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St Johns Country Day School

Private | PK-12 | 687 students


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Posted March 29, 2009

good school but last tuition increase did us in... what are they thinking?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 10, 2009

10 years we have been involved with SJ. Best value money can buy! Great school, teachers and colleg prep!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 22, 2008

Year after year St.Johns Seniors have the highest SAT and ACT scores in the Jacksonville area.The school is small enough so students get the individual attention and there is a spot for every one who wishes to be a student athlete.Best school in the Jacksonville area.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 18, 2008

I love the school. My child goes there and he wants to go to school on saturdays. Learns more than any other school I know.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 7, 2008

Great School! Top college preparatory school in the area. All three of my children had excellent teachers. Arts program is the BEST!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 25, 2008

All you have to do is read the reviews written by SJCDS students and note the misspellings and grammatical errors to understand what has happened to this school. The new administration has chased away some excellent teachers under the false hope that a football program will bring in more money for their unfinanced campus upgrades. We are looking at other options as academics are no longer a priority here. It is sad to see what was once the best education program in Clay County now fall lower than many of the public schools. Save your money and move to Fleming High's school district, then send your children to a school that has a vested interest in their education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2008

I luv it here. The teachers at St. Johns really care about me. That is a big change the school I went to before.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 1, 2008

SJ was a great school with great teachers but now average and poor teachers are kept if they coach sports. SJ used to be the best academic school, now the attention and money go to sports. We removed our children because we don't agree with new admisnistration.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 20, 2008

I completely disagree with the last two postings. Money has no impact on any decisions. My family is very middle class and we depend on financial aid heavily. My questions and concerns get just as much attention as my child's wealthier friends. As far as sports, your comments are way off. They just started football a few years ago, why is that such a big deal? This is our sixth year and we have seen two administrations, both have a had their different strengths and weakness. We are very pleased with the education my child is receiving and she is ready for the challenges of college.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2008

I must agree with the 06/10 posting. WIth the change in administration three years ago, decisions at the school are now made more often based upon the donation power of those involved instead of the ethical implications of decisions. Athletics take priority over academics and unruly students are tolerated as long as the tuition check clears. Parents have little, if any, voice outside of being the source of funding and pledges. It's a shame that what was once an excellent college prepartory program has been reduced to being merely an expensive alternative to public education, and not a great alternative at that.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 10, 2008

From my perspective St. John's caters to whomever right the check. When homework frequently counts more than tests scores, or it can be turned in weeks late and still be given full credit - there is a problem. High school is about preparing young adults for not only college but the community, both have requirements and deadlines. College, while it sometimes requires 'homework' it is seldom collected and grades are almost always generates by tests and finals only. The St, John's repuation has eroded away while the athletic department has been growing. I understand that HS classes are an important part of a schools bottom line - but lets face it - these young men and women will be voting on policies that will effect us in our old age. Wouldn't you rather they be educated fully, and prepared for life after St. John's?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 19, 2008

St. Johns is a wonderful school, I think the middle school needs improvement, my son had disciplinary problems and was failing English and Spanish, but when Bryan entered 9th grade, highschool was a dream come true, it re-affirmed my trust in St. Johns. The teachers in highschool are older, and more experienced, it's a wonderful place.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2008

St. Johns offers the best academic education in NE Florida, and it is getting better and better. The kids are serious and well-rounded and the teachers and administration are caring and ready to communicate with parents. The best thing is that the kids are nice and there are really no problems with discipline. It's just a great, warm school and graduates move on to success in college easily.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 29, 2008

St. Johns is a great school, but there is a bad side. With 4-5 hours of homework average, just for Middle School, with a good education comes lots of homework. St. Johns needs new teacher. But all in all, St. Johns is a great school if you are willing to work hard!
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 11, 2008

SJCDS is really tough. Lots of homework. but well worht it. I have so many friends and all of the teachres care about me!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 20, 2007

St.Johns is a great school for acidemics but our art deparment is very lacking. This school would be so much better if us as students had more involvment in the arts such as acting and drawing.
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 16, 2007

St. Johns is a good school, but some things need to be changed. First of all, we need to have a new headmaster. Greg Foster is ruining so many traditions, and St. Johns is built on tradition. Some teachers who have taught at St. Johns for a while need to go. St. Johns also needs alot more clubs.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 14, 2006

The academics at St.Johns are second to none. Expectations are high. Classes are small so teachers can give ample attention to students & still move the class at a quick pace. Students must have the aptitude to be able to keep up. All classes are advanced, even the regular classes. Middle school has the greatest influx of new students. Nearly every year about 2/3 of those students qualify for the TIP scholar program. These are talented kids in the classroom and the arts. Also, at St. Johns almost anyone who wants to can play on a sports team. No one falls through the cracks & parents are always welcome. As a parent of both a graduate and current student, I think it's the best education money can buy.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 11, 2006

St. Johns is a great school if your child needs sheltering and special attention in the classroom. Students that come into the middle school program after 6th grade often are not competitive enough for the more academically driven schools in the area, such as Bolles. It is a great school for your child if academics is not a priority, or if he or she is not independent enough to excell in high school alone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 7, 2006

St.Johns has the best academics in the Jacksonville Area.
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 84% 42%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Hispanic 4% 29%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
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Orange Park, FL 32073
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