St. John's Episcopal School

Testimonials

We’ve been part of the St. John’s community for 5 years (and counting), and it’s been a very good fit for our son. He has benefited from the smaller class sizes—he gets personalized attention and individualized instruction when needed. The accelerated curriculum keeps him challenged, and we like that teachers at St. John’s have the freedom to make instructional decisions without needing to “teach to the test” for state standards and assessments. However, aside from academics, there is a strong focus at St. John’s on character education, the arts, technology, faith, and physical fitness. St. John’s is a wonderfully diverse and caring community that supports and educates the whole child.
   ~ Current Lower School Parent

Last year was our daughter’s first year at St. John’s; she was in Mrs. Palmer’s Preschool/3 class, and it was a wonderful year.  Mrs. Palmer made our decision to move to St. John’s well worth it.  I know that our daughter had a great time meeting new friends, and doing all of the activities that Mrs. Palmer painstakingly took the time to plan, but from a parent’s perspective, I love the fact that Mrs. Palmer made our daughter comfortable and happy, and that she learned a lot in the process.  I never thought I would send my kids to a private school, because I just could not understand how they were worth the extra cost, but after my daughter had been at St. John’s for just several weeks, I took my husband aside and told him that because of the faculty and staff at St. John’s, no matter what, our daughter would stay for the long run.  We love the school!
    ~ Current Preschool Parent

Our son started at St. John’s this year in sixth grade. We were referred by a recent graduate’s family. We transferred from a Montessori school in the area and we knew there would be some transition to this far more structured environment. What we love most about St. John’s is the school’s commitment to learning WHILE developing and nurturing these kids into compassionate, critically thinking human beings. We feel each teacher and faculty member takes the time to really know each student as a person and a learner while REALLY challenging them academically. As we transitioned, each teacher personally checked in and actively encouraged us to meet, call or just chat. Whenever anyone asks, I tell them, without hesitation, I love this school. Incidentally, our son is committed to doing the work and I’ve watched him mature into being his own self advocate and develop new friendships. We are very happy we made this transition. Check it out for yourself!!
    ~ Current Upper School Parent

Our son has been attending since Kindergarten and is now in the third grade. He is always excited to go to school. St John believes in educating the whole child not just academics and expects their children to learn, grow and succeed. Children learn to apply characters traits in their daily living at school and at home. As a parent, it is such a relief to send your child to school and not have to worry.
   ~ Current Lower School Parent

My children are in 8th grade and have attended St. John’s since kindergarten. My wife and I could not be happier with the overall experience the school has provided for our family. The school has small class sizes and both the teachers and administrators are actively engaged with the students. In addition to the fantastic education, the school teaches so many other things, such as technology and life skills, or “success traits,” which provide a great foundation for any young person to build upon. My children have participated in plays, concerts, sports, model un, service trips, academic competitions, and so many other activities that I cannot name them all. I highly recommend becoming a part of this community.
    ~ Current Upper School Parent

We moved our son to St. John’s in middle school and are thrilled with the decision. He is challenged academically, the teachers go above and beyond to provide enriched curriculum in addition to the class syllabus. The small class size is wonderful and the values taught allow the students to be comfortable in the school, thus enabling them to focus on the education and meaningful friendships with classmates.
    ~ Current Upper School Parent

We feel that being at St. John’s has made a profound and positive change in our daughter’s enthusiasm for school, and she comes home each day with renewed excitement about all the new things she is studying and learning.  She is very content with her friends and all of her classes, and there is a sense of peace about the class; everybody gets along and works well together.
    ~ Current Lower School Parent

St. John’s has been a great school for our three children. Each of them has developed tremendously over the years, both academically and socially. Their experiences have resulted in them being more responsible, independent, confident, positive, happy children. They have had wonderful, nurturing, talented teachers who have treated them as individuals, have brought out the best in each of them, and have taught them the nine “Traits for Success”. We like the strong sense of community among the student families, teachers, staff and administration, and the understanding that education is a partnership between home and school. We are grateful that our children are thriving at St. John’s and love to go to school.
    ~ Current Upper School Parent

St. John’s is a welcoming, diverse school that prides itself on academic excellence. Our child has been attending the lower school for 3 years and we are thrilled with the progress and advancement of the entire class. The small class sizes allow for the students to be focused and learning at all times. In addition the all-inclusive music arts program for every grade, every student, is inspiring. As well, the administration does an amazing job at making sure your needs are met and the school continues to thrive. I have met amazing parents and students at St. John’s and am so happy to be a part of this community.
    ~ Current Lower School Parent

Among the many great qualities of St. John’s, the fact that each student is greeted with a handshake at the front door each morning, and called by name, is very empowering.  My child knows the names of every student in the whole school.  This speaks very highly of the camaraderie the school emphasizes.
   ~ Current Lower School Parent

St. John’s is more than a school. A school is simply bricks and mortar. St. John’s is a family – a welcoming community. When you enter, you get a warm feeling. Everyone associated within the St. John’s community is totally committed to helping students become well-rounded, and well prepared for future educational opportunities and a chance to make a difference in the world. Our children are challenged and they respond – both in the classroom and the local and global community. We love the teachers; both teachers and staff are so passionate about that they do every single day, and their responsiveness when questions or issues arrive is wonderful. Make no mistake; St. John’s is not perfect. They strive to be, but more importantly they teach the diverse student body to accept mistakes and be tolerant of others, as well as giving everything you do your best effort. The classroom sizes are small by design and it really gives each teacher the opportunity to get to know the strengths and weaknesses of each student. We are blessed to be in such a wonderful learning atmosphere and embracing community. St. John’s is an oasis for those looking for educational and spiritual harmony.
    ~ Current Lower and Upper School Parent

After 9 years of being in the St. John’s community and having our daughter attend from kindergarten through 8th grade, we can absolutely endorse St. John’s Episcopal School as being one of the best decisions we’ve ever made! Our daughter has grown into a person of character and faith with many more characteristics too long to list. From the nurturing environment and rigourous academics, the final product that St. John’s delivers is truly one of the best in independent or private schools. Our daughter graduated with honors, was the recipient of the Valliant Award, as well as the Spirit Award at graduation last year, and was accepted into Bullis School. I cannot thank St. John’s enough for the wonderful work they do, not only for our daughter, but for building character and faith in all of their students! I encourage parents to definitely take a look at this great school when considering schools in the area; you will not be disappointed.
    ~ Alumni Parent

My math teacher, Mrs. Persinger, was not only a great teacher, but she also became a good friend. She tutored me in math every week after school and I earned a 700 in the math section of the SAT, which helped my admission to PENN. Her caring personality and friendship will be engraved in my mind for the rest of my life.
    ~ Alumni, Class of 2015

At St. John’s you know everybody. The big buddy and little buddy program make the different grades work together. You feel very much at home; the first time I visited the school I couldn’t believe how at home I felt.
    ~ Alumni, Class of 2011

Success for schools and children involves holding the bar high, but knowing when to bend it for a bit; instilling confidence, teaching morals, and ethics. St. John’s teachers know this!
    ~ Alumni Parent

After our son graduated from St. John’s, he had an excellent academic experience at Georgetown Prep and then went on to do great things at Villanova School of Business. I credit his success to the faculty and staff of St. John’s. They truly foster the notion of being your ‘best self.’
    ~ Alumni Parent