Jefferson County Public Schools’ return to in-person learning meant the debut of a new middle school on Monday.JCPS launched the first year of Grace James Academy of Excellence via online learning last fall. The selective all-girls school emphasizes Black culture and accomplishments, while also introducing its students to STEAM education.About 16,000 middle and high school students returned to JCPS schools on Monday as the district rolls out its hybrid, in-person learning options.More students will return in-person later this week.Around 60 sixth grade girls learned from inside the Grace Academy building, which is located in Park Duvalle.Among them was Cadence Diggs.“I’m excited for the sisterhood,” she told WLKY’s Marvis Herring on Monday morning. “ I’m also excited for the Afrocentric curriculum because none of the other schools that I’ve been to have ever had that.”The STEAM Lab at the school will give students hands-on learning experiences in several career areas including forensic science, sports medicine and graphic design.Diggs believe these lessons will come to life in a different way now that she can learn in person.

Jefferson County Public Schools’ return to in-person learning meant the debut of a new middle school on Monday.

JCPS launched the first year of Grace James Academy of Excellence via online learning last fall. The selective all-girls school emphasizes Black culture and accomplishments, while also introducing its students to STEAM education.

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About 16,000 middle and high school students returned to JCPS schools on Monday as the district rolls out its hybrid, in-person learning options.

More students will return in-person later this week.

Around 60 sixth grade girls learned from inside the Grace Academy building, which is located in Park Duvalle.

Among them was Cadence Diggs.

“I’m excited for the sisterhood,” she told WLKY’s Marvis Herring on Monday morning. “ I’m also excited for the Afrocentric curriculum because none of the other schools that I’ve been to have ever had that.”

The STEAM Lab at the school will give students hands-on learning experiences in several career areas including forensic science, sports medicine and graphic design.

Diggs believe these lessons will come to life in a different way now that she can learn in person.

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