THOMAS JEFFERSON CHARTER SCHOOL

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1209 ADAM SMITH AVE
CALDWELL, ID 83605
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Phone: 208-455-8772
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Low
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 12th Grade
  • District: Vallivue School District
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 31.6
  • Number Students: 411
  • Number Teachers: 25
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 3398
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 110
  • Principal: Mr Chuck Ward
  • 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 (16 ratings)
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    School Reviews (15 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-08-03
    "This school is great if your child doesn't have any learning challenges. My two oldest children have thrived for years at TJ. But my youngest son is dyslexic. Lack of leadership on the principal's level and teachers who care to place blame on parents are driving us away from this school. It's unfortunate that the staff here are more focused on test scores and less interested in using techniques that help your child learn. Because it is a charter school there are limited resources for students with learning disabilities. We are sad to leave, but this school just isn't a good fit for our son."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-23
    "Thomas Jefferson Charter School is a diamond in the rough. I have learned so many priceless lessons and concepts at this school that I never would have learned anywhere else. Some may criticize the principal, for reasons unjustified, as the principal (not principle) is not the only one responsible for making financial decisions that affect the school; the school board is the group responsible, and they have done a fantastic job. Last time I checked, TJCS has carefully considered every financial decision made, and uses every resource it has carefully, which is evident by the computers used in the Commons (quite old Windows XP laptops, fairly worn out, but still usable). Any student who needs extra help can stay after school and request help from a teacher, or, even better, can ask a member of the school's National Honor Society for tutoring help, as I know they will all be happy to assist anyone in need of help. If anyone has qualms about this school, they should justify them and support them sufficiently, which I believe is not possible, as this school is of a much higher quality than almost every other school in Idaho."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-23
    "This school has a principle that is completely useless. Thomas Jefferson has misused Title One federal funding. Instead of using it to help those student who need extra help, they spent it on new computers!!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-07
    "I find Thomas Jefferson Charter School to be an amazing school, especially the high school and its teachers. My children have grown tremendously while attending this school and I feel very confident that they will be prepared for college and work. My children have been reading advanced texts in their US History, Government, Economics, and English courses. They have been exposed to college level material that requires high levels of critical thinking and analysis. I find the teachers in these courses to be very helpful and supportive of my children's learning. The teachers have exposed my children to multiple perspectives within the subject areas. Beyond this, my children have been required to synthesize multiple perspectives in order to formulate their own opinions with reasoned arguments; all of this with near college level material. WOW!!!! Teachers are highly qualified and open minded with many of them holding Master degrees. I could not ask for a better school, learning environment, or a better staff to support my children's learning. I am grateful for the quality of education that my children have received while attending TJCS. THANK YOU TJCS!!!!!"
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-04-23
    "I am currently a Senior in Thomas Jefferson Charter school. When beginning school here you are told things are much harder and that's how they "weed out" the good kids and the bad. The good stick around and the bad face disciplinary action and if no change is made they are removed. Truth is, that's not the case at all. TJCS used to be a school were smart kids went to better their education and when they were tired of the typical public schools way of doing things. Now it's a savior school, all these kids who've been kicked out of Caldwell flock here because they don't want to go to Canyon Springs. No change is made in their attitude or work ethic or habits, rather than work for their grades they push the bare minimum and teachers pass them through just like in a public school because that is what is expected of them now. Can't fail a large bunch of kids without it making the teacher/school look bad. The teachers are fantastic and they do the very best they can with the situations they're given. Administration needs to stop turning a blind eye to these situations and actually do something about them. 3 strikes and you're out. A great school, must have great students."
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