Academies @ JCHS Update from Larry Linthacum - Superintendent of Schools (12.16.15)
"The goal of Jefferson City Public Schools is to provide a quality education for ALL students. The Academies @ Jefferson City High School are a tool in the Pre K - 12th grade educational process to ensure all students have a college-, career- and life-ready education. The Academies are continuing to evolve and we want to continue to fine tune and make improvements that are simplified, flexible and sustainable.
Starting next fall during the 2016-17 school year, we will be combining and restructuring the Academies and consolidating from seven academies to three academies, plus a general studies academy option for those students who want a general education. We will ask current 8th grade students to choose an area of interest in one of three broad areas, as the Academies will be combined as follows:
- Health/Human Services
- Agriculture/Industrial Engineering & Technology
- Communication, Arts & Business and Global Studies
Simonsen students will continue to receive instruction in the core content areas along with an academy flavor and introduction course in their area of interest. At the end of their freshman, sophomore and junior years, students will be allowed to switch academies and will also have the opportunity to select a college, career and life general studies course option as mentioned above.
The five pillars established through the academies - which include 1:World technology, introductory courses, small learning communities, Tier 2 lessons and business partnerships - will remain as the foundation of the Academies moving forward. As we (administrators, teachers and staff) continue to work through the process we will communicate information frequently and messaging will be specific to audiences (i.e. staff, parents, students, business partners and community). Our intent is to ensure that we are vetting our processes with fidelity, "slow and steady" as we work together to improve the Academies and ensure our kids learn every day! Don't hesitate to visit with me or your child's principal should you have any questions."