Dr. Karen Schulte Superintendent
Janesville Public Schools have long been recognized for the proven quality of its comprehensive approach to learning. As one of Wisconsin's ten largest school districts it continues to provide a rich variety of curricular and co-curricular activities. Grounded in the basics, instructional focus emphasizes developing literacy in writing, reading and mathematics. Additional primary attention from its award winning teaching staff and administrative team places priority on knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with the natural sciences, humanities, communication arts, vocational and business career and technical education, visual and performing arts, as well as physical development. A key component in each of these areas is the continuous integration of technology applications in preparing our students for the rigor of 21st century employability and citizenship. The district offers yearlong remedial and enrichment opportunities that reinforce and extend classroom objectives. Community service and outreach are priorities. So are sport and other competitive involvements that have made Janesville a "City of Champions." Foremost is our commitment to meeting the unique needs of each student. We welcome diversity and realize that there is more than one way to successful performance. The district offers alternative pathways to obtaining mastery and expects much from our students in return. To want less is to abrogate our responsibility to you and to students we have the privilege to service.
The School District of Janesville supports this statement of purpose with a rich menu of programming designed to build related competencies. A sampling of these initiatives include . . .
State and national recognition - Individual schools and educators have received deserved recognition for performance excellence. Several of our schools have been identified as Wisconsin Schools of Recognition. Many teachers have been named Kohl Fellowship Award winners and Wisconsin PTA Teacher of the Year. Our nationally acclaimed Washington Seminar program involves field research in our nation’s capital and is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary.
A first class summer school experience - Thousands of students each June, July and August take advantage of diverse learning options that include swimming, outdoor education, remedial and next step learning. Enrichment opportunities, like taking part in the regional stage productions of musicals such as Westside Story, Hairspray and Fame are also possible.
Meaningful options for our most able learners - Identified students in grades 4-8 have the choice to participate in our magnate school talented and gifted program through J-TAG. High school students can select from an extensive list of Advance Placement classes. Articulation agreements with nearby colleges and universities provide additional avenues for inquiry and post-secondary credit.
Two of the nation’s best Distributive Education Clubs of America chapters (DECA) - Our high schools have a long history of exceptional performance at state, regional and international competitions that assess business principles and marketing strategies.
Top notch instructors in the performing and visual arts - Broadway productions like Phantom of the Opera and award winning show choir performances highlight the important place of performance in our comprehensive curriculum. Similar importance is placed on the visual arts in developing a student perception of the world . . . and themselves.
P4J Early childhood alternatives - Parents have the choice to enroll their young student in Pre-K options that include four-year-old kindergarten and three-year-old speech and language classes.
Real work life experiences - Off campus choices exist to apply learning in real work situations. The district offers externships in local businesses as well as the chance to earn Certified Nursing Assistant Certificates in partnership with Blackhawk Technical College.
Seeing our world through a global lens - Within our unfolding curriculum students learn about the United States within a global context. Map and geographic competencies receive much instructional focus. Also available are opportunities in European and Asian languages. Students with a high interest in these areas can attend the Academy for International Studies, a 1/2 day charter school while continuing attendance at Craig or Parker.
Community service and outreach - Janesville Schools are involved and connected with our city. This year $40,000 was raised by ALL members of the school community to provide food to 350 area families in need. The "Bags of Hope" project also assisted 50 senior citizens during the holiday season. High school choir and orchestra students celebrated the Messiah with the help of community volunteers, continuing a long tradition of working together for the common good.
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