Teachers are always looking to go the extra mile for kids at St. Johns. They look for opportunities to help kids stretch and get better, and don't hesitate to make changes to better meet students' needs. e.g., if your kid is particularly advanced at math in 6th grade, they bump him up and put him in a 7th, 8th or 9th grade class-- whatever is needed! And it's no problem because those classes are just across the quad. Not like our former, public school where your kid just has to sit there and be bored.
They try to strike a balance, understanding that kids are participating in extracurricular activities and have a *life* outside of academics. There are also study hall periods 3x per week and students are encouraged to stay focused and get their work done then. Plus, the school library is open after school until 5:30 and kids can go get homework done then, too. Or if they have 30 minutes before a sports practice starts, they can hit the library, do homework, and get it done. They have a designated spot to work and be productive. It's great!
Character development is very important at St. Johns Country Day School. From the "interfaith assemblies" that focus on different character traits each month, to the honor code, to simply teachers that *pay attention* to each and every child, a strong emphasis on morals and ethics is everywhere. There is no slipping through the cracks, either academically or behaviorally.
St. Johns has been such a blessing to our family. Our kids were getting "lost" in our local public school-- a good school, but with the large and rising class sizes and constantly losing staff positions, there's no way they can keep up. And don't even get me started on old textbooks or outdated technology. We finally made the decision to move to St. Johns Country Day School, with a comprehensive arts program, PE nearly every day, a full sports program, and, best of all, teachers and staff who truly care about the success of each individual child. They say "your child will be known and loved" at St. Johns, and it's true.
Creative, innovative, and nurturing environment. St. Johns Country Day School is a perfect fit for my kids. They offer everything from academics to performing arts and sports. They have offered wonderful opportunities so far. I love that they have great school spirit and offer a warm environment. It makes me feel great and proud to have them there. I would highly recommend them.
Many families will consider this too far if they live in JAX.We did our homework and fell in love with the beautiful campus and steadfast faculty. They prepare the students for college but it's more than that. My kids are nurtured, loved and encouraged every day. I recommend this "gem" to all of our friends with kids.. (Their college placement list is strong!)
St. Johns Country Day School is a small family environment with good culture for our children to learn. They have given the ability to be well-rounded, and not just focused on academics. They teach extra-curricular activities such as art and music, which are wonderful.
I have 2 children (high school) and 1 grandchild (kindergarten) enrolled at St. Johns Country Day School. We've been with the school for 12 years. So far, what I most like is their focus on individual students. They make an effort to maximize each student's skills to get the best out-of-high-school college positions. They have a very safe learning environment and have many opportunities for extra curricular and sports activities.
Wonderful academic and social experience My daughter just started going to St. John's Country Day School, and so far it has been a wonderful experience both academically and socially. They are very accessible to both students and parents. If there's any questions or concerns, they are immediately on it. I find them very helpful, and as a parent, I truly appreciate how welcoming they have been to my daughter. When they accepted her, they sent her a nice welcome letter, and they made sure she felt included. So far, she is doing great there in terms of academics and socially. She enjoys working with the technician intern. The school really encourages everyone to participate in all the extracurricular activities.
My family has been at SJCDS for 6 years, with a child graduating. We only have experience with the middle and upper schools and therefore split the ratings...the middle school deserves 5 stars, especially with the new leadership. There are a few (2-3) dud teachers, but overall the middle school sets high standards for the staff and students and creates a warm environment. The upper school deserves 2 stars. While there are some amazing teachers, especially new ones brought in by the new headmaster, there are many who are subpar... Bitter and burnt out. The college counselor is so focused on this 100% acceptance rate that he doesn't really know the kids and/or care when they go just that get in somewhere/anywhere. The new headmaster (came 3 yrs ago) is making some good changes and seems aware of the challenges the school faces. We'll let our middle school child finish up, but are looking at different high school options.