Jerry Thomas Elementary School

Summary:

Jerry Thomas Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Jupiter, Florida, serving grades PK-5 with a total enrollment of 718 students. The school is part of the Palm Beach School District, which is ranked 45 out of 67 districts in Florida and is rated 2 stars out of 5 by SchoolDigger.

Jerry Thomas Elementary has a more diverse student population compared to some nearby schools, with 57.66% White, 33.01% Hispanic, and 3.34% African American students. The school generally performs better than the district and state averages in various subject areas, with 65% of 3rd graders proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 48% in the Palm Beach district and 50% statewide. However, the school has seen a steady increase in chronic absenteeism, from 10.9% in 2018-2019 to 17.6% in 2022-2023, which is higher than nearby schools like Timber Trace Elementary (16.5%) and Jupiter Farms Elementary (15.2%). Additionally, Jerry Thomas Elementary has a higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, at 40.67% in 2022-2023, compared to schools like Jupiter Farms Elementary (20.99%) and Marsh Pointe Elementary (15.93%).

While Jerry Thomas Elementary has maintained a strong academic performance, consistently ranking in the top half of Florida elementary schools over the past decade, its statewide ranking and SchoolDigger star rating have declined in recent years, from a high of 4 stars in multiple years to 3 stars in the last two school years. This suggests areas for potential improvement, and the higher chronic absenteeism and free/reduced lunch rates may contribute to the school's declining performance compared to some of the nearby high-achieving schools in the area.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 800 Maplewood Dr
       Jupiter, FL  33458-5543


(561) 741-9100

District: Palm Beach

SchoolDigger Rank:
833rd of 2,242 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,543 Help


Students who attend Jerry Thomas Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Independence Middle School
High:    Jupiter High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.8 Help
Number of students:  718

Racial breakdown:

White:
57.7%
Hispanic:
33.0%
Asian:
3.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  40.7% Help


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Compare Details Jerry Thomas Elementary School ranks better than 62.8% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 44th among 128 ranked elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 60.18. (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 (57.7%), Hispanic (33%), Asian (3.6%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 40.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Jerry Thomas Elementary School is 14.8, which is the 47th best among 128 elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District. (See more...)
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Compare Jerry Thomas Elementary School employs 48.5 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Jerry Thomas Elementary School is $13,543. 69 elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Jerry Thomas Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Palm Beach:

SchoolDigger ranks Palm Beach 45th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Jerry Thomas Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 90.71 106th 1688 93.7%
2007 92.00 64th 1786 96.4%
2008 90.67 93rd 1789 94.8%
2009 91.52 70th 1847 96.2%
2010 91.45 74th 1919 96.1%
2011 89.22 120th 1985 94.0%
2012 83.82 267th 1984 86.5%
2013 80.09 349th 2029 82.8%
2014 81.68 339th 2064 83.6%
2016 77.04 440th 2087 78.9%
2017 70.68 601st 2112 71.5%
2018 65.74 713th 2118 66.3%
2019 69.31 641st 2182 70.6%
2021 70.85 626th 2247 72.1%
2022 64.01 759th 2219 65.8%
2023 60.18 832nd 2240 62.9%
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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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by a parent
Friday, January 15, 2016

Open Quote This is horrible school to bring a child in!

I will start with a story:
Three years ago, my 5 years old daughter on her first day in kindergarten at the end of the school day was sent somewhere on a bus instead of aftercare program where she was supposed to go. Luckily, I got a call from a stranger from the neighborhood where she was dropped off pretty far away from our house. My child was alone, scared and crying. Do you want this to happen to your child on the first day of school? Any day of school?
The personnel is very rude, the principal is low energy not interested in doing anything, just getting by. If any emergency happens - everything goes to hell. To say it is disorganized is not to say anything. It seems to impossible for staff who work there to get things right, or to give even simple instructions. Chaotic, disorganized, not caring. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Open Quote Great school!
We moved from NC a year ago, and love this school, the staff is great and kids are very happy here...
My daughter is doing excellent in her gifted classes Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, November 17, 2013

Open Quote This school should be avoided because of poor principal leadership. The school officials do not communicate with parents and exclude certain parents from their children's education. POOR school. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Jerry Thomas Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 1304 128 12 37 5 n/a n/a 0 1486
1989 1465 139 18 25 6 n/a n/a 0 1653
1990 1316 69 12 33 10 n/a n/a 0 1440
1991 690 59 6 20 6 n/a n/a 0 781
1992 668 52 7 30 5 n/a n/a 0 762
1993 707 45 3 31 4 n/a n/a 0 790
1994 731 55 6 31 2 n/a n/a 0 825
1995 713 61 9 33 3 n/a n/a 0 819
1996 713 61 9 33 3 n/a n/a 0 819
1997 702 53 6 26 3 n/a n/a 0 790
1998 702 47 12 20 2 n/a n/a 0 783
1999 674 44 14 23 1 n/a n/a 0 756
2000 659 41 14 36 0 n/a n/a 0 750
2001 729 44 20 53 3 n/a n/a 0 849
2002 740 36 14 77 3 n/a n/a 0 870
2003 740 36 14 77 3 n/a n/a 0 870
2004 688 43 13 92 5 n/a n/a 0 841
2005 687 46 14 95 7 n/a n/a 0 849
2006 684 46 10 99 5 n/a n/a 0 844
2007 614 41 10 118 3 n/a n/a 31 817
2008 575 61 9 138 1 n/a n/a 33 817
2009 583 47 12 154 2 n/a n/a 35 833
2010 619 51 22 140 6 n/a n/a 23 861
2011 573 61 28 169 5 4 25 0 865
2012 544 68 20 195 2 0 30 0 859
2013 578 61 23 194 3 1 44 0 904
2014 552 59 26 216 4 0 48 0 905
2015 496 53 18 237 5 0 44 0 853
2016 446 49 25 254 5 0 46 0 825
2017 411 39 31 236 4 0 44 0 765
2018 459 50 35 231 4 0 41 0 820
2019 457 49 42 234 4 0 33 0 819
2020 468 37 31 248 2 0 29 0 815
2021 394 27 31 243 2 1 17 0 715
2022 378 28 25 245 1 1 19 0 697
2023 414 24 26 237 1 2 14 0 718

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 Jerry Thomas Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1486 77.0 19.2 16.6
1989 1653 85.0 19.4 11.3
1990 1440 74.0 19.4 10.6
1991 781 76.0 10.2 13.1
1992 762 40.0 19.0 n/a
1993 790 37.0 21.4 14.8
1994 825 39.0 21.2 17.3
1995 819 40.0 20.5 16.8
1996 819 40.0 20.5 16.8
1997 790 36.0 21.9 11.5
1998 783 35.0 22.4 14.4
1999 756 36.0 21.0 15.3
2000 750 36.0 20.8 24.1
2001 849 37.0 22.9 20.5
2002 870 41.0 21.2 22
2003 870 41.0 21.2 22
2004 841 44.0 19.1 25.1
2005 849 45.0 18.9 23.6
2006 844 50.0 16.9 18.5
2007 817 51.0 16.0 21.1
2008 817 52.0 15.7 23.3
2009 833 64.0 15.1 25.6
2010 861 52.0 16.5 30
2011 865 55.5 15.5 34.5
2012 859 57.5 14.9 36.4
2013 904 61.0 14.8 39.9
2014 905 62.0 14.5 46.4
2015 853 59.0 14.4 48.1
2016 825 56.0 14.7 52.1
2017 765 55.0 13.9 50.2
2018 820 59.0 13.8 50.1
2019 819 55.6 14.7 46.6
2020 815 55.6 14.6 46.3
2021 715 49.6 14.4 50.3
2022 697 50.6 13.7 50.5
2023 718 48.5 14.8 40.7

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 Jerry Thomas Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 1486 77.0 19.2 16.6
1989 1653 85.0 19.4 11.3
1990 1440 74.0 19.4 10.6
1991 781 76.0 10.2 13.1
1992 762 40.0 19.0 n/a
1993 790 37.0 21.4 14.8
1994 825 39.0 21.2 17.3
1995 819 40.0 20.5 16.8
1996 819 40.0 20.5 16.8
1997 790 36.0 21.9 11.5
1998 783 35.0 22.4 14.4
1999 756 36.0 21.0 15.3
2000 750 36.0 20.8 24.1
2001 849 37.0 22.9 20.5
2002 870 41.0 21.2 22
2003 870 41.0 21.2 22
2004 841 44.0 19.1 25.1
2005 849 45.0 18.9 23.6
2006 844 50.0 16.9 18.5
2007 817 51.0 16.0 21.1
2008 817 52.0 15.7 23.3
2009 833 64.0 15.1 25.6
2010 861 52.0 16.5 30
2011 865 55.5 15.5 34.5
2012 859 57.5 14.9 36.4
2013 904 61.0 14.8 39.9
2014 905 62.0 14.5 46.4
2015 853 59.0 14.4 48.1
2016 825 56.0 14.7 52.1
2017 765 55.0 13.9 50.2
2018 820 59.0 13.8 50.1
2019 819 55.6 14.7 46.6
2020 815 55.6 14.6 46.3
2021 715 49.6 14.4 50.3
2022 697 50.6 13.7 50.5
2023 718 48.5 14.8 40.7

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Jerry Thomas Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $554 (6.3%) $8,270 (93.7%) $8,824
2019 $597 (6.2%) $8,996 (93.8%) $9,593
2020 $343 (3.3%) $10,067 (96.7%) $10,410
2021 $756 (6.3%) $11,194 (93.7%) $11,949
2022 $1,943 (14.5%) $11,455 (85.5%) $13,398
2023 $1,261 (9.3%) $12,282 (90.7%) $13,543

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Jerry Thomas Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 641st of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 832nd of 2240 Elementary schools
 7.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Jerry Thomas Elementary School)6853
 15%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5454
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Jerry Thomas Elementary School)7259
 13%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6558
 7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Jerry Thomas Elementary School)6170
 9%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)6262
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Jerry Thomas Elementary School)5959
   4th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6759
 8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Jerry Thomas Elementary School)6762
 5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5957
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Jerry Thomas Elementary School)6957
 12%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6550
 15%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (Jerry Thomas Elementary School)6354
 9%
   5th Grade Science (Palm Beach)5151
   5th Grade Science (Florida)5351
 2%
6th Grade Mathematics (Jerry Thomas Elementary School)9595
   6th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6050
 10%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Florida)5549
 6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students819718
 12.3%
African American4924
 51%
American Indian41
 75%
Asian4226
 38.1%
Hispanic234237
 1.3%
Pacific Islander02
White457414
 9.4%
Two or More Races3314
 57.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients46.6%40.7%
 6%


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Students who attend Jerry Thomas Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Independence Middle School
High : Jupiter High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 718 students attended Jerry Thomas Elementary School.

Students at Jerry Thomas Elementary School are 58% White, 33% Hispanic, 4% Asian, 3% African American, 2% Two or more races.

Jerry Thomas Elementary School ranks 833rd of 2242 Florida elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.


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