I had my 2 girls at this school for the last three years. We tried both public and other private schools in Oxnard area and clearly St. John s was a better choice. Public schools were total failures. Yes they have spurts of drama that one will find in any organization but clearly overshadowed by the dedicated staff. The only shortcoming they have is they don t offer 9th grade.
St. John's is an excellent school and has been teaching students for over 56 years. My husband attended this school, my two sons, as well as one of my daughter-in-laws, attended this school and now my three grandchildren attend there also. I believe they have received the best possible education in a Christ-centered environment. The test scores are way above the normal grade levels. Many, many of the students have gone on to be the Valedictorian or Salutatorian of their High Schools. The teachers are very dedicated and go above and beyond to help their students. The school also has computer insturction, band, orchestra, two choirs and various sports programs. If you are looking for the best for your child please consider St. John's.
our childrens test scores are testament to just how good the education at St. Johns is if the parents are willing to do their part at home. Yes, they do a lot of fundraising but seeing as they have one of the lowest tuitions in the area for a top notch education it's well worth it. The upper grades Curriculum is nothing to sneeze at, the kids really have to work their butt's off to do well, but every report I've heard from students that went on to high school is that it was well worth it.
We welcome parents to come and view our school as they look for the right place for their child. As a small school we strive to serve each individual. If conflict occurs, we do our best to listen and work with all parties to resolve the problem. We appreciate all the help parents give as they support our school. Fundraising is an opportunity not an obligation.
You have some excellent teachers who are there to help the kids and you have other teachers who are controlling, manipulative bullies. Parents pay for a private school and therefore parents expect more. If there is an issue don't make excuses create a solution that everyone agrees on and enforce it. Fundraisers-they're always asking the parents to give. When I think they should ask the community. Parents don't have the money to keep giving.
The staff all needs to get on the same page with policies. If there is a dress code for students, the staff should follow one too. Paying for a private school education should not mean my child needs to be tutored on the side. Upper grades needs to be revamped and get up to par. The extras at this school are wonderful, ie. music and computers. My child comes home and teaches me things on the computer I didn't know existed.
We completed our first year at St. Johns, and so far we are very pleased. Although our teacher was young, she was very enthusiastic and really went the extra mile to do extra and devise individual strategies. The facilities and parents are great. Our child is really in a great class with great kids.
Great Elementery program, horrible Jr High. Lazy teachers that teach the bare minumum. I practically home schooled my son. Tons of homework. Poor administration.
The teachers are very caring. St. John's has a lot of extra activities icluding sports with a gymnasium, music, choir, and mini afterschool classes for instruction. My child is doing great in a very caring family environment.
I to agree with the comments below. I do love the fact that the school is small and safe. But the teachers are hit and miss, some are good, others are not as good. I think there is a real lack of creativity and love of teaching. Also, they are behind in certain subjects compared to local public schools. The music program is great, but you pay extra for it, chapel is also great. The school is very traditional in its teaching style, there is not much critical thinking that is encouraged. The small school feel is great, and there is a small group of really dedicated parents who do their absolute best to make the school the best it can be. If you are looking for small, safe and traditional this is the school for you. If you are looking for a more creative, progressive education this is not it
I agree with the May 3rd, 2008 posting. St. John's does some things well and needs to improve in other areas. The music program is great. The 4th grade teacher is amazing. The before and after school care supervisor is a wonderful person and takes good care of the students. Unfortunately, some of the teachers at St. John's lack the training that public school teachers receive. These same teachers appear to lack a passion for teaching. The curriculum in the primary grades is sometimes behind or slower than the curriculum in the public schools in the area. The curriculum becomes more challenging in the upper grades. There has been many changes at the school in the last couple of years with teachers retiring. The parents at St. John's are wonderful, caring people. Sometimes there is a lack of control, supervision and effective behavior management skills among the staff.
The curriculum is very challenging, much harder than public school. I like that students have religious studies and attend chapel weekly. I feel that my child will be well prepared fort high school. The school is small compared to public school, each class (K-8) is about 25 students.
This school has done a great job of teaching my child, test scores are high, kids want to go to school! Homework... of course there is alot but that is somthing you end up with when you are trying to get an education. this is one of the lowest tuition shcools on the oxnard plain so they try to find funding elseware for things like textbooks (most other private schools require parents to purchase). PTL is a small group of dedicated parents who seem to always be on campus doing somthing for our kids (and doing a great job at it). Some of the teachers are young and new at teaching but they are skilled at what they do.
As with any school, St. John's does some things well and could definitely improve at others. Many parents say the administrator is weak in that he hasn't and doesn't deal with major issues that parents bring to him, such as a teacher who spent a year humiliating students and failing to teach them academic skills. That one was replaced with a first-time teacher who isn't much better. It's true that there tends to be a huge amount of homework in grades 6-8. Those kids are graded in 9-10 subjects, and a typical day's homeowrk might include writing 3 pages of reading notes each for 2 subjects, finishing a 30 problem math assignment (started in class), a spelling and/or vocabulary workbook lesson, and writing 100 words every day (including weekends and holidays) in a journal. Don't let the writing fool you: they aren't being taught good writing skills.
My daughter has done very well, been encouraged by her teachers, and although she is biracial, I have Never experienced this as a concern amongst anyone at St. John's. I feel the administration has been responsive when I had a concern. I like the diversity of St. John's where a variety of family backgrounds is evident. My daughter scores above grade level. I believe the majority of her teachers have been excellent while others have not been up to the full standard I would hope for. Overall there is a positive atmosphere. I would like to see arts and 2nd language programs (such as Spanish or French)enhanced. Overall, our family has had a very positive experience with St. John's Lutheran, and I would recommend it to others.
Very strong fundamentals at reading and math in kindergarten. Although religious-based, strong in music and plenty of art experience. Limited sports for kindergarten. Low PTA turnout, but parents are required to be involved and participate in multiple extracurricular activities.
Poor academic structure. Teachers do not meet quality standards. Teachers have poor teaching skills, and use homework as the primary teaching tool. There is no confidentiality. Administration has an additude that they do not have to answer to anyone. Not a good enviornment for personal and academic growth. They always want money. They do have good security and watch the children. I regret enrolling my child in this school. My advice is to check out the private school and remember, not everything that gletters is gold.
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