Jefferson Middle School


Enrollment: 705

In partnership with our parents and community, we are committed to connecting students to their future through academic excellence, developmental responsiveness, and social equity. 


Jefferson Middle School is located on a 40-acre tract of land at Sangamon Street and Crescent Drive in Champaign, Illinois. Built in 1960 as a junior high school, Jefferson changed to a middle school during the 1977-78 school year. Recently, Jefferson has received building upgrades to improve the school’s energy efficiency, including new windows and a geothermal heating and cooling system. 

Curriculum Offerings

The core middle school subject areas of math, reading, language arts, science, and social science are offered throughout the regular school day. Additional Encore opportunities in art, music, drama, and a STEM experience are also available to all students. World language opportunities specific to French and Spanish are offered to seventh and eighth graders. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a system of support intended to accelerate average ability students and prepare them for more advanced coursework. ESL/ELL classes are also offered to students who might benefit from support as they learn English as a second language. 


Jefferson has implemented a varied and extensive mentoring program. Meeting with students once a week during the school day, adults serve as role models, encouragers, and friends. Among our mentors are workers, business professionals, parents, college students, grandparents, staff within our own building, and retirees. Mentors are a diverse group of people who are successful in life and willing to share their time and experiences with our students. 


Tutors from different organizations throughout the community are utilized to help students attain academic success. University of Illinois Vis-à-vis students and volunteers from the America Reads/ America Counts Program provide one-on-one tutoring assistance. 


High-speed Internet access is currently available in each classroom. Two computer labs and six mobile computer carts provide a hands-on environment for students to learn to create rich documents, multimedia presentations, research, and basic websites. Students are encouraged to work with technology in small groups, problem solve, present, and participate in peer review of projects. 

Extracurricular Activities

  • After School Choir
  • After-School Tutoring Time
  • Archery Club
  • Art Club
  • Builder’s Club
  • Chess Club
  • C-U One-to-One Mentoring
  • Drama Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Golden Jaguar Book Club
  • Green Team
  • International
  • Club
  • Jazz Band
  • Lead 4 Life
  • Math Counts
  • Mo Betta Music
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Orchestra
  • PE Intramurals
  • Scholastic Bowl
  • Science Olympiad
  • Spring Musical
  • Student Council
  • Tap-In Leadership After-School Program
  • Yearbook Club 

Reading & Math Intervention

Jefferson Middle School offers additional reading and math intervention to students not yet meeting academic standards. The class provides daily attention to skill development essential to being successful in middle school classes. 

Enrichment Opportunities

Jefferson offers enrichment opportunities during the regular school day as well as after school for interested students. Honors Reading, Honors Math, and Level I French and Spanish are offered.

Parent - Teacher - Student Association

The mission of the Jefferson PTSA is to provide support to the school’s administrators and staff to ensure that all the students who attend Jefferson receive the finest in middle level education. Educational aids and enrichment programs are among a few of the items the PTSA provides to enhance the educational opportunities for all students. In addition, parents are encouraged to take an active role in their child’s middle school education.

PTSA members also serve on school committees such as Building Council and Eighth Grade Recognition Ceremony. Parents volunteer as tutors, mentors, and aid teachers by copying and collating materials for classroom use. 

Academic Support

Jefferson students are encouraged to take advantage of the additional support offered to students during the day and after school. Many teachers will invite students to join them for lunch periodically to retake a test or make up some missing work. Homework Club meets twice a week for students to work on homework in a supervised environment. 


All of the Champaign middle schools offer the same interscholastic sports opportunities. Fundamental skill building, conditioning, team building, training, and sportsmanship are the key areas of focus.

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