Small School = Big Success
At Jennings, we have a student to teacher ratio of 15/1. Our supportive advisory program makes it impossible for students to slip through the cracks. In a blind survey 97% of the students said they felt “cared about” and that their relationships with “teachers” and “fellow students” were better than the previous schools they attended.
The Jennings model includes yearly trips, organized and helped paid for by students through fundraising. Past trips have included study in Ghana, Costa Rica, as well as trips throughout the United States. In 2013 and 2014, students traveled to San Francisco, Hawaii, New Orleans, New York, and St. Louis studying a range of topics from abolitionism to saltwater ecology, police brutality to theater.
Jennings students tackle projects that deal with issues from a local level to a global level. We begin with awareness through research, making connections, visiting community experts, all with the intention of arriving at a place where students can become empowered to act. Actions have ranged from spreading awareness to advocating for new legislation with congressmen and women. Students then present their findings to their peers and community members through presentation days and evenings on a quarterly basis.
Project Based Learning
All learning adheres to Minnesota state standards, but with an individualized approach. Students start from a place of personal interest and then develop projects with individual guidance from advisors licensed in Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, and more.
Academic Content and Credits
We take academics seriously and our program is based on Minnesota Graduation Requirements. Students at JCS will earn 5 credits per semester; 10 per year. This is equivalent to a full high year of credit. The credits will be earned in Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Art, Health/Fitness, and Electives. Our work study program also helps student earn credits through developing job skills, earning job placement, and maintaing that position throughout the year.