JHCS is a public charter school, chartered by the Utah State Office of Education. We are a small community school with one class per grade and 185 students in grades K-8. Our program of instruction includes: Core Knowledge, Spalding Language Arts, Saxon Mathematics, orchestra, differentiated instruction and Quantum Learning.
The basic philosophy of Core Knowledge is that learning builds on learning and children gain new knowledge only by building on what they already know. It is essential to begin building solid foundations of knowledge in the early years, when children are most receptive. Research has shown, for the vast majority of children, academic deficiencies from the first six grades permanently impair the success of later learning.
The mission of JHCS is to provide that core foundation and make our students successful learners for life.
Charter schools provide:
o Accountability: Charter schools are held accountable for how well they educate children in a safe and responsible environment, not for compliance with district and state regulations. They are judged on how well they meet the student achievement goals established by their charter, and how well they manage the fiscal and operational responsibilities entrusted to them. If they fail, they are closed.
o Choice: Parents, teachers, community groups, organizations, or individuals interested in creating an alternative educational opportunity for children can start charter schools. Local and state school boards, colleges and universities, and other community agencies interested in fostering innovation and excellence in schools sponsor them. Students choose to attend, and teachers choose to teach at charter schools.
o Autonomy: Charter schools are freed from the traditional bureaucracy and regulations that divert a school's energy and resources toward compliance rather than excellence. Educators can focus on setting and reaching high academic standards for their students.
o Parental involvement: Parents are required to be involved in their children's education in a variety of ways that can include:
Governing board: Comprised of parents, educators, community leaders.