Fostering the Spark in Every Child
Stepping foot onto the St. John's campus is an immersive experience. The Historic Church's old world beauty and humble presence welcomes friends old and new alike. Laughter of children at play and a snippet of class being held on the front lawn both suggest the infusion of joy and learning. Suddenly you just know St. John's is the one.
St. John's Parish Day School has been educating children ages three through Grade 5 in the Episcopal tradition since 1965. We are growing confident, compassionate, bright young women and men who understand the importance of living a purpose-driven life. Families choose our school because they know they not only get an outstanding education, but so much more.
Our mission is to educate children with a stimulating and challenging academic curriculum in a culturally and economically diverse community. We create a safe and urturing environment for students to grow and to learn, helping them to utilize their full potential and individual gifts. We provide an atmosphere that fosters spiritual grounding in the Christian tradition with respect for the dignity and beliefs of every human being. We promote the concepts of responsible global citizenship and active stewardship for the natural world.
We at St. John's, as Children of God, respect ourselves, others, our school and our earth. We are kind, honest, responsible and a community of learners.
O God, creator of light and fountain of all knowledge, bless this school, we pray. Illuminate those who teach and those who learn here, that you light of truth and love may shine with growing brightness within us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
We show our commitment to our families by offering these gifts:
--- Spiritual growth through faith formation
--- The preservation and celebration of childhood
--- An innovative curriculum and teachers who know and serve the needs of each student
--- Development of confident and respectful citizens connected to our local and global communities
--- A sense of wonder and active discovery
We offer a culture of excellence that incorporates the best of Episcopal education while maintaining the highest academic standards. Children are encouraged to embrace challenge as they work to master key information, wrestle with abstract concepts and develop skills in numerous disciplines.
Our efforts to create an exceptional caring culture are intentional and ever-present. Responsive Classroom techniques are used to teach the children to take care of themselves, each other and the school environment.
Students, including our preschoolers, spend time with a team of talented specialist teachers in science, art, media/technology, physical education, Spanish and music. These classes are taught in separate classrooms designed for each area of study.
At St. John's the classroom is merely a stepping-stone into the world around us. From venturing outside for science class to taking full advantage of our close proximity to Baltimore and Washington, DC, opportunities for wonder and discovery are limitless.
Children experience chapel everyday, which serves as a time of community, prayer, song and reflection. We provide an atmosphere that fosters spiritual grounding in the Episcopal tradition with respect for the beliefs of all people of all faiths.
To be a positive light in a child's life is the ultimate goal for many teachers at St. John's. Our teaching staff comes from impressive backgrounds and over 45% hold advanced degrees. They are the lifeblood of the school community and take a front-seat in decisions related to curriculum and daily life. National, AIMS and NAES standards guide them, but they are coveted for their creativity and commection with their students.