School Information

We have been educating young people in northwest Corvallis since 1960. Currently we serve 340 students with 45 certified and classified staff members.

Jefferson provides a solid educational foundation for students in Kindergarten – 5th grade. Our students regularly achieve at high levels on the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) with more than 85% of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders either meeting or achieving the standard on state reading and math tests. Jefferson boasts a strong music program that includes the Jaguar Choir and Jag Band. Students regularly participate in wellness activities including regular physical education and planting and harvesting in our Jefferson Garden.

Jefferson Elementary School is unique in the district because we are the proud home to the elementary Life Skills program. Life Skills classrooms are designed for students with a variety of developmental disabilities who need a highly structured environment. Instruction is focused on academics at the student’s level and a curriculum that prepares students for independent living including personal safety. Life Skills students are a part of general education classrooms as well as the Life Skills classrooms. We all learn and play together.

Melissa Harder, Principal

Melissa Harder has been the principal at Jefferson Elementary School since 2013. Prior to her leadership at Jefferson, Melissa was an Assistant Principal at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis for six years. Melissa taught high school Social Studies for 14 years both at Crescent Valley High School and Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona. Melissa’s educational focus since the start of her career is creating a space for all children to feel like they are seen and known. At Jefferson, she prides herself on ensuring all students feel safe, valued, and included.