Education

graphicWhile modern public education faces growing demands from government, business community and citizens, the St. Johns Public School District continues to not only meet the demands, but set even higher goals for itself and its students. By reviewing test data, evaluating educational programs and course content and working with its staff to develop a cohesive educational environment, the district enables its children to succeed.

Integration of technology, comprehensive vocational programs, and a well-articulated core curriculum are just a few of the Board of Education’s priorities. The district encourages parent and community involvement with committees and clubs. Volunteer programs have been a longtime strength of the district.

St. Johns School District is meeting the challenge of a growing student population. Following passage of a $43 million bond issue, the district has implemented a high school, two new elementary schools and one middle school. The new middle school includes a computer lab as well as new athletic facilities that include three gymnasiums, tennis courts, soccer field, track and baseball fields. New school construction is being planned for Ovid-Elsie, Fulton-Middleton, and Grand Ledge schools.

St. Johns also has been awarded a third Goals 2000 grant in partnership with other Clinton schools. Goals 2000 addresses issues that include "All children in America will start school ready to learn," "High School graduation rate will increase to at least 90% and "Teacher education and professional development."

Learning does not stop in the summer with workshops for students K-12, targeting a variety of subjects from physical education to math workshops to college English.

In addition to the regular program, educational opportunities are available for students with special needs. A number of private and parochial schools are available in the county as well.

St. Johns High School continues to improve learning through strategies. A community and parent-supported "Renaissance Program" honors students who maintain a high grade point average as well as those students who have shown marked improvement.

The "Alternative Education Program" is designed to meet the educational and behavioral needs of students who are struggling in a regular school setting. The program’s premise is that everyone can learn and consistent growth happens for 95% of these students.

graphicSt. Johns students not only consistently score high on the ACT tests, but beat the national scores. The students are athletic champions as well, with girls basketball winning conference, district and regionals and boys soccer winning conference in their first year of MMC competition. Other sports opportunities include equestrian, volleyball, tennis, swimming, wrestling, gymnastics and track.

 

Colleges and Universities

One of the nations’ best schools, Michigan State University, is less than 20 miles from greater Clinton County. MSU offers traditional and alternative programs in areas ranging from research and development to fine arts to athletic competitions. College students may take advantage of special programs such as double majors, cooperative and exchange programs.

The region offers many post-secondary educational opportunities including Cooley Law School and Davenport College, both in Lansing. The Lansing Community College leads the region in business-driven career preparation curricula.


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