JAIS - Pioneering the Educational System: In Person and Online
Jerusalem American International School is tucked away in a quiet corner in Katamon. But don’t let the location or the size fool you. JAIS has been a trailblazer in the face of Covid-19 and has taken over the world of virtual learning. Teachers and students were able to learn the lay of the land within the school, meet their classmates, begin to cultivate in person friendships and relationships with their teachers, and enjoy their classes. In response to the situation, JAIS has pioneered a new “outdoor studies” class which allows the students freedom to move, breathe in the fresh Jerusalem air, and apply what they typically learn inside the classroom in a new, outdoor environment.
When the Government announced a possible lockdown, JAIS was ready. “We’ve been through this before. We know how to keep our students engaged, and we know techniques to help the students balance their mental and physical health during these challenging times, all while keeping up with a balanced curriculum.” stated one teacher. Besides keeping a regular school schedule, JAIS has instituted extracurricular activities such as “Spirit Week” and “Fun Friday”. “This is my speciality.” says PE teacher and coach Ross Meltzer, “Teaching the students new skills online and getting them to challenge themselves as they are having a great time is my goal. I cultivate programs for students from preschool-8th grade, focusing on development of appropriate gross motor skills and most importantly, sportsmanship.”
JAIS offers art, drama, music, Spanish, French and English as part of their regular curriculum both in person and online. “We tailor the programs to meet the needs of our students whether they’re studying from home here in Jerusalem, or stuck in South Africa waiting for their return flight. Someone once asked me what one is one thing JAIS can be proud of and that’s so easy for me to answer: we take lemons and make lemonade!”
To find out more about JAIS visit www.jerusalemais.org