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St. John's Lutheran School

Private | K-8 | 684 students

 

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Posted January 15, 2014

St. John's is a fantastic school. My children started at St. John's this year and are happy to go to school every day. The elementary school is challenging, but fun. The middle school offers many extra curricular activities and opportunities for the students through the elective program. The students use computers, iPads, and other technology every day. The teachers are very loving and helped my children make a smooth transition. The church offers wonderful midweek programs and social activities for the students, which my kids enjoy participating in. We are so happy that we found St. John's. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2014

St. John's is truly a GREAT school! Considering the beautiful facilities, wonderful teachers, and excellent programs, it is an excellent value for a private school. My children love their teachers and find the other students to be friendly and polite. The teachers deal with problems quickly. Yes, there is religious instruction every day. Of course! But this is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop strong moral character. The parents are involved and St. John's has a wonderful community of friendly and welcoming people. I've checked around and talked to friends and I believe that St. John's is the best school in the area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2013

The school's good at times, bad at other times-Some grades are better than others K, 1st, 2nd are good, 3rd and 4th mediocre to bad, depending on the teacher. Math curriculum is poor. 5th is much better and the middle school is good enough on a intersection with no field and pollution. The children are required to memorize the writings of Luther. There is ALOT of nepotism. They are difficult to negotiate with if you disagree with anything. Criticism is dealt with via denial. There have been several families that have left the school due to the admin refusal to deal effectively with concerns. Most of the students attend because the public schools are Hispanic. Caucasian families send their children to Private. The school keeps the church membership high due to ethnic concerns in public schools and the tuition discount for church tithing. Many people go to other churches. My child commented that the children demonstrate behavior that's non-Christian, bad language, bullying, and making fun of the Christian teachings. Teachers are unable to supervise the children due to staffing and economic hardships.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

Moved my children here from another local private lutheran school and we couldn't be happier. The teachers are extraordinary and the Principal has a firm hand in the day to day operations of the school. The students that go to St Johns have all been so kind and welcoming to my kids and we are proud to call ourselves a St John's family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2013

My child just finished Pre-K at St. John's and flourished. I'm surprised by the bad review posted 5/18/13. Our experience was vastly different- very positive. In particular, I disagree that Lamb's Lot is "glorified day care." They employ the Handwriting Without Tears program, which has been very successful. IMO, the curriculum is more advanced than that of OUSD kindergarten. My nephew attends a touted Irvine public school kindergarten with 37 kids in his class (5.5 - 6 y/os) and not much ahead of mine. St. John's has enrichment programs cross-utilizing faculty, so the kids get to work with the other teachers. It's hands on creativity and experiential learning. They have a nutrition expert on staff preparing all snacks. Kids learn about healthy life choices, including the importance of exercise and nutrition. The tuition is lower than other private schools that offer less. The campus is clean, safe, and secure. Teachers are caring and enthusiastic. The director could be more visible and interact more with parents- I agree with that. I think she's shy (vs. incompetent), but she should extend more effort. I researched many schools and visited 6 before choosing. St. John's is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

I attended St. John's from 1st-8th grade. St. John's is a safe and encouraging enviornment to grow up in. I was fortuate enough to have amazing teacher's that took the time to assist me with subjects I was weak in. Additionally, they caught my sister's learning disability in first grade and found her a tutor to assist with dislexia and central auditory processing disorder.


Posted May 18, 2013

We had a horrible experience at St. John's Preschool (Lamb's Lot). It was essentially a glorified day care--the education is so sub par. The director could not be bothered to even say hello when you walked through the door, and there was always tension between staff members and teachers. I know others who shared in our experience. I would never recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2012

Both of my children have attended St. John's since kindergarten. One is now a freshman in high school and says her classes are so easy. One is in the outstanding middle school now. St. John's has prepared them for life with strong academic skills and a strong set of Christian values. The facilities are above par, super clean and constantly being updated. The teachers and staff are caring and get to know each child as an individual. My children have completely different learning styles and personalities. They both love their school and each has been accommodated with their learning styles in the classroom. There are plenty of opportunities for me to get involved with my kids at school. The principal is amazing and has made great strides in keeping St. John's one of the best schools in the area by improving curriculum and overall student growth. As a parent I feel the investment that I have made in my child's education at St. John's is one of the best decisions I have made. I feel they are safe, cared for and they are receiving a superior education in a prestigious school setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2012

We love St. John's and thank God for the great teachers and wonderful people we have met at the school and at church. We have a 1st grader and a 5th grader and could not be happier with the academic, athletic, and music programs offered there. At about $5,000 per year it is a great investment in our children and the best private Christian school in Orange County in my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2012

We hate St. Johns Lutheran School of Orange!!!!! They are inconsistent with their rules. The people that attend this school are rude. (parents and kids) It is always a double standard. Very unchristian like behavior from everyone we dealt with!!! Bullying is rampid!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2011

This school is amazing especially the middle school I love it here!! The kids are all nice and the teachers. and staff too. Great tuition. I recommend putting your child here. I came last year it was really good!


Posted December 8, 2010

My daughter went to the preschool at St John's. The teachers are great and very helpful. But the director doesn't know what she's doing. The preschool teachers need a better leader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

My child has attended St. John's since Pre-K. She is now a graduating 8th grader. The school has been the best experience. She has made life-long friends and enjoys going to school. That is alot to say when a middle school student wants to go to school! The teachers are amazing and truly care about your child. A great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2009

This is a great school. I love its safe environment, both physically and spiritually.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2009

Pros: Christ-centered learning in a beautiful setting. Cons: worse teacher to student ratios than public schools (by far), very average curriculum, no specialization. This school had far less to offer than other private schools and, sadly, most public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2009

Our daughter has attended St. Johns preschool program the last two years and we have been happy with the school & staff. Its a very clean, safe & nurturing environment. The staff are very caring and supportive. And its great that the kids are learning about God, along with their abc's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

Three years ago we enrolled at St. John's and we absolutely love it. The education and teachers are the best around. Very caring and supportive of all the students. There's a great family bond at this school because so many of the students and families attend the church, but even if you attend another church (like ourselves) you still feel a part of that bond. Excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2007

My child attends St. John's and loves it, as do I. The curriculum is outstanding and challenges the students to reach their highest individual potential. The teachers are amazing, loving, and committed to providing a high quality education with God as the foundation for these kids' lives. It really is a family atmosphere, and as non-members of the church, we have found the welcome from other parents and the teachers to be genuine and warm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2007

I have two children at St. Johns. It is a great school that addresses the entire child. Academically it is strong in all core subjects and the kids get exposed to so many other subjects such as art, music, and sports. St. Johns is God centered education with teachers that care about the kids not the paycheck. It is a loving and friendly environment with plenty of parent involvement. There is opportunity for each child's passions to grow. I would tell anyone to join the St. Johns family. I have very happy, confident children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2007

I'm not a parent but i went to St. Johns for two years, and i hated it. The students there were very mean and i felt really out of place there. Though some of the teachers were encouraging some of them also made me feel less than adequate. My experience at this school was horrible and i would hate it for any one to have to go through what i went through at this school.
—Submitted by a former student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 72% 26%
Hispanic 19% 52%
Black 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
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  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

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School basics

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  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Randy Einem
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Lutheran church - missouri synod
Fax number
  • (714) 997-4521

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

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  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Special education coordinator
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  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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154 South Shaffer Street
Orange, CA 92866
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