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East St. John High School

Public | 9-12 | 1364 students


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Posted March 16, 2013

I graduated from East Saint John in 2009 and will be returning as a teacher in the fall after graduating with a bachelor's degree. ESJ is definitely a school that prepares students to be successful as they enter the next stage of their lives no matter where students wish to end up whether its college or the workforce. By the criteria for this website, a "great school" has "Excellent teachers, strong principal/school leadership, and challenging academic programs," and ESJ certainly has all three. I am not saying that the school is perfect, but the increasing number of opportunities that lead to future success are and will continue to be there for students that attend this school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 13, 2012

I am a recent graduate of East Saint John class of 2011. I was a cheerleader and active member of many clubs and organizations. I had a great time at ESJH! I made good grades and i am going to college for free. I now attend Nicholls State University as a mass communication major with 3 of my classes already completed thanks to ESJ.The comments you see here are only accurate to a certain degree. You cannot put all of your trust in schools...public or private. THE SCHOOL DOES NOT MAKE YOU...YOU MAKE THE SCHOOL! If you know teachers are going to tell you something about dress code...DONT DO IT! I never had a problem with dress code or code of conduct. The teachers at ESJ do care about students as long as the student cares about themselves. Private schools in Laplace are no better than East St John. Most of the things that go on there are covered up. I know many HORRIBLE things that happen at private schools in Laplace. As long as a child is self motivated and knows what they want out of high school...they will be VERY SUCCESSFUL at East St John High. I know I was and those were the best 4 years of my life..and i expect to have a bright future thanks to ESJH...GO WILDCATS!!!

Posted January 29, 2012

This school does not prepare your children for college. Some of the teachers act just like the students at times it is hard to tell them apart. I am sad to say this is our tax dollars at work. If you can send your child to a private school in Laplace. It is the only way your child will get a proper education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 9, 2011

I am a freshman at East St. John High this year. Honestly they have improved on things like for instance sports and other academic's for students, but I don't think it is the best at all. I think they waste more time worrying about the dress code and student code of conduct, rather than worrying about the eduction they need to provide for the students. Yeah, there are some great teachers and all, but truley to be honest it is far from the best. I think teachers, faculty and staff needs to lay off of students who are there and are trying to learn and not worried about the uniform. Most students don't want to hear the fact that their shirt is untucked or the don't have a belt on. I can actually understand where most students are comming from, because it happens to me alll the time. Why do students need to worry about the uniform if they are sitting there ready to learn. Its NOT A BIG DEAL. Honest opinion.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 22, 2009

east st. john is a amazing school i just love all of the things they have to offer me and my family
—Submitted by a student

Posted July 28, 2008

My entire family, as well as myself graduated from ESJ. Based on my experiences there I can say that it is not the greatest high school, though there are not many choices. This school did not adequately prepare me for college. The high GPA that you get at ESJ does not reflect how well you will do in college. Just to put it into perspective, a 4.0 at ESJ is equivalent to about a 2.5 on an undergrad scale. The valedictorian of my class went to college and lost his TOPS scholarship, and eventually dropped out of college because he wasn't prepared. It is when your child goes off to college that you and your child will see the effects of the insufficient education that is provided by ESJ. However, every student is different. If you put 100% into whichever school you choose, you will reap the benefits. :)
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 27, 2008

If you have any choice in the matter, please send your child to another school. It's quite true that East St. John has some excellent teachers, but they are few. I can name only four. Before you buy into these rave reviews, please consider the source: only read them, and you'll notice the grammatical errors and lackluster style of writing. These people are obviously not the most educated. As a graduate of East St. John, I can attest to the quality of the education it provides. I am surrounded daily by students from other states or countries who are by far better educated than any East St. John student I've ever met, regardless of their abstract 'intelligence'. I personally witnessed one teacher assign her students pages from a children's coloring book as classwork. Many teachers show movies (think 'Saving Private Ryan' rather than 'The Life of a Cell').
—Submitted by a student

Posted January 21, 2008

I think that ESJ is a very good school for any child to attend. This is the best high school In St. John the Baptist Parish. I would recommend this school to anyone!

Posted July 2, 2007

I am a senior at East St. John High. I am an honors student with a 3.75 GPA. I am a four year veteran of the girl's soccer team. I am going to college. I believe that the honors teachers prepare students to the greatest extent for college. Yes, the faculty stresses about the dress code. But, what career will allow you the have your pants sagging? Honestly, if the students would just tuck in their shirt, pull up their pants, and wear a belt, then there would be no problem. The teachers are wonderful people. And even if they aren't great teachers, a child who is motivated and wants to learn... will learn. I am very happy that I continued to stay in the public school system after middle school. I'm going to graduate this year and I believe ESJH has fully prepared me for my college career.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 10, 2007

I would not recommend this school to anyone. This school fails at getting kids prepared for their futures. Just take a look at the GEE tests. The faculty worries more about the dress code then the education that is being provided. Basically, the faculty is obsessed with the dress code, but the second that you need help in any areas no one can be found. This school does not produce the skills that are needed for their students to succeed.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted September 9, 2005

My child attends East St. John High school and she gets nothing but the best to succeed in life experiences. East St. John has pathways to benefit in your child career. The principal Mrs. Schum brings new and helpful ideas to keep the students grades nothing less but spectacular.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 10, 2005

I think well I know that east saint john is a great school even my kids enjoy going to school everyday. ESJHS should get a reward for what they do for our children.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted August 5, 2005

This is a wonderful school. It has produced many successful people that go on to be something in their lives. My daughter goes there and she has all honors classes, and even though people say it's hard, this provides her with the neccessary challenge she needs to excel. At the same time, this school keeps their students interested with hands on activities and keeps them involved in school decisions. The thing I love about this school is their flexible schedules. Whatever your child is interested in for having as a career, his or her schedule is adjusted so they can gain the most from it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 21, 2005

My child has an IQ of 137, is in honors classes at East St John and has a 4.08 Average. I have had no problems with this school or his education at this school. He is challenged daily in his honor classes, he by no means has easy sailing at this school. For anyone that has doubts that there child is going to get a good education needs to really check out East St John. My child loves it and so do I. Believe me I had my doubts about it in the beginning myself.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 12, 2005

This is one of the worst school districts my child has ever attended. We have just moved to LaPlace from Spring ISD, and the level of education here is minimal to none. The administration gives you the run around and no one is ever there whenever there is a conflict with your child. All my experiences with East St. John have been horrible and after this semester my child is withdrawing and will be sent to another school. I know I know I would not. So if you can avoid this school please do so. It is better for your child in the long run.
—Submitted by a parent

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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 64% in 2010.

315 students were tested at this school in 2010.



The state average for Math was 65% in 2010.

315 students were tested at this school in 2010.


Scale: % basic or above

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the integrated Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (iLEAP) to assess students in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7 in math, English language arts, science, and social studies. The iLEAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana.

In preparation for new assessments in 2014-15, Louisiana is including more common core aligned content in LEAP and iLEAP tests in 2012-13 and in 2013-14. The percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Louisiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.








Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 87% in 2013.






English II

The state average for English II was 93% in 2013.








English III

The state average for English III was 88% in 2013.



The state average for Geometry was 83% in 2013.








Scale: % basic or above

About the tests

In 2012-2013 Louisiana used the End-Of-Course (EOC) tests to test grade high school students in English 2, English 3, biology 1, algebra 1 and geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Louisiana. The EOC is a high school graduation requirement. The goal is for all students to score at or above basic on the test.

Source: LA Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 80% 45%
White 16% 47%
Hispanic 4% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Reserve, LA 70084
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