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Jackson County Middle School opened its doors to students in January, 1991. As a sixth grade student at that time, later a teacher, and now principal, I am happy to welcome you to the Home of the Colonels.


Over the course of 26 years, JCMS has served its community by providing state of the art programs, which are delivered by certified teachers in all areas. The curriculum is set by the Kentucky Department of Education, Jackson County Board of Education, and implemented by a staff that has close ties to the community it serves. Our instructional staff use a variety of research-based methods to deliver their curriculum in an effective manner.


Jackson County Middle School is dedicated to meeting the needs of all the students it serves, in partnership with families and community-based services. Beyond the traditional academic requirements, such as math, reading, writing, social studies, and science, JCMS offers courses in practical living/health, physical education, arts & humanities, language enrichment, and STEM. Students also are invited to participate in extra-curricular activities, such as basketball, football, softball, golf, volleyball, baseball, cheerleading, dance team, STLP, academic team, and band.


While we are a small school, we have shown that our students are able and willing to meet the challenges of a rigorous curriculum. On the 2017 K-PREP assessment, JCMS students showed tremendous gains in multiple areas of the assessment. In particular, the school’s overall achievement index rose from 39.8% (in 2016) to 60.3% (in 2017), which is a 20.5% gain! Jackson County Middle School is working its way toward becoming a progressive school that other schools will seek to model.


I look forward to serving JCMS as its fourth principal! As an original Colonel, I believe our future is full of promise!


Dr. Kerby