High School Program

High School Program

JMG offers core and customized high 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 their program.

High School Core Program

The JMG high school core program is offered in partnership with public schools, and all programs are offered as a for-credit course. The primary objective of the core program is to keep students fully engaged in high school through graduation, leading to enrollment in post-secondary education, a continued education credential or training program, or a quality job with a career pathway.

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 the 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 high school. Students have the opportunity to learn critical skills in leadership, teamwork, written communications, public speaking, time management, personal finance, work habits, and career development. 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 Career Association, a student-led organization that offers additional opportunities to create a sense of belonging and to put skills into action. Career Association members elect officers and all students serve on committees. There are five areas of concentration: leadership development; civic awareness; social awareness; career exploration; and community service.

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 opportunities such as college campus information sessions. JMG’s extensive connections to Maine’s employers and community leaders are an important part of achieving successful results on behalf of our students. By visiting our classrooms, hosting job shadows and internships, and volunteering at student enrichment events, JMG's more than 200 business partners and community leaders help to expose students to Maine’s diverse network of employers and career opportunities.

As a results-driven organization, JMG vigilantly tracks and responds to the outcomes of our programs, always keeping students at the center of the educational process. JMG has a best-in-class outcome data information system. These outcomes, such as graduation rate, continued education rate, retention rate, and GPA, allow us to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

A unique service of JMG that distinguishes our program from others, is our commitment to formal follow-up support of students. Through follow-up, JMG Specialists continue to serve students for a minimum of 12 months after graduating high school. During this period, Specialists provide guidance and mentoring to ensure a smooth transition into post-secondary education, training and/or the workforce, supporting students as they follow through with plans for life after high school.

High School Customized Program

In addition to our core program, JMG collaborates with our high school partners to offer programming focused on career preparation and financial literacy. These unique programming opportunities can be adapted to meet the needs of the students and the partner school. 

Download this PDF fact sheet for more information on Core and customized programs.