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About Jennings CLC

Teachers:

  • Average of 12 years of experience
  • 62% hold a master's degree or higher


Students:

  • Showing improvement in test scores are up; last year, sixth-grade math scores rose 32%, eighth-grade math scores rose 45% and sixth-grade reading scores rose 58%.
  • Jennings CLC was named one of 15 of the most improved schools nationwide in successful transitions from middle school to high school by the Southern Regional Education Board.

 

Programs:

  • Jennings CLC is a Title 1 and "Making Middle Grades Work" school
  • Test-taking, organization and study skills offered to all students.
  • Seventh- and eighth-graders improve writing skills in a language arts lab.
  • 100 Book Challenge
  • An alternative school program housed in the building assists at-risk students with attendance, academics and behavior.
  • After-school tutoring, foreign language club, Math Counts, Spelling Bee, National Junior Honor Society, Student Leadership Team, student ambassadors, interscholastic and intramural sports, choir and spring musical, and sign language.
  • Honor Roll/Merit Roll, JAAR Club and Wolverines of the Month.
  • Work with North High School to align their schools with the "Pride on the Hill" program. Elementary schools participate with Jennings in the "Dispelling the Myth of Middle School" program.
  • Strong community partnerships with local businesses.

 

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History
Jennings School was built in 1915, with expansions constructed in 1917, 1921 and 1957. The school was named in honor of Isaac Jennings (1822-87), who has been called the father and founder of Akron Public Schools. Rev. Jennings chaired a committee appointed to work out a plan for the area’s schools. The plan provided for incorporating the whole town into one school district and separating them into primary, secondary and high schools. He advocated free admission to all schools, with support coming from taxes, and governance coming from an elected school board. This plan was adopted by the Ohio State Legislature and has been a model for public education nationwide.

APS broke ground on the new Jennings CLC on March 11, 2006 as part of an $800 million project to rebuild or renovate all of the district schools. Jennings CLC opened to students on December 3, 2007.