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FAQ

What is our preparatory school?

Preparatory schools prepare students for advancement into our early college, and the possibility to immediately begin dual enrollment, as well as prepare for a competitive global workforce.

What is an early college high school?

Early colleges (also known as middle colleges) blend both high school and college courses into a rigorous, yet supportive program, reducing the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and an associate degree. Our early college high school is a five year program designed to allow students to earn their high school diploma and upwards of 60 credits through an additional 5th year of study. Our goal is simple . . . to prepare students for college, career, and life.

How is Jackson Preparatory & Early College unique?

Our program is designed to provide students with a personalized learning plan, initially created by our JPEC team, and then further developed in collaboration with Jackson College academic advising. Student’s passions and interests are identified and integrated into their learning. We will engage with each student ensuring continuous progression, while motivating him/her to meet his/her potential, and demonstrate mastery of competencies.

Why should I enroll my child at JPEC?

  • Students may complete a two-year associate degree at no cost to the student or family by participating in the intensive five-year experience at JPEC
  • Opportunity to complete high school early
  • Small class sizes with individualized instruction
  • Instruction by highly qualified teachers and college instructors
  • One-to-one technology as well as state-of-the-art facilities through Jackson College
  • Safe and secure environment with a culture of excellence, support, and honor
  • School environment that is responsive to student voice and choice

What is competency based learning and mastery of competencies?

Competency based education is a model focused on measuring learning rather than time or compliance, and students’ progression in applying these skills to their learning. Students progress through skills directly connected to content standards at their own pace. Our expectation is that students work toward mastery of these skills, by demonstrating consistent and independent application of higher order thinking and constructing their own understandings.

How much does it cost to attend?

We are a public school academy and therefore, there is no cost to attend. That’s right, your son or daughter can earn up to 60 credits or an associate’s degree free of charge!

Is JPEC designed only for advanced students?

No. We have designed our program for all students, regardless of their academic history or capabilities. Our philosophy is that all students have the ability to learn and progress in different ways and we will tap into their strengths. 

How will you assess my son/daughter?

In addition to state required assessments (M-Step and SAT), we will administer the following competency based assessments: NWEA-Measures of Academic Progress once each term which provides timely and valuable information on student growth and achievement, and the COMPASS Exam that provides course placement information in relation to college readiness. Students will also formative and summative classroom assessments and non-academic assessments such as: Multiple Intelligences, Conflict Style Survey, Learning Style, and the Interest Inventory/Career Assessment. This will provide us with the information needed to personalize our approach, ensuring all students receive individualized attention and support.

Are teachers required to hold a teaching certificate?

Yes, our teaching staff must meet the State of Michigan Highly Qualified Certification in order to teach for JPEC. Our teachers also must represent the values and beliefs of JPEC and be committed to working tirelessly toward our vision.

How long is the academic year?

School starts after Labor Day and ends in July. We follow similar breaks as other local schools with a 2-week winter break, 1-week spring break, and approximately 5-week summer break, with all major holidays observed. The academic year allows for more instructional days and instructional hours than state minimums:

  • State of Michigan: 1,098 hours and 175 days
  • JPEC: 1,225 hours (+127 hours) & 205 days (+30 days)

What is the start and end time of the school day?

The school day runs from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. We will open the building at 7:30 a.m. for early drop-off. Morning programs may include light physical activity, tutor/study lab, and Genius Bar tech support.

Will you offer music and art opportunities?

We currently offer ensemble and keyboarding or piano, and are working to provide opportunities for Band, Choir, and Quartette in addition to three progressive levels of instrumental instruction. There are great opportunities to share resources with the college to offer performing and visual art coursework in addition to Art History and Music Theory. 

Are there athletics?

We currently offer cross country, volleyball, basketball, cheer, soccer, softball, and tennis. We are working to offer baseball and golf by spring of 2016. Additional sports will be added in subsequent years based on student interest.

What extracurricular activities are available?

We value student choice and student voice. With that, we are going to develop extracurricular activities based on student voice. We also want to draw on the experiences and talents of all JPEC employees to serve as program advisors. Currently students participate in drama, debate, sci-fi club, robotics, creative writing, student council, student focus groups, and a student social-media group “Falcon Forecast” among other opportunities.

Is there a dress code?

There are two standard dress codes for grades 6-8 and grades 9-13.  The dress codes can be found by clicking here.

Is there bus service available?

JTA has daily runs to Jackson College for which students can take advantage of. JTA provides two drop off times, 7:30am and 8:30am, for JPEC students. They also provide a pick up at 4:35pm. Additionally, many families have started carpool groups. JPEC will not provide transportation to and from the school, so families will need to plan accordingly.

How do I apply?

Contact our office, office@jacksonpec.org or (517) 768-7093, for an enrollment packet.

How can I get involved?

Let us know you are interested! We know how important parent engagement is in the success of a child. We plan to provide you with plenty of opportunities to support and enhance the educational experience of your child and other children at JPEC.

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