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Who We Are

SInce 1965, St. John’s Parish Day School in Ellicott City, Md., has been providing the highest quality Episcopal education for children. We educate children with a stimulating and challenging academic curriculum in a culturally and economically diverse community. By creating a safe and nurturing environment for students to grow and to learn, we help them use their full potential and individual gifts.
At St. John’s, 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 an open, affirming, and inclusive community.
We are growing confident, compassionate, bright young students who understand the importance of living a purpose-driven life. We promote the concepts of responsible global citizenship and active stewardship for the natural world, and we celebrate our status as a Maryland Green School. Our innovative curriculum and methodology, as well as our exceptional care and nurturing of every student, ensures that our graduates will go on to attend the best independent and public schools in the region. 
We stand out in the community in the following ways:
  • Intentionally small class sizes allow us to know each child's gifts and to support unique needs
  • Project-based learning nurtures creativity and discovery
  • Differentiated instruction designed to maximize each child's full potential
  • Special programs: Spanish, Art, Media, Information Literacy, Music, Violin, Physical Education, Learning Specialist 
  • Local and global outreach promotes kindness and compassion
  • Experienced, creative and dynamic educators with a passion for teaching
  • Meaningful communication between teachers and parents

AIMS Accredited

St. John's Parish Day School (SJPDS) is proudly accredited as an Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS) institution. Independent schools, like SJPDS, are rooted in the idea of choice. Parents can choose a school with the educational philosophy and passion that best fits their family's needs and values. While AIMS-member schools are diverse, they have certain characteristics in common. 
"Each fosters a culture of learning, not only in the classrooms and laboratories, but in every area of school life - on playing fields, stages, in music practice rooms and art studios." --- AIMS

Proud Member of National Association of Episcopal Schools

SJPDS, similar to other Episcopal schools, is attended by children from a variety of different religious, cultural and economic backgrounds. SJPDS, as in all sister Episcopal schools, exists not just to educate, but to demonstrate the uniqueness of all people as creations of God through common guiding principles. Weaving the principles of school worship, community life, faith formation and social justice into the very fabric of the school's overall life. Episcopal schools ensure that their missions are built on the sure foundation of a Christian love that guides and challenges all who attend to build lives of genuine meaning, purpose and service in the world they will inherit.
"Episcopal schools have been established as ecumenical and diverse ministries of educational and human formation for people of all faiths and backgrounds."
--- NAES