•Serving students in preschool through 8th grade •Independent school for boys and girls •Accredited by ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States) •Ratios are 8:1 in Preschool, 16:1 in Kindergarten, and 18:1 in elementary and middle school classrooms •Best-practice curriculum, continuously evaluated and updated •Japhet students perform at or above national averages on standardized tests
10 Reasons Why Parents and Students Love Japhet School:
1. Character education 2. Academic excellence 3. Small classes 4. Differentiated and accelerated courses 5. Japhet teachers get to know their students 6. Oral presentation 7. Off-campus programs 8. Class trips 9. Fun place to learn 10. Lifelong friendships
Service at Japhet School:
Japhet’s sixth teaching philosophy point states, “With the gift of knowledge and the understanding of moral and spiritual values comes an obligation to help mankind.” To that end, every year we have an all-school service focus with service-learning and community involvement throughout the year.
Japhet is a co-educational day school serving preschool through eighth-grade students in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Our classes are purposeful “blends,” or two-grade classrooms. This arrangement enables teachers to challenge students with academic material that is appropriate for their intellectual readiness, regardless of age or grade. Our mission is to nurture and prepare each child for life by integrating character education with a strong academic program.
Our national award-winning character education curriculum, which not only builds a peaceful community within the school, also gives Japhet graduates a foundation of character on which they will rely their entire lives. Our alumni seek out positive influences, lead others, and earn the trust of their high school teachers. At every age, leadership skills are developed and practiced daily. Through ongoing speaking, mentoring, and task-based opportunities, Japhet students gain confidence in public roles.
Japhet students are ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse. They are diverse in their religious beliefs and family makeup. At Japhet we strive to create an atmosphere of safety and acceptance for all students. Our focus is on helping students find a community where they value and respect themselves and others. Families come to us for many reasons. Some are drawn to our emphasis on character education, and some to our peaceful school environment. Some seek a challenging curriculum not restricted by age or grade. Others come for an affordable, nurturing, private school, without the teaching of a specific faith. All of our families benefit from our ability to see the unlimited potential in every child.
Memberships: Independent Schools Association of the Central States Association of Independent Michigan Schools National School of Character with the Character Education Partnership Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education
Teachers in first through eighth grades implement Writer’s Workshop, an interdisciplinary teaching technique that invites students to write by making the process a meaningful part of the classroom curriculum. Writer’s Workshop organizes the best practices in the teaching of writing to meets each student’s individual needs. Writing tools are introduced in first grade, and then developed and deepened each year, resulting in independent and confident writers at Japhet School.
Japhet School students enjoy Art class twice each week. With classical music as a backdrop, students paint, sculpt, and draw in a peaceful setting in Art class. Japhet’s Art classes focus on developing students’ individual use of media and technique. Our Art department participates in the greater AIMS art exhibition, with student work on display in the local community. What’s more, Art projects often integrate with social studies and science classes.
Japhet’s Early Childhood program offers a theme-driven, play-based curriculum that encourages learning by providing children the tools for self-discovery. Preschool and Kindergarten also begin laying the foundation for language, math, science, and thinking skills. Character qualities such as good judgment, justice, reliability, self-control, and peacemaking are encouraged and practiced throughout the school day.