St. Joseph Academy

Educating children to be successful lifelong learners and problem solvers.

aka SJA   |   Milwaukee, WI   |  www.sjamilwaukee.org

Mission

St. Joseph Academy is a Catholic educational organization sponsored by the Felician Sisters.  Our mission is to educate children to be successful life-long learners and problem solvers.  We are guided by the Felician values for Ministry: Respect for Human Dignity, Compassion, Justice and Peace, Transformation and Solidarity with the Poor.  We partner with families and community to fulfill this mission. Our organization educates and serves children as young as 6 weeks to 14 years old.

Ruling year info

1946

President and CEO

Dr Tabia N. Jones, Ed.D.

Main address

1600 West Oklahoma Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53215 USA

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Formerly known as

Child Development Center of St. Joseph

EIN

39-0806262

NTEE code info

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, Preschool, Early Admissions (B21)

Roman Catholic (X22)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission is to educate children to be successful life-long learners and problem solvers. We place emphasis on the whole child (Body, Mind, Spirit). We are guided by the Felician values for Ministry: Respect for Human Dignity, Compassion, Justice and Peace, Transformation, and Solidarity with the Poor. We are known for our one academy two programs approach. We offer an Early Childhood Education Center for children 6 weeks - 4 years old and a K4-8th grade school. Located on Milwaukee’s southside, we serve nearly 600 children. We serve an at-risk population of children. Ninety percent of our students fall into an ethnic minority category. In 2019-2020, 44% of our students were English Language Learners. All students are eligible for free lunch. We are recognized for excellence. Our Early Childhood is a 5 Star Young Star rated NAC accredited program and our K4-8th grade was recognized in the 2018-2019 DPI report as Exceeding Expectations and is accredited with WRISA, AdvancEd.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Early Childhood Education Center

We are two programs, one Academy.

Our Early Childhood Education Center holds the highest YoungStar Acceditation Rating of 5 stars through YoungStar and is accredited through the National Accreditation Commission (NAC). SJA is 1 of 46 in Milwaukee County to have NAC Accrediation.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTER

Infant & Toddler Program
Our program provides infants and toddlers with a loving, nurturing environment that supports them physically, educationally and emotionally. We read, sing songs, climb stairs, explore the world around us and develop self-help skills. Our teachers are committed to working with you as your child embarks on the first steps of learning and exploring the world!

CORE PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Social-Emotional Development, Cognitive Development, Physical Development, Literacy and Language Development and Fine Motor Skills Development

Pre-School Program
At this age, children are learning, exploring, making friends and even starting to take the first steps toward reading. Curiosity and imagination are where learning begins. Toddlers are movers and we channel their energy and excitement into meaningful early education learning experiences. As children’s mobility grows, we give them plenty of room to move and discover. We also guide them towards developing new physical skills and achieving emerging milestones.

CORE PROGRAM COMPONENTS
Social-Emotional Development, Cognitive Development, Physical Development, Literacy and Language Development.

Population(s) Served

Children learn best in an environment where they are challenged, listened to and treated with respect. Where the focus is not just on academics, but on the whole child. Our programs are designed to give children of diverse learning styles and educational abilities the very best in academic instruction, guided by our core values - Respect for Human Dignity, Compassion, Justice and Peace, Transformation and Solidarity with the Poor. We offer a rigorous academic approach to learning that focuses on the whole child. We place a great deal of importance in providing the arts in addition to students core academics. We have a full-time teachers in Art, Music, Physical Education & Library. We also focus on nutrition for our students by participating in DPI's Fruit and Vegetable program and preparing all meals in-house in our full kitchen. We use the Expeditionary Learning model for classroom instruction. A real world curriculum that will prepare them for their futures.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL K4 through 5th Grade
In our elementary program, our students learn to tackle big concepts in reading, writing, math, and science, building a strong academic foundation while also developing important social skills. The St. Joseph Academy Elementary School curriculum helps students develop the foundational knowledge, learning skills and personality traits to prepare them for success in school and beyond. We nurture the innate curiosity, wonder and desire to learn in each child.

MIDDLE SCHOOL 6th through 8th Grade
Our complete Middle School program curriculum has been developed to help students understand advanced math concepts, use the scientific method, and read across genres as they prepare for further education and transition into leaders in their community.

OUR FOCUS
The Middle School curriculum at St. Joseph Academy continues to support our students as they build on the strong academic foundation established in Elementary School while preparing them for sustained success in high school and beyond. Our Middle School faculty recognizes the learning opportunities unique to late childhood and early adolescent intellectual and social development

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

North Central Association of Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement - Accreditation 2012

National Accreditation Commission 2020

Affiliations & memberships

North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement 2009

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Early Childhood Education Center

Goal 1: The ECEC will strengthen the professional development training for staff to better utilize Creative Curriculum and TS GOLD. This will be achieved by seeing an increase in participation from families and in-kind entries and by utilizing reports in TS Gold that show areas of Development and Learning that the ECEC children are struggling with that Teachers may need additional training in to provide that support to the children.

Goal 2: The ECEC will maintain a rigorous and data-driven learning environment using TS Gold Online.

K4-8th Grade

Our overarching goal is to use EL Education teaching and curriculum to produce successful students. To realize our goal, we focus on student excellence in three core areas: Mastery of Knowledge and Skills, Character and High Quality work. When students complete their academic career and enter adult life, they will be judged not by performance on basic skills tests—but rather, by the quality of their work and the quality of their character. This premise serves as the foundation for increasing student engagement and elevating and expanding student achievement.

ECEC GOAL 1 STRATEGIES -
1. Staff will attend an interactive course during the week of August 17 - 21, 2020, introducing them to TS GOLD and the purposes and benefits of formative assessment in early childhood programs
2. All children will be added into TS GOLD by 8/1/2020
3. By the 30th of ever month, all child documentations are entered by staff.
4. Child checkpoints are entered quarterly. (11/13/20, 2/5/21, 5/7/21, and 8/7/21)

ECEC GOAL 2 STRATEGIES -
1. Staff will be able to describe the 6 steps of active supervision and why they are important.
2. Staff will be able to explain how to apply the 6 steps when there are changes in routines and specific environments.
3. Staff will be able to identify how to use the steps along the developmental progression for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
4. Staff will be able to explain how to plan for and modify steps within different settings and when changes in routines occur.

K4 - 8TH GRADE GOAL 1 STRATEGIES -
1. Provide Crew habits of students framework per grade level.
2. Principal & AP will model the Crew in staff meetings and provide time to reflect on thoughts and actions during Crew.
3. Principal & AP will provide feedback on Crew delivery.
4. Student Connection Activity, 9/28, mid, end.
5. Providing examples like videos or testimonials from other schools about their approach and outcomes.
6. Student Survey distributed 9/24/2020
7. 2 x 10 Strategy for "under the radar" students. 2 minutes a day for 10 days targeted out reach. Each staff member to one student.

K4-8TH GRADE GOAL 2 STRATEGIES -
1. Principal & AP model CFU's at staff meetings and grade level meetings.
2. Build on exit ticket foundation.
3. Reflect on Target/Task alignment.
4. Provide Reflection questions.
5. Possibly engage in a standards study.
6. Consider an internal video library with short examples of CFUs.
7. Conversations/check-ins with staff regularly.

St. Joseph Academy believes that leadership matters. Great leadership leads to great success. Our internal leadership structure begins with a President and CEO who has vast experience in education and values and believes in the leadership team and staff to craft and meet our goals. Our Leadership Team consists of heads of 12 departments who, with input and strengths from their staff, craft strategic goals. Leadership team members report out monthly on progress that is achieved in reaching these goals and evaluate any changes needed. All 80+ staff within our organization are carefully and thoughtfully hired for their talents, skill sets and fit with in the organization. Staff are expected to lead in their classrooms, in Crew, on committees, etc. Everyone has a voice and everyone has the opportunity to lead within our organization. We strive to provide a positive, values based environment. We are passionate about developing the whole child and we go all out to ensure that we succeed.

We are making progress on all of our Goals and Check Points and continue to expand on them as needed. The COVID pandemic has led to our Early Childhood program remaining open and on site, but with capped enrollment and our K4-8th grade students started the year virtual learning. Eighty-one percent of our students lived in the highest zip codes for COVID in our Community at the beginning of the school year. As of October 2020 data, our K4-8th grade learning community live in zip codes that have 33% positivity rates. We will continue to teach virtually until 2021. While these are not ideal circumstances, we have a professional staff and families that support our safety decisions. Working together, we are pleased to know that we are accomplishing our goals and remaining true to our mission of educating our children to be lifelong learners and problem solvers.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Primarily Surveys (Written & Phone),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    We don't actively use collected feedback,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Board, Staff, Families, Donors, Students,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Not everyone is interested in sharing feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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St. Joseph Academy

Board of directors
as of 11/4/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Thomas Kiely

Marquette University

Dr. Todd Beadle

Felician Services, Inc.

Mary Binder

Tech Mahindra (Americas) Inc.

Dr. Leslie Hertz

Ascension All Saints Campus

Schnell Lambert

JO's Learning Academy

James Lubawski

Lubawski & Associates

James Schultz

St. Anthony

Joanne Diaz

Divine Savior Holy Angels High School

Blanca Arena Baez

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Norman McGee

Neighborhood House

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/04/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/04/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.