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Thomas Jefferson Middle School8

Merritt Island, FL | Brevard County

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January 2, 2015


i go to jefferson and its awful. a majority of the students are mean and the dean punishes people for stupid reasons (a girl in our school dyed the tips of her hair and she made her wash all of it out). im in the galileo program, but its not even difficult. one of my teachers constantly misplaces our work and we spend a majority of their class talking to each other without actually doing anything. the schools here must be really bad because i went to mila and that was even worse.

September 16, 2014


We have had 5 children attend JMS over the recent years and have been impressed with the quality of this school, including: academic focus of the faculty; excellence of the art/music program; friendliness of the administrative staff; facilities; and level of parental involvement.

Submitted by a parent

April 29, 2014


My daughter is graduating this year from JMS and it's been a tremendous experience for her. She is in the Galileo program and she was fortunate to have the same teachers for Math, Science, English and History for 2 years. The Galileo program is a very challenging program but it really prepared her for MIHS. Truly the teachers are fantastic at JMS!

Submitted by a parent

April 28, 2014


I have a daughter that has attendef TJM for several years and us graduating this year. Some of the teachers have been phenominal while others have neen medioaker... the education she has received has been ok, but wish it could have been better.

Submitted by a parent

May 8, 2013


I am so proud that my son was able to attend such a wonderful middle school. The school was quite proactive on communication with parents and provided many extra curricular activities that promotes soaial growth for a student at this age.

Submitted by a parent

May 6, 2013


I've been working at Jefferson for 2 years as an ESE support staff member. The staff at Jefferson is very caring and always strives to do what is best for students. There are a lot of extracurricular activities for the students, and academically there are classes offered both for students who need opportunities for enrichment and for remediation. The administration and staff both strive to improve parent/school communication. My children are grown, but I would be happy to have them attend Jefferson Middle School.

Submitted by a teacher

May 1, 2013


I have worked at Jefferson for many years and consider it the best school I've ever worked in. The student body is a great group of kids, the parent organization active and supportive and the administration encouraging of its teachers. For high achieving students we offer the Galileo program that addresses the curriculum in ways that appeal to students who are gifted. Our band and chorus regularly receive superiors at competition, and we have many extra-curricular programs outside of the school day. If we were zoned for this area, this is the school I would put my own kids in.

Submitted by a teacher

May 1, 2013


My child is zoned for a different school and attends Jefferson as an out-of-area student. I have a nephew that attends as well. We have had no problems, it is a great school. It appears that most of the bad comments/ratings are left by parents that have children with discipline problems.

Submitted by a parent

May 1, 2013


I love technology and the social media that allows us instant information; however, I take exception when the information shared is not accurate. If you are interested in Merritt Island and coming to Jefferson I ask that you please talk to the parents on Merritt Island. We have an excellent parent organization with lots of parents who would be very happy to talk to anyone about their experiences at Jefferson. To see my school rated so low because of 12 unhappy parents is unsettling. I also, as the principal, would love to talk to anyone interested in my school. I have an open door policy and talk to anyone who come into the school. Thank you for considering that 12 people might not give an accurate representation of an organization the serves over 650 students a year.

Submitted by a teacher

May 1, 2013


I have had three students go through Jefferson am am very proud of the fact that they still consider themselves Statesmen. It is an excellent middle school that prepares the students to be ready for high school. I love how friendly the front office is and now that we have Edline to look at - the teachers are very easy to reach. I feel the best part of the school is how the teachers work together in teams. When I had a question, I can call one teacher and meet with all four. Not all schools do that and I found it very helpful. I also feel the school is very safe because when my son was there he would tell me he feels the resource officer does a good job.

Submitted by a parent

May 1, 2013


Thomas Jefferson Middle School is an excellent school. My daughter was part of the Principal Leadership academy, Cheerleading and much more. they have many events for the kids to participate in .. Teachers are great and the Dean keeps the school safe and ship shape

Submitted by a parent

May 1, 2013


I have been very happy with this school. All of my son's teachers are very involved in his education and reach out to communicate with me. The principal is very involved in nurturing this difficult adolescent age and is also very involved in the community at large as well. The parent organization provides great support to the school as well. I believe my son is getting a great education.

Submitted by a parent

March 4, 2013


Not the best school in Merritt island. My daughters friend was locked in a bathroom at JMS. I do not reccomend this school

July 21, 2012


Horrible school...very few teachers care about students, the Assistant Principal is a joke (I feel bad for her children), and the Principal is either lazy or incompetent because she NEVER responds to issues, she'd rather sick her little Asst. Principal with no brains or compassion to deal with your issues. Teachers bully children and allow other children to bully each other...my child got into trouble for defending a child who was so badly bullied he told my son he wanted to hurt himself...this school needs a lot of training for staff, and their front office needs an attitude adjustment. School nurse - got her degree out of a crackerjack box or something because she's not too swift. Learning- a joke, moved my son here from up north and he was re-learning everything from 5th and 6th grade in 7th and 8th. After the experience we have had with Merritt Island schools (Jefferson & Tropical), we decided to send our children to school out of this town...I'd rather take a long drive than use this town's schools...

Submitted by a parent

December 6, 2011


This school has to be the worst school in the area. The teachers bully the kids. The teachers expect the hormone raging, puberty stage teenagers to have more control than the teachers do. The Dean of Students is the biggest bully of all. She enjoys belittling and pushing students around. If there was another option for public school in Merritt Island, we would be there. I wish more parents could stand together and be heard, but we all know that will never happen. Considering a bus driver can beat up a parent and still drive a bus in the county, could we really expect the county to do anything but support a bully for a Dean.

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