In 2020, Jefferson Elementary was named a National Blue Ribbon School. The prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
Jefferson is a neighborhood school within the Little Rock Public School District built in 1949. Home of the Patriots, Jefferson Elementary has strong ties to its 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.
“While the environment is positive and caring at Jefferson, there are high expectations for academics and behavior,” said Jefferson Elementary Principal Sandra Register. “Growth and achievements are regularly acknowledged, and Jefferson is not only recognized as a high-performing school, but has consistent growth from year to year.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition is based on overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Jefferson received the National Blue Ribbon School designation in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category. These are among a state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
Jefferson has an extremely supportive parent-teacher organization that solidifies community involvement and supports the 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 are proud to be Patriots.
Since 2013, Jefferson has consistently been one of a handful of Little Rock schools receivng a bonus from the Arkansas Department of Education for being in the top 10% in academics in the state.
Jefferson has received a GOLD award from Little Rock Family Magazine, earning "top public elementary school" by readers of the publication.
Teachers at Jefferson have received many awards for excellence:
- 2020 National Blue Ribbon School designation
- Little Rock "Teacher of the Year" (multiple)
- Arkansas "New Teacher of the Year"
- VIPS "Educator of the Year"
- Lions Club "Teacher Recognition Award"
- Arkansas Association of Instructional Media "Library Media Specialist of the Year"
- Arkansas "Counselor of the Year"
67% of the Jefferson staff has Master's Degrees with an average of 16 years teaching experience. K-4 classroom teachers have received K-4 Crusades training to strengthen teaching skills in math, science, and reading. Eight teachers have received National Board Certification.
Jefferson was designated as a "Blue Ribbon School" by the Arkansas Department of Education, and received the "Elementary School Award of Excellence."
Jefferson Elementary is the only school in Arkansas to win the state "Outstanding PTA Award" for two consecutive years in 1999 and 2000.