Reviving the Jones Academy
$10 Million State-of-the-Art Elementary Academic
On September 4, 2008, after many years, and the generosity
of numerous donors and friends, Jones Academy dedicated
its new Elementary Academic Building – a state-of-the-art
facility for students in grades 1-6. The cost of providing such a facility is significant.
In addition to its $10 million initial investment in the building,
the Choctaw Nation provides $250,000 per year toward its
A State-Of-The-Art Education Facility
Much thought and planning went into the 40,273 sq.
ft. facility’s design.
To conserve energy, the building is heated and cooled by a
highly efficient geothermal HVAC system which takes maximum
advantage of the earth’s stable ground temperature.
To protect occupants against Oklahoma’s severe weather, the
building includes strategically located safe rooms capable
of accommodating the entire building population.
Cultural esthetics were included. The building’s curved corridor
represents the circle of education. The location of grades
within the building wings is symbolic of the sun. The youngest
grades are in the east wing, closest to the rising sun. Older
grades are located progressively to the west representing
movement of the sun as it grows older in the sky during the
Impressive Classroom and Facility Design Features
- Bathrooms inside the classrooms
- A lighting system proven
to enhance learning
- Lights that sense when
the room is empty and turn off automatically
temperature controls in each classroom
- A library with large
windows, a story-telling room, and an outdoor reading porch
with a view of the wooded hillside
- Access to outdoor classroom
and garden areas where teachers will be able to incorporate
nature into the curriculum
- Wireless technology provisions
- A half-gym accessible from
Jones Academy Elementary Academic Facility News Release