WEST JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

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9449 BARNES AVE
CONIFER, CO 80433
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Phone: 303-982-3009
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
  • District: Jefferson County School District No. R-1
  • Students/Teacher: 17:1
  • Students/Grade: 190
  • Number Students: 570
  • Number Teachers: 33
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 4878
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Becky Brown
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (30 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (27 Reviews)
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    Posted 2013-07-26
    "This school is absolutely awful. I attended 6th-8th grade at West Jeff and hated it. The students are rude (of course this is a generalization) but the administration is the WORST. Instead of taking time to tackle the problems that really matter, they will yell at your student for going inside on a day that it is snowing and you don't have a jacket (they force the students to go outside in almost all weather, unless you can get one of the rare library passes). And the dress-code... Seriously? Last year they initiated a dress-code that made it against the rules to show any shoulder. I can understand no spaghetti straps and no shorts below your middle finger but shoulder?!? Ooh shoulder, scandalous! The only reason I am giving this 2 stars (barely) is because I was fortunate enough to have the small portion of good teachers in the school. Most teachers are rude, unfair, and moody. If you get lucky enough to get the good teachers, they are GREAT. Especially the band/orchestra teacher! She is fantastic and the best teacher in the world! When a younger student tells me they are going to West Jeff, all I can say is, "You'll survive, but barely." DO NOT SEND YOUR STUDENT TO THIS SCHOOL!"
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    Posted 2013-02-19
    "Apathetic. A fair bit of burnout and treading water at this facility. Teaching the Tcap is the most vigorous application of skill seen so far. I understand because that is now the measure for funding and salaries, and you get that for which there is incentive.Students are tested on the test as preparation for the test. The band teacher is remarkable. The students enjoy and respond to her. She is outstanding!!! This is the single reason I was willing to give two stars. The academics could be considered more challenging for the parents. Concepts of conflicting nature are introduced without adequate enlightenment on their appropriate usage. Students are sometimes tested on material for which there has been no introduction. Poor performance on a test in the form of mistakes, unfinished questions, or unanswered questions is written off to a "focus" issue or poor study skills. Rest assured, my child had neither of these issues prior to attending this school, nor does he currently evidence these difficulties at home. If vouchers existed, I suspect this school would struggle to retain adequate enrollment."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-11-27
    "I am very, very happy with West Jeff Middle School. The staff are caring, smart, giving people who do their very best with limited funds. They treat my children and myself with respect. They go out of their way to make a difference and to address our needs as best they can. Yes, there are some teachers I feel lack some things. However, these same teachers are praised by others. My son did not fit in the so called "box" that a student should. Despite the challenges, I always felt heard, helped and guided to assure the best for my son. He is now a successful college student. In times of need the staff and outside support staff were amazing. I believe, limitations in the school come from lack of funds. Hopefully this will improve with time. Smaller class size, more teachers and teachers aids will help everyone."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-01-04
    "West Jefferson Middle has undergone a significant change in leadership, the effectiveness of which is still undetermined. The Elementary and High Schools that it is sandwiched between are excellent, making the expectations of parents very high to start with. Many of the community organizations in a "rebuilding" phase as well; PTA, CDM etc. As is probably true of all schools the staff cover the entire continuum from fantastic to marginal. The Special Ed staff is very lacking and in need of turnover. As with any school, parental advocacy is critical to ensuring your child's needs are addressed. The good news is that current leadership is responsive to input. Definitely a school on an upward trend."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-08-01
    "I am giving school 4 out of five stars. As far as public middle schools go, this is one that stands above the rest. Not only do teachers genuinely care about the academic and emotional well-being of every student, tWJMS also has a great electives program that is designed to get kids excited about High School and possible career options. Keep in mind that the middle years are arguably the toughest on kids. WJMS has peer mentoring, and help for many kids after school. My kids went to WJMS, and my youngest just finished the 8th grade. My only criticism is that there are kids who hold classes hostage. they constantly interrupt their teachers, and are discipline problems (bullying, skipping class/school), almost every hour of every day. The rest of the kids miss out on the quality education they deserve, and WJMS can not meet the academic and emotional needs of troubled kids. These kids are socially promoted, and the administration is convinced that recommending an alternative school for them is "giving up" on those kids. I disagree, as my kids missed out on countless hours of lessons, labs, and other learning experiences due to their learning environment being disrupted a lot!"
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