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St. Johns Parish Day School

Private | PK-5 | 362 students

St. John's preserves/celebrates childhood and offers a challenging curriculum.
 
 

 

Living in Ellicott City

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $515,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,440.

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2014:
Based on 12 ratings
2013:
Based on 6 ratings
2012:
Based on 20 ratings
2011:
Based on 13 ratings

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Posted July 26, 2014

We understand the unsettling feeling some may experience during this time of change and growth. We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Head of School, Ms. Tiffany Nichols. Ms. Nichols has served St. John s for nine years, including six as our Head of Lower School. She brings loyalty, skill and passion to her new position. Ms. Nichols has an open door policy and already has hosted two town hall meetings to provide a forum for concerns, questions, suggestions and feedback of all kinds. The changes we have made ensure the health and growth of our beloved school. We are proud to have hired several new teachers to join our existing team of talented and compassionate teachers. We are excited about our future and for the 2014-15 school year. If you are new to the St. John s community, we encourage you to come to campus and experience the spark of St. John s Parish Day School first-hand. Please visit our web site at www.stjohnspds.org to reach out to any of our administrative team members.

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Posted September 18, 2014

Two of my girls are at St. John's in the EC program. I couldn't have picked a better school to get them prepared for Kindergarten and beyond. Not only are they loved and nurtured every day, but they are left to grow as an individual, develop personalities, play and learn. The teachers, even at this young age, work individually with students to ensure that their growth is going at their own pace. My older daughter is interested in reading and I am sure that she will be before she starts Kindergarten. And, of course, there is play and learning from playing. It's a good balance of everything. Teachers communicate effectively and quickly and the administration is welcoming and open to suggestions (I stay away from all the admin drama). Very happy that my kids are getting such a great start before elementary school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2014

A wonderful educational institution! St. John's is a friendly, safe and thoughtful school that did a terrific job of preparing my three children for the next steps of their education and life. Not only did SJPDS prepare them to excel academically, but it taught them how to be a good citizen and what it means to be a member of a larger community. Although my children have now moved on to other schools, from what I currently know this school is alive and vibrant; with caring and talented faculty and administrators.


Posted August 31, 2014

I've spent the summer trying to forget the mistakes our Board made in June 2014, but as the new year approaches I am sad to face the inevitable. Bound by a contract, I am sending my child back to a school I no longer believe in. In a recent email from the new Board President, a church member whose children did not attend the lower school, he writes: "All of us affect the reputation of our school, so let's talk the talk AND walk the walk." Okay then, I love this school and believe we can save it. Give us an experienced, dynamic leader. Put the interests of the school above those of the Rector. The decision (after contracts were binding) to promote the current LS Director to Headmaster was a mistake. Other more experienced, qualified candidates were passed over to promote someone who is not qualified and has proven over the past 4 years she is not ready for this job. The Board promoted her with the intention of hiring a mentor to help her learn the job. I want my tuition $$ spent on the education of my child, not the headmaster. We need a qualified leader to turn this school around and stop the loss of great teachers & families. So yes, let's walk the walk and fix our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2014

This school is not what it used to be. There has been tremendous staff turnover, and in the 10 years I have been with this school, three headmasters. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the poor choices of the Board and Rector. They only worry about money and not providing a quality education given the recent changes after you are locked into a binding contract (recent Headmaster choice; combining two specials class into one). This school is in dire need of a very experienced leader to turn the situation around; something the current Headmaster lacks. Significantly more qualified candidates were passed over to go with a "safe" choice and, sadly, history is getting ready to repeat itself! Enrollment is down as a direct result of this and, I am fearful, will continue to fall. Sadly, the only way to make the Board and Rector realize their error is to speak with your money. I, along with other families, will be moving to another school. So sad given it could have been prevented!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2014

Our son started at St. John's when we moved to the area and he was just starting Kindergarten. He was a little nervous on visit day but by the time he stepped foot onto the playground he made friends and felt right at home. From the postcard he got from his teacher over the summer, the jitter glitter he got the first face-to-face meeting and the enthusiasm on the first day of school he was comfortable and in a space ready to learn. His class tested so well in math that they skipped Kindergarten math and started with first grade math because his teacher had the freedom to do that one of the many benefits of a private school. His first year was a whirlwind full of exciting experiences, challenging school work and lasting memories. He shakes adults hands and looks them in the eye when he meets new people and makes friends easily because of the confidence he now has. He can't wait to start first grade! We are so pleased with St. John's and look forward to more great years here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2014

We would like to thank the faculty and staff at St. John's for the tremendous educational, social, and spiritual experiences both our children have had at St. John's. The time, patience, and caring the staff have shown both of our children is beyond compare. They have left an indelible mark on our family. Our children would not be who they are or where they are without St. John's.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2014

I just have two words...THE TITANIC! The board and administration continues to make decisions that are not in the best interest of the school as it relates to leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2014

Both of my children attended St. John's and I like the teachers there very much. At least I did. Unfortunately the school has gone downhill ALOT recently. The Headmaster who seemed to be doing a pretty good job and was well liked simply disappeared this year with no explanation from administrators or the board and everything started to change. Rumors of problems between the board and the church flew around and parents started to get nervous that something bad was going on behind scenes with the senior pastor getting power hungry. Now we hear that lots of teachers, lots of the best, are leaving the school cause they don't like whats going on with the senior pastor. Things are just falling appart. One of the first grade teachers and both of the second grade teachers left the school and so one of my kids will have a new teacher with no contact with the school and no support from anybody who knows the grade. The director of the Lower School is friendly, not the best especially with lots of new teachers. With teachers leaving and no good head and families leaving too, I'm thinking of taking my kids out. Its too much money not to know whats going on and losing so many good teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

Hello everyone! Come check us out for yourself! We're hosting a Spring Open House this Thursday, April 24th from 10AM - 11:30AM. St. John's Parish Day School has been challenging the minds of children age 3 through Grade 5 for nearly half a century! We are filling limited spots in our 3s and 4s programs as well as Kindergarten through Grade 3. Please join us for an all school open house featuring student hosts, parent guides, grade-level stations and a light lunch. St. John's Parish Day School - 9130 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 2, 2014

This is a great school if your child is middle of the road typical kid. The small class sizes and personal attention goes a long way. However if your child needs extra attention or is smart above grade level SJPDS can't help you. St Johns is perfect for my daughter who is at her grade level and all the instruction is enough for her but my son is really good in math and was completely bored at St Johns and the school couldn't offer anymore. He is in public school now in GT classes , something St Johns doesn't have. So it all depends on your child and if it is the right fit for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2014

St. John's has been a great fit for our family. I love that my son gets the attention that he needs and wants during each day of instruction. He is eager to go to school and learn everyday. He comes home talking of his day and often wanting to find out more about topics that have been talked about in school. The school has small class sizes, lots of extras (science, art, music,violin, tech, PE). The teachers really enjoy being there and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2014

My son, as well as my husband and I love St. John's. They have created a great balance between creativity, academics and values. We love the small class size that allows for individual attention on a daily basis. The special classes are great, not an afterthought that they often are in public schools (i.e. art, PE, spanish, science, violin, music, media). I highly recommend this school for anyone that wants a quality education that provides individual attention for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2013

St John's Parish Day School in Ellicott City, MD is a gem of a school. My daughter is now in fourth grade and has been there for five years now. She has received an outstanding education and the kind of nurturing every child deserves. St John's does an incredible job of integrating subject matter across disciplines, i.e. doing a project in art that relates to what is being done in science class, etc. I am so grateful for the balance they bring to academics, allowing children to engage in creative projects as they tackle the academic side. Can't recommend this school enough. Great class sizes. Genuine respect and cultivation of the WHOLE student -- socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually. Such a great foundation for her life!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

St John's Parish Day School has done an excellent job preparing both my children for both their middle school and even high school educations. When my daughter, now a freshman in high school, did exceptionally well on a grammar test her teacher asked where she went to middle school. After hearing the answer, she commented that no one from that middle school had ever done so well on a grammar test in her class. I'm sure it was that fabulous St. John's education that made a difference. My son is in several GT classes now in the public school and he has all As and Bs on his interim report. Thank you St. John's for laying the foundation!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2013

This is our second year at SJPDS. Our son started in Kindergarten in 2012. We have seen him grow leaps and bounds academically. The teachers do a great job and really get to know each child and their family since the class sizes are small (~15 or less). In first grade, we already see that he is being challenged and continues to grow. We drive 25-30 minutes each way and it's well worth it! We are so fortunate that we have found such a great nurturing and academically challenging environment. We feel confident that SJPDS will help lay a solid foundation in his early academic years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

This is my daughter's first year as a third grader at St. John's Parish Day School. Although we enjoyed our years in public school, I found myself in a very precarious position of having to relocate. I remember visiting the school YEARS before when my daughter was only one years old. I added it to my personal "wish list". When the opportunity came, St. John's was the first school I thought of. Not only were they very thoughtful in the enrollment and assessment procedure, they were kind enough to "hold my hand" all the way through the process. Being a single parent, there are always financial sacrifices that have to be made...this is one. Picking up my child everyday with a huge smile on her face and EXCITED to tell me about all of the new things she is learning MAKES IT ALL WORTH IT. We drive 45 minutes to and from St. John's and she can not wait to start her homework...many times.in the car! The course work is rigorous enough to create an organic sense of curiosity and excitement about the course work, while also being nurturing enough to foster positive self esteem for each child. St. John's Parish Day School has quickly become our extended family. Bri Cooper Parent


Posted February 15, 2013

St. Johns has been such a blessing to our daughter and our family! We decided to take our daughter, then going into 2nd grade, out of public school for a better, richer environment, and we couldn't be more pleased with the results! We have seen tremendous growth and amazing changes in these past 2 school years, and would give our highest recommendation for this school, its curriculum, its teachers, staff and families. Thank you, St. Johns!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2013

I am so pleased with the experience my children are having at St. John's Day School. This is our family's sixth year at St. John's and it has been a wonderful, nurturing environment for my children. The teachers and staff are committed to the students' social, academic, and emotional well-being. Each child is met and challenged at his or her own level. The administration does an excellent job communicating information to its families and has a welcoming open-door policy to address any questions or concerns you may have. It is a wonderful feeling to drop my children off at school in the morning and know that they are happy, cared for, and challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2012

My daughter will graduate from SJPDS at the end of this school year. The school's high academic standards and supportive environment have ensured that she is very well prepared for middle school. The school fosters strong work ethic, confidence, and respect. We feel very fortunate to have found this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2012

This is our first year at SJPDS and overall we are quite pleased. Our daughter commenced the Kindergarten program this September and has been thoroughly enjoying her experience. We have already seen her growth academically and socially. The school is ethnically diverse which was of critical importance to our family. Another positive area is how the school teaches conflict resolution. They encourage all parties to express their frustrations yet recognize how their actions disaffected the overall situation. They then look for solutions in how it can be mitigated in the future. It is great to see the children and the school embracing diplomacy and shared sacrifice. One of the critical things SJP does well is encouraging parents and especially fathers, to be intimately involved. The school encourages families to take an active role in their child and the school. Further, during these events, if a child does not have a loved one to participate, another parent is encouraged to include them in their activities for the day. Thus no child feels left out and letting them see that we are all valued. The teachers and staff have been friendly and professional.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 6%
Black 8% 35%
Two or more races 8% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 12%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Korean
Spanish
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • AIMS Accreditation (2011)
  • MD Green School
  • Healthy Howard Co. School

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Music
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Arts and crafts

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Tiffany Nichols
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • nlowe@stjohnspds.org
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Episcopal
Associations
  • NAES
Fax number
  • (410) 465-7748

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
  • Responsive Classroom, Orton-Gillingham
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Chaplain Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
Girls sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Martial arts (judo, tae kwon do, karate, etc)
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • For nearly half a century, St. John’s Parish Day School in Ellicott City, MD, has been providing the highest quality Episcopal education for children. We educate children ages 3 through Grade 5 with a stimulating and challenging academic curriculum in a socially and economically diverse community. By creating a safe and nurturing environment for students to grow and to learn, we help them use their full potential and individual gifts.
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What are your chances?


4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
170
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
475

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$3000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
McDonogh School
St. Paul's School for Girls
Glenelg
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9130 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
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Phone: (410) 465-7644

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