Our Passion For Learning
From the moment you arrive on campus you’ll see how Saint Joseph Academy distinguishes itself from other learning environments. There’s a unique atmosphere of true warmth, safety and vibrancy. You’ll sense it when you look in our spacious classrooms, talk with staff and watch our students at work and play.
We offer a challenging and age-appropriate curriculum for every stage of academic development. In addition, we offer services, activities and unique learning opportunities in cooperation with our neighbor, Siena Heights University. We welcome you to see how we’ve created a community that is a wonderful place for learning.
Saint Joseph Academy is a Catholic school in the Dominican tradition. In addition to offering an exemplary academic program, SJA welcomes children of all faith traditions.
We are proud to offer your child the opportunity to develop a relationship with God appropriate to his/her age level, to learn about the goodness and dignity of all children and to be in positive relationship with others and with the earth.
The Montessori program teaches Christian beliefs through developmentally appropriate methods. Peace education including conflict resolution, lessons in kindness, courtesy and helpfulness are modeled and taught throughout the day. Christian holidays and prayer are incorporated into the school experience.
In the elementary program, religious education is grounded in Catholic beliefs, values, and ritual, and is enriched by the exploration of the beliefs, values, and ritual of a variety of diverse cultures and belief systems.
All elementary students attend religious education classes. The curriculum contains selected segments from the Faith First, Legacy Edition, published by Resources for Christian Living.
The curriculum complements sacramental preparation and religious education in local parishes. In keeping with common Church practice, initiation into the sacraments is handled within the parish.
Prayer is an essential part of each school day; its form reflects the liturgical seasons of the year. In addition, the school community celebrates Mass at least monthly. Non-Catholic students are invited, though not required, to participate at some level in Catholic liturgical celebrations. Parents who explicitly request that their children not participate may make alternate arrangements for release time from school.
Children of all ages actively participate in community service projects that promote non-violent peacemaking and concern for the poor and most vulnerable of our society.
Before and After School Care
Doors open at 7 a.m. for Before School Care. Toddlers, pre-primary students, and elementary/middle school students each have their own space. An adult must sign children into care on our computer system. Teachers will take children to their classrooms when school begins.
Students staying after school will be taken to their respective After School Careroom. We will be open until 6:00 p.m. Adults must sign children out of care–if a child is picked up on the playground, a supervisor will enter the correct time for you.
Rates are as follows:
- Toddler (18 months to 3 years) $4.75 per hour per child.
- All other students $4.00 per hour per child.
- Additional children are $4 per hour with a maximum charge of $7.75 per family per hour.
- All charges will be added monthly to your tuition statement.
We contract with a company to provide bus service to interested families in Lenawee County (ages 5 and up can ride). Please pick up an information packet at the school office.
At the Montessori Children’s House our staff works with you guiding the intellectual, emotional and physical development of your child. In the classroom teachers help children develop habits, attitudes, skills and ideas that will lead them to a lifetime of creative thinking and discovery. Our classrooms are a faithful reflections of Dr. Montessori’s remarkable vision and method. Love and respect for each child guides the teaching of our certified Montessori educators.
The Montessori Children’s House is accredited by the American Montessori Society. We are one of only two programs in Michigan, and part of an elite 10% of Montessori schools nationally, to have earned this prestigious recognition. Our AMS accreditation assures you that your child receives the highest quality education and care. Our programs meet all State of Michigan licensing requirements for health, safety, student/teacher ratios, teacher qualifications and administration standards.
Three sessions times are offered. Morning sessions are 8:15-11:15 a.m., while afternoon sessions run from 12:15-3:15 p.m. Full day is 8:15am-3:15pm. Before-school and after-school care is also available.
- Toddler Program – 18 months to 3 years old (Adrian Campus only)
- Pre-Primary Program – 3-6 years old
- Kindergarten and Extended Day – 5/6 years old
We encourage you to observe our classrooms and learn more about the Montessori philosophy. Call Pam Esterline, Montessori Director, today at (517) 263-4898 extension 12.