Curriculum overview

At St. John our highest priority is to provide a quality, Christ-centered education. Our faculty constantly works at maintaining a curriculum that meets or exceeds the Michigan State standards. Every year our staff examines our current standards to ensure that they are research-based and that the sequence adheres to a student’s learning capabilities. The goal of our curriculum is to build a foundation and give the students a depth of understanding while being mindful of our Christian values and beliefs.

Parents are welcome to inquire about our curriculum, request a classroom visit, and have a conversation with our principal and/or teachers. We encourage a strong relationship between home and school. For more information, please contact our Director of Admissions, Beth Dameron at .

 

Standardized Testing

Our St. John students in grades 1 - 7 participate in the IOWA testing annually.  Test results show that our students meet and exceed all state standards.  For additional information on these assessments and our school results, please contact our school principal.

Foreign Language  

Our students in Kindergarten to 8th grade receive Spanish language instruction by a teaching specialist. Students experience a varied approach; they learn while singing, drawing, conversing, and eventually reading and writing in Spanish. Classes are held twice a week in Elementary and three times each week in Middle School. 

Academic Enrichment Courses

At St. John Lutheran School, we value our student’s unique interests and abilities. To help foster individual develop, our Middle School students receive the opportunity to select an Academic Enrichment (AE) class each quarter. AE classes include options such as: Mouse Trap Car Building, a math and science program in which students design functional model cars using day to day items like rulers, CD’s and rubber bands; Public Speaking, which helps students develop writing, speaking and presentation skills; and Drawing and Painting, featuring a variety of artistic methods and creative tools. Courses vary by each quarter of the school year and some are two-quarter classes. 

Another one of our AE courses is Future City, a national engineering and math competition for middle school students. The program is sponsored regionally by the Engineering Society of Detroit. The National Future City competition takes place each year in conjunction with National Engineers Week in Washington, D.C. The Future City program challenges each team to develop a city of the future, with various program component requirements including a 3-D model, a written essay, a virtual SIMS design and a verbal presentation.

St. John Lutheran School has won the Regional Championship for the last 5 years in a row. Additionally, St. John is the only school to win back-to-back National Championships, in 2014 and 2015. More than 1,100 schools from around the United States and China compete in the program, with 37 schools earning the opportunity to compete in Nationals. For more information about the Future City program itself, visit www.futurecity.org.

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