About Us

JCFA Charter Schools provide a non-traditional pathway for Louisiana students to earn a high school diploma. JCFA’s curriculum features a low 10:1 student-teacher ratio, and blends on-line academics with daily in-class instruction. JCFA students attend school year-round, but are required to be in class for only 3.5 hours/day. Our flexible schedule allows students to maintain jobs, to support their families and communities, and to explore opportunities unavailable in traditional high school programs.

JCFA is a Louisiana homegrown and locally operated Charter Management Organization. A member of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools. JCFA currently operates three schools in the Greater New Orleans area. Our fourth school, JCFA-Lafayette is scheduled to open in August, 2017.

JCFA offers students a flexible, non-traditional path to a high school diploma.

Culture

JCFA believes that all students, especially non-traditional students, are capable of excelling academically when given the support services they need to focus on their academic goals. JCFA students take responsibility for their educations. JCFA faculty and staff provide an environment of mutual respect. Students are able to focus on academics without the distractions found in traditional educational models. The diversity of our student body is one of our essential strengths, and JCFA Schools encourage a community of understanding and respect. Click here to read more about JCFA’s Culture.

Curriculum

Our curriculum allows students to work at their own pace. JCFA students attend school year-round, but with flexible class hours. Students attend daily classes, but academic lessons and evaluations are provided on-line via Edgenuity, a Louisiana approved curriculum provider. Our low student-teacher ratio allows instructors to provide on-site one-on-one tutoring. Students do not progress until they’ve mastered the material. JCFA’s instructors are certification-qualified, and many have experience teaching post-secondary and higher ed. Taking full advantage of JCFA’s flexible curriculum, enrolling first year students may achieve a high school diploma in as little as three years. Click here to find out more about JCFA’s Curriculum.

History

In 2007 Jefferson Parish, Louisiana was selected to participate in the US Department of Labor’s Multiple Education Pathways Blueprint (MEPB) project. Jefferson Parish was selected based on the school district’s low graduation rate and higher-than-average dropout rate. A coalition of business and community leaders selected Ms. Millie Harris as the Education Coordinator. Ms. Harris spearheaded the research efforts and coordinated a coalition of leaders to develop a blueprint for creating multiple pathways for students to earn a high school credential, to matriculate to college and careers, and to become viable members of the workforce.

JCFA was created based on the coalition’s recommendation to develop a non-traditional pathway allowing students who had dropped out of school to return to the diploma track, and to offer at-risk students a more flexible option to earn a high school diploma.

JCFA opened Jefferson Parish’s first charter high school in August of 2010 under the direction of Executive Director Millie Harris and a well-positioned Board of Governance. Now known as JCFA-West, the Type 1 campus is located on the West Bank in Harvey, Louisiana and serves students who reside in Jefferson Parish.

In 2012, BESE approved JCFA-East, a single campus Type 2 charter high school located on the East Bank of Jefferson Parish to serve students from across the state. After two years of documented success, BESE approved a second Type 2 charter campus, JCFA-Algiers, which opened on July 1, 2015. In 2017, BESE approved a third Type 2 charter campus, to be located in Lafayette, Louisiana.

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