We at Japhet School are celebrating our 40th anniversary this year, and we are so excited to have started school in our new home in Clawson!
You can support our Capital Campaign by clicking "Donate." To learn about our journey, keep reading. Thank you for supporting Japhet School!
Japhet's Journey Home
A Great Opportunity at an Unexpected Time -- Our Challenge
Japhet leased our former Madison Heights building for 35 years. It was a wonderful home to our school, and we taught more than a thousand children within its walls. In late 2012, we were notified that our landlord would be using the school for its own program. While Japhet School did have a long-term plan to purchase a building of our own one day, the timing of this move was not ours, and the need to find a new home was urgent. With the hard work and dedication of trustees and staff, we succeeded! Japhet School's new home, about three miles from our former location, is:
839 S. Crooks in Clawson, Michigan 48017
at the corner of Crooks and Normandy roads
The building cost $935,000, and our renovations and moving costs were approximately $565,000. We approved this expense as an investment in the mission of Japhet School. The need for financial support is immediate. This is our challenge.
Nurturing and Preparing Children for Life -- Our Strength
Japhet has always been so much more than the walls that surround us. We have taken the essence of Japhet on this journey. While having our own building is a wonderful change for Japhet, the most important things have not changed at all. We're still focused on:
- Being a leading school of character in Michigan where character and academics are taught as equals -- a philosophy that has earned us national recognition
- Providing a strong academic program with an emphasis in oral communication that prepares our young students to excel in high school and college
- Offering small classes and a safe learning environment where children are valued and known by their teachers as unlimited learners
- Creating a school that children look forward to attending every day, and creating a peaceful and inclusive community to which the entire family belongs
Families who come to Japhet School come from many different backgrounds and situations, but they are all seeking a nurturing and challenging educational experience for their children. This common ground creates a community that is the Japhet difference. This is our strength.
Japhet's Journey Home -- Our Vision
To fund the purchase and renovation of Japhet School's new home, we launched a $1.5 million capital campaign titled Japhet's Journey Home. As of today, we are more than one-third of the way toward our goal.
Renovations to the 13,700-square-foot building included work on six new classrooms, a large gym, specialists' room, fenced playground, kitchen, office spaces, central courtyard, reading resource room, HVAC system, and a server room with technology infrastructure.
Building purchase price: $935,000
Renovation and moving costs: $565,000
Total to raise with Japhet's Journey Home: $1,500,000
Please join us on our Journey Home by contributing to our capital campaign. Your donation is an investment in a community where children know they matter. It is an investment in the difference Japhet makes in the lives of families and children each day. In our new home, we will continue to nurture and prepare each child for life by integrating character education with a strong academic program.
Together we can make this happen -- this is our vision!
To donate, click on the Paypal link at the top of this page, or send a check:
Gifts by personal or business check should be payable to Japhet School and mailed to the Japhet School Development Office, 839 S. Crooks Rd., Clawson, MI 48017. Please include a note that your gift is for Japhet's Journey Home Capital Campaign.
Thank you for supporting Japhet's Journey Home.
Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Japhet School is a 501(c)(3) organization.
For the press release about our relocation, click here:
Japhet School Celebrates 40 Years and Moves to Clawson!