Jefferson City Schools by the Numbers
by John Jackson
Our Jefferson City School System students returned to class on 7/27/18. The enrollment numbers are:
Jefferson Elementary School - 901
Jefferson Academy - 888
Jefferson Middle School - 880
Jefferson High School - 1,126
Total System Enrollment - 3,795
The two largest grades are:
9th Grade - 313
5th Grade - 312
The two smallest grades are:
12th Grade - 252
Kindergarten - 253
Work at Memorial Stadium continues. The installation of the home bleachers has begun and should be completed in approximately ten days. Because work on the field house can now proceed regardless of the weather, progress has picked up considerably. The natural turf field is in place and the synthetic turf field will be completed in four to five weeks.
Upon completion, the Jefferson City School System's extra curricular venues will be among Georgia's best. The William Duncan Martin Performing Arts Center, STEAM Center; AFROTC Facility, 200 acre Natural Wetlands Learning Center, Agriculture and Livestock Center, Jefferson Arena and Jefferson Memorial Stadium provide our students with opportunities that are truly remarkable.
Speaking as someone who attended school during desegregation, the importance of extra curricular programs carries a special meaning for me. While school integration is mostly a thing of the past, American public school systems remain diverse institutions. Differences in ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic backgrounds, educational experiences, etc., are prevalent. I spent considerable time in Japan studying Japanese schools. The uniformity of the Japanese society compared to the diversity within the United States is pronounced.
I believe that herein lies the biggest benefit from extracurricular programs offered by our public schools. Yes, we can put students under the same roof, and this is a good and noble objective; however, it has its limits. It is when students come together as members of a marching band, track team, ROTC drill team, one act play, wrestling, baseball, football, volleyball teams, etc. that dynamics shift. Now success rests on teamwork, cooperation, unselfishness, practice, and the collective response to pressure, failure and success. In a society as diverse as ours, such contributions are huge.
The Jefferson Community is to be commended for its 200 year commitment to providing students with such a superb educational foundation!