School District of Janesville
The School District of Janesville is an urban district comprised of nineteen (19) schools; twelve (12) elementary schools, grades PreK-5, three (3) middle schools, grades 6-8; two (2) high schools, grades 9-12, and two (2) high school charter schools. Rock River Charter School is available to the most alienated at-risk high school students. The Academy for International Studies Charter School is open for those students with an interest in global studies, world languages, or international studies. The district offers a comprehensive educational program, which includes a wide variety of special and regular education options at all levels. Educational services are provided consistent with the District’s “Beyond 2010 Strategic Plan for Educational Excellence.”
Beyond 2010 includes eight key teaching and learning goals. These goals provide a framework and direction for the school district. The goals of Beyond 2010 are to:
- Continue to develop our instructional delivery system;
- Provide students with academic, co-curricular and enrichment opportunities;
- Foster active partnerships among home, school, and community;
- Provide a comprehensive system of student assessment that allows for the use of school and district data to direct instructional decisions;
- Provide a healthy school environment that is safe, welcoming and nurturing;
- Promote a positive work ethic and core community values;
- Promote acceptance and appreciation of diversity and sensitivity toward others;
- Promote school-to-work and service learning opportunities, which help students succeed in a global society.
Janesville is primarily a “blue-collar” community with a population of approximately 65,000. It is known as the “city of parks.” Residents frequently refer to Janesville as “big small town.” The city is strategically located near Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin as well as Rockford and Chicago, Illinois. The School District of Janesville employs 1,400.73 FTE (1551 total staff) (2005-2006) regular employees 47 administrative support staff, 31 administrators, 873 teachers, psychologists and counselors, 15 nurses/OT/PT, 47 miscellaneous/confidential staff, 171 custodians/maintenance/food service, and 367 secretaries/clerks/aides serving approximately 10,300 students. A nine (9) member Board of Education is responsible for employing the superintendent who is assisted by four (4) directors: a Director of Business Services; a Director of Administrative and Human Services, a Director of Student Services, and a Director of Instructional Services. In addition to a principal, each elementary school has a building assistant, a learning support teacher and a full-time counselor. An assistant principal, a learning support teacher, a school resource officer and two (2) counselors support middle school principals. High school principals receive support from three (3) assistant principals, a reading/writing teacher, four (4) guidance counselors and a police liaison officer. Additionally, schools at all levels receive support from a .5 psychologist and social worker services. Staffing for the latter is determined by school enrollment and student demographics.
District ethnicity data (2004-2005) currently reflect the student population to be 9,411 White, 567 Hispanic, 562 Black, 227 Asian, and 57 American Indian. Over the past five years there has been an increase in the number of minority students enrolled in the district. There also continues to be an increase in the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. Current figures reflect a 27% (K-12) poverty level. Ten years ago, District data reflected a 12% poverty level. Additionally, data collected under the No Child Left Behind legislation reveal an increase in the number of homeless students. Data for 2004-2005 reveal a total of 265 homeless students in the District: 152 elementary, 39 middle school, and 65 high school students. The district has also seen an increase in the English Language Learner (ELL) population: 259 elementary, 105 middle school, and 87 high schools. The total ELL population for the fall was 522, an increase of 71 students over the summer. The District has a 15% special education enrollment.
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