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St John The Baptist School

Private | PK-8


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Posted October 14, 2013

St. John the Baptist Catholic School is truly a family, not just a school where you drop you child off for the day. Our parents, students, and staff all work together to create an amazing school. community. The Catholic education our children are receiving is helping to support the values we are trying to teach.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 14, 2013

St. John the Baptist Catholic School provides the village it takes to raise a child. There is a high level of family participation in all aspects of education, including that of community. The parents and staff work together to create a loving, caring environment for our children to learn. We love the small class size, strong family ties, individual attention and challenging curriculum.
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Posted October 7, 2013

I could not be more pleased and satisfied with the experience our family has had at St. John the Baptist Catholic School. The small family atmosphere provides my children with a sense of comfort and safety throughout their day. I absolutely love the low teacher to student ration because it allows my children to experiences one on one attention each and every day. The faculty and staff here are absolutely fantastic and continue to impress me each and every year. I am confident that my children will continue to grow academically, socially and spiritually throughout their years at St. John s.
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Posted October 7, 2013

We love St. John the Baptist Catholic School! The teachers go above and beyond to provide a warm and nurturing environment for the children. The older kids also do a wonderful job of interacting with and watching over the younger children. The family atmosphere makes for an excellent learning environment. We are confident that sending our children to St. John s was the best decision we could have made for their education.
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Posted October 6, 2013

St. John the Baptist Catholic School is a very nurturing school. St. John education goes beyond the classroom to the playground to the cafeteria to the community. The school administration and parents work together on several projects from fund raisers to building planter beds for a flower garden to attract butterflies and humming birds. These activities build a family atmosphere to make it a great school. Our teachers teach because they loving teaching! Being a Catholic school our teachers make sacrafices and work with some second hand tools. Our school cannot always afford the best or the newest, but our teachers find creative ways to use what we have. Our Principal provides leadership in every function of the school. Teacher quality 5 stars, Principal leadership 5 stars, Parent involvement 4 stars! Together we are a great school!
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Posted October 5, 2013

St John the Baptist is a wonderful school. My daughter has been a student there since kindergarten and has loved every minute of it. The class sizes are small, which allows more one on one with the teacher. We are like a family here, everyone knows everyone else. My daughter has grown academically and spiritually thanks to the teachers and their involvement with the students. They truely care about the students well being. It is worth every penny I have spent here.
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Posted October 5, 2013

We chose to send our daughter to St. John's preschool because of the teachers' (and principal's) reputation for caring about children as individuals. We also appreciated the flexibility of choosing which days of the week she would attend and the full or half-day option. I saw the preschoolers develop positive relationships with each other and their teachers...and so did we as their parents! I'm glad we said YES to St. John's for our children's preschool and elementary school years.
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Posted October 3, 2013

Our three children love St. John the Baptist Catholic School. The small classroom size enables the staff to provide equal time to each student and their personal academic goals. Our school has changed our life and we are so grateful to have the teachers, parents and other school families to help us mold our children into the people we want them to be. The parents at St. John s are very welcoming and warm and as we attended the events sponsored by the school, we instantly felt like family.
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Posted October 3, 2013

St. John the Baptist is a wonderful school for many reasons. The faculty and staff are fantastic and are always working hard to provide the best possible education for our students. The class sizes are small (12 or less per class) which allows our teachers to give each and every student one-on-one attention. My children love going to school and being part of a "family" that helps them thrive and grow. We have a wonderful sports program that teaches athletic skills and good sportsmanship. We also have many opportunities for extra curricular activities such as Drama Club, Card Club, Beta Club, and Children 's Choir. We also have many parents and grand parents who spent a lot of time volunteering and helping out when necessary. I truly feel that my children are getting the best education possible at St. John the Baptist School.
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Posted October 3, 2013

Where do I begin! I have not one regret in choosing to send my children to St. John the Baptist Catholic school. The warm, caring, nurturing environment is what we love most. When you are at St. John's, you are part of a family. My children are blessed with small class sizes and a staff that goes above and beyond each day to see that your children are prepared for the next step in life. Academics is a top priority, however, the spiritual growth is equally important. My children are able to participate in a wide range of activities that are made possible through the effort of our school administration, staff, and families as they work together to volunteer their time throughout the year. I couldn't ask for any more!!!
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Posted September 30, 2009

We found St John's lacking in leadership, academics, and discipline. Our Child's test scores went down and so did his everyday standards. Emotional and verbal bullying were not addressed and children at times were at physical risk. Our child is now at a new school and it has become evident the standards at St John's comparatively were much lower.
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Posted September 12, 2009

I am currently a Junior in high school and still look back as on this school as the best time of my life. The classes are small so everyone feels like a family. All the teachers no you and are all so wonderful. There is none of the clicks that usually take place in other schools. You will see a huge difference in your child's behavior compared to that of the public school. I'm still talk with all my classmates. The school work prepare me for high school and allowed me to take higher classes like advanced English. When i have children they are definitely going to St. johns. Trust me you won't regret sending your child here!
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Posted April 22, 2004

My oldest is in high school and has been on the honor roll every year. He was given a wonderful opportunity from St. John to prepare him for high school. The staff offers quality education with the emphasis of Christian values, making learning at St. John a real value. I have three other students enrolled and I am pleased with every aspect of their education. I have found the teachers to be dedicated to their calling. The school has strong leadership and supportive parents and I am very proud to send my children to St. John The Baptist.
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Posted February 23, 2004

I find that the subject matter that my children learn is much more advanced than that of their friends that attend the public school. With smaller classrooms and teachers that enjoy teaching there, it makes for a better environment. I have also noticed the massive difference between the children's behavior.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 51%
Hispanic 1% 24%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Mrs. Clarice McKay
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  • Roman catholic
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10 South Lincoln Street
Smithton, IL 62285
Phone: (618) 233-0581


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