Principal’s Message: August 28, 2023

Greetings Jackson-Reed Students, Families and Community,

Welcome back to the 2023-2024 school year at Jackson-Reed High School!  We hope you had a refreshing and rewarding summer break.  As we prepare to start this new phase of your educational journey, I’m excited to share some key updates that will contribute to an enhanced learning experience for our students:

Academic Gains – Our hardworking faculty and staff engaged in weekly data meetings to refine their instructional delivery.  We are pleased to announce that their efforts last year led to improved academic performance on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  Our students showed a four percent increase in English and a seven percent increase in Math!  We remain committed to fostering a supportive learning environment that challenges our students academically, and we look forward to celebrating more of their achievement together this year.

Facility Upgrades – We are excited to share some of the many upgrades to our building that have taken place this summer.  Our commitment to an improved campus could not have been made without your help, which resulted in many parts of the building being enhanced.  From freshly painted classrooms and hallways to fixed faucets and roof repairs, we are dedicated to creating a space that nurtures a sense of pride in learning.  

Entry Procedures – To ensure a smooth start to the school year, we will implement a staggered arrival for our students on August 28th and August 29th:  

  1. Arrival Time: Doors open for 9th and 10th grade students at 8:10 a.m. and they will report to first period.  Doors open for 11th and 12th grade students at 9:35 a.m. and they will report to their second period.  Please note, 11th and 12th grade students will be excused from their first period class on August 28th and August 29th.
  2. Entry Locations:  All students will enter through either the main lobby entrance or the pool entrance.  Staff will be available to redirect students to specific entry doors based on lines.
  3. Student Schedules:  Student schedules are available in Aspen and students should log into their account to view their schedule.  If a student is unable to locate their schedule in Aspen, they may pick-up a hard copy in the atrium.  

As we start this new academic year, let us embrace the opportunities it brings and continue to work together as we create the model urban high school in the United States.  Our shared commitment to our values of Respect, Ownership, Attendance, and Responsibility will undoubtedly lead to another year of academic and social-emotional growth for our students.  

Tigers R.O.A.R.!

Sah Brown 

PrincipalJackson-Reed High School


See our Staff Welcome Back Video here.