Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Reviews
Well... I have been reading some of these posts and after having been a staff member at Emerson and Miller, I must sat that I have without a doubt experienced alienation, harassment including a threatening call by a certain someone who is no longer head of HR.
I have no doubt that what many of you are experiencing is discriminatory behavior because I went through some myself.
The lady Karen who speaks of the principal at Emerson is correct, the principal there is not very nice. She is rude and confrontational when there is an issue she will march upset to your class or computer lab and ask you to step out immediately causing a scene rather than ask to talk to you when everyone's had a chance to come down she can be too confrontational.
Teachers are closet racists too, I'm not talking about all teachers but without a doubt their distorted beliefs are reflected in the classroom and in the PTA.
The last thing I want to say is that we all a community, even with these ugly racist attitudes. Our challenge (whites, Asians, Blacks, Latinos, Armenians) is to build a better community. A community where the important and great contributions of Latinos, Asians, Armenians and Blacks are not ignored in the education curriculum.
Schools that reflect the population of the students they serve, so far Burbank Unified is lacking many Asian, Latino and Armenian teachers and administrators and not because these groups lack any talent or qualifications. Burbank Unified has many things to change to become truly inclusive of all the members of the community, it is change that will have to be done sooner or later, it will hurt those who fear difference or change until they too open their hearts, their ears and wake up to a world that is much more beautiful, inspiring and courageous that the one they're living in.
I love this school. My husband and I moved to Burbank and now my oldest attends this school. This was the best decision we ever made. Our daughter welcomes the gaining of knowledge with such a positive attitude and I can honestly say it is all thanks to her teacher Mrs. Schlosberg who knows how to pur her just right enough to get her to want to compete and excel. I can't say that I have felt any type of discrimination comming from school officials, parents or students, in fact they have all been very pleasant to work with. Again, I love this school!
I believe both the lady below and gentleman have valid points. I too have experienced both racial and social alienation. Unfortunately, mostly by a certain school organization. I am a successful single working mom (Latina) and have had to stand up twice to the staff at this school. They may not like me, but they certainly respect me now. I say every child deserves a good education (although this school's test scores have been dropping a lot), so what ever your race or color, don't worry too much...as long as we have 'green' color- they will meet us more than half way..believe me. Stay strong and love your children.
I think both Stephanie and Mr. Anynomous are right. I can only say how I feel and have been treated. I am a successful single working mom (Latina). YES, there is racially and socially biased treatment in my opinion by PTA moms...sorry but they need to re-evaluate their attitudes and alienation of anyone whose not like them. They need to be understanding and respectful of the limited time we 'working moms' are allowed. And as for being socially accepted, well the truth is money is but one color "green" and I too donate lots of it. Unfortunately the world is what it is until we change it. Although we may be moving forward (even at this school I see improvements), there are still some head strong racist. So if your latino, armenian, african american, asian, etc....stand your ground, your kids deserve a great education too. I've stood up twice at the school with the front office staff, once for myself and once for another minority woman. They may not like me, but they respect me now.
I'm a working mother and don't feel like the parent above. I can't volunteer like the other non-working mothers but I have helped out in other ways (donations, etc.), which makes me feel like I'm helping out in some way. I'm also a teacher for another district and I think Jefferson is a great school. I have had 2 children there and every single teacher they have had has been amazing. The principal also is great with the kids and parents (not sure what it is like to work for her though of course, so I won't speak for the teachers). I don't have anything bad to say about Jefferson!
Actually i dont agree with you.... The principle is the best principle, my son loves her. he used to go to Emerson in burbank, their principle is the worst principle i have ever seen. i love the school and his teacher Mrs. pomfret.
This school needs a lot of work with their faculty. I am so surprised to see an african-american principal, yet feel a bit racially and socially disadvantaged. My wife and I both work, we are not rich but well off financially. My wife often tells me she feels like she doesn't belong, maybe because she is not a stay at home mom? Anyhow, we still haven't figured out this school...but something is just not right here. Anyone out there who feels the same?
This school is great my sister goes to this school and she was on the verge of flunking she is doing well now and is quite happy. Their is not a bully problem at this school currently from what my sister knows and I recommend this school to everyone.
What a wonderful school. My daughter was behind and struggling in the 2nd grade. We moved in the school district just so she could
attend Thomas Jefferson. She caught up that year and has had a great grades since. She is in 6th grade now,
My mother attended Thomas Jefferson in the 1950's and encouraged me to move Kimberly. We are ever grateful for her advise.
Many say this school is great or fantastic, but my now-11 year old niece attended for her elementary career and she was miserable. The students picked on her nearly all the time, and she was bullied on a near constant basis. I know for a fact she is shy, and she wants nothing more than to have friends (although she won't say it). When one child went so far as to turn what little friends she had against her... I was highly frustrated that faculty did nothing to help resolve this situation. It only went away because the child moved. Even still, my niece is barely beginning to get friends in the 6th grade. I hope the faculty picks up the slack, because I grew weary of hearing my beloved niece cry herself to sleep, or come home with bruises. No child deserves that.
Best Elementary School Grades in Burbank. Mostly Single family home children so most kids are there from K-6 grade and great parent participation in school.