Jefferson recently received high praise from Niche.com as the "#1 Best Public Middle School in the Pittsburgh Area" (out of 113) and the "#1 Best Public Middle School in Allegheny County" (out of 70). In addition, Niche also ranked JMS as "#5 Best Public Middle School in Pennsylvania" (out of 746 middle schools) and "#64 Best Public Middle Schools in America" (out of 23,632). The ranking included traditional public schools as well as charter and magnet schools.
Niche is based in Pittsburgh, and their staff comprises of data scientists, engineers, parents, and "yinzers who are passionate about helping [parents] discover the schools and neighborhoods that are right for" their families and children. You can read more about how the Niche staff analyzes their data to calculate their rankings system here. You may also view where their data comes from and the sources that are used in the calculations.
In addition to ranking K-12 schools, Niche also ranks the best places to live and best colleges in the United States.