New Location Proposed for Grace James Academy of Excellence

Move would accelerate plans for Roosevelt-Perry students

May 3, 2021 - Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) is proposing a new home for the district’s all-girls science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) middle school, the Grace James Academy of Excellence. Under the proposal, students from Grace James would move into the current Roosevelt-Perry Elementary School building at 16th and West Broadway at the start of next school year. By moving to this location, Grace James will have room to expand and serve more students over the next several years. The school is currently sharing space at the DuValle Education Center.

Students at Roosevelt-Perry are encouraged to attend Wheatley Elementary School next school year. The two schools were already slated to merge into a new elementary school being built next to the YMCA at 18th and West Broadway. The new building is expected to be completed during the 2022-23 school year. By accelerating the timetable for the Roosevelt-Perry/Wheatley merger to August 2021, students will have more time to develop relationships and create bonds with students and staff.

“This is a great opportunity for hundreds of JCPS students” said Diane Porter, Chair of the Jefferson County Board of Education. “For the first time in two decades we are building a state-of-the-art, innovative school in West Louisville, giving students from Wheatley and Roosevelt-Perry a creative space to learn while Grace James Academy of Excellence will have room to welcome more students to their acclaimed program. I fully support this move because it will be what’s best for students.”

Click here to watch a video with more details about the proposal. 

The Jefferson County Board of Education will begin discussions about this proposal at its next meeting on Tuesday, May 4th with a vote expected by the middle of May.