A Charter School in Alaska is a school that operates under contract with a local school district. Our contract includes us in the district’s overall system but puts an elected body of parents in charge. This gives us the flexibility to choose which curriculum to use and how to administer it. For more information, read the 2017 JCCS Charter Renewal Document.
Kindergarten students attend with 1st graders from 8:30 – 1:45. Parents may pick up, or a small group extended day (KED) is available for those needing academic enrichment until 3:00.
Yes. In the morning all students, K-8, ride the bus to their neighborhood elementary school. Once there, they will wait for a second bus with other JCCS and optional program students. This bus will bring all students to the turf field in front of the Marie Drake building where they will be met by a JCCS staff member.
After school, students will gather together for about 30 minutes, then walk together with a JCCS staff member back to the turf field to catch the high school buses home.
For pick up and drop off times, please consult the JSD Bus Info & Routes.
The whole school meets for one half-hour every other week for “Music Buddies.” This half-hour can be a time to sing-a-long, listen to other students playing what they’ve learned, or listening to a visiting musician.
Sometimes we have Lunch Buddies. During Lunch Buddies, students from each class can visit another classroom for the lunch period. Each classroom welcomes students from the other 4 classrooms giving students of all ages a chance to engage and develop our school community.
We share the auxiliary gym with JDHS. This can be used for our PE classes or for an extra movement break. All K-8 students have a 30 minute recess after lunch each day. K-5 students share the Harborview playground with Montessori students. 6-8 students use the turf field. We do go outside every day, so make sure your child is prepared for any weather!
We ask that each family contribute one hour per week per child, up to two hours per week. The JCCS model works best when parents are able to contribute this time in the classroom in order to facilitate small groups. If you are unable to volunteer in the classroom, please contact your child’s teacher to set up an alternative schedule.
In general, the first person to speak with anytime you have a concern is your classroom teacher.
If necessary, the next step would be for you or the classroom teacher to contact the school’s principal.
If you have concerns about the overall structure or policies of the school, you can meet with members of the Academic Policy Committee (APC) individually or during one of their monthly meetings (check the calendar for upcoming meetings).
The APC oversees management of the Juneau Community Charter School, communicates with outside organizations including the Juneau City Assembly and the Juneau School District School Board, manages the JCCS operating budget, oversees the principal and other non-classroom teacher positions, hires all staff, reviews, revises, and creates policies and procedures to effectively manage the Charter School operations, and makes decisions regarding JCCS curriculum and academic approach.