West Jefferson Middle School
Conifer, CO | Jefferson County
July 26, 2013
This school is absolutely awful. I attended 6th-8th grade at West Jeff and hated it. The students are rude (of course this is a generalization) but the administration is the WORST. Instead of taking time to tackle the problems that really matter, they will yell at your student for going inside on a day that it is snowing and you don't have a jacket (they force the students to go outside in almost all weather, unless you can get one of the rare library passes). And the dress-code... Seriously? Last year they initiated a dress-code that made it against the rules to show any shoulder. I can understand no spaghetti straps and no shorts below your middle finger but shoulder?!? Ooh shoulder, scandalous! The only reason I am giving this 2 stars (barely) is because I was fortunate enough to have the small portion of good teachers in the school. Most teachers are rude, unfair, and moody. If you get lucky enough to get the good teachers, they are GREAT. Especially the band/orchestra teacher! She is fantastic and the best teacher in the world! When a younger student tells me they are going to West Jeff, all I can say is, "You'll survive, but barely." DO NOT SEND YOUR STUDENT TO THIS SCHOOL!
February 19, 2013
Apathetic. A fair bit of burnout and treading water at this facility. Teaching the Tcap is the most vigorous application of skill seen so far. I understand because that is now the measure for funding and salaries, and you get that for which there is incentive.Students are tested on the test as preparation for the test. The band teacher is remarkable. The students enjoy and respond to her. She is outstanding!!! This is the single reason I was willing to give two stars. The academics could be considered more challenging for the parents. Concepts of conflicting nature are introduced without adequate enlightenment on their appropriate usage. Students are sometimes tested on material for which there has been no introduction. Poor performance on a test in the form of mistakes, unfinished questions, or unanswered questions is written off to a "focus" issue or poor study skills. Rest assured, my child had neither of these issues prior to attending this school, nor does he currently evidence these difficulties at home. If vouchers existed, I suspect this school would struggle to retain adequate enrollment.Submitted by a parent
November 27, 2012
I am very, very happy with West Jeff Middle School. The staff are caring, smart, giving people who do their very best with limited funds. They treat my children and myself with respect. They go out of their way to make a difference and to address our needs as best they can. Yes, there are some teachers I feel lack some things. However, these same teachers are praised by others. My son did not fit in the so called "box" that a student should. Despite the challenges, I always felt heard, helped and guided to assure the best for my son. He is now a successful college student. In times of need the staff and outside support staff were amazing. I believe, limitations in the school come from lack of funds. Hopefully this will improve with time. Smaller class size, more teachers and teachers aids will help everyone.Submitted by a parent
January 4, 2012
West Jefferson Middle has undergone a significant change in leadership, the effectiveness of which is still undetermined. The Elementary and High Schools that it is sandwiched between are excellent, making the expectations of parents very high to start with. Many of the community organizations in a "rebuilding" phase as well; PTA, CDM etc. As is probably true of all schools the staff cover the entire continuum from fantastic to marginal. The Special Ed staff is very lacking and in need of turnover. As with any school, parental advocacy is critical to ensuring your child's needs are addressed. The good news is that current leadership is responsive to input. Definitely a school on an upward trend.Submitted by a parent
August 1, 2011
I am giving school 4 out of five stars. As far as public middle schools go, this is one that stands above the rest. Not only do teachers genuinely care about the academic and emotional well-being of every student, tWJMS also has a great electives program that is designed to get kids excited about High School and possible career options. Keep in mind that the middle years are arguably the toughest on kids. WJMS has peer mentoring, and help for many kids after school. My kids went to WJMS, and my youngest just finished the 8th grade. My only criticism is that there are kids who hold classes hostage. they constantly interrupt their teachers, and are discipline problems (bullying, skipping class/school), almost every hour of every day. The rest of the kids miss out on the quality education they deserve, and WJMS can not meet the academic and emotional needs of troubled kids. These kids are socially promoted, and the administration is convinced that recommending an alternative school for them is "giving up" on those kids. I disagree, as my kids missed out on countless hours of lessons, labs, and other learning experiences due to their learning environment being disrupted a lot!Submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
We took our son out of this school - actually, he begged us to get him out of there - the staff is very rude and condencending to their students - our son is an A, B Student - and the type of person that holds the doors open for others -- naturally polite and has a great demenor -- this is a terrible schoolSubmitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
If it were possible to give a school ZERO stars, I would. This school claims they are anti bullying etc., however the bullying that occurs is not only between students, but also occurs when teachers bully students. The principal lets the teachers do anything they want, and there are no consequences when a teacher treats a student unfairly. I would love to speak to the person who wrote the last review as her description of the teachers being full of their own self importance makes me think our kids had the same teacher. My child is now withdrawn from the school......GOOD RIDDANCE. If you are considering enrolling your student at this school, save yourself and your child a lot of heartache and DO NOT DO IT!!!Submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
As a middle school teacher myself, I am appalled at what happens at West Jefferson Middle School! The teaching staff, and I mean solely the core teachers, were very full of their own importance while maintaining an apathetic attitude. Granted, my son was not a scholar, but he was NEVER a discipline issue. When we withdrew him from the school due to bullying issues (and him being falsely accused then questioned by a SRO--without in locus parentis), not one person in the school inquired as to why he was leaving. I'm not sure why this is...apathy seems to be my only consideration. The supposed group of friends he hung with were "Awesome", but the moment his back was turned he was lambasted. When withdrawing him, his core teachers never bothered to say goodbye...good luck...any even PLATITUDES to make him at least feel like he was cared about....guess they have enough students, mine isn't necessary...but it was a shame. A teachable moment for him, however, as I let him know that REAL teachers will demonstrate compassion to children....at the very least providing the dignity of saying goodbye to someone they had such close contact with. They may rate high as per CSAP, etc..hmm???
January 20, 2011
This is a great school particularly because of the great academics and nice and caring teachers. They give you lots of help when you need it. This school is overall the best.
January 20, 2011
This is a great school! My daughter attends this school and absolutely with out a doubt loves it! They have the best leadership.Submitted by a parent
September 26, 2010
We have been happy with the education at WJMS. I have a 7th grader and he has had good relationships with all of his teachers. I love the fact that 6th graders are at this school and they are in elective courses.Submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
The teachers and the academics are mediocre. I attended as a student for 6-8th grade, and this school is pathetic. A lot of classes I was in was just chaos, the teachers were completely unaware as far as I know about what goes on. Kids with lots of potential never really get to show what they are really capable of doing academically.
April 27, 2010
I believe this is a well balanced school. I have heard negative things in the past & think maybe they may have been true.The school has changed starting from the principal. The staff at this school has been attentive.My daughter has really enjoyed this school so far even though she is only in 6th grade.They do care about your childs learning.The key is to get involved no matter which school you choose.You will have a better understanding of everything you need to know.Communication is important.Be available when needed that's key.Submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
All three of my children have gone to WJMS, and the third is currently a 7th grader there. Overall, it has been a pretty good school and it has gotten much better with the direction and environment created by the new principal. We've come across a few mediocre teachers but also many outstanding ones which is probably the case at most schools. I was dissatisfied when the honors math option was dropped to force everyone into a new 'one size fits all' math curriculum with the admirable goal of having all students in Algebra by 8th grade, but they are now making some accomodations for 8th graders at different levels of proficiency, both high and low, that I think are good. The staff have been accessible and responsive. I feel fortunate that my children have been able to attend a public school of this caliber.Submitted by a parent
March 1, 2009
this school is horribvle my kid crys from all the mean childern and the teachers kept asking to put him in a 1 techings class what apoor rated school its the worst school ever!Submitted by a parent
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