Middle School Program (Project Reach)
JMG's Middle School program, which is called Project Reach, is a project-oriented and adventure-based program designed to address the challenges of middle school students.
It was created by JMG staff to inspire middle school students to reach their academic and personal potential. Project Reach is unique because it is the only program targeted to this age group that addresses the issues of students transitioning to high school. The goals of Project Reach are:
- Students will stay in school.
- Students will improve their grades, behavior and self-esteem.
- Students will successfully transition into, stay in, and graduate from high school.
In Project Reach, JMG Specialists provide a curriculum which focuses on developing skills in the areas of communication, team-building, leadership, and problem-solving. There is also a strong emphasis on community service learning.
In addition to teaching the core curriculum, Project Reach Specialists provide individual guidance and academic assistance to students.
The Project Reach Council is a student-led governing body within the Project Reach program. The Council allows for an affiliation, a sense of belonging, and increases the students' leadership skills, as well as their involvement in the community.