Jefferson Blue Ribbon Magnet School

The Board of Education is proud to honor Jefferson Science Magnet School, recently named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education. Jefferson will be part of the 287 public and 50 private schools to be honored at a national recognition ceremony on Nov. 10 & 11 in Washington, D.C

Jefferson was one of 48 schools recognized under the program as an Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School. That designation is reserved for the highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years, or that are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. Blue Ribbon schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. 

With a 2013-14 enrollment of 577 students, Jefferson truly reflects the rich diversity of our community.  71% of its students come from Hispanic or African American families.  In addition to English, Jefferson students represent 12 other languages, including Spanish, Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, Bengali, Sinhalese, Nepalese, Guajarati, Creole, Russian, Chinese and Italian. Sixty-eight percent of Jefferson students are eligible for free or reduced meals.

With an inquiry-based teaching and learning approach, Jefferson holds high standards for all its students, and fosters a culture of collaboration and innovation that has allowed it to exceed expectations.  The school lives by its motto, “We Help Each Other.” In collaboration with the Maritime Aquarium and Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Jefferson combines a rigorous and engaging science-based curriculum with hands-on experiences that leverage our unique local resources. Partnerships with GE Capital, Pepperidge Farms, Norwalk Hospital and the City of Norwalk’s Health Department offer enrichment activities for students and families. Jefferson is truly a unique and caring environment that lives our mission to motivate, challenge and support every student. 

This prestigious award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and community members in creating safe and welcoming schools, where all students master challenging content.  In its 32-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on just under 7,900 of America’s


On behalf of the Norwalk Board of Education, congratulations to Principal John Reynolds, and to the entire staff, students, and families of Jefferson Magnet School.