Jones Leadership Academy, a Toledo Public School for grades 7 through 9, seeks to build the next generation of leaders through service with projects and volunteer opportunities as part of the curriculum and daily routine.
The school has worked on projects for Family House, a local non-profit that helps homeless families, and also organized a walk to raise awareness and funds for diabetes research. Both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are active on campus. By having service incorporated into the school day, Jones Academy students learn by doing.
The learning environment is a little different, as boys and girls are taught the same curriculum but are kept separate. Principal Ward Barnett explained that this removes distractions and helps students focus, and for girls, helps build confidence. It’s a continuation for students of TPS’ single gender elementary schools, Martin Luther King, Jr., Academy for Boys and Ella P. Stewart Academy for Girls. Barnett has found that the girls especially have bonded in elementary school. Attending Jones keeps those emotional connections going.
“We really, truly want to build a group of young people that understand the importance of community service and giving back. We want that caliber of student,” said Barnett.
Jones Leadership Academy is located at 430 Nebraska Ave.
More information is availabe by calling 419-671-5400.