Patricia St. Clair Elementary

37_1228780842_158[1].jpgWelcome to Patricia St. Clair Elementary. We service approximately 450 students in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. We offer all day Kindergarten programming to get our youngest learners off to a great start. Our dedicated staff is committed to providing the best educational foundation possible for each and every student and will do whatever it takes to make sure no child is left behind.

Vision Statement:

The vision of Patricia St. Clair Elementary School is to provide all students with the tools to become productive, responsible citizens. This can be accomplished through a partnership with the family and community working together to provide the necessary resources and support to produce a positive educational environment essential for learning.

Mission Statement:

At Patricia St. Clair Elementary...
We are in this together, learning and growing.

Elementary Principal

The Hesperia Community School District is pleased to announce that Denise Short has been selected as the next principal of Patricia St. Clair Elementary.

Prior to accepting her role as Principal, Denise had served in various positions throughout the Hesperia Community School District for 5 years, including as a 2nd grade Teacher, a PBIS Coordinator, and a Title 1 Intervention Teacher.

Superintendent Bryan Mey stated “As a district, we always want to ensure that we find the right person for each position we fill, who will bring their expertise, skills, and professionalism to the role, while embracing the values of our district. It is always exciting to be able to keep a strong educator and leader such as Mrs. Short in our district, knowing the enthusiasm and commitment she already has displayed to the students, staff, and families of this community in her previous roles. The District is honored to welcome her as Principal to the Hesperia Community School District.”


Hesperia Community Schools offers All Day Kindergarten

All Day Kindergarten offers the following:

  • Structured Setting to Support K Program
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Increased Time for Kindergarten Curriculum
  • Trained Staff with Early Childhood Education Endorsement

Please call Patricia St. Clair Elementary School, 231 854-6615, to register.

Savings Accounts Offer a Bright Future for Hesperia Kindergarteners

Beginning in the fall of 2018, every kindergarten student enrolled at Hesperia Community Schools will have the opportunity to be the beneficiary of a savings account opened with a $50 deposit from the Fremont Area Community Foundation. Schools of choice students living in adjacent townships are also eligible for this benefit as a Hesperia student.

Kickstart to Career Newaygo County, a joint program of Fremont Area Community Foundation and ChoiceOne Bank, is a program designed to build aspirations, encourage savings, increase financial education, and assist with college or career expenses after high school.

Students will be able to earn additional $50 contributions each year until graduation, while families can make deposits at any time. Upon graduating from high school, students can use their accounts to help pay for post-secondary education and career-related expenses such as tuition, books, tools, or training.  Vaughn White, Superintendent of Hesperia Community Schools states, “Kick Start to Career coupled with Newaygo County’s Promise Zone provides Hesperia students with the beginning to end financial support needed to obtain a free associates degree at Muskegon Community College.”

Research shows that having even a relatively small amount of savings has a significant impact on the way a child thinks about and prepares for their future. Children with savings accounts have better math and reading scores, develop greater expectations for themselves, and are more likely to enroll in and graduate from college.

In addition to opening savings accounts, ChoiceOne will provide the technology for families to monitor accounts online and partner with local school districts to provide financial literacy education in classrooms. The program will serve approximately 550 children in the first year and more than 7,000 students total. The Fremont Area Community Foundation expects to make more than $3.4 million in deposits during this time.

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Have a question about start times, absences, transportation or other things? Our Student Handbook has many of the answers you are looking for.

PDF DocumentPatricia St Clair Student Handbook


The School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan has been striving to make all parents aware of their health insurance.

The #1 reason families do not access health care is because they do not have insurance. Great gains have been made to get people insured this past year with the Healthy Michigan Plan (available to anyone below 133 percent of the federal poverty level) and the Health Insurance Marketplace (available to those above 133 percent).