Academic Extras

The Penguin Project

A student performance of Annie with the character Annie and Daddy Warbucks. The Penguin Project was first introduced to St. Joan in 2017.  The Penguin Project focuses on giving children with disabilities the chance to experience musical theatre in all its glory! It provides a beautiful opportunity for children with and without special needs to work together towards one common goal: show business. The Penguin Project is open to any individual ages 8 to 21 with a disability. This includes children with cognitive, learning, motor, hearing and visual impairments, genetic disorders, and neurological disorders. The Penguin Project uses a peer mentor system, linking each young artist with an age-level peer, in grades 5 - 12, who does not have a disability. The peer-mentors work side-by-side with their partners assisting them throughout the entire rehearsal process and on stage. We were the first school to bring The Penguin Project to Ohio. Hear from some of the students who participated in the 2017 Penguin Project on WKYC.

One Book, One School

Five students dressed as pirates
St. Joan was a local early adopter of a national program designed to promote reading aloud at home. For the past three years, St. Joan has participated in Read To Them’s, “One Book, One School” program through the wonderful support of the SJA PTO and parish community.  Each year, a committee choses a book which then gets distributed to each family. 
The program includes an exciting assembly for the elementary grades where the book is announced, while middle school students and parent volunteers magically transform the hallways of the school into the setting of the book. Each day there are trivia questions asked to engage the students and special visitors are invited to bring the story to life.  Students have seen the hallways transformed into the streets of Manhattan for The Cricket of Times Square, enjoyed watching a master sculptor transform a block of ice into a penguin, for Mr. Popper’s Penguins, while eating Swedish fish, and have dressed as pirates searching for treasures like in the book Welcome to Wonderland
When a whole school reads the same book, there’s a lot to talk about. One School, One Book is a program in place at schools throughout the country with the fundamental purpose being to “build a community of readers” through a shared reading experience-like a very large book club!


Science Fair

Three boys with science fair project Science Fair is a journey of scientific inquiry.  It begins with students answering a scientific question by conducting an experiment and the process ends with our Science Fairs demonstrate to the students that their work matters to the school community.  Science Fair projects integrate skills they’ve learned in other classes including: math skills, computer skills, research skills, and writing and presentation skills.

Math Club

Math Club is opened to students in grades four and five and meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays before school at 7:30AM.  The goal of Math Club is to encourage strong math skills by also engaging in fun and friendly competition. Members are able to compete in the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics 5th and 6th grade math competition.

Spelling Bee

Each year, seventh and eighth grade students are invited to participate in the annual Spelling Bee.  Interesed students take a pretest to qualify for the competion held during Catholic Schools Week. The St. Joan winner is then sent to compete in the Cleveland-wide Spelling Bee tournament.

Enrichment Options

Chess Club

Students in grades Kindergarten through eighth grade can join the Chess Club which meets after school. Current research shows a strong link between chess and academic performance. Chess has also proven to enhance motivation, concentration, focus, social skills and creativity. Parents pay a fee for this after schoool enrichment. 

Engineering Club

Students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade can continue their STEM learning after school through Engineering Club. Students use hands-projects to explore and learn how electricity is part of their daily lives. Parents pay a fee for this after schoool enrichment. 
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School is dedicated to instill within each student a lifelong desire to learn, lead and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Learn. Lead. Live.
View text-based website