Who we are and what we do:
Making education "smarter" for Jackson County since 1963!
The Jackson County Intermediate School District is an educational service agency chartered by the State of Michigan to work in collaboration with local public school districts and charter schools. Our mission is focused on improving student success in Jackson County, and we do that by improving the quality of education in Jackson County, making it more cost-efficient, and helping students, parents, educators and community members get the most out of public education.
The JCISD employs some of the best, brightest, and most-dedicated educators and professionals in the county. While we aim to fulfill the needs of the districts we serve, at times, we're also counted on to be educational leaders in the community through our programs, services and personnel. This service/leadership role provides us with a diverse, yet well-defined mission.
Three of the most visible programs operated by the JCISD are the Jackson Area Career Center (career and technical education), the Lyle A. Torrant Center (special education), and our Educators' Support initiatives, which includes literacy (Reading Recovery, DIBELS, etc.), curriculum and assessment, the Math and Science Center at Camp McGregor, Safe & Drug Free Schools, and Comprehensive Health. These initiatives have a significant impact on educators and the community and are important in helping our school districts accomplish their mission in their communities.
The Jackson Area Career Center is a high-tech career and technical training center that provides relevance to a student's education while delivering cost-effective electives for the districts we service. Students from all Jackson area high schools -- public and private -- as well as some nearby out-of-county districts take Career Center classes as electives during their junior and senior year. Career Center classrooms provide high-tech training, equipment and/or other resources that individual districts could not reasonably afford to offer. By providing both rigor and relevance to the class work -- as well as hands-on opportunities -- the Career Center helps students explore careers, get career-specific training, become certified as a technical specialist, and/or receive free college credits.
The JCISD delivers a wide range of services for special education students throughout Jackson County -- both within the various school buildings as well as at the ISD-operated Torrant Center and Kit Young Center. The ISD works with students from ages 0-26 (per state law) in specially-equipped classrooms and in programs that deliver the latest in proven techniques. The ISD's Special Education Department has programs for students with cognitive, physical, and emotional impairments, as well as those with early childhood developmental delay. We help families connect with other services available in the county while providing support services ourselves from a broad spectrum of caring professionals, including:
-- Speech Pathologists;
-- Physical Therapists;
-- Occupational Therapists;
-- Mobility Specialists;
-- Teacher Consultants, and;
The JCISD is also dedicated to teaching every child in Jackson County to read. We partner with early literacy initiatives (Success by Six, Great Parents Great Start, etc), to generate reading programs for pre-school children. Other programs, like Reading Recovery, DIBELS, and Six Traits, are helping teachers and consultants in school districts teach more children to read and become more successful in school.
And so much more!
Jackson County educators also look to the JCISD as a leader and a facilitator in professional and curriculum development, school improvement teams, meeting state requirements, and as a liaison for the Michigan Department of Education. The Jackson County ISD is among 57 local ISDs created by the state to assist local school districts in the delivery of education to their communities based on the needs of local districts.
We do all that ... and so much more! From delivering computer, technical and internet services to each and every district, to helping purchase supplies and materials at subsidized educational rates, the JCISD provides value and quality to education in Jackson County. We hope you'll take the time to learn more about us through this web site, or feel free to call Kim Medlock, Communications Coordinator, at 517-768-5216.
Statement of Purpose
The Jackson County Intermediate School District is committed to the success of all students. The ISD provides educational leadership, services, programs and resources in partnership with local schools and the community.