The Jefferson School

The Jefferson School is an independent, coeducational day school which offers an innovative academic program designed to foster an enthusiasm for learning and an atmosphere of academic excellence. The school seeks to stimulate intellectual curiosity, academic performance and social commitment.
The multi-aged classes are organized to accommodate the wide range of developmental levels common among young children.
The classes encourage a cooperative learning environment, where children become more accepting of their strengths and weaknesses and learn from each other.
In this setting, students advance at rates which match their individual developmental abilities.
We strive to prepare an environment where children's self-esteem is fostered, where students are prepared to meet the challenges of a complex world, and where children are empowered, academically, emotionally, and socially, to become strong members of the school and the world communities in which they live.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 75 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
75 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade
The Jefferson School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling

School Notes

  • Why Choose TJS
  • Experiential Learning
  • The Jefferson School excels in the area of integration of curriculum and in providing "hands-on" learning experiences for its students at their appropriate developmental level. Our students actively participate in their education. We believe that children learn best while observing, listening and taking part in group discussions and projects that engage all their senses.
  • Small Classes
  • Our commitment to small classes fosters cooperation and respect, allowing our students to become members of a community of learners. We encourage personal relationships between teachers, students and fellow students by allowing them to interact in classrooms with a teacher-student ratio that averages 1:10.
  • Responsible Self-Starters
  • Students are encouraged to schedule their time, arrange their day, and to complete their assigned and selected work. As a result of these efforts, our students develop a high level of self-discipline, responsibility and maturity.
  • Culture of Respect
  • One of the most important aspects of TJS is our culture of respect. We believe so strongly that this one standard encompasses all others, we choose to constantly affirm that "Respect Is The Rule" of The Jefferson School.
  • We follow the Five Rules of Respect:
  • 1. Try to be your best self.
  • 2. Use your manners - be polite
  • 3. Be responsible for your words
  • 4. Be responsible for your actions
  • 5. Treat everyone with the same consideration
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application deadline for The Jefferson School?
The application deadline for The Jefferson School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
After 4 years at The Jefferson School, I can say with certainty that this is the best educational experience we could find for our son. We feel that the curiosity the school encourages, the ability to experience a more individualized education experience, and the deep sense of community we have found at TJS is priceless. No other school offers the Environmental Science and Outdoor Learning opportunities that TJS does, and we believe that is special! Additional subjects like Art, PE, Health, Spanish, and Performing Arts are experienced weekly, sometimes twice a week. We do not believe that private school is always better than public, but this school is different, and for us it is worth every penny!
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Promoting a happy, healthy, emotionally grounded childhood experience with a love of learning is our top priority as a parent and as a therapist and teacher by background. Our child has been attending the Jefferson School for four years. There are several specific things that we find very helpful for the learning experience: small class sizes with teacher: student ratio that is conducive to learning and individualized attention when needed, increased opportunities for outdoor play and breaks that are more realistic to 7 hours of learning, and personable staff that are open to learning and responding to new research and evidence-based practice. There have been a few bumps in the road and challenges, as there are in life, and these were met with open conversation and problem-solving. The school and headmaster truly want what is best for the child. My child is thriving in this environment and learning in a well-rounded way!
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We love TJS! My daughter has been there since Kindergarten and is currently in 5th grade. She loves school! The kids spend as much time as possible outside and the learning is hands-on and very engaging. Student curiosity is nurtured and a love of learning is instilled. The classes are small and the teaching approach is tailored to each child based on their current needs and abilities. They have Spanish, Art, Music, and PE twice a week and health once a week. They learn compassion, respect, mindfulness, and effective study and test-taking skills. There is a school-wide holistic approach to teaching so that students are learning about topics across multiple subjects. The 43-acre campus is gorgeous, with a 1-mile wooded hiking trail, two ponds to study, multiple outdoor classrooms, goats, chickens, gardens and a greenhouse. There is no place like it! Attending TJS has been a wonderful experience for my daughter and she has grown so much socially, emotionally, and academically because of the school.
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I love Jefferson School! The teachers are friendly and helpful. We have animals (goats and chickens), a nature trail, two ponds, outdoor science and we are expanding. We have a new building being built for middle school classes with a gym and stage. We are small and everyone knows one another. The principal is outstanding.
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This is my 4 yr old twins first year at The Jefferson School. A little known jewel in Georgetown. We travel 30miles to the school and it is worth every mile. Small student to teacher ratio, hands on learning, and spectacular teachers who are energetic, creative and dedicated. We are so happy that we found TJS and hope look forward to the next 8 years with them.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 75 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Delaware is $12,355 for elementary schools and $13,859 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Delaware is 89% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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