JOBS for AMERICA'S GRADUATES

Middle School Program Application

The primary mission of the Middle School Program is to help 6th to 8th graders to transition more successfully from middle to high school.  Specialists will provide an array of counseling, skills development, career association, and experiential learning experiences that will improve their academic performance, school behavior, attendance, confidence, participation and self-esteem. Middle School participants will improve their skills in leading and being an effective member of a team.

  • Experiential-based learning is used to energize classroom sessions, anchor key learning, discover best practices and demonstrate the power of activity-based and adventure-based learning. 
  • Community-based learning activities are designed to encourage involvement and attachment to the community to emphasize citizenship and responsibility using the following techniques—service learning projects, volunteerism, fundraising, job shadowing, etc.
  • Students are automatically members of the JAG Career Association, a student-led chapter designed to develop, practice and refine critical skills delivered in the classroom.  Chapter members elect officers, serve on committees, develop and execute a plan of work, participate in skills-based competitions and seek recognition for chapter projects and accomplishments. 
  • Students participate in activities to enhance their transition, including:  visits to their high school; high school shadowing days; guests speakers from the high school; high school scavenger hunt; sporting events and musical events. 
  • Specialists maintain contact with students transitioning into the 9th grade for the entire school year.  Specialists are held accountable for their students to be connected and engaged in high school. 
  • Specialists are expected to track 35 to 45 students served, services delivered and outcomes achieved using the Electronic National Data Management System (e-NDMS) and update the data base on a daily basis during the In-School and Follow-up Phases of the JAG Model.
  • The current JAG Middle School Curriculum is based on seven (7) modules in the 7th grade and six (6) modules in the 8th grade.  The 7th grade curriculum includes the following modules:  Self-Understanding; Communication; Organizational Skills; Study Skills; Decision-Making; Character Development; and Team Building.  The 8th grade curriculum modules include:  Dreamwork; Lifestyles; Negotiations; Career-based Learning; Leadership Development; and High School Transition.  Additional modules are available for implementation: Healthy Choices; Career Builder; and Independent Living.
  • The Middle School Program is committed to increasing the potential for success in high school by preparing middle school students for a successful transition into high school.  Middle School students participate in the following:
    • Visits to their respective high school
    • High school shadowing days
    • Guest speakers from the high school, i.e., counselors, administrators, teachers, High School Scavenger Hunt
    • Sporting events and Concerts
  • Middle School specialists maintain contact with students that transition into the 9th grade for the entire school year.  Specialists are held accountable for their students to be connected and engaged in high school studies and activities.  Methods used to achieve the follow-up goals include:
    • Face-to-face contact with students
    • Telephone contact with students
    • Parental contactHigh school source contact
    • Attendance clerk contact and/or review of daily attendance report
    • Registrar contact and/or review of academic transcript

Outcome Goals

Middle School Specialists are held accountable for the following process and performance outcomes:

  • 90 percent middle school to high school transition rate and 90 percent high school graduation rate
  • 80 percent of participants with measured knowledge gain
  • 80 percent improvement in attendance rate
  • 80 percent improvement in self-esteem
  • 80 percent improvement in GPA
  • 90 percent participation in JAG Career Association meetings and activities
  • 90 percent participation in service learning projects
  • 80 percent decline in discipline referrals
  • Students are selected with no less than 5.0 average number of barriers
  • 90 percent of participants with reduction in one or more barriers
  • Average number of contact hours per participant: 120 contact hours
  • Average number of JAG competencies attained: 42
  • 100 percent of participants are being tracked accurately and in a timely manner using the Electronic National Data Management System (e-NDMS)