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Principal's Message

Jim Maples Academy, home of the Jaguars, serves Transitional Kindergarten through Sixth grade students. It is one of four district elementary schools in the Burton School District located in the City of Porterville.

Our staff is committed to doing what it takes to help our students thrive academically and socially. JMA has developed a student-centered learning environment which focuses on

(1) student success,
(2) family and community partnerships, and
(3) improvement, efficiency and innovation.

The Jim Maples team of highly qualified teachers and staff, partner with parents and community members in a collaborative endeavor to help each and every student access and master a wide variety of rigorous standard-based instruction. We provide a variety of educational and extracurricular opportunities for our students including a 50/50 dual language program, performance and visual art experiences, reading and mathematics intervention programs, Red Ribbon Week, attendance incentives, community dress-up days, parent trainings and workshops, field trips and assemblies.

Our commitment to equity and positive student-teacher relationships has allowed us to be nationally recognized as a Capturing Kids Heart Showcase school since 2016.

One of the other distinctive aspects of our school is our technology integration. Our continual commitment to growth and innovation has led us to be recognized as an Apple Distinguished School.

We are proud to serve the students of the Burton School District.