Julie Baker, Principal
My name is Julie Baker and I am the Principal of JPS Montessori School, the only tuition-free Montessori school in Jackson. Our program is very special. Our teachers are all Michigan and Montessori certified. Each has created a beautiful learning environment filled with Montessori materials and natural wood furniture. Our students learn Michigan standards during work sessions in which they choose their own activities and even the places they want to work that day. Students develop focus, self direction, and social skills as they work independently or with partners. As students work on their own, teachers and paraprofessionals work with small groups and individual students to deliver individualized lessons that meet their specific learning needs.
Our program is also special because of our partnership with the Felician Children’s Center, with whom we share our building. The Felician Children’s Center offers before and after school childcare, childcare for children as young as two weeks old, and three and four-year-old preschool programs. This allows our families with children of multiple ages to meet all of their childcare and schooling needs in one building, and allows children to experience the security of calling our school their home-away-from-home from infancy through the fifth grade, an experience unmatched in most other school settings.
You will also find an exceptionally welcoming and safe climate and culture at JPS Montessori School, where we teach students how to make PACEM (Latin for peace) in their environment. We teach social skills and celebrate kindness and respect. We have a very active PTO and our teachers work hard to foster positive relationships with parents and students. Our school is a special place to be and you can feel it as soon as you enter the building.
This is an exciting time for Jackson Public Schools! With the passage of an $86.7 million bond, our district is undergoing an unprecedented transformation. Come be a part of it and allow your child to benefit from it firsthand! I would like to personally invite you to tour our beautiful facility and see if Montessori is a good fit for your child.
It’s a great day to be a Viking!