Area Education

Mission Statement

We believe that education is a continuing lifetime pursuit and a shared responsibility of home, school, church, and community- that schools are centers of community endeavor for the improvement of the quality of living and learning for all citizens.
This philosophy makes education a total process and a universal concern.

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Each of the St. Johns Public Schools has an established school improvement team with membership open to staff, parents, students and community members. Each school has its own mission statement, studies student achievement data, and sets goals based on learning outcomes for all students. These teams also recommencf professional development for staff based on these goals. The goals support adult roles for which students need to be prepared and that the district has adopted. Progress is monitored regularly to assure positive results for all students. As our schools identify their goals, they write strategies to address issues of gender, race, socioeconomic factors, and equity.

In St. Johns, curriculum development is ongoing. We are continually revising course content to prepare students for a world where change is constant. In the 1980's the emphasis in our schools was on what teachers taught. Today the emphasis is on what students have learned, and MEAP tests measure our student's performance of the English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science content standards and benchmarks.

Teaching looks different today than it did 25 years ago. We still see teachers in front of the classroom, but they are also teaching in other ways. Our teachers work with children one-on-one and in small groups and they observe children as they work together in groups on a project. Teaching in these ways helps students learn problem solving and evaluation skills, to name a few.

As a district, we continue to develop an expanded curriculum that reflects the importance of world languages, world studies, fine arts, health, physical education, technology, career-focused education and life management competencies, to assure students acquire and demonstrate all the skills that are necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world.

Volunteer time is a strong point in St. Johns Public Schools. P.T.O. members, booster clubs, and individuals in the community give hours of time to students and programs. Parents also help and provide support in many ways. They work with students, serve in an advisory role to staff and administration, serve on a committee, or participate in activities such as Meet the Teacher Night or March is Reading Month. Our valuable support groups include: Foundation for Excellence, Human Sexuality Committee, PTA., Boosters, Alumni Scholarship Committee, GM Team and School Improvement Teams. St. Johns Public Schools is proud to enjoy a high level of parent participation at school events and conferences. We believe that parent participation is critical to school success.

DeWitt Schools offer quality programming, first-rate facilities and opportunities for family involvement. They serve more than 2,700 students, who benefit from a qualified staff where teaching and learning are number one! DeWitt is located just north of Lansing and is accessible by I-69 and U.S. 27.

Clinton County Regional Educational Service Agency (CCRESA)

Clinton County Regional Education Service Agency (CCRESA) is one of the 57 intermediate school districts in the state of Michigan. There are six public school districts and eight non-public school districts throughout the county that have a combined total of about 11,000 students. While much of CCRESA's charge is to provide service and support directly related to these 11,000 students and their parents, perhaps equally important is the support and service that is provided for the 1,300 school employees throughout the county. CCRESA is a vital link between local school districts and the Michigan Department of Education.

Intermediate School Districts were created by the Legislature in 1962 to bring about quality and equitable educational opportunities to students and schools throughout the state. They accomplish this in a number of ways including: creating and promoting economics of scale, sharing current and credible research, best practice and innovation, and by providing oversight and liaison roles for local districts. CCRESA partners with various business/industries, colleges and universities, other Intermediate school Districts, the Michigan Department of Education, other human service organizations, and local school districts in support of their mission. CCRESA is an organization dedicated to Learning for Life - Whatever it Takes!

The district is mandated to provide special education programs and services to special education students throughout the county. In addition to special education, CCRESA has programs and services in Career and Technical Education, a wide array of Professional Development opportunities for a multitude of employee groups, Early Childhood Education programs and support services, and technological support services. CCRESA has four site locations and levies approximately 2.5 mills for special education, 0.19 mills for general education, and 1.0 mill for career and technical education throughout the county to help support their services.

Lansing Community College

The St. Johns community is home to Lansing Community College through its off-campus learning center, the Clinton County Center, which enrolls over 700 students and offers a full range of college and student services. The Center, located in South Point Mall in St. Johns, is the result of a long-standing commitment by Lansing Community College to students and communities in Clinton County.

A wide range of classes and college services are available year-round at the Clinton County Center. Each semester, over fifty class selections are offered, including business, computer skills, skill development, teacher education and liberal arts transfer opportunities. Community education classes are offered in short, daylong or weekend-length seminars and a Learning Lab, with study space and computer access, is open to students and to the public.

Established in 1957, Lansing Community College is the third largest community college by enrollment in Michigan. The main campus is located in downtown Lansing, with classes offered in numerous communities in a six county area. Students may choose from nearly 150 degree, certificate and transfer programs, and over 2,500 courses taught on the main campus, in local communities and on-line.

Area School Districts

Bath Community Schools
6175 E. Clark Rd.
PO Box 310
Bath 48808    517-641-6721

De Witt Public Schools
2957 W. Herbison
PO Box 800
DeWitt 48820    517-668-3000

Fowler Public Schools
PO Box 408
Fowler 48835    593-2296

Ovid-Elsie Area Schools
8989 Colony Rd.
Elsie 48831    862-4237

Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools
5101 Clintonia Rd.
Westphalia 48873    587-5108

St. Johns Public Schools
501 Sickles St.
PO Box 230
St. Johns 48879    227-4050

Clinton County RESA
1013 S. US 27
St. Johns 48879    224-6831