James Ward Elementary School is proud to be a Leader in Me School located in Jennings, a small city in southwestern Louisiana situated between Lafayette and Lake Charles on Interstate 10. The school serves 535 students in pre-kindergarten to grade two. The Jefferson Davis Parish School System received SACS / ADVANCED accreditation, and the district is consistently named one of the top school systems in Louisiana.
Our students are offered a well-rounded curriculum of elementary studies including core subjects such as reading, language, and math as well as music, PE, and special education services. Enrollment is 60 percent Caucasian and 40 percent African American. All students participate in the free/reduced federal lunch program. The district has named the third best system in the state for serving low-income families and minority students and the sixth best system in the state for serving students with disabilities
We are in our third year of the Leader in Me program based on Steven Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Seven Habits of Happy Kids. This transformational process is made possible through a $75,000 competitive grant award from the national I Am A Leader Foundation and our local JD Bank. Synergy Assemblies are held twice a month to celebrate our victories in academics, behavior, and attendance.
Our instructional program features Open Court Imagine It! Reading and SRA My Math, SuccessMaker Enterprises reading and math computer lab, HeadSprout literacy lab, Read Naturally, weekly library visits, Reading Club, and Character Club. In addition, a variety of special events are planned throughout the year to enrich the curriculum. We have also implemented the School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program and received state PBIS accreditation. We have 45 certified teachers including a counselor and librarian. We employ a part-time Response to Intervention (RTI) specialist and three interventionists. We have two secretaries, one nurse, 15 paraprofessionals, four custodians, eight cafeteria technicians, and 15 bus drivers and aides on staff.