Why Jefferson?

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Jefferson students are well-rounded, creative individuals 

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Jefferson Middle School offers students an award-winning, well-rounded education.  Jefferson has received the Washington Achievement Award for six consecutive years. This award recognizes Jefferson's overall excellence and growth in Math and English/Language Arts. Students in the JAMS program take traditional English and Social Studies classes in addition to the JAMS curriculum.  Jefferson students are also afforded several other opportunities to grow academically and socially through the following advanced programs:

 

Robotics:

Open to 7th and 8th graders, Robotics is a hands-on class designed to grow consumers of technology into creators of technology. Students wanting to take their science skills and apply them to real-world situations will love everything Robotics has to offer.  Using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robotics kits, students design, build, and program real robots in exciting challenges and competitions.


REACH:

Students in all grades seeking to challenge themselves in English/Language Arts can enroll in the REACH program (Reading Enrichment and Arts Cohort for High-Achievers). Goals of the program reflect the use of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In the first quarter, students analyze high school-level text and learn the research process. In the second quarter, students work together to bring what they have learned to life through a theatrical production. Students learn to write scripts, build sets, direct audio and lighting, as well as act on the stage. In the last weeks of the semester, they put on a completely student-made production for the school and local community.

 

Music:

Our music program offers electives in band, orchestra, and choir. These programs are available at all three grade levels, and students wanting to push themselves and their musical abilities are encouraged to continue with their music studies each year they are at Jefferson.