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Jefferson High School is a Jostens Renaissance (c) School


Jefferson High School is a Jostens Renaissance© school. Renaissance is an approach to renewing the school’s climate and culture through strategies that build the character of students, enhance and grow connections with peers, parents, stakeholder, and create aculture of celebration of all achievements to inspire success. 

For more information about Renaissance, visit the JHS Renaissance page. 


Jefferson High School opened in 1972, consolidating Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, and Shepherdstown High Schools. As the only high school in the county, the former schools became Junior High Schools, and later Middle Schools. In 2008, Washington High School opened as the second high school serving Jefferson County.

The school is named for the county it serves, not President Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson High School is a fully accredited institution through West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Educational Performance Assessments and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement/AdvancED.

Motto: Dedicate your mind, enrich your life.

Mascot: Cougar

Mission Statement

By offering a rigorous 21st century education, Jefferson High School will empower our students to become responsible, productive citizens in a diverse, global society.


We believe

  • A safe, nurturing school environment is essential for maximizing student potential.
  • Students, school personnel, parents, and the community share the responsibility for developing self-confident, respectful and responsible citizens.
  • Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs in a diverse learning environment that fosters positive relationships and mutual respect.
  • To meet high expectations for achieving success, each student shall be actively engaged in a challenging learning environment by demonstrating essential knowledge and skills.


  • Increase student proficiency in literacy
  • Increase student proficiency in mathematics
  • Improve school climate
  • Meet or exceed state graduation rates
  • Promote safe and healthy schools

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