|Founded by the
Choctaw Nation in 1891, Jones Academy has provided a home and
education to American Indian children from as many as 29 different
federally recognized tribes across the United States. Each
year approximately 200 students in grades 1-12 live on campus
in a nurturing activity-filled environment.
Jones Academy strives to involve all students in cultural,
educational and recreational activities in a special setting
where students are given the care, attention and resources needed
to ensure they develop into independent, self-directed adults.
Jones Academy Elementary School Sets High Marks in
National Student Achievement
Fatheree, Oklahoma Area Education Line Officer, offered congratulations
to Jones Academy and the Choctaw Nation! In the recently-released
summary, “Bureau of Indian Education Report on Student Achievement and
Growth: 2009-10 to 2012-13,” the Northwest Evaluation Association
recognized Jones Academy as one of the top-performing schools in the
Bureau of Indian Education. They were acknowledged for academic
achievement in both math and reading.
Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) formed a partnership with the
Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) to provide the BIE with an
annual summary of test performance for students across all BIE schools.
This beneficial summary provides the BIE with valuable information
about achievement and growth trends for students throughout the BIE
system, and it is useful in identifying strengths and weaknesses in the
broader BIE system and in individual schools.
the 2012-13 school year, 147 BIE schools across 23 states participated
in the NWEA testing program which measures math and reading
performance. Over 26,000 students took part in the testing. Jones Academy was one of the highest-achieving schools in both math and reading. Out of the 147 schools tested, Jones Academy finished 4th overall nationally in math achievement and 6th overall in reading.
Spears, Superintendent of Jones Academy, commended the hard work and
dedication of the academic staff. “The teachers, assistants, tutors,
and newly-hired principal Robert Ray have done an outstanding job in
educating our students. Our students live at Jones Academy and the
dorm-staff play an important role in developing our students. It takes
a team effort--all departments working together--to achieve this kind
of recognition.” Mr. Spears went on to praise the students for their
efforts and dedication to learning.
Spears concluded by saying, “The Jones Academy staff work diligently to
improve academic skills as evidenced in this report. We are proud that
they have chosen to meet the needs of Indian children in this and many
other ways at Jones Academy. Again, great job, staff and students!”