As a school for social justice serving working-class, communities of color (Latinx, Pilipinx, Black and Pacific Islander) the mission of JJSE is not just to prepare students for college, but also to prepare our graduates to be agents of positive change in the world. Our mission is to prepare young people in three key areas:
We live in respect, integrity, courage and humility.
We stand against oppression, both internal and external, and see ourselves as part of the past, present, and future movements for justice in our communities and in our world.
We develop ourselves as intellectuals with the skills we need to succeed.
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 June Jordan we say “Get RICH!"
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• A necessary characteristic.
• No one knows everything.
• Indicates wisdom and confidence.
• One cannot learn without loss or failure.
• More concerned with resolution than victory.