AKRON, Ohio — On the outside, Jennings Community Learning Center may look like other Akron Middle schools. But, once inside, you can’t help but notice the cultural diversity among the 6th, 7th and 8th graders.
There are 22 different languages spoken here. “Once the students develop the language — and, language is normally their only barrier — they become some of our best students,” Principal Rochelle Brown-Hall said.
There are the core classes like Math, Reading, Science and Social Studies, but with such a diverse student population, English is often taken as a second language. There are eight interpreters on the teaching staff at Jennings.
Eighth Grader Meena Nepal said the teachers are always willing to help. “And, they look for different ways to help us. If we don’t understand something they always willing to help us and make us understand,” she said.
Principal Brown-Halls said the focus at Jennings is to address the educational needs of all students, English speaking or not. “So, our classes range from intervention for students who are reading below grade level, all the way to we offer three high school courses,” she said.
And, that individual attention for all students ties in with the philosophy at the Jennings Community Learning Center — to promote proficient performance in all academic areas.
No matter the language spoken, the black and gold Wolverine pride is showing at Jennings — proud to be a Fox 8 Cool School.