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Music At Jerabek

Jerabek has a long history of proudly incorporating music into our regular school day. Jerabek Elementary is the only school in Scripps Ranch whose entire student body participates in music education for one hour a week.  Our teachers are very experienced and highly respected in their field. This enables them to provide our children with a superior experience in which students can build a developmental continuum to build their knowledge over the years they attend Jerabek.  

General Classroom Music TK-3:

All  Transitional Kindergarteners through third grade students have one hour of music once a week. Music class focuses on music elements of beat, rhythm, pitch, dynamics and tempo. Lessons include movement, games, songs, listening and the playing of basic rhythm instruments. Attendance is important since there is very little "homework" and unique learning takes place in the music room.  Jerabek students love music, please try not to schedule appointments during their once a week Core Music Instruction time.

Third graders have an opportunity to play recorder. For sanitary reason, students do not share instruments. This is a free program and recorders can be provided for students. Many of our parents choose to purchase recorders due to the personal use issues. Recorders can be purchased for a minimal fee in the music room.

General Classroom Music 4th and 5th Grade Instrumental Program
  Enrollment Form

As a part of our general music program, fourth and fifth grade students participate in instrumental music which is a part of our core curricular program. San Diego Unified School District makes this valuable program available and provides teachers to our students. In collaboration with our students we use an enrolment form to diffenentiate and provide options to them. The Instrumental Music Program is one hour a week and all fourth and fifth grade students. 4th grade student’s rate choices between the following options:

 1. Band

 2. Strings

 3. Choir

 4. Orff  Ensemble

5th grade student continue the instrument they played the previous year in order to build proficiency and confidence.

 Participation in any General Music program does not require the purchase or rental of an instrument or music books or other supplies.Loaner instruments are available for any student whose parent chooses. All parents requesting a loaner instrument for their child will be provided with one. Specific instrument choice cannot be guaranteed as it is dependent upon what is available on inventory at the district’s VAPA office.  Because many parents choose to rent or purchase an instrument for their child, we will do our best to guide you to appropriate community resources. Music books are also an essential part of the program; all students will be provided a music book. Because many of our parents prefer their child to have their own book, music teachers will make this resource available for a minimal fee. Administrative Regulation

Grades/marks: Jerabek is a very high achieving school with a rigorous curriculum with includes music instruction. General Music is a part of our regular school program and is taught by certificated teachers. Students do receive grades/marks for music class and are expected, just like in any class on campus, to come prepared, fully participate, engage appropriately and have the required materials provided to them. This is an expectation of all learners at all grade levels in all classes. Student grades are earned by their level of performance, proficiency and will reflect their participation level.


Participation in Jerabek’s General Music Program is free



San Diego Unified School District Administrative Regulations



Music Program Participation Information:


This Advisory updates Fiscal Management Advisory 12-01. It reflects the most recent legislation, including AB 1575 (Stats. 2012, c. 776) which noted that it was “declarative of existing law.” It also reflects the most recent California Supreme Court interpretations.

Pupil Fees, Deposits and Charges in California Public Schools

I. A Free Public School System "A pupil enrolled in a school shall not be required to pay any fee, deposit, or other charge not specifically authorized by law." 1 With this regulatory language the State Board of Education made clear that fees are not to be imposed except where specifically authorized by law. This administrative regulation was promulgated based on the authority of Article IX, Section 5 of the California Constitution which provides for a free school system: The Legislature shall provide for a system of common schools by which a free school shall be kept up and supported in each district at least six months in every year, after the first year in which a school has been established. In 1874, the State Supreme Court held that this provision entitled students to be educated at public expense.2 The California Education Code (EC), as amended by Assembly Bill (AB) 1575 in 2012, provides that a pupil enrolled in a public school shall not be required to pay a pupil fee for participation in an educational activity.3 “Educational activity” is defined as an activity offered by a school, school district, charter school or county office of education that constitutes an integral fundamental part of elementary and secondary education, including, but not limited to, curricular and extracurricular activities.4 “Pupil fee” is defined as a fee, deposit or charge imposed on pupils, or a pupil’s parents or guardians, including but not limited to: 1. A fee charged to a pupil as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory, or is for credit.

2. A security deposit, or other payment, that a pupil is required to make to obtain a lock, locker, book, class apparatus, musical instrument, uniform, or other materials or equipment. 3. A purchase that a pupil is required to make to obtain materials, supplies, equipment, or uniforms associated with an educational activity.5

All of the following apply to the prohibition on pupil fees described above:

A fee charged to a pupil as a condition for registering for school or classes, or as a condition for participation in a class or an extracurricular activity, regardless of whether the class or activity is elective or compulsory, or is for credit.