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  • Congressman Yarmuth will host College Prep and Financial Aid Workshop

    Congressman John Yarmuth will host a college prep and financial aid workshop on Tuesday, August 29th from 6:30 to 8:30 in Male's Gheens Auditorium. The Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) will provide detailed information. To RSVP click link.

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  • Brown Weekly Message #5

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  • Black Achievers Registration

    2017-2018 Black Achievers and Youth Achievers

    Opening Session/Orientation

    Saturday, August 12 @9:00 a.m. in Chestnut Street YMCA Gym

    930 West Chestnut Street

    A Great and Exciting New Program is Being Planned Just For You!

    Register today to receive a free discount.

    See attached for program calendar and registration form.

    All are welcome!!!


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  • Back to School Festivals

    Aug. 3, Back To School Festival at the Academy at Shawnee, 1 – 4 p.m.
    Located at 4018 West Market St. For more information call 485-7230.  This annual event is open to families with children in kindergarten through high school.  School supplies and backpacks will be provided while supplies last.  JCPS Family Youth Resource Center Coordinators will complete CAP referrals for families needing clothing and uniform assistance.  This event is sponsored in collaboration with the ESL Newcomer Academy, The Kidz Club, Service for Peace, Jefferson County Public Schools Family Youth Service Centers, KentuckyOne Health, Northwest Neighborhood Place and Louisville Metro Department of Resilience and Community Services.

    August 4, Back to School Festival at Cochran Elementary School, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Located at 500 West Gaulbert Ave.  For more information call 634-6050.  This annual event is open to families with children in kindergarten through high school.  School supplies and backpacks will be provided while supplies last to families that visit at least 10 vendor booths.  The Smile Academy of Kentucky will provide cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants for children 2-18 years of age.  Walgreens will be administering flu shots for children 9 years and older and limited immunizations for children 14 and over.  Also Quality Care for Kids will provide on-site vision and hearing exams.   Sponsored by Bridges of Hope, Neighborhood Place, Louisville Metro Department of Resilience and Community Services, JCPS, and Bridges of Hope Community Council.

    Aug 5, Back to School Event at Meyzeek Middle School, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
    Located at 828 S. Jackson St.  Call 574-6638 for more information. Open to students kindergarten through high school.  Free backpacks with essential school supplies for the coming year will be distributed while supplies last.  Your child must be present to receive school supplies.  Smile Academy will provide free dental screenings.   Many other local community venders and agencies will be in the gym to provide information for families.  Families may complete a CAP referral during the event as well for clothing and uniform assistance.  Sponsored by Charmoli Center Neighborhood Place, Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services and area JCPS schools.

    August 5, Back to School Distribution at Southwick Community Center, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Located at 3621 Southern Ave.  Call 485-6710 for more information.  The annual event is open to families with children in kindergarten through high school. JCPS Family Youth Resource Center Coordinators will complete CAP referrals for families needing clothing and uniform assistance.  School supplies will be distributed (while supplies last) and other helpful resources will be available. Sponsored in part by Ujima Neighborhood Place and Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services, JCPS’ Family Youth Service Centers and several community collaborative partners.

    Aug. 10, Back to School Festival at Olmsted Academy North, 1 – 7 p.m.
    Located at 4530 Bellevue Ave. Call 313-4089 for more information. Open to all students in grades Kindergarten through high school. Free backpacks, school supplies and health and hygiene products will be provided while supplies last. Educational and community resources will be available to help offer a strong start to the new school year. The festival will also include vision and hearing screenings, blood pressure and diabetes checks, clothing assistance referrals and more. Lunch will be provided for children and adults. Sponsored by South Central Neighborhood Place, Diamond Cluster MC, Olmsted Academy North and South YSC, Kenwood Elementary FRC, Hazelwood Elementary FRC,  Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services, and Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. 

    Aug 12, Back to School Festival at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Located at 1501 Rangeland Rd.  Call 313-4498 or 313-4700 for more information. This annual event is open to families with children in kindergarten through high school. Free backpacks and grade-appropriate school supplies (while supplies last) will be provided. Free lunches will be served to kids by JCPS Nutrition Services. Your child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A Community Resource Fair will include diabetes and blood pressure checks, YMCA program, voter registration, library services and lots of fun and music.  Event sponsored in part by First Neighborhood Place, area JCPS schools, and Louisville Metro Office of Resilience and Community Services.

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The Original Magnet School

Our Program

The J. Graham Brown School, the Original Magnet School,  is a district-wide magnet school for students who thrive in a  Self Directed Learning environment. Brown enrolls approximately 700 students in grades K through 12. Brown is recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as a Distinguished school at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

For detailed information about Self Directed Learning at Brown, click here:  Self Directed Learning Framework 


Our Students

Brown School Students . . .

  • Are interested in pursuing the most rigorous academic program available to prepare them for liberal arts study in college. They are developing a strong work ethic.
  • Are willing to take risks and stretch their comfort levels when pursuing academic study. They want to learn to challenge themselves, work hard, and self-regulate their own study.
  • Prefer a smaller learning community where relationships are developed over time with all community members. They want to be known by their teachers, administrators, and fellow students.
  • Want to work in an environment where students support one another in academic, activities, and athletics. They support each other to be better in all things and challenge each other to grow and excel, thus maximizing everyone's potential.
  • Prefer a school culture where differences are recognized and unique talents of individual are appreciated.
  • Are comfortable around people who are different from themselves. They are secure in their own place in the world and are not uncomfortable with differences found in others.
  • Know they are in a college-ready environment and are supportive of this focus in the educational program.
  • May be average ability students with the desire to achieve at high levels, or gifted students wanting to be challenged. They are ready to learn how to be better students. They are willing to learn how to take on rigor as students and thrive in this environment.
  • Are developing habits of self-direction. They practice self-regulation in completing tasks and do not have to be monitored closely for their study. They can complete homework assignments and long-term projects with little supervision and reminders.  Their parents understand and value learning beyond the school day. Parents have an intrinsic value of homework to strengthen student skills.
  • Value relationships with adults and are comfortable with teachers that challenge them to be the best they can be.
  • Like to be a participant in activities and athletics, and not merely an observer.
  • Are comfortable knowing everyone and being known by everyone in the school community.


What is the J. Graham Brown School?  The J. Graham Brown School is the district's oldest magnet school, beginning in 1972. It is a unique learning community that serves students in grades K-12. Brown provides a self-directed learning, with a classic liberal arts focus, delivered in a small informal learning community. Brown does not provide a career readiness program, so all students must be on grade level. The curriculum is a college preparatory experience and is patterned to maximize the talents and interests of the individual student.

What is self-directed learning?  Brown's self-directed learning environment sets the stage for students with that learning style to flourish. Self-directed learning is very different from Montessori, as it encourages students to choose non-preferred learning activities that are difficult and intellectually challenging. However, students in both programs must demonstrate the ability to work independently and possess the ability to focus without teacher redirection. Our program is undergirded by focused development in the areas of independence, empathy, and initiative. For more information about self-directed learning, click HERE.

Do Brown School students get to learn at their own pace?  No. Student learning is at a minimum pace with the curriculum maps provided by JCPS. In most classes at Brown, learning is accelerated or goes much deeper than that in the JCPS curriculum maps. Any student not demonstrating proficiency on grade level curriculum may be required to attend after-school tutoring, participate in additional online remediation while at home, and enroll in during-school remediation classes in lieu of additional electives.

Does Brown have a uniform policy?  No, Brown students do not wear uniforms. The Brown School community values the individuality of all students. A standard dress code does exist and can be found in the Student Dress Policy. Students are expected to refrain from wearing any clothing that would be demeaning to others, disruptive to the education process, or is considered indecent or vulgar in nature.

Is school bus transportation provided to Brown students?  No, the JCPS district does not provide bus service to the Brown School. Students and parents are responsible for getting students to and from school on time. TARC tickets are provided to students who need them.

Can students living outside Jefferson County attend Brown?  No, all Brown School students must be Jefferson County residents.

What are Brown's school hours?  School begins at 8:00 AM and dismisses at 2:40 PM. Students may be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM and must be picked up by 3:00 PM unless participating in a supervised after-school activity or enrolled in the YMCA CEP program.

Does Brown offer the Advance Program or Advanced Placement?  Yes. Brown offers the Advance Program beginning in 4th grade. For high school students, a catalog of Advanced Placement courses are offered. Students may also take college and dual-credit classes at local universities and online.

Can Brown High School students take college classes?  Yes. Brown High students have numerous opportunities to take college credit and dual-credit courses. Juniors and seniors can walk from Brown to JCTC and take dual-credit classes. Juniors and seniors can also drive or ride TARC to the University of Louisville to take dual-credit classes. Brown also has a unique partnership with Western Kentucky University; students, as early as their sophomore year, can enroll in dual-credit classes that either meet face-to-face on the Brown campus or can take classes online. Most of these opportunities cost as little as $52 a credit hour, which is about a 90% discount over normal tuition. Some students may be able to take advantage of Kentucky's Dual Credit Scholarship and could take classes for free.

Is Brown for everyone?  Not necessarily. No school is a perfect fit for every individual. A Brown School student should be one who prefers a smaller learning community where everyone is known. Students should possess the interest and ability to learn independently and be self-directed in their studies. They should value inquiry and enjoy being challenged by other points of view and opinions. They should be students who are serious about finding their academic passions and care about doing well in all they experience.

Do you accept "second choice"  or late applications?  Yes and no. Our admissions committee reviews second choice and late applications for prospective high school enrollment. We do not review second choice and late applications for prospective elementary and middle school enrollment.

Do students really call teachers by their first names?  Mostly. There are many teachers and staff members at the Brown School who go by first names. There are also teachers who prefer going by last names. Our philosophy is that respect is much more than the names by which we are called. We encourage everyone to be called by the names with which they are comfortable.

Is the student population diverse?  Yes, Brown School students come from all parts of the school district and represent a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Geographic diversity is valued and is a consideration in the admissions process.

Are there athletics and activities at Brown?  Yes. Brown does offer a wide variety of athletic and extra-curricular activities. Currently, there are 39 athletic teams and 44 co-curricular activities across elementary, middle, and high. Visit our Athletics page and Student Activities page for more information.

Is Brown a public school?  Yes. We are one of many public schools within Jefferson County Public Schools.