Our Mission and Vision
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 and independently, collaborate, take risks, and take ownership of their learning. Students engage in joyful exploration, inquiry-based activities, complex tasks and self-reflection. Through these aspects and individualized support, our students develop the innovative and critical thinking, conceptual understanding, self-advocacy, and student agency necessary to discover their passions and lead with empathy in our complex world.
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.
The foundation of success, for our students and our school, is rooted in our core values and these values define the JCS JAGUAR WAY.
PRINCIPAL'S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY AND PROBL
INSTRUCTIONAL FOCUS FOR 2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR
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
CEP GOALS FOR 2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR
By June 2021, Chronic Absenteeism for All Students will decrease 3 points, from 16% to 14%, as measured by ATS Attendance Reports/ INSIGHT Dashboard.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (ELA)
By June 2021, there will be a 5 point(s) Increase, from 35% to 40% of the All Students achieving at or above grade level, as measured by I-Ready Reading Assessment.
By June 2021, there will be a 5 point(s) Increase, from 26% to 31% of the All Students achieving at or above grade level, as measured by I-Ready Math Assessments.