JBE is developing in all of our students the world class skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate by continuing to strive in our quest to offer every child, every chance to succeed and in showing that there is No Place We’d Rather Be than JBE. Jesse Boyd Elementary School makes it our mission to inspire and equip all to become lifelong learners and productive community members through a challenging and supportive environment which promotes academic excellence, confidence and creativity. After another successful school year and as our school theme encouraged, our students LOVED WHERE THEY LEARNED with remarkable achievements, contributions, and growth in both academics and character.
In the 2017-2018 school year, JBE continued to be fully authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate Primary Years program (IB PYP) enabling our students to acquire a world class knowledge. The IB curriculum is structured in purposeful inquiry that engages students actively in their own learning. The rigorous teaching and learning that occur are built in a collaborative effort from our teachers using the SC standards and the IBPYP program outlines. The curriculum supports students' efforts in obtaining a deep global knowledge in all content areas through transdisciplinary teaching that helps students construct meaning from the world around them by drawing on their prior knowledge, providing provocation through new experiences, and providing opportunities for reflection. Our students continue to excel academically.
At Jesse Boyd, we prepare students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and one another and have the capacity to participate in the world around them by building their world class skills. Our curriculum respects students’ developing ideas about how the world works and encourages them to question, consider and refine their understanding of the social and natural world. Teachers use an inquiry based model of teaching reading and writing workshop incorporating science, math, and social studies. Additionally, teachers nurture independent learning, critical thinking, as well as creativity, and because we know that learning is social, our students spend a great deal of time working collaboratively with peers to build communication, problem solving, and team working skills. All students have access to technology in their classrooms through classroom computers and smart centers as well as class I-pads, and each student in grades 2-5 has his own MACBOOK used for instruction, communication, and learning.
The IBPYP curriculum is unapologetic in efforts to teaching our students to take action based on their learning. In doing so, wrapped in our curriculum are the teachings of the IB learner profile. These characteristics, which mirror great leaders of our world, are taught through literature, science and history lessons as well as through related classes, guidance class and through our numerous before and after school programs. Those attributes are: principled, risk-takers, caring, knowledgeable, balanced, communicators, inquirers, reflective, thinkers, and open-mindedness.
Our SIC worked on projects such as our providing science volunteers, school beautification, school safety, and our Healthy Eating Initiative. Our PTSO helped plan and fund events such as Spooktacular, Boosterthon, and other fundraisers to support classroom and school activities. JBE is a leader in offering activities for students. In the 2017-2018 school year, we implemented school clubs during the school day where each staff member offered a club for intergrade participation. Each student participated in a club during this time ranging from robotics, juggling, coding, and sign language to animal care. Our students have numerous other opportunities to learn about the world around them from our artist in residence program, MUSE machine, community celebrations, Mayor Perseverance Projects, Exhibition, and a host of before school and after school clubs where our students can develop mentally, emotionally, physically and socially. Our students are caring world citizens who have self-initiated projects to help those in need through many hours of service and numerous dollars raised for local, national, and world charity programs. Helping our students understand that they can be the change they want to see in this world is at the heart of what we do and will continue to do at Jesse Boyd Elementary School.
- 2017-2018 enrollment: 491 students
- 2014 SC school report card rating- Absolute rating-Excellent; Improvement rating-Good
- 2014 Federal report card grade: A