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Journalism & Media Academy Magent High School
Leonard Epps, Principal                                    Daniel Pichette, Dean of Students
        
 
Mission Statement: Using the values of Discipline, Respect, Unity and Maturity (DRUM), all students will gain advanced skills in technology, writing, research, creativity, and critical thinking that will enable them to participate successfully in a 21st century media-conscious world.
 
Vision Statement: JMA will be a transformative learning community that prepares all students to be college and career ready and use their voices to communicate, educate, and elevate their world.
 
School Description: First established as an academy in 2010 in the Hartford Public Schools, Journalism & Media Academy became an independent academy in 2013. Presently located in the north end of the city of Hartford, this academy currently has students in grades 9- 12 college bound students from Hartford and 43 surrounding towns. Enrollment is by lottery trough the Regional School Choice Office.
 
Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School is dedicated to developing a strong curriculum that supports student development and learning. We will provide a quality education in all major content areas: reading, writing, mathematics, the arts, science, technology, physical education, and other core curricula. We will provide students with theme-based courses that will enhance their knowledge and understanding of journalism and media, as well as supporting their individual development of life-long skills. As part of our commitment to a 21st century multimedia education, JMA and the Hartford Public Schools have partnered with the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network to create a unique opportunity for our students to gain real-world, hands-on experience in the fields of journalism and media.
 
Course Offerings
 
Early College Experience                                                
Goodwin College                                                                  
Capital Community College 
Manchester Community College                                                                                                                                                                                                                
 
Advanced Placement
AP Biology
AP US History
 
Honors
English II
Literature & Composition I & 2
Algebra II
Geometry
International Studies
U. S. History
 
Theme Courses
Digital Photography
Graphic Design I & 2
Introduction to Media
Journalism & Media
Radio Broadcast 2 & 3
TV Production
Advanced Video/ TV Production
CPBN Internships
 
Demographic Profile
Asian                                          3%
Black or African American        59%
Multi-racial                                  1%
White                                           8%
Hispanic or Latino                      28%
 
Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School Awards
  • 4th nnual Lawrence W. O’Toole Award Nominee, recognized for a student centered, personalized learning program, 2015
  • Hartford Public Schools STEM Expo, 1st place film /1st place Physical Science
  • REEL Youth of Hartford Film Festival winners in 3 categories: Best cinematography, Best Screenplay, Social Justice Theme, 2015
  • Nominee Boston / New England Chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences High School Award for Excellence, 2015
  • High School Award for Excellence from the Boston / New England Chapter of the National Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2014
  • Honorable Mention Awardee Youth Journalism International 2009, 2011, 2014
  • Award recipient Video Documentary, Hartford STEM Expo/Science Fair, 2014
  • Nine national writing awards from HighSchoolJournalism.com
  • Second Place in the HPS District Championship Debate Team, 2013

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