From the Desk of the President

Dear JCS Parents,

 

Jupiter Christian partners with parents to deliver the JCS Promise: to educate students in a nurturing community to excel in life and engage the world.   Various vehicles are purposefully designed to move JCS students toward the fulfillment of the promise and demonstration of the expected student outcomes: co-curricular and club activities, college and career preparation, service projects, and minimester.

 

We are excited to introduce an additional enrichment option, Jupiter Christian's Schools of Distinction, a specialty course track for students in grades 10-12, which will be available for enrollment for the 2019-2020 academic year. As part of our comprehensive college preparatory program that culminates with the Senior Capstone, our new Schools of Distinction (often referred to as a magnet program) will provide our students with an opportunity to prepare for and explore professional fields through curricular enhancements, mentoring relationships and experiential learning. Through project-based academics and practical applications, the program gives students opportunities to move beyond the classroom by entering competitions and gaining experience using coding with programs such as VEX Robotics as well as designing new creations using a 3D printer in future years. Thanks to our donor partners, we will be able to provide the technology needed for these complex systems. Successful completion of their chosen track will allow them to graduate with a Schools of Distinction focus that will prepare them for future success in an undergraduate program in that field.

 

Upper School Principal Joe Zambrano shares about the vision of the JCS Schools of Distinction, research, and careful planning that has resulted in this new academic program:

 

JCS has worked to evaluate not only what we teach but how we teach. Our goal is to ensure that our school is equipped to prepare students for the rapidly changing world. In 2018, we responded to these needs and purchased 140 iPads and 102 MacBooks, while increasing our teaching strategies to adapt to and meet the technological needs of 21st century education. We know that today, schools must weave modern competencies and expertise throughout the learning experience. These include the development of critical thinking, complex problem solving and collaboration, as well as specific technology and communication skills, into the teaching of traditional academic subjects. The first of these programs will begin in the 2019-2020 academic year and we are certain that that they will be challenging, promote inquiry and increase engagement.

 

The 2019 Schools of Distinction Pathways will launch with the following: (new course selections and additional School Pathways will be added each additional year)

 

STEM – Computer Science Distinction with classes such as Computer Science Discoveries, Computer Science Principals, HS Robotics with VEX robotics including local, state, and world competitions, Programming and 3D Printing, and AP courses such as Computer Science.

 

Medical Distinction with classes such as Anatomy, Honors Microbiology, STEM Biomedical, AP Bio, AP Chemistry, Medical Terminology, potential internships in medical professions.

 

Fine Art Distinction will formalize our current Fine Arts Academy as a school pathway for students focused on the Arts.  JCS's fine arts program is growing each year and a Fine Arts Pathway can include increased visual and performing arts opportunities as well as classes such as AP Music Theory.

 

The 2020-21 school year will bring the addition of a Business/Entrepreneurship Distinction. In preparation, the following Electives will be offered to students next year:
Debate
Introduction to Business
Marketing Principles

 

A Digital Media/Communications School Pathways remains in development for 2021-22.

 

As the program launches 2019, students will have the opportunity to apply for admission to one of the Schools of Distinction during second semester their 9th grade year.  Current high school students (grades 10-12) will be able to select courses from the SOD offerings as elective or core class credits. Additionally, if a student does not wish to enroll in a specific School of Distinction they may select courses from the SOD offerings as their elective credit. This month, our Guidance Department will begin to work with upper school students in course selection for the 2019-2020 academic year. Detailing for application procedures and general course scheduling will be provided on March 28th with each grade level.

 

JCS remains committed to expanding on our AP and Dual Enrollment programs.  This year JCS increased our DE and AP offerings - Dual Enrollment courses offered include Psychology, Lifespan Development, Composition 1, College Algebra, and Elementary Statistics.  Current AP courses include World History, US History, US Government Studio Art: Drawing, Studio Art: 2D, Biology, Chemistry, Calculus AB.  In 2019-20 JCS will again expand AP and Dual Enrollment options including AP Calculus BC and other Dual Enrollment or AP courses in alignment with our Schools of Disctinction.

 

We pray that our Jupiter Christian Schools of Distinction program will not only prepare our students academically, but also inspire them to pursue their passions in a way that allows them to make an impact on the world for Jesus Christ.

Blessings,

Dan Steinfield
President
(561) 354-1917

Jupiter Christian School

700 S Delaware Blvd • Jupiter, FL 33458 • (561) 354-1900

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