Madison County Gets Second Option For High SchoolAug 22nd, 2013 | By Jacob | Category: Education
By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Madison County now has a second option for parents and their high-school-aged children. James Madison Preparatory High School will open this year as a Public Charter School. Being a charter school means that they will be independent of the county school board and will have more freedom to be innovative with their student’s curriculum. However, being a public school, they will still be held accountable to state and federal academic standards. Margaret Ann Bunch, a board member for JMPHS, wants to clarify to the community that the new high school is a tuition-free public school and open to every student who wishes to enroll. She stated, “James Madison Preparatory is an option for kids who are on track to go straight into college.” The school will be different for Madison County in that it will focus on STEM education. S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. S.T.E.M. schools are emerging across the country as a means for allowing students to gain an advantage in occupations that are reported to be growing 70 percent faster than other occupations. This doesn’t mean that these four subjects will be the only ones taught at JMPHS, but that the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math will be interwoven with the additional curriculum. The school presented the community an opportunity to see physical changes made to the old Primary and Excel school buildings and to ask questions this past Monday evening with an open house. Board members and staff were on hand to speak with parents, grandparents and students about the school. Attitudes of school staff and its supporters were enthusiastic and feedback given by the community was positive. Bunch says there are a few remaining spots for the inaugural class of 9th grade. If you are interested or need further information you can either speak with Bill Gemmill, the school’s principal at the school, 176 NW Crane Avenue in Madison, or visit their website at JMPHS.org.
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