Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Summary:

Thomas Jefferson Middle School is a public middle school located in Merritt Island, Florida, serving 608 students in grades 7-8. The school is part of the Brevard District, which is ranked 17th out of 67 districts in Florida and is rated 4 stars out of 5 by SchoolDigger.

Thomas Jefferson Middle School consistently outperforms the Brevard and Florida state averages in various standardized test scores, with 82% proficiency in EOC/Algebra 1, 90% in EOC/Geometry, and 100% in EOC/Biology 1 in the 2022-2023 school year. While the school has seen an increase in chronic absenteeism, reaching 21.3% in 2022-2023, it still performs better than some nearby schools like Central Middle School (20.2%) and Stone Magnet Middle School (22.4%). The school also has a relatively diverse student population, with 68.75% White, 5.1% African American, 13.49% Hispanic, and 2.47% Asian students, which is higher than some nearby schools like Herbert C. Hoover Middle School, which has a student population that is 78.26% White.

Thomas Jefferson Middle School has a lower percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (43.42%) compared to some nearby schools, such as Stone Magnet Middle School (68.81%) and Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School (60.66%). The school's consistent academic performance, diversity, and lower free and reduced lunch rates suggest it is providing a high-quality education to its students, though the increase in chronic absenteeism is a concern that the school and district should address.


Detail:

Public 7-8

 1275 S Courtenay Pkwy
       Merritt Island, FL  32952-3805


(321) 453-5154

District: Brevard

SchoolDigger Rank:
352nd of 1,185 Florida Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,200 Help


Students who attend Thomas Jefferson Middle School usually attend:

High:    Merritt Island High School

Feeder schools for Thomas Jefferson Middle School:

Elementary:    Audubon Elementary School
    Lewis Carroll Elementary School
    Mila Elementary School
    Tropical Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  19.0 Help
Number of students:  608

Racial breakdown:

White:
68.8%
Hispanic:
13.5%
Two or more races:
9.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  43.4% Help


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Compare Details Thomas Jefferson Middle School ranks better than 70.3% of middle schools in Florida. It also ranks 4th among 11 ranked middle schools in the Brevard School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 67.78. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (68.8%), Hispanic (13.5%), two or more races (9.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 43.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Thomas Jefferson Middle School is 19. 6 middle schools in the Brevard School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Thomas Jefferson Middle School employs 32 full-time teachers.
Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School is $10,200. 6 middle schools in the Brevard School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Thomas Jefferson Middle School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.
SchoolDigger ranks Thomas Jefferson Middle School 352nd of 1185 Florida public middle schools. (See Thomas Jefferson Middle School in the ranking list.)

Brevard:

SchoolDigger ranks Brevard 17th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Thomas Jefferson Middle School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 90.25 47th 675 93.0%
2007 85.50 84th 736 88.6%
2008 85.41 85th 740 88.5%
2009 85.73 84th 780 89.2%
2010 88.16 65th 839 92.3%
2011 85.43 100th 891 88.8%
2012 86.17 96th 897 89.3%
2013 79.62 167th 956 82.5%
2014 82.29 144th 999 85.6%
2016 72.26 255th 997 74.4%
2017 71.96 267th 1031 74.1%
2018 72.98 257th 1035 75.2%
2019 67.18 333rd 1099 69.7%
2021 62.54 394th 1136 65.3%
2022 63.16 380th 1148 66.9%
2023 67.78 350th 1177 70.3%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Data source: Florida Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Thomas Jefferson Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 665 37 9 11 0 n/a n/a 0 722
1989 583 37 10 15 0 n/a n/a 0 645
1990 585 43 13 14 3 n/a n/a 0 658
1991 599 36 12 12 2 n/a n/a 0 661
1992 640 25 18 12 0 n/a n/a 0 695
1993 677 36 16 11 1 n/a n/a 0 741
1994 749 29 19 7 1 n/a n/a 0 805
1995 762 22 17 21 2 n/a n/a 0 824
1996 762 22 17 21 2 n/a n/a 0 824
1997 780 26 13 25 6 n/a n/a 0 850
1998 764 23 16 17 5 n/a n/a 0 825
1999 781 32 15 22 2 n/a n/a 0 852
2000 542 16 10 9 1 n/a n/a 0 578
2001 501 14 12 9 1 n/a n/a 0 537
2002 485 12 13 23 1 n/a n/a 0 534
2003 485 12 13 23 1 n/a n/a 0 534
2004 537 25 19 30 2 n/a n/a 0 613
2005 603 49 14 39 4 n/a n/a 0 709
2006 615 50 13 52 1 n/a n/a 0 731
2007 581 47 15 42 1 n/a n/a 26 712
2008 561 45 15 37 3 n/a n/a 38 699
2009 551 45 10 37 2 n/a n/a 43 688
2010 528 45 19 42 6 n/a n/a 33 673
2011 514 37 18 66 1 2 47 0 685
2012 487 31 13 74 0 1 37 0 643
2013 478 23 16 66 0 0 40 0 623
2014 486 26 16 69 1 1 43 0 642
2015 473 34 16 76 2 2 47 0 650
2016 444 41 11 68 3 3 45 0 615
2017 450 33 6 74 3 1 38 0 605
2018 474 29 13 72 2 2 36 0 628
2019 490 32 18 67 1 5 47 0 660
2020 486 36 13 87 1 5 61 0 689
2021 461 36 11 76 0 2 62 0 648
2022 450 32 12 73 0 3 52 0 622
2023 418 31 15 82 1 3 58 0 608

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 Thomas Jefferson Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 722 33.0 21.8 10.2
1989 645 30.0 21.5 12.7
1990 658 30.0 21.9 11.9
1991 661 35.0 18.8 10.1
1992 695 37.0 18.7 8.1
1993 741 38.0 19.5 9.9
1994 805 40.0 20.1 10.7
1995 824 44.0 18.7 9.1
1996 824 44.0 18.7 9.1
1997 850 45.0 18.9 10.5
1998 825 47.0 17.6 9.9
1999 852 42.0 20.3 11
2000 578 32.0 18.1 11.2
2001 537 31.0 17.3 11.9
2002 534 30.0 17.8 10.1
2003 534 30.0 17.8 10.1
2004 613 38.0 16.1 15.3
2005 709 41.0 17.3 23.8
2006 731 41.0 17.8 23.1
2007 712 42.0 17.0 23.9
2008 699 44.0 15.9 26.6
2009 688 46.7 16.0 32.6
2010 673 43.0 15.6 34.1
2011 685 43.5 15.7 30.7
2012 643 40.0 16.0 35
2013 623 39.0 15.9 34.3
2014 642 36.0 17.8 34.4
2015 650 39.0 16.6 39.8
2016 615 37.0 16.6 42.9
2017 605 37.0 16.3 42.8
2018 628 37.0 16.9 38.2
2019 660 36.8 17.9 40.6
2020 689 34.8 19.7 38.2
2021 648 35.0 18.5 44.8
2022 622 36.0 17.2 50.6
2023 608 32.0 19.0 43.4

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 Thomas Jefferson Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 722 33.0 21.8 10.2
1989 645 30.0 21.5 12.7
1990 658 30.0 21.9 11.9
1991 661 35.0 18.8 10.1
1992 695 37.0 18.7 8.1
1993 741 38.0 19.5 9.9
1994 805 40.0 20.1 10.7
1995 824 44.0 18.7 9.1
1996 824 44.0 18.7 9.1
1997 850 45.0 18.9 10.5
1998 825 47.0 17.6 9.9
1999 852 42.0 20.3 11
2000 578 32.0 18.1 11.2
2001 537 31.0 17.3 11.9
2002 534 30.0 17.8 10.1
2003 534 30.0 17.8 10.1
2004 613 38.0 16.1 15.3
2005 709 41.0 17.3 23.8
2006 731 41.0 17.8 23.1
2007 712 42.0 17.0 23.9
2008 699 44.0 15.9 26.6
2009 688 46.7 16.0 32.6
2010 673 43.0 15.6 34.1
2011 685 43.5 15.7 30.7
2012 643 40.0 16.0 35
2013 623 39.0 15.9 34.3
2014 642 36.0 17.8 34.4
2015 650 39.0 16.6 39.8
2016 615 37.0 16.6 42.9
2017 605 37.0 16.3 42.8
2018 628 37.0 16.9 38.2
2019 660 36.8 17.9 40.6
2020 689 34.8 19.7 38.2
2021 648 35.0 18.5 44.8
2022 622 36.0 17.2 50.6
2023 608 32.0 19.0 43.4

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 Thomas Jefferson Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $314 (4.2%) $7,205 (95.8%) $7,519
2019 $354 (4.8%) $7,058 (95.2%) $7,411
2020 $370 (5.0%) $7,047 (95.0%) $7,417
2021 $441 (5.6%) $7,476 (94.4%) $7,918
2022 $969 (10.6%) $8,203 (89.4%) $9,172
2023 $1,871 (18.3%) $8,328 (81.6%) $10,200

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Thomas Jefferson Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 333rd of 1099 Middle schoolsRanks 350th of 1177 Middle schools
 0.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
7th Grade English Language Arts (Thomas Jefferson Middle School)5751
 6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Brevard)5853
 5%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5248
 4%
7th Grade Mathematics (Thomas Jefferson Middle School)6057
 3%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Brevard)6253
 9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5446
 8%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Thomas Jefferson Middle School)6955
 14%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Brevard)6352
 11%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5649
 7%
8th Grade Mathematics (Thomas Jefferson Middle School)3917
 22%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Brevard)4330
 13%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Florida)4642
 4%
8th Grade Science (Thomas Jefferson Middle School)6050
 10%
   8th Grade Science (Brevard)5348
 5%
   8th Grade Science (Florida)4844
 4%
End of Course Civics (Thomas Jefferson Middle School)7779
 2%
   End of Course Civics (Brevard)7569
 6%
   End of Course Civics (Florida)7166
 5%
End of Course Algebra 1 (Thomas Jefferson Middle School)8977
 12%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Brevard)6454
 10%
   End of Course Algebra 1 (Florida)6254
 8%
End of Course Geometry (Thomas Jefferson Middle School)9796
 1%
   End of Course Geometry (Brevard)6251
 11%
   End of Course Geometry (Florida)5750
 7%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students660608
 7.9%
African American3231
 3.1%
American Indian11
Asian1815
 16.7%
Hispanic6782
 22.4%
Pacific Islander53
 40%
White490418
 14.7%
Two or More Races4758
 23.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients40.6%43.4%
 2.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Thomas Jefferson Middle School

Thomas Jefferson Middle School ranks 352nd of 1185 Florida middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Thomas Jefferson Middle School usually go on to attend Merritt Island High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 608 students attended Thomas Jefferson Middle School.

Students at Thomas Jefferson Middle School are 69% White, 13% Hispanic, 10% Two or more races, 5% African American, 2% Asian.


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