Founded in 2014, Jamaica Children's School is a new district school in the vibrant community of South Jamaica, Queens. Currently serving students in grades K-5. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about our mission, values, programs, and amazing team!
Children take charge of their learning, seek joy and kindness in their lives, and use their knowledge and skills to positively impact their community and our world.
At Jamaica Children's School, we challenge all children to think critically, collaborate, and take risks. Students engage daily in joyful exploration, inquiry, and self-reflection. Through hands-on activities, small group work, and individualized support, our students develop the confidence, knowledge, and skills necessary to discover their passions and lead with empathy in our complex world.
The foundation of success, for our students and our school, is rooted in our core values and these values define the JCS JAGUAR WAY.
Our PASSION Statement
Empathy: We care about others and strive to understand and share their feelings.
Grit: We are passionate about our goals and bravely overcome obstacles to achieve them.
Inquiry: We are curious and continuously ask questions to reach new understandings.
Creativity: We challenge ourselves, and others, to look at the world in innovative ways.
Voice: We express our ideas, feelings and beliefs, and advocate for ourselves, and others.
IF we strengthen our core instruction by implementing the 4E’s of ProBL that affords ALL students the opportunity to critically think and engage within a blended space that is welcoming and affirming, THEN students will be able to:
- Visualize and uncover novel content while making intentional connections to their prior knowledge through exploration of varied sources.
- Explain and demonstrate their understanding of grade-appropriate task expectations using academic vocabulary
- Participate in rich discussions and collaborative problem-solving activities that allow students to take ownership of their learning by engaging in a productive struggle, building upon prior knowledge and manipulating varied resources.
- Utilize task expectations to examine their individual learning process as well as assess the quality of their product