Elementary School (K-5 Bell Times-8:15am-3:15pm)
At Jackson Day School (JDS), we have a shared community belief among our staff, students, and families that all students are entitled to a school environment that supports their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional needs. JDS provides a researched-based curriculum aligned with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Daily instruction includes a phonics-based ELA program with lessons that bridge literacy and writing. A MATH curriculum focusing on computation, logic, and problem-solving and hands-on SCIENCE and SOCIAL STUDIES curriculum. K-5 students rotate between specials, including Art, Music, Physical Education, Dance, Computer Technology, Character Education, and Spanish. JDS provides interventions for students with various needs through the Exceptional Children Program and pullouts provided by subject-specific coaches for content extensions and content interventions.
JDS uses a Project-Based Learning (PBL) model for upper elementary students. Students practice grade-level standards while employing analytical thinking, problem-solving strategies, communication skills, and creativity to complete tasks and present their findings to their teachers, parents, and peers. The grade level determines the content of the projects. However, the rigor of the project differentiates according to the needs of the individual student. These supplemental programs align themselves with each student's academic ability. These programs place the student at an appropriate starting point and then monitor their progress as they work through the program. The teacher monitors the student's progress as well and makes adjustments as needed.
Developing positive character traits is essential to a student's growth. JDS focuses on the universal values of Respect, Accountability, Integrity, Service, and Excellence. Teaching these values improves student achievement, reduces behavior incidents, increases compassion and empathy, and improves overall school climate and culture. JDS incorporates character education in classroom lessons and through group assemblies.
JDS offers many opportunities for students and families to unwind together and build community outside the classroom. Some of our student's favorites are the Fall Festival, Valentine's Day Dance, and Field Day. We gather for Veteran's Day programs, STEAM nights, Spirit Nights, numerous Arts Showcases, and holiday programs. Students can join a fee-based after-school club or participate in elementary athletics. We offer K-5 soccer, basketball, football, cheer, and even competitive dance, allowing students to learn self-discipline, respect, and collaboration. Participation in the various social events, programs, and athletics improves student productivity, builds relationships, develops empathy, and teaches students critical relationship-building skills.
Outside the Classroom Learning Opportunities
Elementary students participate in 2-3 field trips each year, providing real-world exploration outside the classroom, and bolstering students' critical thinking skills. JDS 4th and 5th-grade students end each academic year with the highly anticipated Camp Mariner. A three-night coastal trip to Fort Caswell where students and even parent chaperones engage in hands-on learning experiences and create memories that last a lifetime.
School uniforms teach students the importance of dressing for success; simply putting on a uniform helps students get into the right mindset, preparing them for the day. Uniforms are practical, increase school safety, improve student behaviors, reduce the potential of bullying, and create a less distracting classroom environment. They provide students with a sense of belonging, allowing students to recognize the value of working together towards a common goal rather than focusing on individual objectives. Uniforms are also a godsend for parents trying to get their children ready for school. The K-7th grade Uniform Policy outlines JDS's practical combination of polo shirts, pants, shorts, skirts, jumpers, and outerwear
2022-2023 3rd Grade Reading Proficiency
Click HERE to view the initial report provided by NCDPI of 3rd grade Read to Achieve outcomes at JDS for 2022-2023. The attached report is preliminary and may undergo data correction to reflect additional students who demonstrate proficiency.