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Four Values

JJSE has four values which form the foundation of our work as a school. We believe these ethical principles are more important than academics, and that our graduation and college access rates mean nothing if our graduates do not live by these basic human values.


At JJSE, we say “Get RICH” because our values spell “RICH







What this means:

1: to consider worthy of high regard : esteem


What this looks like:

Always give respect FIRST!

It must be in both how you speak and how you move, sit, or stand.

Listen, listen, and listen before speaking.

Think of how you would want to be treated.

Your respect for others is a reflection of your strength.





What this means:

- Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility

- The quality or state of being complete or undivided : completeness synonyms see honesty


What this looks like:

Do what you say and say what you do.

Accept responsibility for your success and mistakes

Your work or no work.

No need to lie.

Have standards in your life

Respect deadlines





What this means:

- Courage, mettle, spirit, mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship. courage implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty.

- Mettle suggests an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience.


What this looks like:

Face your fears

Face your peers

Take emotional risks in order to relate to others and change

Be vulnerable

Be prepared to stand alone

Accept the love and consequences that come with doing the right thing





What this means:

- Not arrogant or assertive

- Reflecting, expressing, or offered in a spirit of deference or submission


What this looks like:

A necessary characteristic

No one knows everything

Indicates wisdom and confidence

One cannot learn without loss or failure

More concerned with resolution than victory