Each student will have a Personalized Learning Plan which will identify annual goals and academic strengths and weaknesses. Students, teachers and families will be jointly vested in ensuring that goals are successfully achieved.
There will be a strong focus on inquiry-based learning, differentiated instruction, and student empowerment to encourage the development of high-level reasoning and critical thinking skills.
Application of learned concepts to the real world. From 3-4 pm daily, students create and manage real world systems such as businesses and government creating a miniature society within the school.
World language classes will be aligned with needs of the student population
Integration of technology to support classroom instruction supplemented by a web-based system that enables parents to track their child's progress and communicate with the school.
The MicroSociety program represents a new breed of learning environments. It is the only student-based entire school reform efforts of its kind. This research-based education program transforms classrooms by providing a real-world context for academic learning.
Students collaborate with parents, business volunteers, and teachers to create a functioning small community within the school. Students spend one class period each day in their jobs where they learn to run businesses, apply technology, develop government and social agencies, and create cultural and arts organizations. Gradually, students become immersed in the realities of a free-market economy with taxes, property concerns, income issues and politics.
Students begin the preparation for the "jobs" ahead of them by learning how to prepare a resume and present themselves in an effective interview "
Goals & Objectives
At JCGCS we will constantly evolve and transform our approaches to education so that we can improve the ways that we teach, the services that we provide, and the environment in which students learn. Our professional development goals are:
Teachers will increase student capacity to apply effective effort in all areas in need of improvement and instill confidence within students and their abilities to excel by incorporating this philosophy in their instructional strategies and interactions with students.
Educators will make significant progress towards the mastery of the Common Core Standards and new instructional programs as well as differentiate instruction in an effective manner that is conducive to the needs of students.
Teachers will also increase their educational practice by utilizing Madeline Hunter’s Lesson Plan Design which is consists of specific categories that will enable them to enhance their instructional techniques and strategies.