Middle School Program

Middle School Programs

JMG offers core and customized middle school programs across the state. While each program is tailored to fit the needs of students and our school partners, all share common factors of competency- and experiential-based curriculum delivered by a student-centered JMG Specialist, who tracks the outcomes of each program.

Middle School Core Program

The middle school core program helps students develop communication, team-building, leadership, and problem-solving skills through project work and adventure-based activities. It includes a hands-on community service component, teaching students about the importance of giving back. The middle school program is unique because it is the only program targeted to this age group that provides continued support for students as they transition from middle school into high school. The features of our middle school program include:

  • A full-time JMG Specialist is trained, supported, and employed by JMG. As a guest of the host school, the JMG Specialist delivers competency-based model curricula to 40 to 50 students per core program, allowing for smaller class sizes.
  • Each partnering school establishes a JMG Advisory Board, including participation from teachers, guidance counselors, and administration.
  • Critical to the success of JMG program is the relationship established between the student and the JMG Specialist. Through classroom instruction and a student-centered personalized learning approach, JMG Specialists help students reach their fullest potential through academic support and building skills to ensure students are successful beyond middle school.
  • The JMG model also includes community service and philanthropic components, teaching students about the importance of good citizenship and giving back.

All students participate in the JMG Council, a student-led organization that offers additional opportunities to create a sense of belonging and to put skills into action. Council members elect officers and all students serve on committees. JMG’s model utilizes experiential-based education through extended learning opportunities, including statewide student enrichment activities, participation in student shadow days at the Maine State Legislature, and onsite company tours. JMG’s extensive connections to Maine’s employers and community leaders are an important part of achieving successful results on behalf of our students.

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