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Elementary Articulation & Transition

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Interested in your student coming to JAMS? Please visit our school district's website to learn how!

Inter-District Permits

About 250 incoming 6th graders transition from three elementary feeder schools into Jane Addams each year.  The counselors work hard to assist students and families with this transition.  This transition process begins while students attend their fifth grade year in the elementary school.  The counselors collaborate with fifth grade teachers to learn about each student so an appropriate schedule of classes can be assigned for 6th grade. 

JAMS Visits Elementary schools

During the spring, the counselors visit the elementary schools to provide fun-filled informational sessions to all the 5th grade students. Our principals, counselors, and social worker visit students and answer any questions they may have about the transition to middle school.

JAMS Parent Tours

During the Spring, JAMS invites parents to tour the campus and experience our campus.  Parents have the opportunity to see our renowned JAMS band, art, and computer classes. They see as our students engage in their core instruction and have an opportunity to ask questions to our administration and counselors.

JAMS Student Tours & Scavenger Hunt

At the end of their 5th grade year,  students take a walking field trip to Addams where the counselors coordinate a scavenger hunt aimed at orienting students to their new school for the fall. If the feeder school needs chaperones, parents are welcomed to support the field trip.

Incoming 6th Graders Parent Night

Parents are invited to learn about Addams' programs and structure, and the transition to middle school. All incoming 6th grade families are encouraged to attend.  Our counselors and principals will be present to answer any questions and share important details about our middle school. Translation will be provided. 

6th Grade Orientation Day

All new incoming 6th grades are invited to an orientation a few weeks before school begins where they get to meet their teachers and counselors, and learn about the schedule, programs and resources.