Jackson-Madison County School System invites the public to an open house at The Bridge Academy, its new program to help nontraditional learners graduate from high school from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24.

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  • Jackson-Madison County School System invites the public to an open house at The Bridge Academy, its new program to help nontraditional learners graduate from high school:
    Date: Thursday, Feb. 24
    Time: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Location: The Galleria Shopping Center at 180 Old Hickory Blvd., Jackson, 38305.
  • Students primarily from Liberty and Jackson Central Merry high schools attend The Bridge Academy.
  • The Bridge Academy is operated by Ombudsman Educational Services. Ombudsman is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education as a whole school reform model provider, and Jackson-Madison County School System is accessing federal Race to the Top monies to fund The Bridge Academy.

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  • “Students attending The Bridge Academy receive a high quality education that will prepare them to graduate with a diploma from Jackson Madison County School System and to be successful wherever their life goals take them,” Doris Battle, JMCSS deputy superintendent said. “By helping nontraditional learners graduate from high school, The Bridge Academy offers a great benefit to students, their families and the Jackson community.”

For Immediate Release

Jackson, Tenn. (Feb. 10, 2011) – Jackson-Madison County School System invites the public to an open house from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 24, at The Bridge Academy, the district’s new program to help nontraditional learners graduate from high school.

The Bridge Academy is located in the Galleria Shopping Center, 180 Old Hickory Blvd. in Jackson.

Students primarily from Liberty and Jackson Central Merry high schools attend The Bridge Academy. The Bridge Academy offers smaller class sizes, personalized instruction and flexible schedules so students can meet family or work commitments and recover credits to graduate with a district diploma. Students attend one of two four-hour sessions and participate in two and a half hours of work-based learning through employment, internships or community service daily. They benefit from:

Small class size and personalized attention;

  • A customized academic plan created to meet their specific needs;
  • A technology-rich environment that allows students to receive immediate feedback and become familiar with tools they will use in college, trade or vocational school or the workplace;
  • Service learning and volunteer projects that will help students explore careers, develop the skills required to secure a job and give back to their community;
  • Teacher-led learning activities and small group instruction to help students apply knowledge and enhance their social skills;
  • Focused, dedicated preparation for the state’s end-of-course tests; and
  • Greater accountability and improved academic results.

“Students attending The Bridge Academy receive a high quality education that will prepare them to graduate with a diploma from Jackson Madison County School System and to be successful wherever their life goals take them,” Doris Battle, JMCSS deputy superintendent said. “By helping nontraditional learners graduate from high school, The Bridge Academy offers a great benefit to students, their families and the Jackson community.”

“This innovative program is the bridge that connects students who are nontraditional learners with an opportunity to graduate from high school with a JMCSS diploma,” Theresa Marshall, director of The Bridge Academy, said. “The Bridge Academy will prepare students to earn their diplomas and help the district increase its graduation rate.”

The Bridge Academy is operated by Ombudsman Educational Services, which is approved by the Tennessee Department of Education as a whole school reform model provider. Jackson-Madison County School System is accessing federal Race to the Top monies to fund The Bridge Academy and improve students’ academic outcomes.

Nationally, 85 percent of Ombudsman students graduate, earn credits or return to their district school closer to or at grade level. Ombudsman has served more than 132,000 students since its founding in 1975 and partners with more than 120 school districts in 18 states. For more information, visit www.ombudsman.com.

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Resource Links

Jackson-Madison County School System
Website: jmccs.org

Ombudsman Educational Services
Website: Ombudsman.com
Blog: DestinationDiploma.net
Twitter: @OmbudsmanEd
Facebook: facebook.com/OmbudsmanEducation
YouTube: youtube.com/OmbudsmanEducation

For more information:

Jackson-Madison County School System
Doris Battle
Deputy Superintendent
(731) 664-2527
dsbattle@jmcss.org

Ombudsman Educational Services
Allison Russo
Lovell Communications
(615) 297-7766
Allison@lovell.com