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Contact Information (School Year 2019—20)
Last updated: 12/17/2019
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2019—20)
Jefferson Academy is a part of the Hanford Elementary School District. Jefferson has an enrollment of 525 with a racial and ethnic make-up of 77% Hispanic, 19% White, and 1% Black. 46% of students are socioeconomically disadvantaged, 23% of our students are identified as English Learners and Reclassified Fluent English Proficient and 3% are identified as students with disabilities. Jefferson’s demographics reflect those of Kings County with a high number of students living in poverty and increasing cases of students with social emotional and chronic health concerns.
Jefferson provides a rigorous educational program, focusing on dual language immersion and science for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. Students become bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish by the end of their 8th grade year. A strong science program, embedded within the dual language immersion program, builds solid foundational skills in all students. Students leave the program prepared to successfully enter, participate, and complete STEM and foreign language courses in high school.
Traditionally, Jefferson has achieved success in academics, science, language, attendance, and discipline. In 2016 and 2019, Jefferson received the Honor Roll School Award for educational excellence given by Educational Results Partnership. In 2018, Jefferson received the California Distinguished School award. In 2017, 2018, and 2019 our Science Olympiad team won the regional competition and competed at the state level. Every year Jefferson has multiple winners in the Kings County Spelling Bee. Students who have gone through our program receive the Seal of Bi-literacy from their high school. Our discipline and student interruptions are minimal while our attendance is maintained at 97% or higher.
A key strategy that Jefferson uses to challenge students academically is strong integration of dual language development, and integration of science across subjects. This strong integration and commitment to rigorous learning, positively impacts student engagement and student achievement.
At Jefferson, students are taught through a dual language immersion acquisition model (90/10). Students reach high levels of functional and academic proficiency in English and Spanish and appreciate and understand the cultural nuances of the language studied. In primary grades, instruction is primarily delivered in Spanish with English instruction increasing as students progress through the grade levels.
To provide a well-rounded interdisciplinary curriculum taught in both languages, we utilize Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards to define the skills, knowledge, and abilities students are expected to master. Our teachers articulate and integrate science across disciplines at each grade level. Utilizing the state standards, teachers have established units, lessons, and hands-on projects across grade levels that are relevant to students’ experiences and community. Students focus on overarching question(s) or problems that have multiple solutions that are real, purposeful, and useful to them. As students work on a common science theme across the curriculum, they develop a better understanding of common elements among topics and disciplines. Fieldtrips, video conferences, assemblies, guest speakers, and hands-on projects are embedded to support students’ understanding of science concepts and standards.
Instruction and achievement in the core curricular areas is augmented by exposure to electives and enrichment classes to expand learning opportunities for all students. Enrichment and electives have a central focus on supporting second language acquisition and the science program. Jefferson offers electives and enrichment classes focused on a variety of activities such as: mariachi and symphonic bands, folklorico, robotics, engineering, sign language, technology, coding, Lego building, drama, art, math and chess clubs, broadcasting and journalism, Science Olympiad, agriculture and livestock, and community service. One example is Farm Day where students display their livestock and agricultural projects sharing first-hand knowledge and experiences with students, parents and the community.
Jefferson provides additional opportunities for students to participate in science events and activities throughout the school year. Students participate in monthly STEM projects, where they design, build, and test projects and structures made from recyclable items. When students are testing and presenting their project to peers, they are given feedback based on an oral presentation rubric. The rubric provides feedback on how they effectively utilize Spanish to explain their design.
Since receiving the California Distinguished School award in 2018, Jefferson has become a popular school of choice for families in the Hanford Elementary School District, as well as other surrounding districts. Most of our grade levels are at full capacity and the waiting lists to enter Jefferson have increased with students from various backgrounds and experiences. During the school year, schools and districts visit our classrooms seeking ideas and suggestions to launch their own program. Our staff holds high expectations for all our students, have fully embraced every component of our program, and have demonstrated this through their diligent classroom instruction and interactions with students.
Last updated: 12/17/2019
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2018—19)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 12/17/2019
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2018—19)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||1.40 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.40 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||76.60 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||%|
|Two or More Races||2.30 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||46.80 %|
|English Learners||23.40 %|
|Students with Disabilities||3.30 %|