Retrofitting Education at St. Joseph’s School, Randolph
Jesuit Father, Thomas Acker, S.J., PhD is educationally retrofitting St. Joseph’s School for the Academic Year 2013 – 2014. Fr. Acker has his Doctorate in Biology from Stanford University and for eighteen years was president of Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia.
St. Joseph’s School is aligning the first eleven years of formal education into three phases:
Genesis: First formal learning – 3, 4, and 5 (kindergarten) year old children
Foundations: Early grade school, 1st – 4th grade
High School Preparatory: Final grade school years 5th – 8th
The mode of teaching and learning will also change. Teachers will rotate around the classes and teach principally in their specialties, Math, English, Language, Religion, Science etc. The generalist teacher will be largely supplanted. Each grade will have a patron/mentor.
Each phase has specific goals.
Genesis: A joy in learning, a habit of discipline and sharing, a healthy belief in God, growth in speaking and singing, involvement in physical exercise, and the beginnings of a second language such as Spanish.
Foundations: The four R’s of reading, writing, arithmetic and religion, integrated with music, technology, art, again a second language.
High School Preparatory: Teaching akin to a high school, skilled teachers for each subject with proficiency in composition, and students maturing in science and technology, a continued exposure to music, art, religion, and a second language.
Formal education today begins as early as 3 years old and continues for most through college. In the state of Ohio, about 80% complete high school, but only 33% complete public college in four years. Another 20% complete college in six years, but these additional years become very expensive enterprises. It behooves parents to invest in these early learning years through 8th grade to ensure on time success in the more expensive years of high school and college.
St. Joseph has a history of turning out quality students fit for high school. Early education gives students a habit of study, moral fiber, and a history of success which are key ingredients for the future. It is in this framework that St. Joseph Parish School operates and prepares young children for the excitement of learning, growing a moral and educational compass, and achieving a head start in life.
We invite the parishioners and others to invest in early education at St. Joseph School in Randolph. We are open to members of other faiths. We give parishioners at St. Peter of the Fields the same rate of tuition that is paid by our own parishioners. The rate this year for K through 8 is $2,500. If this is a stretch, talk to us. Our education will give your children a head start and in the long run save thousands of dollars by helping your children finish on time, with excellence, and with soul.
Your child deserves it.
Fr. Thomas Acker, S.J. March 15, 2013