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Elizabeth, New Jersey
Union County
Elizabeth Public Schools
Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy is a public school located in Elizabeth, New Jersey with 1,025 students in grades 9-12.
Highlights
Selected as Model School in the Arts by the NJ Arts Education Partnership.
Widest variety of performing and visual arts curriculum of any high school in Union County, NJ.
Partnerships with Paper Mill Playhouse, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, and other organizations.
Awards

Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy has been recognized as a Model School in the Arts by the NJ Arts Education Partnership and has been recognized in the Washington Post's Challenge Index of NJ High Schools. The school has also been recognized with numerous other local and state awards, including: the EPS Bronze Key for College-Going Culture, the Grammy Signature Schools Community Award, and identification with other Elizabeth high schools for the College Board Gaston Caperton Honor Roll.

Location
27 Martin Luther King Jr Plaza
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
Contact
Principal: Mr. Michael Ojeda
908-436-6767
ojedami@epsnj.org
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Grades
9-12
White 8%
Black 20%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 70%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 0%
School size
1,025
students
Female 64.2%
Male 35.8%
Economically disadvantaged students 76%
Students with disabilities 13%
English learners 13%
Homeless students 1%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
256
Grade Percent of total students Students
9th Grade 33%
336
10th Grade 25%
259
11th Grade 21%
213
12th Grade 21%
217
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English & language arts proficiency
50%
of students

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Crime per 100 students
7.1
Incidents per year
Violence 18
Weapons 5
Vandalism 8
Substances 36
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 8
Total incidents 73
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
61%
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 3%
1 to 5 days 29%
6 to 10 days 29%
11 to 15 days 13%
Over 15 days 26%
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Spanish 56.4%
English 34.7%
Portuguese 4.6%
Haitian 2.5%
Other 1.8%
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Learn more about Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy.

Mission

Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy is dedicated to one, school-wide vision: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness made real for every student through academic and creative excellence. The school offers students both a rigorous academic curriculum and extensive training in a diverse array of artistic work and performance.

Academics

Students enrolled in Jefferson Arts complete both a college preparatory academic curriculum, as well as a studio program in the visual, performing or media arts. The school offers a 1:1 laptop program to support the use of technology across all disciplines, and honors/AP classes are offered to all grade levels. Jefferson Arts also boasts a highly successful Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program designed to support students preparing for college.

Sports

Baseball (Coed), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Diving (Boys), Fencing (Coed), Ice Hockey (Boys & Girls), Lacrosse (Girls), Skiing (Boys & Girls), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Softball (Boys & Girls), Swimming (Boys & Girls), Tennis (Boys & Girls), Track and Field - Spring (Boys), Track and Field - Winter (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Boys & Girls), Wrestling (Boys)

Clubs

Extracurricular activities at Jefferson Arts include the following: Art Club, Liberty Dancers Club, Guitar Club, Key Club, Student Literary Magazine, AV Media Club, Yearbook Club, afterschool athletics and various performing organizations.

Teachers

All Jefferson Arts faculty are members of Professional Learning Communities geared towards reflecting on professional practice and aligning instruction with student needs.

Post high school

Over 80% of Jefferson Arts seniors apply to two-year and four-year colleges pursuing a diverse array of majors. Institutions attended by recently graduated students include: College of New Jersey, College of St. Elizabeth, Drew University, Drexel University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, and Stevens Institute of Technology.

Supports

Jefferson Arts offers an array of support services for students with disabilities and English language learners.

Health

Thomas Jefferson Arts Academy has been recognized with a Silver Award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation and offers an array of wellness supports for students.

Parents

Jefferson Arts hosts an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) that supports student activities and offers opportunities for extended parent involvement.

Facilities

Jefferson Arts is housed in one of Elizabeth Public Schools' historic high school facilities. Built in 1929, the school accommodates over 800 students. Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, Jefferson Arts freshmen are housed in special ninth grade academy annex in Frank J. Cicarell Academy.

School safety

EPS operates the “No Bully Zone” webpage on its district website that contains a wealth of information on ways to prevent bullying as well as the steps to take when reporting any incidents of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB).

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