• Thomas Jefferson Elementary

    Multiple Intelligences Magnet FAQ

    What is our Multiple Intelligence Theme?

    Our magnet theme is Multiple Intelligences (MI). The MI concept was developed by Dr. Howard Gardner from Harvard University. It focuses on nine ways of being smart: verbal/linguistic, mathematical/logical, naturalistic, musical/rhythmic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, visual/spatial, bodily/kinesthetic, and existential. Teachers survey students at the beginning of the year to determine their strengths and interests. Based on the survey results and regular classroom interactions, teachers plan classroom activities and lessons that build upon a student’s unique intelligence. Students learn best when they are provided opportunities to work in an environment closely related to their needs and allowed to demonstrate their understanding through various activities and projects.

    Do our magnet students feed into magnet middle schools?

    Our magnet schools have top priority to attend the following schools:

    • Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts
    • James Weldon Johnson College Preparatory School
    • Julia Landon College Preparatory and Leadership Academy

    These middle schools feed into the following high schools:

    • Darnell-Cookman School of the Medical Arts
    • Paxon School for Advanced Studies
    • Samuel Wolfson School for Advanced Studies
    • Stanton College Preparatory School

    * Parents of fifth graders must complete magnet applications in Focus by February 28th to receive this priority.

    What about our neighborhood students?

    We want our neighborhood students in the magnet program! They are not automatically placed there. Parents must apply in Focus by fourth grade no later than February 28th. All students zoned for our school will be accepted into the magnet if they apply by the deadline.


    When are our magnet tours?


    Virtual magnet tours are every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. beginning January 14th and ending February 25th. Please visit our school website to register to attend a virtual school tour.


    What is the application window/DUE DATE?


    The application window is from January 1 to the deadline of February 28, 2021.


    What is the process?


    Parents must have a parent account in Focus and link it to their student. Visit www.duvalschools.org/focus for a step-by-step guide to creating a parent account and linking it to a student.


    What about bus transportation?


    Magnet transportation is provided to any elementary student living in the same zone that their magnet school is located. Thomas Jefferson is in Zone 4 – Westside (295/I-10). Transportation is also provided from Zone 5 – Riverside/Ortega area. Parents may also submit a new bus request form at www.duvalschools.org/schoolchoice in the form section if they don’t see transportation near their home. For more information click ‘Transportation and Busing’ on our website under ‘District Quick Links.’


    Does Thomas Jefferson offer an Extended Day Program?


    Thomas Jefferson offers both a morning and afternoon extended day program @ $152/month. Mornings only are $52/month and afternoons only are $100/month. Students may arrive at 7:00 a.m. and stay until 6:00 p.m.


Last Modified on January 9, 2021