BIG JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOL
4020 E. 13 Mile Road
Paris, Michigan 49338
Big Jackson Public School is a rural elementary school located in the northeastern corner of Newaygo County and has served the area for over 100 years. It is the only K-6 District left in Newaygo County and one of the few left in Michigan. This school serves the students in five townships and several School of Choice students from nearby school districts. The 7th - 12th grade students are bussed twenty minutes each day into the Big Rapids School District.
Big Jackson School is comprised of one main building and four portables. The main building houses Fifth - Sixth Grade and Title I programs. Three portable house Kindergarten in one, First- Second grade in another, and Third- fourth Grade program. The fourth portable is used for storage/ conference room.
Students at Big Jackson Public School enjoy a small class size with many individualized programs to enhance their learning. The current enrollment is 38 students. With five teachers, there is a 1:7 teacher/student ratio.
Newaygo County is a low income area in which good paying jobs are scarce. Eighty-two percent of the students of Big Jackson School qualify for free or reduced lunch. These are some of the reasons the school district has the responsibility to the educators and the students to provide the most current technology available. However, strong community support and the acquisition of various grants enable the school to survive and succeed in a technological world. Big Jackson Public School has a full day Kindergarten to assist in the K-2 Development Plan.
BIG JACKSON PUBLIC SCHOOL IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDE,
with the help of parents, students, and the community:
* a structured;
* high quality; and
* an effective environment for learning
(academically, culturally, and physically)
THE SCHOOL STAFF IS DEDICATED TO ENSURING THE:
* Tolerance of others;
* the worth of each individual;
and committed to developing a positive self image -
expecting that all students will become responsible,
contributing members of society.