Various programs are incorporated across all grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th. These programs are essential in developing leadership, collaboration, conflict-mediation, communication and creativity skills across disciplines.
The end of the second, fifth, eighth and twelfth grade years at Journeys School offer challenging and extensive end programs that prepare students for the next level of schooling. The twelfth grade year is the culmination of the academic and community life of the Journeys School student. Under faculty guidance the twelfth grade Capstone Year is rigorous, student-centered and student-structured, preparing the student for graduation and ensuring that the student has the qualifications necessary to successfully enter college or university. The Capstone Year includes four components: thesis, course work, experience and service learning.
Students participate in a wide variety of activities that are offered after school in Teton County. All middle and high school students are allowed to participate in Teton County School District athletics and activities, and many take advantage of this opportunity. A shuttle runs from Journeys School to the public middle and high school at the end of hte school day for students in grades 6-12. Students from Journeys School have participated in Speech and Debate, drama, soccer, football, basketball, wrestling, track, cross-country, Nordic and alpine skiing, tennis, volleyball and lacrosse. Journeys School offers an Outdoor Club for all interested students in grades 6-12. An after-school program is available for all students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 2nd.
Winter Sports Program
All students in grades K-12 participate in the Winter Sports Program. This includes options for skiing and snowboarding at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort or nordic skiing experiences around the valley. High school students participate in a winter leadership course that includes basic avalanche awareness, methods of ski instruction and on-mountain safety.
The goal of the Community Leadership Program at Journeys School is to develop leadership, communication and collaboration skills in students. The program consists of a leadership curriculum, family groups and experiential trips. Within each level of the school, leadership classes are integrated into the curriculum with focal points at second, fifth, eighth and twelfth- grade Capstone Years. Each student belongs to a family group which meets periodically throughout the year. Each family group is made up of 15-20 students in grades K-12 who, along with two faculty members, carry out service projects and collaborative challenges. The final component are our Journeys or extended trips program. Each Journey is an experience in a new community and relies on the leadership of each student to ensure success.
Journeys School's core approach to learning is teaching students outside of the classroom. A journey is a direct experience in an ecological or cultural environment that serves as an essential part of learning. Whether lasting a few moments or a few days, a journey includes thoughtful faculty planning and meaningful student inquiry and reflection. A journey integrates curriculum, creates community and deepens one’s sense of place. Journey durations vary depending on the age of the students; Pre-Kindergarten students enjoy local day-trips while High School students may experience Journeys of a week or longer.
Service learning is an integral part of the Journeys Schools academic program, engaging students with Jackson Hole citizens and non-profit organizations that are in need of volunteer help with the goal of improving student, individual, and community well-being. Service learning helps to develop empathy, personal values, awareness, social responsibility and self-confidence. The amount of hours required correlates with the student’s grade level. Ninth-grade students complete a minimum of 20 hours of service and are encouraged to provide service for their families. For instance, students could baby-sit siblings, complete yard work, do laundry and chores, cook, etc., voluntarily and without pay. Tenth-grade students are encouraged to serve their neighborhood, school community (Journeys School or public schools), their church community and/or other communities to which the student belongs. In this instance, students complete a minimum of 30 hours of service, such as baby-sitting for neighbors, shoveling snow, or providing aid in organization offices, etc., voluntarily and without pay. In preparation for their Capstone service learning experience, eleventh-grade students complete a minimum of 40 hours of service, providing service for their self-selected, local non-profit organizations. The Capstone service-learning program is developed in cooperation with the student’s Capstone committee. Twelfth grade students work with a non-profit or government agency of their choice. They must complete a minimum of 50 hours of service. All high school students are required to organize their service learning experience and designate a liaison to communicate with their advisor about provided service and progress. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their service with their advisor and advisory group and give presentations to their peers about their service-learning experiences.
The World Languages program at Journeys School is designed to enrich discoveries about the world on campus and beyond. From Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth-grade, students study Spanish as a core content subject. The Spanish language curriculum at Journeys School varies from year to year to reflect and enrich our themes and journeys. Our multi-age groups mean that we are able to learn in a spiraling sequence that best reflects the natural way languages are learned. Based on the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st century, our approach focuses on communication, cultures, comparisons, connections and communities. With small, multi-level, interactive groups and a unique student-teacher ratio, we are an ideal language school. The World Languages program supports the Journeys School mission to learn from our ecological and cultural environment to achieve social and intellectual success.
Hands to Work
Hands to Work is an active period of cleaning conducted by students and supervised and aided by faculty near the end of every school day. Students are assigned cleaning duties, are taught how to carry them out by faculty, and are responsible for keeping our facilities clean and tidy. The purpose of hands to work is to teach students the responsibility of caring for their space and to take pride in a job well done.