Jackson Intermediate School
Jackson Intermediate School, a new facility, was opened in the fall of 2000. It was formed from two grade levels at Gillmore Elementary and one grade level from Jackson Middle School. It serves grades three through five. It is an Alabama Reading Initiative site as well as being accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). After the initial organizational obstacles were overcome, the faculty and staff recognized the need for continued school improvement. The school also was visited by a Review Team from SACS in the Spring, of 2003. The staff has also been through the ARI “Retooling” process. The Title I School-Wide Project has been planned to improve and make more appropriate the educational program for all students at JIS. The total enrollment is 505. 69.3% of the student population is eligible for free or reduced meals. Participation in the Alabama Reading Initiative Program compels us to continue to place a strong emphasis on reading comprehension. Improvements in the area of mathematical computation, application and problem solving need to be addressed. At this point JIS is recognized as being on “Watch with Priority” status B, by the State Department of Education on the SAT 10 and “Clear with Watch” on the Alabama Direct Assessment of Writing.