Jefferson Elementary is an award winning school in the heart of Little Rock.
In the 2013-2014 school year they were one of four schools to received a "bonus" from the State Department of Education for being in the top 10% in academics in the state. Jefferson's award amounted to $33,000 and based on the reccomendations of our PTA and Principal, Jefferson is applying their award to expand their growing technology lab by purchasing additional iPads and charging station for the school.
That same year, Jefferson was honored to receive a GOLD award from Little Rock Family Magazine, ranking us as the top public elementary school as voted by readers of the publication. JES won a SILVER award from the same publication during the 2012-2013 school year.
Teachers at Jefferson have received many awards for excellence:
- Little Rock "Teacher of the Year"
- 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 staff has Master's Degrees with an average of 16 years teaching experience. Our 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 Elementary was a runner-up to Central High in the "Best of Central Arkansas" survey for public schools. 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 - 1999 and 2000. Jefferson PTA has won because of their efforts in recruiting and parental involvement.