Japhet School

National School of Character


Preschool - 8th Grade

Preschool - 8th Grade

History

Japhet School was founded in 1973. It opened at a time when public education institutions were removing the teaching of values from the daily lives of schoolchildren. Japhet’s six original trustees were parents and educators who were devoted to the idea that character instruction and strong academics went hand in hand. Japhet began with 27 students who were Christian Scientists. Religion never was, nor is today, taught at Japhet School. 38 years later, Japhet is an independent, co-educational day school for children of diverse backgrounds. Faculty, staff, and trustees also represent a variety of life experiences.


Timeline

1973

School opened in September for children who attended Christian Science Sunday Schools.

1975

Granted non-profit, corporate status as an elementary K-8 school.

1976

Moved into a Lamphere School District building in Madison Heights, Michigan, which we occupied until 2013. Japhet developed a character quality curriculum that became integrated into our academic curriculum.

1983

Infant/toddler and latchkey programs started.

1984

Full-service, licensed day care center opened. Introduced computer curriculum. Received provisional membership in the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).

1991

Received full membership and accreditation by ISACS.

1996

Children of all religions were invited to enroll.

1999

Japhet completed Self-Study and renewed full ISACS accreditation.

2000

Japhet honored by the country of Ghana with a personal visit, recognizing a student-led service project to supply books to Ghana’s schoolchildren. General Motors looked to Japhet educators for lesson plans on environmental stewardship. Target Corporation named Japhet as an Outstanding School in America.

2001

Japhet honored as a National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership as the first Michigan school and first independent school in the country to win this award. Japhet schoolteacher assists school in England develop its own character education program.

2003

Japhet hosted our first character conference entitled “Promoting Student Character, Integrity and Leadership” with Hal Urban.

2004

Japhet co-sponsored with Birmingham Public Schools the conference entitled “Building Schools and Communities of Character” with Thomas Lickona; approximately 800 attended, and since this time BPS has had schools designated as National and Michigan Schools of Character.

2005

Prepared Self-Study for third ISACS re-accreditation.

2006

Hosted our 3rd Annual Character Conference entitled “Building a Family of Character” with Chick Moorman and break-out sessions from Japhet educators. Joined the Troy Chamber of Commerce.

2007

Granted ISACS reaccreditation until 2014. Created Strategic Plan. Hosted 4th Annual Character Conference with Chick Moorman, and presented at a character conference for Detroit and Pontiac schoolteachers. Piloted Algebra 1 as standard mathematics course for eighth-graders (and younger students as appropriate).

2008

Japhet celebrated 35 years. Hosted 5th Annual Character Conference with Sean Hogan-Downey. Implemented Robert Andreasen, Marjorie Hale, Henry Buelow, and Winnie Buelow Merit Scholarships. Piloted revised Science and Math curricula in all grade levels, meeting or exceeding current Michigan and national benchmarks.

2009

Japhet recognized as a Michigan Green School. Japhet teachers and staff presented on the benefits of character education in various venues. Piloted Writers Workshop in elementary and middle school grades, and revised Social / Global Studies curriculum that meets or exceeds current Michigan and national benchmarks. Japhet hosted our 6th Annual Character Conference, which will focus on helping teachers, parents, and children make ethical decisions while using the Internet.

2010

Japhet recognized as a Michigan Evergreen School. Japhet sponsored Metro Parent Magazine conference titled “Growing Up in Today’s Crazy World: Strategies for Dealing with Crushes, Frenemies, Gossip and Bullying,” featuring two Japhet speakers.

2011

Created GJS Scholarship and Leadership Scholarship – new merit scholarships for current students. Entire faculty and staff engaged in writing the Self-Study for our fourth ISACS re-accreditation. Full staff attended national ISACS conference titled “Innovation.”

2012

Hosted ISACS Visiting Team and was granted ISACS re-accreditation through 2019. Began search for new, permanent building for 2013-2014 school year.

2013

Celebrated 40th anniversary and purchased our own building in Clawson, Michigan. Launched an all new, completely wireless IT system for student and staff benefit. Technology upgrades and student impact included a mobile Chromebook lab for integration in all classes, multiple wireless access points, code instruction, an all-school celebration of Computer Science Education Week, and more.

2014

Experienced a successful first year in our new building. Hosted the Cruise for Character, which brought friends of Japhet School together in celebration and support of Japhet School’s mission to integrate the teaching of character with academics.

2015

Engaged the Japhet community to develop a new 8-year Strategic Plan for the prosperity and continued improvement of Japhet School. All staff attended the AIMS conference centered on innovation and Google for Educators conference.


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Japhet School's mission is to nurture and prepare each child for life by integrating character education with a strong academic program.

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