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  • Academic Language Development (ALD)

ALD is designed to support reclassified English Learners in narrative and expository reading, comprehension, essay writing, vocabulary development, and use of spoken language in the core content areas. Effective organization and study skills will be integrated into the curriculum. The course will prepare English Learners for success in using listening, speaking, reading and writing in high school college preparation (A-G) courses. This class is intended for students who are English Learners or Reclassified English Learner (RFEP) and have been recommended by their teacher or guidance counselor.

Erica Ng teaches ALD.

Click here for more information about PAUSD English Language Development Programs.


AVID stands for Achievement Via Individual Determination. The AVID elective targets 7th and 8th grade students in the academic middle who have the desire to go to college and the willingness to work hard. These are students who are capable of completing rigorous curriculum but may be falling short of their potential. AVID is a year-long class where students learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and questioning techniques, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities that make college seem attainable. Students are selected through a recommendation and interview process. Academic performance, attitude, and other qualifying factors make a student eligible for the AVID program. Usually, the AVID Coordinator will contact a student and his/her parents directly to participate in the program. More information is available online at www.avidonline.org

Amanda Crooks teaches AVID, and Andrea Carlisle coordinates Jordan's AVID program.


Jordan's Drama Club is a troupe of the International Thespian Society: #88306. Students earn membership through participation in after-school productions, seeing shows, & classroom performance. The Drama Club meets every WEDNESDAY during LUNCH in ROOM B-3 to discuss club business, prepare for shows, and do drama exercises. The Drama Club is the official sponsor of all After-School Productions, including a Musical, a large-cast Play, and a Drama Club Play. Students help select the plays, and support productions with fund-raisers and sweat equity. In turn, they earn points toward full Thespian membership or honors. There are opportunities to travel to regional or state-wide Drama competitions and workshops. A banquet in May celebrates and honors all Thespians and their participation over the year. Thespian membership is for life; students can transfer membership into a High School troupe when they leave Jordan.

For more information, contact our drama teacher, LeeAnn Gray


The new and improved Homework Center, now called JAWS (Jordan Academic & Wellness Support) is open to all students. It is held in the library from 3:15 to 4:30 Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. It is a place to do homework and receive help if needed. Volunteer tutors, administrators, and staff members are on hand to help and support students with their assignments. To attend JAWS, students MUST be referred by a staff member, usually to work on specific tasks identified by teacher and student. They complete a form that will be used to help monitor completion of their work.  Robin Levy is the staff supervisor of JAWS

Behavioral Expectations
    • In order to have JAWS be most helpful to students; certain behavioral expectations will be strictly enforced. There is no random chatter/talking. Students may ONLY discuss homework while in the center. There is no socializing. The assumption is that students want to work on their given task(s).
    • Students having difficulty following the rules for JAWS will be given one warning to help them modify their behavior. If problems persist, the student will be asked to leave and given a note explaining why they were asked to leave. Students who are asked to leave will be able to re-enter the following day only if they have had this letter signed by a parent.
Proof of Attendance
      • Students' attendance is digitally recorded each time they come to HWC. Their JAWS form will be verified and signed by the staff coordinator in attendance.


    The Leadership class is designed to provide students the opportunity to help create and organize student activities at Jordan. Students will be expected to spend time beyond the class period and outside the school day to perform these activities.

    Leadership students will analyze important leadership skills throughout the semester. Students will practice organization and planning skills as they work in committees and organize activities. They will examine group dynamics and gain skills in time and stress management, activity planning, public speaking, and self-awareness.

    Leadership is taught by Alexandra Gatley.  For more information, visit the Leadership & Activities page.


    Math Workshop is intended for students who may need extra help in order to be successful in their math classes. In a relaxed, supportive environment with no more than 15-18 students and a math teacher who is familiar with their respective grade level program, students will work with 8th grade tutors to help them meet their individual math needs. Through individual and small group tutoring, organizational help, games, and computer programs, students will learn how to succeed in math.

    Ernesto Macias teaches 7th grade Math Workshop and Josh Spira teaches 8th grade Math Workshop.


    READ 180, an effective reading intervention program, is a comprehensive system of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development proven to raise reading achievement for struggling readers in grades 4–12+. Designed for any student reading two or more years below grade-level, READ 180 leverages adaptive technology to individualize instruction for students and provide powerful data for differentiation to teachers.

    The purpose of the class is to enhance student focus, performance, and confidence in the areas of vocabulary, reading comprehension and critical thinking. The class is designed to help in all academic disciplines where reading is required. In addition, it offers an opportunity to improve reading and writing skills before the demands of high school academics.

    Class size will range from 5 to 8 students. The environment will be interactive and individualized. Engaging yet demanding activities will show students that reading and writing have value in their lives and beyond the classroom. This class is intended for students who are reading below grade level and have been recommended by their teacher or guidance counselor. This is a yearlong course being implemented at all three middle schools.

    Daryl Richard teaches Read 180.


    Students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be enrolled in a Study Skills class for both 7th and 8th grade. This class will take the place of one elective course each semester. Study Skills is designed to teach students in the Resource Program the skills and strategies necessary to support organization, to provide support for academic classes and to prepare these students to become self-advocates and independent students. This class is not open to students who do not have an active IEP.

    Jordan has the following resource programs beyond Study Skills:
           -Speech and Language
           -Special Day - "Futures" - Classes
           -Social Cognitive Class
           -Therapeutic Support Class
           -Focus on Success

    Click here for more information about resource programs in PAUSD.