21ST CENTURY LEARNING:
Through our 21st Century Learning Partnership, we are fortunate to offer a variety of enrichment, parent workshops and professional development programs to our students, families and staff. For students in 2nd-8th grade, the Leadership Program, CARE and Robofun offer a variety of programs both during and after school, including basketball, dance, flag football/soccer, martial arts, Scratch computer programming, music, visual art and Lego Robotics. For parents, we have a breakfast learning series to empower parents with the knowledge and resources to support their children’s academic success and healthy choices. Learn more.
ALGEBRA FOR ALL:
As an Algebra for All school, our students will complete their algebra requirement while at GJS, enabling them to reach more advanced math courses in high school and better preparing them for college and careers. Our students will also have access to a variety of academic supports to ensure overall greater math understanding and proficiency. Learn more.
COLLEGE ACCESS FOR ALL:
The goal of College Access for All is to expose students to a college-going culture from the beginning of their education. With a focus on 7th grade, the College Access for All initiative provides opportunities for students and parents to visit college campuses, participate in a variety of workshops, and plan for high school admissions and college readiness. The last Friday of every month is College Awareness Day and a chance for staff and students alike to show college pride. Learn more.
COMMUNITY SCHOOLS INITIATIVE:
As an NYC Department of Education Community School, we develop partnerships between families, teachers, administrators and community organizations to provide holistic, wrap-around supports for our entire community of learners. From enrichment programs to health services to parent workshops to attendance improvement to school climate-building activities, our Community School programs are all aimed at bolstering our students’ academic achievement and ensuring they are motivated and engaged at school every day. The Tigers Den Community Resource Center, room 101, is home to the Community Schools initiative at GJS, serving as a space where parents, students and staff can find information, get work done and collaborate. Learn more.
EXPANDED LEARNING TIME:
As a community school, we are fortunate to be able to provide our students with an additional five hours of learning each week. During this extended learning time, students have the opportunity to continue academically-based lessons with their teachers, as well as participate in enrichment programs, such as Lego robotics, Scratch computer programming, dance and debate. For a full list of the programs offered during ELT, contact Alex Teitel, Community School Director or see the Enrichment programs link on this website. Learn more.
At GJS we know that mentors matter. For that reason, we partner with local leaders, including members of government, the NYPD and community-based organizations to match some of our students with individual mentors. If you would like to match your child with a mentor, be sure to let us know.
PARTNERSHIP WITH CHILDREN (PWC):
PWC is a community based organization whose mission is to strengthen students’ emotional, social and academic skills in order to help them succeed in school, society and life. PWC social workers provide individual and small group counseling, crisis intervention, full class services, professional development, and family and community outreach. The PWC Social Work team can be found in the Zen Den, room 106. PWC is also our lead partner organization for our Community Schools initiative. Learn more.
Through our Single Shepherd program, all middle school students work with a counselor to help guide them to make healthy academic and social choices. The idea of Single Shepherd is that in order to succeed, every student needs mentorship and support. Please contact our Single Shepherd counselors, Federico Vicino and Christina Wallace, in room 222, if you have further questions. Learn more.
SUMMER IN THE CITY:
As a community school, we know that learning should not stop at the end of June. For that reason, we offer summer programming at our school. Last year Practice Makes Perfect provided academic enrichment for elementary students and a peer mentoring opportunity for middle school students. Be sure to inquire about summer opportunities during the spring to make sure you get your child signed up early! Learn more.
Turnaround Arts uses the arts to promote academic success. Misty Copeland, lead ballerina for the American Ballet Theater (ABT) serves as our celebrity artist, inspiring students through her encouragement and leadership. As part of this program, teachers regularly incorporate the arts into their lessons in order to enhance student learning and focus. A select group of our students even got to go perform at the White House as part of this program! We look forward to you all joining us for performances and showcases of student work throughout the year. Learn more.