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JPS Announces District-Based After-School Programs at 26 Sites

August 18, 2021

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After-School programming will open for JPS scholars Tuesday, September 14, and will run Tuesday through Thursday each week. All programs will operate by the Student Code of Conduct and Handbook.

At its regular meeting held Tuesday, August 17, the Board of Trustees of Jackson Public Schools approved the District's plans for implementing after-school programming to meet the needs of students in grades K-12 and their families. Under the leadership of the Office of Innovative Strategy, all schools will have equitable access to high-quality, free after-school programs for scholars. Starting in September, District-based after-school programs will be open at 26 sites to meet the needs of scholars at all grade levels. Offerings include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) enrichment, intramural sports, and ACT Prep, as well as tutoring in reading and math.

"I'm excited to launch these after-school experiences," said Dr. Errick L. Greene, Superintendent. "We made a commitment to JPS scholars and families that we would provide equitable access to high-quality out-of-school experience in our strategic plan, and today we're proud to deliver on that promise. These robust and engaging programs will further the important work that we're doing to transform teaching and learning in the classroom. I hope that our families will take advantage of these amazing opportunities."

The Office of Innovative Strategy seeks to provide every JPS scholar with equitable access to an after-school option in a safe, nurturing, and culturally affirming space through this initiative.

Bus transportation and meals will be provided for all participating JPS scholars. JPS transportation will transport participating scholars from school to the aftercare site and home. However, parents have the option of picking up their children. The Office of Child Nutrition in JPS will provide snacks and dinner for program participants. The hours of the District-based after-school program are as follows: Elementary – 2:45-5:45 p.m.; Middle – 3:30-6:00 p.m.; and High – 4:15-6:15 p.m. The program will run Tuesday through Thursday each week. District-Based programs will require face coverings for all scholars and follow the Student Code of Conduct and Handbook guidelines.

"The new enrichment classes offered by JPS are groundbreaking and innovative," said Felicia Sandifer, an Obama Magnet parent. "As a parent of a third-grader who attends Barack Obama Magnet School, I am thankful and enthusiastic about the new after-school enrichment program. This opportunity will aid my child in her educational journey."

How to Apply

The application process is as follows:

  • The District-Based After-School Registration Form will be available online and at schools by Wednesday, August 18
  • Families should return completed applications to their child's home school by Monday, August 30
  • Schools will notify parents of their enrollment status by Monday, September 6
  • Programs will begin the following week, on Tuesday, September 14.

Seating is limited, so schools will fill slots on a first-come, first-served basis. Families who don't get a placement initially will be added to a waiting list. The District will also provide a list of alternative programs available across the city.

After-School Providers

The District has engaged nine local providers to develop content and programs that align with and support schools' instructional programs and accelerate learning. One of these partners, The Mississippi MS Children's Museum, will serve elementary students in the Murrah Feeder Pattern by providing literacy, STEAM activities, homework assistance, and other pandemic-specific social supports. Below is a complete list with program descriptions for the organizations that will implement high-quality programming for JPS scholars in a range of areas from foreign languages to health and fitness, the arts, and academic enrichment.

After-School Programs & Sites

District-Based After-School Programs are designed and led by the Office of Innovative Strategy to ensure all students have access to high levels of learning and engagement. These programs will operate at 26 sites, including 24 JPS schools, Operation Shoestring, and the Mississippi Children's Museum.

 

School Address
Bailey APAC Middle 1900 North State Street
Baker Elementary 300 East Santa Clair Street
Blackburn Middle 1311 West Pearl Street
Brinkley Middle 3535 Albemarle Road
Callaway High 601 Beasley Road
Cardozo Middle 3180 McDowell Road Ext.
Chastain Middle 4650 Manhattan Road
Forest Hill 2607 Raymond Road
Green Elementary 610 Forest Avenue
Jim Hill High 2185 Coach Fred Harris Street
Johnson Elementary 1339 Oak Park Drive
Kirksey Middle 5677 Highland Drive
Lanier High 833 West Maple Street
Lester Elementary 2350 Oakhurst Drive
Mississippi Children’s Museum 2145 Museum Boulevard
Murrah High 1400 Murrah Drive
Northwest Middle 7020 Highway 49 North
Operation Shoestring 1711 Bailey Avenue
Peeples Middle 2940 Belvedere Drive
Powell Middle 3655 Livingston Road
Provine High 2400 Robinson Road
Raines Elementary 156 Flag Chapel
Spann Elementary 1615 Brecon Drive
Timberlawn Elementary 1980 North Siwell Road
Whitten Middle 210 Daniel Lake Boulevard
Wingfield High 1985 Scanlon Drive


Download the District-Based After-School Programs flyer (PDF).