Summer school at JMS has three parts that attend to the accountability and academic skill needs of the emerging adolescent.
Given the supports and opportunities afforded students within the school year and the school day, students earn a failing grade only if they have not completed significant portions of the learning tasks. Based on the research-based needs of the emerging adolescent, it is the adults’ role to do what we can to help them through this process, and eventually hold them accountable if needed. Students may be enrolled in the JMS Counts Summer School program if they earn an F in any core class throughout the year. They are required to complete work and assessments to the degree in which they have raised their grade to the passing level. At JMS we work hard to teach our students that failure is not an acceptable option provided they are capable, and we hold in our hearts that ALL kids can learn.
During the summer of 2016 JMS plans to pilot two skills interventions classes as well; one will focus on reading and the other on math. Students will be recommended but not required to attend, but will be asked to commit to 6 weeks of additional instruction. More on this initiative will be forthcoming.
For updated information on the School District's Summer School program please click here.