The Jefferson Community School (JCS) experience creates interesting and confident alumni. Our students prove it every day with the choices they make both in our community and beyond. Our focus on academics, community and experience teaches our kids to be intellectually curious, adventurous and respectful. Our staff and teachers let our students discover and develop their own strengths and passions through experiences, challenges and encouragement. The school supports their efforts with small class sizes and flexibility.
Our doors opened in 2005 and the students that have experienced the JCS community have benefited in unexpected ways. Below are just a few examples of the potentials that have emerged from the individualized education that students experience at JCS:
Students pursuing their passion – Torrey B. ‘08, attended the acclaimed Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. Nico P., ‘11, cinematographer and film editor, has worked on a full-length feature film written by local author Wes Cecil, “The Last of Us”, was released in January, 2011. Nicole P. ‘11 has published her first fantasy novel, A Kingdom’s Possession.
United World College (UWC) experiences – Four out of the four JCS students who have applied to United World College have been accepted into the prestigious International Baccalaureate programs. Isaac U. ’12 went to Wales, Conner R. ‘11 attended in India, Evan O. ’11 studied in Costa Rica, and Phoebe R. ’09 went to Swaziland. The mission of the UWC is “to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future.” Learn more about one of our alumni who attended UWC in this Alumni Feature of Evan O’Brien.
Honors and Awards – Nicole P. ’10 received the 2010 WA Principal Scholar Award, and as a junior, Isaac U. ’11 received the 2010 Thomas J. Majhan Teen Leaders Award.
College – JCS graduates have attended American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Cornish College of the Arts, Dartmouth College, Goddard College, Humboldt University, Pitzer College, Princeton University, Reed College, San Francisco Art Institute, the University of Chiang Mai, University of Puget Sound, University of Washington, Western Washington University, and Willamette University.