Williamsburg James City County (WJCC) Public School District Highlights
- All WJCC schools earned full accreditation for the 11th year in a row. In the last five years, only 13 Virginia school divisions had all schools maintain full accreditation.
- Named to the Top Ten in the 2017 Digital School Districts Survey, WJCC was one of only five Virginia school divisions to earn recognition.
- The WJCC 1:1 laptop program provides students with a laptop for their use during the day and at home to complete work, conduct research, collaborate with peers, and otherwise enhance the learning experience. The 1:1 laptop program is currently available to middle school students and those students involved in the High School innovation programs (Pathways, LINC5, and Concourse 9).
- Ranked 16th out of 132 Virginia school divisions in Niche’s 2017 Best School Districts rankings, WJCC scored an overall A grade in this rigorous assessment of academic and student-life data.
- In 2017, WJCC High School students continued to excel on Advanced Placement exams. Results released from the College Board show that students earned a 3, 4 or 5 on 74 percent of all tests taken. To be considered for credit, colleges require a 3, 4 or 5 score on an AP exam.
- WJCC is home to 52 National Board Certified Teachers.
- Fully accredited with 485 students
- In addition to traditional education programs, offers multiple programs for students eligible for gifted services (Visions) beginning with a kindergarten through third grade program focusing on further enhancing general intellectual abilities and a fifth grade-specific academic services gifted program offering accelerated math and enriched language arts instruction.
- Approximately 11 percent of DJ Montague students are enrolled in one of these gifted student programs. William & Mary’s Center for Gifted Education serves as a valuable resource and many of their materials are used in DJ Montague’s gifted student programs.
- As part of its Makerspace Program, DJM has a 3-D Printer, the newest advance in educational technology that is transforming how students learn, think, innovate and solve problems. 3D printers are not ink on paper. Linked to computers, they generate three dimensional objects using materials like plastic, metal or rubber.
- Recipient of two Innovative Learning Grants of up to $2,000 each from the Williamsburg-James City County Schools Foundation. With the Innovative Learning Grant, DJM teachers are expanding the Makerspace program in the DJM school library. The goal is to create self-directed students who will work across curricula and solve real world challenges developed for them by their teachers. DJM teachers also received a grant to develop an online platform to design real world experiences in which students solve a series of puzzles to gain clues to unlock a solution.
- Through ParentVue, an online web portal, parents can stay up-to-date about their students’ grades, assignments and attendance.
More information on the school can be accessed at https://wjccschools.org/djm/
- Opening in September 2018, James Blair Middle School is Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools’ newest school. The building has been designed with the needs of 21st century learners in mind.
- One of the hallmarks of James Blair MS is that it has flexible learning spaces with multipurpose furniture, which support project-based learning and collaboration. For example, moveable walls in classrooms can facilitate instruction designed to address the lesson at hand, whether that be small groups, collaboration with different classes or one large group that is hosting a guest speaker.
- The new James Blair Middle School also has multipurpose labs that feature state-of-the art science technology, but are so innovative in design they can be used in a variety of different ways beyond just one discipline. It also has an innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curricula.
- The WJCC 1:1 laptop program provides students with a laptop for their use during the day and at home to complete work, conduct research, collaborate with peers, and otherwise enhance the learning experience.
- Connectivity and technology are evident throughout the school, from interactive touch screen displays to areas set aside for students to use their computers to interact with 3D printers.
- A flex academic enrichment period (AEP) allows students to participate in remediation and extension efforts without pulling them from their other classes. With the AEP structure, the school can provide offerings such as a science fair, National History Day, First Lego League, American Sign Language and service learning during the school day. Gifted students will be able to participate in Math Olympiad and Odyssey of the Mind.
More information on the school can be accessed at https://wjccschools.org/jbms/
- Lafayette High School (LHS) is a state-of-the-art public high school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
- Offers 20 Advanced Placement courses across multiple subject areas plus eight dual enrollment AP courses with Thomas Nelson Community College. It also offers concurrent courses with Thomas Nelson Community College and the college of William & Mary.
- Mean SAT scores for LHS students (1121) exceeded those for the state of Virginia (1102).
- 84% of LHS graduates go on to attend 4-year or 2-year colleges.
- LHS participates in the highly competitive New Horizons Governor’s School for Science and Technology, a 2-year, half-day program for 11th and 12th graders. Students select either the engineering strand, the biological science strand, or the scientific programming strand and receive weighted dual enrollment credit at Christopher Newport University.
- It also offers the Williamsburg-James City County Honors Seal Diploma for students who successfully complete the diploma’s academic requirements, community service project, and individual honors research project. The academic requirements include completing five or more AP courses in three content areas including AP exams and a four-course sequence in one global language.
More information on the school can be accessed at https://wjccschools.org/lhs/