Education

The Sturgis Public School District provides a high-quality education to more than 3,400 students who come from an 80-square-mile area, including not only the City of Sturgis, but also all of Sturgis and Fawn River townships and parts of Burr Oak and Sherman townships. Over 180 highly qualified teachers and administrators and 200 support staff continuously strive to improve academic skills, test scores and learning among students.

Updated renovations and building projects exemplify the community’s commitment to educating children.

Sturgis High School, which houses grades 9-12, has state-of-the-art technology, music and athletic facilities, along with classrooms that are conducive to learning in the 21st century. The newer Sturgis Middle School opened in Fall 2004 for students in grades 6-8. It is a source of pride for the school district as it, too, has excellent learning spaces for all students academically, athletically and in the arts.

There are 4 elementary schools: Congress, Wall, Jerolene and Wenzel, all housing grades K-2, and Eastwood housing grades 3-5. We also have SCC (Great Start) for our preschoolers and the Trojan eCademy for grades K-12. All of the buildings have air conditioning, infrastructure to support current technology, and updated equipment and materials.

All of the schools in the district are recognized as nationally accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges (NCA). NCA accreditation guarantees a standard of excellence and offers a proven process for increasing student performance. We are committed to expanding the use of technology in education, ensuring school safety and security, teaching to the state standards and promoting 21st century learning and college-ready skills while providing an overall wellrounded school experience. The district offers several unique opportunities for students: an outdoor education program for fifth graders, swimming and rescue instruction at the community pool, clustering and accelerated classes for academic advancement in grades 3 through 12, a countywide consortium of vocational education programs for high school students, and English as a second language services in all school buildings.

SPS is proud to be ahead of the technology curve that districts strive for today. Just a few standards are: every computer is networked and connected to the Internet, every teacher has a computer and iPad to allow mobility, limits of smaller groups on computers and in the media center, assignment of an iPad to every student in the high school and much more.

Sturgis youth have earned countless honors in many activities, including band and orchestra, sports, drama, with after-school programs of various kinds.

Parental involvement is strong in Sturgis schools. The Parent Advisory Council and booster programs offer a chance for parents to become more involved in their child’s education.

Another unique learning program in Sturgis pairs businesses and students for the benefit of all and promotes the teaching of “employability” skills. The Sturgis Area Business/Education Alliance ( SABEA) hosts a biannual career fair and sponsors other programs, including a business partner program and job shadowing, to bring students and local businesses together. The program is designed to create and sustain partnerships between the school system and local employers to promote the school system to business, to promote the community to students, and to give students the tools they need to best choose the career path that fits them. SABEA began in 1994 and has been highly successful.

The St. Joseph County Intermediate School District offers special education programs to assist those with any type of impairment in reaching their full potential.

Howe Military School is located just four miles south of Sturgis in Howe, Indiana. The school emphasizes academics, citizenship, and spiritual and physical education.

Several fine parochial schools are also located in Sturgis, including:

  • Lake Area Christian School, offering preschool for children aged 3 and 4 and classes for grades K through 12
  • Nottawa Christian Day School, for grades 1 through 12
  • Sturgis Christian School, for grades pre-K through 12
  • Trinity Lutheran School, offering pre-K through 8

A number of church-affiliated and public day care facilities and preschools can also be found in the Sturgis area, along with after-scholl programs of various kinds.

Glen Oaks Community College is a quality provider of education programs serving the needs of residents and businesses of St. Joseph County and beyond. The College, established in 1965, sites on 300 acres of land in rural Centreville, Michigan.

Glen Oaks offers 18 associate degree programs and 19 certificate programs. Many students complete their first two years at Glen Oaks, then transfer to on of the many four-year colleges or universities in the region.

Glen Oaks is focused on student success and helping students reach their educational goals, learn new job skills or advance their careers.

The student-faculty ratio of 16:1 affords students personal attention and provides opportunities for students to accomplish their goals and grow and succeed in a supportive, ethical and academic environment.

The college serves a wide range of students in various types of programs.

  • Dual Enrollment – The Dual Enrollment program offers eligible public high school students and students from state-approved nonpublic high schools the opportunity to earn college credit while attending high school.
  • Career/Technical Education – Through a consortium with the St. Joseph County ISD and seven K-12 districts, Glen Oaks delivers CTE services. These services include operating CTE programs that develop job specific skills and prepare students for the world of work or further education, providing critical linkages between business and education and providing high school students real life experiences in business and industry.
  • Certificate Programs – Glen Oaks offers certificate programs to train students for work in specialized and/or technical areas.
  • Associate Programs – Glen Oaks offers two types of associate degree programs: Applied Associate degree programs are typically for students who plan on entering the workforce following graduation. The emphasis is on a career-focus area. The college offers five applied associate degree programs.

Transfer Associate Programs are for students who want to further their education at a college or university. Glen Oaks offers programs and courses and has partnerships with a number of four-year institutions of higher education to ensure flexible pathways to help students reach their educational goals. Glen Oaks offers 13 associate programs including the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Online Programs – Glen Oaks offers both online programs and courses making it more convenient for those with job and family obligations. The Associate of General Studies degree is one of the programs that can be done completely online.

Glen Oaks is nestled in rural St. Joseph County, in Centreville, Michigan, about eight miles from Sturgis. The college sits on land donated by Nora Hagen, a retired Sturgis teacher. The campus is comprised of classrooms, laboratories, vocational shops, computer labs, a student center, bookstore, theatre, gymnasium, fitness center and library. The grounds also feature the Business Development Center with an auditorium; the Nora Hagen House for conferences and meetings, baseball fields, tennis courts and jogging and nature trails.

The college is dedicated to making the student experience fulfilling. The experienced faculty and staff are unified in their desire to serve each and every student to the best of their ability and help them achieve their educational goals. For more information, visit the Glen Oaks Community College website at www.glenoaks.edu.

Glen Oaks opened its doors in 1967. The college is fully accredited by the higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is approved by theMichigan State Department of Education.

Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College, both in Kalamazoo; the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana; and Trine University in Angola, Indiana, are all located within 45 miles of Sturgis.