ANN JERKINS-HARRIS ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE

AJHAEE

IN MEMORY OF OUR FOUNDER

ANN JERKINS-HARRIS

4-25-1949 -- 2-08-2021

 

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!!!

         Ann Jerkins-Harris          Academy of Excellence

Celebrating a Decade of Services

 

What opened as the Academy of Educational Excellence ten years ago is now named after its late founder, Ann Jerkins-Harris, who died on Feb. 8, 2021.

Author: Madelyne Watkins  Published: 6:47 PM EDT August 15, 2022  WTOL-TV

 

TOLEDO, Ohio — A Toledo charter school is heading into its tenth year in service, and leaders said they still have many exciting years to come. 

What opened as the Academy of Educational Excellence ten years ago is now named after its late founder, Ann Jerkins-Harris, who died on Feb. 8, 2021.

School leaders said more than 100 children from kindergarten through sixth grade attend the school, learning in an academically challenging, creative and emotionally supportive environment.

Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Israel Koppisch said providing that environment to young learners is part of their mission, a vision began by Jerkins-Harris.   "She's no longer with us, but she's here in this place. She's pushing us to achieve our goal," Koppisch said. "The board, the administration, the teachers, we're all committed to that goal- stimulating the whole child."
 

Koppisch said the academy has provided students with services they might not get elsewhere since its founding in 2012.  "Providing what they need per grade, providing the services they need including (special education), including speech therapy, including occupational therapy," he said. "All the related services they need, we provide those here."

Office Manager Charlisa Blackshear said the school wants to ensure the education is "impactful" on the students.

"We don't want students to just feel like a number or parents to feel like they're just sending their kid somewhere," she said. "We want them to go home excited. Then that brings the parent in like, 'oh, what's going on in the classroom?' Or that sparks them to be volunteers in the classroom."

Blackshear said when students transition into seventh grade at a different school, it's a bittersweet farewell to a tightly-knit relationship. 

"The plus side is we've set up partnerships with Jones Leadership Academy, St. John's, St. Francis to where they come in and they speak with our fifth and sixth graders, to get them to think about the future," she said.

School officials already have goals in mind for the next 10 years: "Continue becoming a leadership school, be leaders in what we do and provide the best learning environment for our students," Koppisch said.

Students return to the classroom on Aug. 22. 

BUILDING BETTER SCHOOLS:

LOCAL CHARTER SCHOOL CELEBRATES ITS LEGACY

By: kristian brown

INTERVIEW TO OUR SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT / SCHOOL LEADER

published august 9, 2022     13ABC-TV    ACTION NEWS

 


TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) -     It’s been around for a decade..

While other charter schools have closed up shop, Ann Jerkins-Harris Academy of Educational Excellence has sustained.

So what’s the secret to success?

The Superintendent School Leader of the academy — located on 728 Parkside Blvd., — said the secret is the value her staff places on its students.

“We credit our longevity with the fact that our students are important to us and that we make sure that every student gets what they need when they come here. They get social-emotional support, they get the academic support they need. Every teacher is here because they love children, they care about children and they want them to succeed,” Sonya Loggins, Superintendent School Leader said.

In 2012, the school was founded by Loggins’ late mother Ann Jerkins-Harris who died in 2021.

“My mother believed in educating the whole child that means including their social-emotional learning; their academic learning; their personalities; their interest; and their families. We encompass all of that in our school,” Loggins said.

The K through Sixth charter school is tuition free and offers free transportation AND FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCHES.

School officials said their enrollment has decreased due to COVID. The academy currently has nearly 100 students enrolled.

“We value quality above quantity. So the quality of education is what’s important to us not the number of students in our classrooms. The smaller the number of students the better education we can give them,” Loggins said.

The academy is offering limited enrollment for 2022 to 2023 academic year.

 


SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY 

SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

2022-2023


OHIO AUDITOR OF STATE AWARD    TO AJHAE


CELEBRATING OUR 10th ANNIVERSARY !

2012-2022

 

Our school has been in existence since 2012—and it has been growing – up to the sixth grade. In our growing process we have been attached to our original fundamental core principles which have made, and continue to make, AJHAE an attractive option for families and students in need of choices in their educational development.

 

Our core curriculum and enrichment classes are geared to offer our students the best educational program focusing on their specific needs. Our enrichment courses, such as: leadership, music, arts, humanities, technology and online learning to promote in our children the basis of a strong educational background that will allow them to be successful in upcoming years.  We serve English learners and believe strongly in supporting students with special needs. In short, all students who come to us are treated personally, and our academic goals are standards-based and structured to accommodate a variety of personal needs and goals.

 

One of our most important goals is to listen and to improve our support to all of our students, maximizing both academic achievement and personalizing the support for every student. It is part of our mission to hold ourselves accountable to providing the best education for all of our students. We achieve this by working together and providing the choices that reflect the changing needs and circumstances of our students and their families.

 

 

Thank you for selecting the

Ann Jerkins-Harris Academy of Excellence

for your child. 

We are very excited about our upcoming tenth school year!  We have been growing slowly but surely thanks to the community support.

 

At the Academy —an elementary leadership and culturally responsive school--, we are proud to provide our students with the opportunity to learn alongside a diverse group of children and families who reflect the racial, cultural and socio-economic diversity of communities surrounding our school.  Our standards-based program provides an academically challenging, creative and emotional supportive environment for our students and is designed to continually expand student’s knowledge and understanding of concepts, ideas and information. 

 

The educational philosophy, called constructivism, is the cornerstone of our instructional delivery at our school.  We offer our students the strategies for gathering information, a classroom climate of shared inquiry, and hands-on experiences making use of a variety of materials.  Teachers design projects to promote collaboration between students, connect concepts between curricular areas, and anchor state standards in meaningful contexts like those students will experience in their lives beyond the classroom.  Projects will be shared with our community in performances, simulations, art shows, and displays as we celebrate together the continuing joy of lifelong learning.

 

Definitely our school is designed for families who are seeking innovation in education. Through our Personalized Learning Model, students participate in enrichment classes in the core subject areas of language arts, math, social studies and science.  We offer a wide range of programs plus onsite intervention and enrichment curricula, including technological resources.  The school provides high-quality and state adopted curricula.

 

The ANN JERKINS-HARRIS ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE

also provides a Special Education Program for students of special needs.

Because we firmly believe that

ALL CHILDREN CAN LEARN,

we provide through our SPED program a diversity of related services:

Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy,

Psychological Services, Mental and Behavior Services.

 

We encourage you to maintain an active role in your child’s education.  As a new and growing school, we welcome your comments, feedback or questions you may have.  Feel free to call or set up an appointment if you would like to discuss any matters pertaining to your child’s education and school.

 


AT ANN JERKINS HARRIS

ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE

ALL STUDENTS, STAFF MEMBERS  AND VISITORS

ARE REQUESTED TO WEAR MASKS WHILE AT SCHOOL

AND AT

SCHOOL BUSES.

 



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Special Education Services

SUPPORTIVE AND INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION FOCUSED ON YOUR CHILD NEEDS

The ANN JERKINS-HARRIS
ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE

School District Department of Special Education 

provides educational support to students with special needs. 

Programs for most disability areas are available to students within the district.  General information may be obtained by calling   419-382-2280. 

Support is provided to students with disabilities through an Individual Education Plan (IEP) with support in the following areas:

Autism     

Speech & Language Impairment 

Emotional/Behavioral Disability

      Specific Learning Disability

      Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

  Psychological Services

 Intellectual Disability

Tutoring Services

Students with disabilities not qualifying for special education may be eligible to receive services through a 504-accommodation plan.

 

 

ANN JERKINS-HARRIS 

ACADEMY OF EXCELLENCE

FORMERLY ACADEMY OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE

IS SPONSORED BY

NORTH CENTRAL OHIO ESC

MISSION

To build strong partnerships with developers and educational leaders of community schools by providing sponsorship service and technical support that meets and exceeds excellence in support of school choice options.

 

http://ncoesc.org/2018-2019-community-schools-page/