Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE JACKSON ACADEMY FOR GLOBAL STUDIES?
The Jackson Academy for Global studies is a unique school within JHS. We are dedicated to the integration of global perspectives into the core academic classes. WIthin the JAGS curriculum students explore courses designed to increase global awareness with experiential learning components. JAGS students can also enroll in AP, CCP, and JHS’s rigorous course offerings while also exploring global perspectives.
WHY AN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL?
An international high School is essential within our community in order to educate active, committed global citizens and future world leaders who will work to create a better world.
WHERE DO JAGS STUDENTS GET TO TRAVEL?
Our typical travel schedule is as follows:
Freshman year-Heifer Global Village, Sharpsburg, Maryland
Sophomore Year: Puerto Rico or Costa Rica
Junior Year: NYC for the National Model UN Conference
Senior Year: Europe
WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN JOINING JAGS?
The Jackson Academy for Global Studies attracts students who want to have a global awareness, be a part of a school within a school, and seek the opportunity to grow as a person.
HOW DOES HAVING A "JAGS DIPLOMA" SET ME APART?
For starters, JAGS is one of only two International Studies Schools in the state of Ohio. Having the ISSN designation on your resume will 100% make you stand out to adminissions officers and employers. The Four key skills you will develop while in JAGS is exactly what future employers and colleges are looking for. While in the program, you will learn to investigate the world through study and educational travel. You will have the ability to recognize others perspectives, communicate your ideas, and take action. All things that make you stand out and ready for the world!
HOW ARE JAGS CLASSES DIFFERENT THAN OTHER CLASSES?
During Freshman and Sophomore years you will be scheduled in a "block" of JAGS classes at the beginning of the day. You will take your Social Studies, Science, and English courses with your fellow JAGS colleagues and specially trained JAGS teachers. All JAGS teachers have been trained to utilize the SAGE model of teaching, so the way your taught will be different. There will also be a strong focus on developing global competence within each of your JAGS classes. During you Junior year, you will be enrolled in Model UN, which only JAGS students can take. This is truly an amazing course where you get to apply the four key skills that you develop during your first two years in the program. During your Senior year, you will take action in the community through your Capstone project. Oh and don't forget about the educational travel every year! Just think about all of the authentic experiences you will be able to put on your resume!
FAQ ABOUT ABOUT SERVICE IN JAGS
HOW MANY SERVICE HOURS(POINTS) DO I NEED TO GRADUATE WITH A JAGS DIPLOMA?
HOW DO I EARN POINTS, AND WHO KEEPS TRACK OF MY TOTAL?DO WE HAVE TO EARN THE POINTS?Yes. If you want to earn the endorsement for completing the ISSN (International Studies Schools Network) graduation requirements. If you earn fewer than the minimum points expected, you will receive a participation endorsement rather than a completion endorsement from JAGS.WHAT IS I BRING IN 90 CANS OF FOOD? AM I FINISHED FOR THE YEAR?No. We want your service points to represent a variety of activities.I BABYSIT MY SISTER A LOT, DOES THAT COUNT?Nope. That’s a nice thing to do to “serve” your family, but that doesn’t require you to become involved in your community. Unloading the dishwasher doesn’t count, either. What if I babysit for the kids next door? Does that count as the community? That depends. Are you getting paid? If “yes,” then it’s not community service. Service should be something you offer to others without being asked, and without being compensated for your work.WHAT ABOUT DONATING GOODS? IS THAT SERVICE?When JAGS or JHS sponsors some kind of drive, we do think you’re helping out your community, and we will award points. Outside of school, though, it is difficult for us to track the clothing items you donate to Goodwill or similar good deeds so make sure you get those items verified by the group's supervisor.WHAT ABOUT VOLUNTEERING DURING SPECIAL EVENTS LIKE VOLLEY FOR THE CURE OR RELAY FOR LIFE?It depends on what you’re doing. There are certainly opportunities during special events that benefit our community, but if you are being compensated for your time (you get in for free if you work at a t-shirt booth, for example), then you are not volunteering your time for free.WHAT IF I ALREADY DO SERVICE FOR NHS OR MY CHURCH?It counts. Just bring in a completed Site Visit Verification Form to your advisory teacher to store in the service binder.WHO CAN SIGN OFF ON MY SERVICE HOURS?Anyone in a supervisory position may sign off that you have completed hours of service, but we don’t accept signatures from moms/dads unless there are extenuating circumstances. (If your parent is organizing a service event, then they would be in a supervisory position. But if they give you a ride to the animal shelter, they may not sign off that you did the work.)HOW DOES THIS AFFECT MY GRADE?Sometimes academic work will be linked to service, like writing a required journal entry that reflects on service or participating in a service-learning activity like water conservation in math. Some of the learning expeditions are also tied to community service or service learning.WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE TIME?Consider designing a service project that you can do during lunch or study hall. You can also earn service points by researching an opportunity and completing an entry for the Service Opportunity Directory kept in your advisory teachers’ room.WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?Talk to your teachers; we’ll solve big questions as a team of teachers.