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Jefferson Middle School


Enrollment: 689


  • Jefferson was added to the elite list of SMART Showcase Schools in North America. Showcase schools are leaders in the adoption and use of technology.
  • Certified as a National AVID Demonstration School Site 2009-2012. Jefferson serves as a model and hosts visitors from around the United States who would like to implement AVID with a high level of integrity.
  • As of 2010, Jefferson has 5 Nationally Board Certified Teachers.
  • During the 1996-1997 school year, Jefferson was a finalist for the National “School of Excellence Award” and received this exemplary, national award in the 1999-2000 school years.
  • Jefferson received a second national recognition in 1999-2000 by The National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.
  • Jefferson was one of only four middle schools in the nation to be selected as an exemplary “School to Watch.”
  • Selected by the Illinois State Board of Education as a high performance learning organization
  • 2010 Illinois History Teacher of the year—Mrs. Chris Adrian
  • 2009 IAHPERD P.E. Teacher of the year—Mrs. Lynne Srull
  • 2009 IAHPERD Administrator of the year—Dr. Susan Zola Jefferson Middle School

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 is the largest of three middle schools in the Champaign Unit 4 School District. Jefferson Middle School is located on a 40-acre tract of land at Sangamon and Crescent Streets in Champaign, Illinois. Built in 1960 as a junior high school, Jefferson changed to a middle school during the 1977-78 school year.

Curriculum Offerings

The core middle school subject areas of math, literature, language arts, science, and social sciences are offered throughout the regular school day. Additional encore opportunities of art, music, drama, and a lab experience are available to all students. Foreign language opportunities specific to French and Spanish are offered to seventh graders. AVID (Advancing Via Individual Determination) is a support class 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 provide one-on-one tutoring assistance.


High-speed internet access is currently available in each class room. Three computer labs 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. Each student has a unique log-on that allows a profile to travel with them on any PC in the building. A technology instructor is dedicated to supporting students, teachers, and technology as Jefferson integrates technology in the classroom.

Co-Extra Curricular Activities

  • Intramurals
  • Student Council
  • Art Club
  • After-School Chorus
  • Scholastic Bowl
  • Math Counts
  • YOU (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) sponsored by the Champaign County YMCA
  • Jazz Band
  • Orchestra
  • Book Club
  • Drama Club
  • Lego Robotics
  • Dance Team
  • Chess Club

Reading and Math Support

Jefferson Middle School offers additional reading and math support to students not yet meeting academic standards. The class provides daily re-teaching opportunities and time for students to receive individual help in the subject areas.

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. Scholastic Bowl, Science Olympiad, Math Counts, Lego Team, Drama Club, All School, Choir, and Multimedia Club are some examples of extracurricular opportunities to expand and extend students’ knowledge and provide additional content to accelerate student learning.


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. The PTSA meets in the Jefferson Middle School library at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of each month during the school year.

PTSA members also serve on school committees, such as Building Council and Eighth Grade Recognition Ceremony. Parents volunteer as tutors, mentors, and aide 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 after school. Many teachers will invite students to join them for lunch periodically to retake a test or make up some missing work. Each team holds a Team Study time weekly to provide ongoing support for homework or re-teaching previously introduced content. Homework Academy is offered periodically to provide a two hour block for time for students to complete missing assignments and improve their overall achievement.


All of the Champaign middle schools offer the same interscholastic sport opportunities. Fundamental skill building, conditioning, teambuilding, training, and sportsmanship are the key areas of focus. The aims and objectives of middle school athletics reflect the aims and objectives of the total school program. Available interscholastic middle school sports include:

  • Boys’ Cross Country (6, 7, 8)
  • Girls’ Cross Country (6, 7, 8)
  • Boys’ Basketball (7, 8)
  • Girls’ Basketball (7, 8)
  • Girls’ Volleyball (7, 8)
  • Wrestling (6, 7, 8)
  • Boys Baseball (6, 7, 8)


Students have been annually recognized in competitions such as, Math Counts, Reflections, Youth Authors, Scholastic Art, and district/state band and string contests

National Junior Honors’ Society – As the summer of 2009 have achieved over 500 community hours.

32 C-U Schools Foundation Grants

Three NewsChannel 15 ‘Golden Apple Award’ Winners

2008-09 8th Grade Girls Basketball State Champions

2009 8th Grade Volleyball State Champions

2009 8th Grade Boys Basketball State – Final Four

2009-2010 7th Grade Boys Basketball State Runner-up

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