J. S. Jenks Academy for the Arts & Sciences


The mission of the J.S. Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences is to ensure that every student is inspired and prepared to be a passionate, lifelong learner. We believe that a STEAM-fueled (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) rigorous curriculum celebrates the joy of inquiry and raises analytical thinking. Coupled with strong community partnerships and supportive and encouraging learning community, Arts and Sciences education will nurture children, who will become productive, invested participants in a local and global community. 


  • To engage students where their strengths and talents lie so that they may experience success and build confidence to take on new challenges.
  • To remove the walls and bells from the learning by offering experiences outside the classroom and school day to develop the habit of seeing learning opportunity everywhere
  • To encourage students to seek to learn out of passion not requirement. They will be self-driven to discover, have a hunger to explore, and a confidence to take risks.


The school is named for John Story Jenks, born on Oct. 29, 1839, the son of William Pearson Jenks and Elizabeth Story Jenks. John Story entered his father’s firm Randolph & Jenks, Cotton Merchants, after graduating from Central High School in 1856, and he quickly became a partner. In the late 19th century, John S. Jenks became a prosperous, civic-minded businessman who served on the boards of several banks, insurance companies, and the Pennsylvania Hospital.

A memorial notice in the Bulletin of the Pennsylvania Museum concluded with the following encomium: “And above all there was in him a kindness of word and deed that won the everlasting regard of those whose privilege it was to work with him and the respect of all who knew him.”