Award Year: 2020
To provide a safe, nurturing environment where all children develop academic, emotional, and social skills that enable them to meet future challenges.
- Black/African American: 19%
- White: 72%
- Hispanic: 5%
- Asian: 2%
- Native American: 1%
- Two or more races: 1%
Home of the Patriots, Jefferson Elementary has strong ties to the community and is committed both to the growth and happiness of students. Because of these commitments, staff and students alike arrive at Jefferson eager to teach and to learn. Jefferson is a neighborhood school within the Little Rock Public School District built in 1949. There is low staff turnover and a legacy of students returning to the same great learning institution as generations before them.
While the environment is positive and caring at Jefferson, there are high expectations for academics and behavior. A hands-on principal meets with students individually both before and after assessments to discuss goals and results, which creates accountability. Growth and achievements are regularly acknowledged, and Jefferson is not only recognized as a high-performing school, but has consistent growth among all subgroups.
Students at Jefferson are encouraged to think critically, to apply knowledge, and to reason abstract concepts across all content areas. Teachers work diligently, creatively and collaboratively to provide data-driven and engaging lessons using Professional Learning Communities. An extremely supportive parent-teacher organization participates in many decision-making processes and hosts a number of events and drives throughout the year to solidify community involvement. From food drives to STEAM nights, Jefferson parents commit thousands of volunteer hours to support their school's staff and teachers.
For these reasons and more, Jefferson Elementary has developed a reputation for academic success within a progressive learning environment where students and their parents feel secure.