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St. Germaine Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 220 students

Our school is best known for our strong, christian, academic student output.

 

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Posted July 25, 2011

The person who wrote the September 25, 2008, review is correct in that it does not compare to other public schools. It's even better! I graduated from St. Germaine and went into 9th Grade at a public high school. I was immediately placed into the highest programs for all of the academic disciplines, received a 4.00 GPA my entire high school career, and was the class valedictorian at graduation. On top of this, I received a full scholarship for college study. I owe all of that to the academic standards and values that were instilled in me at St. Germaine. My only complaints about St. Germaine are that some of the students were not as friendly as they could, and (at the time) they did not have a strong support for their arts programs. However, the church's recent involvement in the arts completely makes up for that.


Posted June 21, 2009

I have to comment on how academics at St. Germaine compare to the local public school, since we experienced both. The public school seemed to teach to the lowest level while St. G holds high expectations for all. Our experience at the public school was one teacher at a loss of what to do with a child who was significantly ahead of the class and a second telling me my other child was 'her favorite' for being independent, bright and well-mannered -- perhpas because of their previous years at St. G. Parents of graduates tell me their freshman are repeating the math they learned in 8th grade. The small size limits the bells and whistles (no trips to the Capitol here), but they focus on the basics for academic success. Maybe not world-class, but a reasonably priced alternative to the lackluster performance of most of the public schools in South Macomb.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

St. Germaine had to be the best ten years of my life. i recently gradauted from there a year ago and i cannot believe how ready i was for high school. They taught me everything that i know today. The teachers are amazing and they truly care about you and your personal education. With small class sizes, you get a better education. (about 20:1). Unlike the huge money schools like St. Isaac Jogues who just care about how many students they have in their school, St. Germaine has the right number of students (285) to keep class sizes small. the athletics are great, they may not be the best always, but i loved playing them, and it was the best time of my life. I love everyone and everything in it. I visit there all the time. The memories are priceless. St. Germaine will always be the best catholic
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2008

Let's be honest, if you are paying for an education - then this is not the place to go. The staff is great, & they definatly care about their students. The church and Father Jim are fantastic. However, they just aren't keeping up with the public schools nearby. I would have loved to have kept my kids here--but I couldn't accept compromising education for a christian environment and nice people. I know plenty of people who rave about and love this school - My only explanation is that they don't know what's happening at other schools. This was my experience. If you want to go here, ask to look at the actual work before you open your checkbook to make sure it is appropriately challenging for your child/children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2008

So very happy with this school. My daughter is 5 and she is reading, adding, and subtracting! She loves school and feels safe and accepted by all! As a parent I immediately felt welcomed and have gotten involved in several clubs. Worth every penny!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

I strongly recommend St. Germaine. This school sincerely cares about their students and their families. They encourage the chldren to be the best they can and uplift them, never putting them down. The teachers are wonderful and caring and the parents are very involved in this school and that is what makes it such a wonderful place for the children. They care about their safety and go out of their way to ensure their safety. The academics are wonderul as well as afterschool programs and latchkey. When I go into the school the teachers, principal and secretary knows my name and my childrens names. St. Germaine really is a family and I would not send my children anywhere else. The education and environment are well worth the price of tuition and I am willing to go without a lot to keep my children at St. Germaine
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2007

The principal, curriculum, and instruction are awesome. Students who graduate from SGS go on to great successes in high school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 23, 2007

i am in 7th grade at this school and it has been the best 9 years of my life.if you want your child to be accepted and known by everyone. send your child here.the teachers really want to know you and help you. the sports are great.we have tons of tro;hies.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 5, 2004

I graduated from St. Germaine School a year ago, and it was the greatest eight years of my life. Everyone knows your name, and the teachers are extremely friendly. I am proud to have gone to St. Germaine School.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 10, 2003

I went to this school back in the early seventies and am proud to send my son there. I have noticed that the school has improved over the years with the addition of a new gym and teachers. I incourage that parents strongly think about sending there child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

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Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

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Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 71%
Asian 4% N/A
African-American 0% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 5%
Multiracial 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Tutor(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
School social worker/counselors(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Art teacher(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Catholic Culture-grade 5 (2013)
  • Student Athlete Awards (2014)
  • My Hero Essay (2013)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Letters to troops (2012)
  • Boater Safety (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Clubs
  • Dance club: Liturgical Dance and Repertory

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
  • Before school: starts at 6:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Julie DeGrez
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • platessa@stgermaine.org
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Fax number
  • (586) 779-3667

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Direct instruction
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Religious
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Extensive extra curricular
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football with neighbor school
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Brownies/Daisies
  • Chess club
  • Cub scouts
  • Dance club: Liturgical Dance and Repertory
  • Dreamweavers
  • Girl scouts
  • National Honor Society
  • Service Squad
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
  • scrapbook, men's club
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
220
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
30
Students typically come from these schools
public
montessori

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$2000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Tax credits
Archdiocesan assistance

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Catholic high school
Public high school
Academy or Elite private
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28250 Rockwood St
Saint Clair Shores, MI 48081
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Phone: (586) 771-0890

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