Jefferson Elementary
SCHOOL HOURS
Begins - 8:00am • Dismissal - 2:25pm

Jefferson Elementary - School Overview

Jefferson Elementary is proud to be one of the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools!

School Information
Jefferson Elementary currently serves approximately 500 students in grades K-5. The school colors are blue and gold, and the mascot is the lion.

Faculty Information
There are 39 teaching faculty and one administrator at Jefferson Elementary. The average classroom experience of Jefferson teachers is 10 years, with 72% of the teaching staff having a master’s degree or beyond. Fifteen teachers have achieved Master Teacher Certification in the state of Ohio. In addition, there are four National Board Certified teachers and nine staff members who serve in the areas of food and custodial services, office support and health services.

Transportation
School bus transportation is provided to students who reside over one mile (plus or minus one-tenth) from Jefferson. To determine if your household is within this school's boundaries, please visit the Transportation Department's Bus Routes page and enter your street address using Transfinder i. Results from the search will list the school(s) for your household or show "address not found," which indicates that the address is not in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School's boundaries. For further assistance, contact the Transportation Office at (614) 751-7581.

Facilities
Jefferson Elementary has a traditional classroom design. The building includes a library/media center, media production center, gymnasium with a climbing wall, two fully equipped playgrounds, full service cafeteria and health clinic. Each classroom is wired for closed circuit television, Internet access and contains five computers.

Focus
An emphasis is placed on core academic areas at Jefferson Elementary. Our course of study is aligned with State of Ohio Content Standards and National Standards. Standards-based education clearly defines academic content standards providing the basis for content and process in instruction and assessment. It ensures that students learn what is important, and aims for a higher, deeper level of understanding in what students should know and be able to do. Our recent focus on quality approaches has enabled us to use the latest research methods in a systematic way to meet the needs of each child and differentiate the learning experiences for all. This includes appropriate intervention programs, individual instruction, after-school classes, enrichment courses or summer tutorials.

Curriculum
At the elementary level, students are immersed in art, health, language arts (including reading), math, music, physical education, science and social studies. The curriculum meets and/or exceeds standards established for state-required achievement testing, which is administered in the third-, fourth- and fifth-grades.  At Jefferson Elementary, a competency for technology is stressed in the early grades. Cutting-edge technology is integrated into daily lesson plans, offering unlimited potential for customized learning. Using the Internet to retrieve information and utilizing PowerPoint and CD-ROM applications help to build students’ skills and comprehension in all courses of study. Technology standards for grades K-8 have been developed, which provide innovative benchmarks to build students’ expertise.

Special Education, Gifted Education and Pupil Services
Special Education Services are available for students with learning, speech/language, physical, developmental, emotional and multiple disabilities; the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program offers a variety of programs to appropriately meet the needs of academically gifted students; and Pupil Services provides trained expertise to meet students' individual needs in a variety of areas such as psychologists, counselors, English as a second language (ESL) and health care services. To find out more about the services offered under each of these areas, please click on the program's title.

Outstanding Programs and Services 
Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program in grade five; principal and classroom newsletters; Reading Recovery; Supplemental Reading; Specific Learning Disability (S.L.D.) services; Intervention Assistance Team; author visits; integrated classroom technology; an All Day Kindergarten option; Climbing Wall; Field Day; Student Council; English Language Learners services; Kids Banking; and Safety Patrol.

For more information about our school or to arrange a tour, please contact the school office at (614) 478-5560 during regular school hours.