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Jefferson Elementary School9

Berkeley, CA | Alameda County

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December 2, 2013


This is hands down the BEST school my daughter has attended. The BEST teachers and administration that I have ever dealt with. I am a very visible parent when it comes to my daughter and I have no problems having my questions answered and/or addressed. My daughter is very soft spoken, she has a sweet spirit which of course in some schools can be a very easy target for bullying and was bullied at her previous school. Her teacher prior to moving to Jefferson was horrible, she taught like she would rather be somewhere else, but her degree choice stuck her there. My daughter came after Christmas Break and right off the bat, Mr. Keller was great and continued to be great the duration of my daughter's fourth grade year. No complaints whatsoever only praise. This school is a big family of love and education. The children are being taught to respect and find greatness in differences. I love this school and I am very sad that this is my child's last year here.

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September 23, 2013


Jefferson elementary has a tightly knit community of educators, students and families. Teachers, school staff and volunteers go above and beyond to ensure all students are cared for and a love of learning is truly nurtured here.

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September 20, 2013


Jefferson has an amazing staff. During career day they put up posters about the colleges they went to. I was surprised at what an overeducated group of teachers we have. They are really dedicated to making sure that every child gets what they need to achieve their best.

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September 18, 2013


Amazing school. The teachers are all excellent. The JefferSons and daughters program that helps families in need with things that make kids feel part of the school (holiday costumes, back to school backpacks) so kids feel great being part of the school. We love it.

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September 13, 2013


Fabulous teachers and community. Strong parental involvement and excellent range of PTA-run activities and after school classes. Principal is obviously dedicated, but often does not appear open to input from either parents or the PTA.

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September 12, 2013


I have two children at Jefferson -- a first and fourth grader. It's a small school with a great teacher and parent community, and deep commitment from both! The teachers are really committed, and work hard to meet the needs of the kids and to be sure kids are having fun in the process. The school is under construction this year, but that doesn't seem to have dampened the spirits of teachers who are working hard to keep things 'normal.'

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September 11, 2013


This is a really good local Berkeley public elementary school. The teachers are great, the kids are happy and engaged and the sense of community is strong. The only downside this year is that some of the school is blocked off due to construction. But, that is going well. Next year when the new library and classrooms are ready it will be really great.

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September 11, 2013


I don't fail to be impressed by the quality of education my girls are receiving at Jefferson. I went to a fancy-pants private school when I was their age, rated one of the best in the state; I mean it when I say that I'm pretty sure my girls are receiving an education that is every bit its equivalent, if not its better. Every teacher we've had (one girl has been there 6 years; the other has been there three) has been impressive; engaged and engaging. You would be hard-pressed to find a more committed principal than Maggie Riddle. Lastly, parents are highly involved and lend support the the Jefferson community in hundreds of ways, big and small. We feel extremely lucky.

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September 11, 2013


Due to a spread in ages for our three children and moves in and out of state, this is actually the fourth Berkeley elementary school at which I've been a parent. It's only been a few weeks, but we've been extremely impressed with the quality teaching staff, as well as the overall morale and just the good feeling on site. We're very happy to have landed here!

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September 11, 2013


Teachers are very caring and form a supportive community. There is a healthy PTA and the school actively works to address the opportunity/achievement gap. All in all, it's an excellent school. The only concern I have is that this year there is a large construction project that will disrupt the schoolyard. But the staff seem to be making every effort to keep it from affecting instruction.

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September 11, 2013


Recent transplants from Brooklyn, NY and feel so lucky to be part of this school. Berkeley schools limit the number of students to around 20 (in Brooklyn we had 25-30 per class). I also really like the small size of the school (~300), strong PTA and the teachers & headmistress seem very dedicated and enthusiastic.

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September 10, 2013


Jefferson is an excellent school. Our boys Zach (5) and Caden (7) are thriving. The parent community is involved and active and the teachers and school principal are engaged. It's a great school!

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September 10, 2013


My daughter is helping me to write this. She says that Jefferson School is not just fabulous but fantastic. She just started and we love the fun energy of the school, the supportive atmosphere, the involved parents, and overall feeling of the school. All of the teachers and staff seem so dedicated, and her teach, Ms. Trevor, is supportive, creative and fun. We couldn't be happier, which is a huge relief since my daughter has transferred from school in England so this was a big transition. There is a very active PTA which shows the strong parental enthusiasm. And there is dedication to inclusion and equality.

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September 10, 2013


My son just started the 1st grade and we've been very happy with Jefferson Elementary so far. This is his second year there. The teachers are dedicated, the class sizes small and the children are looked at as individuals. The parent community is very involved. On almost any given day last year there was a parent volunteering in my son's kindergarten class. He learned a lot last year and consistently reports that school is "fun". The facility is a little bit old and there is not enough shade in the play ground, those are my only two complaints. It's currently undergoing construction to expand and do seismic retrofitting.

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September 10, 2013


Incredibly supportive community, caring and talented teachers, smart and capable principal = one great school. We believe that this is the best school in our area, not just because of the test scores, but also because our children are happy, creative, and love to go to school!

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