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Connections Program

The Connections Program at JLS Middle School is a learning community of students, teachers, and parents where hearts and minds are inspired through challenging, innovative, and relevant curriculum. Curriculum is designed to create life-long learners prepared to meet future academic, social, and global challenges.

Connections offers a project-based learning environment where students gain and practice the higher order thinking skills needed to create, design, analyze, and problem solve in real-world contexts. Instruction is designed to provide learners with tangible experience in critical thinking and decision-making, ensuring they are well prepared for the rigors of high school and beyond.

Our Philosophy

Our Methods

Our Outcomes

  • Teach the whole child: social, emotional, intellectual
  • Teach students as individuals
  • Give parents a say about the school
  • Less is more, depth over coverage
  • Teacher as a guide
  • Project-based & cooperative learning
  • Student centered & student directed learning
  • Off campus enrichment and field trips
  • Alternative assessments
  • Personal responsibility
  • Creativity & Curiosity
  • Life long learners well prepared for high school
  • Learners that meet or exceed state & district standards