Sr. Jerome’s Schools (formerly known as Developing
Potential, Inc.) founded Youngstown Community School (YCS) which
currently operates as an independent non-profit Ohio public charter
school. YCS operates
independently of any school district yet is an integral part of the
state’s educational system.
Community schools receive the same foundation funding as traditional
public school districts, but do not benefit from school taxes, levies or
bonds. YCS is funded and
audited by the state, follows state curriculum and regulations, teaches
specific academic standards and is supervised by its sponsor, Mahoning
County Educational Service Center.
Community schools exist to provide a choice for parents.
YCS opened in 1998 with 36 kindergarten pupils and since then has added
grades 1-6 totaling 322 pupils in the academic year 2013-2014.
Our alumni total is now 444 students.
Each child deserves the best educational resources available.
To ensure that the mission of individual attention and focus is
attained, the school employs 25 degreed classroom teachers certified in
the State of Ohio in 2013-2014, YCS maintained a pupil-teacher ratio of
12:1 in kindergarten, grades five and six and 16:1 in grades one through
four. Two full-time, fully
certified and degreed intervention specialists (special education) and
one part-time Special Education Director to serve our special needs
In addition to the low student-teacher ratio, the YCS family also
includes fully degreed, full-time certified teaching specialists who
focus on physical education/health, music and computer.
YCS also employs the following full-time personnel:
principal/superintendent, assistant principal, licensed treasurer,
math/science coaches, technology coordinator, licensed practical nurse,
two secretaries and a behavior intervention assistant.
We also employ the following part-time personnel: school
psychologist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, librarian, and
YCS has one full-time custodian, along with three cafeteria workers (two
full-time, one part-time) and four part-time employees in housekeeping.
YCS is preparing pupils educationally by offering state-of-the-art
techniques available in teaching today.
YCS serves economically disadvantaged children who reside only in
Youngstown, 91.8% of the pupils are below poverty level thus qualifying
for Severe Need in the USDA breakfast and lunch program and
participation in the Title 1 schoolwide program.
Two parents serve on the Governing Authority Board allowing them a
formal means to participate in the policies of YCS.
Because of strong parental involvement and excellent
communication between parents and teachers, the student attendance rate
at YCS is 96.0%.