grounds for their future workplace experiences. As a Title I school all teachers, aides, and administrators focus on raising the achievement level of all our students from different socioeconomic backgrounds.


2021-22 School Facts

Based on the October 2021 enrollment report, there were 448 students enrolled at Jefferson Middle School.



Hispanic/Latino of any race(s)   
Black/African American 4.2%
American Native/Alaskan Native 0.9%
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 
Two or More Races


Student Demographics

Male students 49.6%
Female students 49.8%
Gender X 0.7%
Special Education 17.41%


Teacher Information ( *** awaiting updated info. from OSPI)

  • Number of classroom teachers: ***
  • Average years of teacher experience: ***
  • Teachers with at least a Master's Degree: ***



2021-22 District Operating Budget 




Building Administration
$9,729,991 6.21%
Maintenance & Operations   $10,433,756 6.66%
District Support
$4,961,628 3.17%
$4,693,322 2.99%
Technology $1,445,474 0.92%
Utilities & Insurance $4,671,394 2.98%
Food Service
$3,661,102 2.34%
Other $253,503 0.16%
Total Expenditures $156,709,220 100.00%




$27,886,583 18.07%
Federal   $18,097,725 11.72%
Other Sources                          
$1,196,587 0.78%
Total Revenue $154,354,720 100.00%

Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program

Washington students participate in state tests annually to assess their progress as well as the progress of our educational system as a whole.

Our state uses the Smarter Balanced assessment system, aligned to Washington’s K-12 Learning Standards. The scores below represent the percent of students meeting standard in three core subjects, ELA, Math, and for grades 5, 8, and 11, Science (Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science or WCAS).

2020-21 6th Grade SBA


2021-22 6th Grade SBA

Our School  
Our District 
WA State 
  Our School 
Our District 
WA State 
ELA 59.7.2% 62.6% 47.4%
63.6% 54.8% 43.9%
38.2% 60.3% 27.3%
51.0% 44.5% 34.2%
Science 67.1.1%  74.3%  56.8%    --- --- ---

2020-21 7th Grade SBA


2021-22 7th Grade SBA

Our School  
Our District 
WA State 
  Our School 
Our District 
WA State 
ELA 61.1% 68.1% 46.3%
71.2% 61.2% 51.0%
51.3% 38.3% 28.5%
59.6% 50.7% 35.4%


2020-21 8th Grade SBA


2021-22 8th Grade SBA

Our School  
Our District 
WA State 
  Our School 
Our District 
WA State 
ELA 66.9% 41.2% 49.6%
69.6% 63.3% 49.2%
51.6% 49.6% 33.4%
50.0% 46.3% 32.1%
Science --- --- ---   62.7% 57.6% 40.0%


Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

MAP is a district assessment that measures a student's developing skills through a series of questions that adapt to the child’s level of learning. Research on MAP indicates the results are highly accurate. The results help teachers measure growth and determine whether a student may need more support or more challenge.


2020-21 Reading


2021-22 Reading 

Our School  
Our District 
National Norm 
  Our School 
Our District 
National Norm 
Grade 6 222 214 210    224 220  215 
Grade 7 228 220  214    227 223  218 
Grade 8
230 225  218 
230 228  222 

2020-21 Math


2021-22 Math 

Our School  
Our District 
National Norm 
  Our School 
Our District 
National Norm 
Grade 6 226 216  215    228 224  222 
Grade 7 235 221  220    237 230  226 
Grade 8 243 229  225    241 236  230 


Jefferson Middle School Mission Statement

"A Healthy Place to Live and Learn" is the motto for Jefferson Middle School.


Olympia School District Vision

We envision a supportive environment that promotes trust, growth, and achievement of the highest standards. We build our capacity for success through leading-edge programs and operations based on continuous improvement. We have a 100 percent commitment to quality and excellence in all things.


National Assessment of Educational Progress

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is a survey of grade student achievement in core subject areas. NAEP measures what students across the country know and can do in 10 subject areas, including mathematics, reading, writing, and science. Current state-level results may be viewed here.

To learn more about NAEP, visit this page.



For More Information

If you would like more details about student achievement and demographics, visit the OSPI website and select reports by district or school.

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