John Hancock Charter School (JHCS) was founded in 2000 by a group of dedicated parents and administrators who saw a real need and demand for a K-8 charter school in Utah County.
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.
Curriculum: This school will have a sound educational base using the Core Knowledge Sequence by E.D. Hirsch Jr.
Our Mission Statement:
In partnership with parents and the community it is the mission of John Hancock Charter School, to provide a continuously challenging curriculum in a safe and nurturing learning environment. Our primary goal is to instill the love of learning and to prepare students to become responsible citizens and productive members of the community.
Links to More Information about the JHCS Curriculum and Educational Elements
The Core Knowledge Sequence is a grade-by-grade sequence of specific content guidelines in history, geography, mathematics, science, language arts, and the fine arts. This sequence is the result of a long research process developed by the nonprofit Core Knowledge Foundation and E.D. Hirsch Jr.
Use these links to pay your 2014-2015 school fees:
Start studying now for the National Geographic Bee which will be held on Dec. 5th at 1:00. You can go to http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/teachers-and-parents/ for studying information.
Nov. 11th - Veteran's Day. We will have the pleasure of having a veteran address our students this day.
Nov. 18th - School Released at 12:30 for teacher training.
Nov. 25th - Renaissance Feast for 5th, 6th and 8th graders. Feast will go from 12:30 - 3:00. Students need to bring a costume to change in for the feast. It can be simple or complex... something as easy as a tunic made out of a pillow sheet is great. Ask your child's teacher or Mrs. Adamic any questions. Volunteers are needed for this activity. Sign up at Volunteer Spot.
Nov. 26- Nov. 30th - Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 11th - Winter Concert at Pleasant Grove Jr. High School. 6:30 pm.
Dec. 16 - Barnes and Noble Book Fair and Art Night - Watch for more information.
Dec. 20-January 4th - Winter Break
Science Fair - Grades 5-8th. Your child should be working on their science fair project. Contact your child's teacher or Mrs. Adamic if you have any questions.
2014 15 Inspirations Contest
The theme is "What A Wonderful World." Entires are due to the school the week of Dec. 15 - 19, but no later than 2:00 pm on the 19th. Students can submit one entry per category.
Age divisions are:
Kindergarten - 2nd grade
3rd grade - 5th grade
6th grade- 8th grade
9th grade - 12th grade
Rules can be found at
JHCS was featured on BYUtv news February 15th, 2012. The feature included an interview with Mrs Adamic, in which she discussed that JHCS is proud of the fact that we have offered a choice within the public education system for parents, teachers and students for the past 10 years.
You can see the interview here.
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John Hancock Charter School
125 North 100 East
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Principal: Julie Adamic