West Jefferson Elementary School

Summary:

West Jefferson Elementary School is a public elementary school in Conifer, Colorado, serving 269 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Jefferson County School District No. R-1, which is ranked 35 out of 115 districts in the state and has a 4-star rating.

West Jefferson Elementary consistently outperforms the state and district averages in CMAS assessments for English Language Arts and Math, with 63.2% of students proficient or better in ELA and 64.6% in Math, compared to 43.7% and 32.9% statewide, respectively. However, the school has a relatively homogeneous student population, with 85.13% of students identifying as White, higher than the district and state averages. Additionally, the school has a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (21.93%) compared to the district and state, indicating a relatively higher socioeconomic status of the student population. The school's student-teacher ratio of 14.6 is also lower than nearby schools, which may contribute to its academic success.

When compared to nearby schools in the same district, such as King-Murphy Elementary School, Red Rocks Elementary School, and Powderhorn Elementary School, West Jefferson Elementary generally outperforms them in academic assessments. However, the school's SchoolDigger ranking has fluctuated over the years, suggesting that factors beyond just academic achievement, such as changes in student demographics or assessment methods, may influence the school's performance.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 26501 Barkley Road
       Conifer, CO  80433-9112


(303) 982-2975

District: Jefferson County School District No. R-1

SchoolDigger Rank:
206th of 935 Colorado Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,232 Help


Students who attend West Jefferson Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    West Jefferson Middle School
High:    Conifer Senior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.6 Help
Number of students:  269

Racial breakdown:

White:
85.1%
Hispanic:
8.9%
Two or more races:
5.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  21.9% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details West Jefferson Elementary School ranks better than 78% of elementary schools in Colorado. It also ranks 31st among 85 ranked elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 75.37. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (85.1%), Hispanic (8.9%), two or more races (5.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 21.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at West Jefferson Elementary School is 14.6, which is the 17th best among 85 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at West Jefferson Elementary School is $14,232. 73 elementary schools in the Jefferson County School District No. R-1 spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

West Jefferson Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks West Jefferson Elementary School 206th of 935 Colorado public elementary schools. (See West Jefferson Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Jefferson County School District No. R-1:

SchoolDigger ranks Jefferson County School District No. R-1 35th of 115 Colorado school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for West Jefferson Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at West Jefferson Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 82.54 120th 808 85.1%
2005 79.16 144th 823 82.5%
2006 75.16 188th 829 77.3%
2007 71.57 245th 852 71.2%
2008 70.91 244th 849 71.3%
2009 74.74 212th 872 75.7%
2010 79.93 168th 925 81.8%
2011 73.97 241st 935 74.2%
2012 74.11 226th 935 75.8%
2013 81.29 150th 954 84.3%
2014 78.89 179th 962 81.4%
2015 73.73 209th 938 77.7%
2016 54.61 376th 914 58.9%
2017 59.51 328th 929 64.7%
2018 68.66 251st 917 72.6%
2019 64.38 319th 965 66.9%
2021 48.43 394th 710 44.5%
2022 75.51 204th 921 77.9%
2023 75.37 206th 933 77.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at West Jefferson Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.57 37th 308 88.0%
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Rank History for Female students at West Jefferson Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 56.12 270th 690 60.9%
2019 62.00 254th 758 66.5%
2023 72.70 160th 642 75.1%
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Rank History for Male students at West Jefferson Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.68 200th 693 71.1%
2019 54.22 315th 764 58.8%
2023 65.18 202nd 649 68.9%
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Rank History for White students at West Jefferson Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CO State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 41.53 351st 596 41.1%
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Data source: test scores: Colorado Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Colorado Department of Education

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by a parent
Monday, April 24, 2023

Open Quote My students have unfortunately attended this school for Kindergarten through 5th grade and to say it has been a disappointment is an understatement. The principal is awful!!! She clearly does not belong in education. Parents beware: this is a center school. Do your research to find out what that means for your family. The behavior of the students in this school is completely out of control, probably because there are no consequences for any poor behavior. They put students on IEPs so that they aren't allowed to discipline them. There is a lack of academics and students are not challenged. There is also a lack of communication and overall lack of professionalism among the staff. The instructional coach is worthless, but that's ok because she's friends with the worthless principal. It is clear this school is lacking leadership from the top down. Parents are no longer engaged because of the lack of leadership. The principal managed to drive way some of the best teachers we had. Highly recommend choicing out to a school where there is a proven leader, where they care about their students, expect accountability, and challenge students. Close Quote


by a parent
Saturday, April 9, 2022

Open Quote Needs new leadership! Close Quote



Enrollment information for West Jefferson Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 839 5 7 9 5 n/a n/a 0 865
1989 828 7 10 6 15 n/a n/a 0 866
1990 439 5 2 7 4 n/a n/a 0 457
1991 473 3 7 12 5 n/a n/a 0 500
1992 500 4 10 5 3 n/a n/a 0 522
1993 470 3 10 12 2 n/a n/a 0 497
1994 455 3 4 16 1 n/a n/a 0 479
1995 461 3 4 9 0 n/a n/a 0 477
1996 461 3 4 9 0 n/a n/a 0 477
1997 397 1 4 9 0 n/a n/a 0 411
1998 397 4 5 9 0 n/a n/a 0 415
1999 394 4 5 8 1 n/a n/a 0 412
2000 386 4 8 8 3 n/a n/a 0 409
2001 382 1 12 12 3 n/a n/a 0 410
2002 443 0 10 14 5 n/a n/a 0 472
2003 443 0 10 14 5 n/a n/a 0 472
2004 419 2 11 17 6 n/a n/a 0 455
2005 407 2 9 25 5 n/a n/a 0 448
2006 402 2 6 22 2 n/a n/a 0 434
2007 371 3 6 20 1 n/a n/a 0 401
2008 350 3 9 13 1 n/a n/a 0 376
2009 345 3 7 14 2 n/a n/a 0 371
2010 331 3 7 18 3 n/a n/a 0 362
2011 291 1 6 23 3 0 3 0 327
2012 283 2 6 22 1 0 6 0 320
2013 302 1 6 22 1 1 5 0 338
2014 310 0 5 24 2 0 9 0 350
2015 315 2 3 28 1 0 12 0 361
2016 359 1 1 28 2 0 9 0 400
2017 345 0 1 24 3 0 10 0 383
2018 312 0 1 20 1 0 9 0 343
2019 283 1 3 15 0 0 10 0 312
2020 246 0 3 17 0 0 9 0 275
2021 207 0 2 19 1 0 10 0 239
2022 224 0 1 22 0 0 14 0 261
2023 229 0 2 24 0 0 14 0 269

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at West Jefferson Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 865 38.8 22.2 n/a
1989 866 41.3 20.9 5.5
1990 457 24.1 18.9 4.6
1991 500 23.6 21.1 5.6
1992 522 24.7 21.1 7.9
1993 497 23.8 20.9 4
1994 479 22.0 21.8 5.4
1995 477 22.6 21.1 5.9
1996 477 22.6 21.1 5.9
1997 411 20.1 20.4 3.9
1998 415 19.8 21.0 5.3
1999 412 20.3 20.3 4.6
2000 409 18.0 22.7 4.4
2001 410 20.5 20.0 4.6
2002 472 22.0 21.5 2.5
2003 472 22.0 21.5 2.5
2004 455 21.3 21.4 2.4
2005 448 19.1 23.5 4.2
2006 434 20.5 21.2 7.6
2007 401 18.7 21.4 7.2
2008 376 17.8 21.1 7.7
2009 371 17.5 21.2 10.8
2010 362 18.5 19.5 11.9
2011 327 15.3 21.3 12.2
2012 320 14.9 21.3 15
2013 338 14.5 23.2 16
2014 350 13.9 25.0 16
2015 361 15.0 24.0 16.6
2016 400 19.0 21.0 17.8
2017 383 18.6 20.5 18
2018 343 18.7 18.3 24.8
2019 312 17.5 17.7 21.8
2020 275 19.2 14.3 21.8
2021 239 19.4 12.2 21.8
2022 261 19.3 13.5 14.2
2023 269 18.4 14.6 21.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio West Jefferson Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 865 38.8 22.2 n/a
1989 866 41.3 20.9 5.5
1990 457 24.1 18.9 4.6
1991 500 23.6 21.1 5.6
1992 522 24.7 21.1 7.9
1993 497 23.8 20.9 4
1994 479 22.0 21.8 5.4
1995 477 22.6 21.1 5.9
1996 477 22.6 21.1 5.9
1997 411 20.1 20.4 3.9
1998 415 19.8 21.0 5.3
1999 412 20.3 20.3 4.6
2000 409 18.0 22.7 4.4
2001 410 20.5 20.0 4.6
2002 472 22.0 21.5 2.5
2003 472 22.0 21.5 2.5
2004 455 21.3 21.4 2.4
2005 448 19.1 23.5 4.2
2006 434 20.5 21.2 7.6
2007 401 18.7 21.4 7.2
2008 376 17.8 21.1 7.7
2009 371 17.5 21.2 10.8
2010 362 18.5 19.5 11.9
2011 327 15.3 21.3 12.2
2012 320 14.9 21.3 15
2013 338 14.5 23.2 16
2014 350 13.9 25.0 16
2015 361 15.0 24.0 16.6
2016 400 19.0 21.0 17.8
2017 383 18.6 20.5 18
2018 343 18.7 18.3 24.8
2019 312 17.5 17.7 21.8
2020 275 19.2 14.3 21.8
2021 239 19.4 12.2 21.8
2022 261 19.3 13.5 14.2
2023 269 18.4 14.6 21.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for West Jefferson Elementary School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2019 $10,556
2020 $11,910
2021 $12,733
2022 $13,122
2023 $14,232

Data source: Colorado Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on West Jefferson Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 319th of 965 Elementary schoolsRanks 206th of 933 Elementary schools
 11%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (West Jefferson Elementary School)43.978.8
 34.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)46.348.2
 1.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)41.339.9
 1.4%
3rd Grade Math (West Jefferson Elementary School)46.381.3
 35%
   3rd Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)45.748.1
 2.4%
   3rd Grade Math (Colorado)4140.4
 0.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (West Jefferson Elementary School)7073
 3%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)5653.5
 2.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)4843.8
 4.2%
4th Grade Math (West Jefferson Elementary School)35.971.1
 35.2%
   4th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)38.539.9
 1.4%
   4th Grade Math (Colorado)33.632.7
 0.9%
5th Grade Science (West Jefferson Elementary School)53.634.1
 19.5%
   5th Grade Science (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)41.641.6
   5th Grade Science (Colorado)35.933.9
 2%
5th Grade English Language Arts (West Jefferson Elementary School)46.443.2
 3.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)53.655.6
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Colorado)48.447.8
 0.6%
5th Grade Math (West Jefferson Elementary School)42.946.5
 3.6%
   5th Grade Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)39.441.7
 2.3%
   5th Grade Math (Colorado)35.736.5
 0.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (West Jefferson Elementary School)52.663.2
 10.6%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)51.750.8
 0.9%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Colorado)45.843.7
 2.1%
All Grades Math (West Jefferson Elementary School)41.964.6
 22.7%
   All Grades Math (Jefferson County School District No. R-1)39.838.7
 1.1%
   All Grades Math (Colorado)34.732.9
 1.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students312269
 13.8%
African American10
 100%
American Indian00
Asian32
 33.3%
Hispanic1524
 60%
Pacific Islander00
White283229
 19.1%
Two or More Races1014
 40%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients21.8%21.9%
 0.1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about West Jefferson Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 269 students attended West Jefferson Elementary School.

Students who attend West Jefferson Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : West Jefferson Middle School
High : Conifer Senior High School

West Jefferson Elementary School ranks 206th of 935 Colorado elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at West Jefferson Elementary School are 85% White, 9% Hispanic, 5% Two or more races.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Colorado Department of Education.

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