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PK-5
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Ellicott City, MD
Students enrolled: 362
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9130 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042

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(410) 465-7644
(410) 465-7748
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November 04, 2014
We have two children who attend. Choosing St. John's was the best decision we ever could have made for our children and our family. The leadership and teaching staff are top notch. They all care deeply about the academic, personal, social and spiritual growth of the children. Time and time again, I have witnessed how decisions are made in a way that is carefully thought out, transparent, and in the best interest of the school as a whole. The best aspect of St. John's is the strong sense of community. It truly has become a "home away from home" and our kids LOVE it. We've had children in other private schools and this experience, by far, exceeds our previous experiences. Wish we had found St. John's sooner!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
My daughter just finished attending last year. She had a wonderful experience. The teachers and administrators are caring, considerate, and always helpful. This year, there is a new Head of School, and she has proven to be an incredible asset showing fantastic leadership and enthusiasm. The attention that our daughter got helped her immensely, and the curriculum is top notch. When making our choice of schools to send our daughter, we were most impressed with Saint John's, and would highly to recommend anyone who is searching for "just the right" school to include Saint John's Parish Day School. For our family, the cost was within our budget. Importantly, the value of what our daughter received while a student there FAR exceeded the tuition. Interestingly, we had heard how wonderful the school is from friends and colleagues. After we toured the school, we learned first hand that is was the place for us. I know there are concrete reasons, but in addition, there is a feeling you get there that is hard to explain. It is a positive, refreshing, spiritually uplifting place. I feel so very lucky that we chose it for our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
August 01, 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
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
July 08, 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
July 03, 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
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
April 02, 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
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
January 06, 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
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
October 01, 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
October 01, 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
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

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
December 11, 2012
My children are so well taken care of and happy at St. John's. The teachers are kind and have created an amazing curriculum - one that is challenging, full of hands on activities, and extends into special classes like gym, music, art, and science. There is a feeling of comfort and a nurturing atmosphere - important for my pre-schooler as well as my grade school student.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2012
We have one 5th grade graduate and one on the way(3rd grade). My best advice is get a tour and feel the atmosphere. Try to envision your children in the Science Lab,Art Facility and Music room. Imagine the lifetime value of daily chapel with Reverend Jenny. Inquire about the curriculum as well as the acceptance rates and track record of our graduates. Take the time to meet the educators and the specialists. While no school is right for everyone, you will know if St Johns is right for you when you make a personal visit:)

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2012
Both my daughters graduated from St. John's parish Day School and are now in HS. They continue to be stellar students which I credit in large part to the strong foundation they received at SJPDS. Recently i was at a fundraiser for Kenya Connect where two of the current 5th graders spoke. They clearly charmed the crowd with their articulate and clever presentation on how they have raised money for Kenya Connect with weekly bake sales (based on a book they read in the summer.) i had several guests at the event mention how impressed they were with the students and what a great school St. J's must be! I am heartened that SJPDs continues to provide a well-rounded and strong program for elementary students and also encourages them to be global citizens.

- submitted by a community member
November 19, 2012
I cannot say enough about how good this school is. The academics are excellent, the teachers are caring, professional and accessible. It is a caring and nurturing environment with excellent enrichment opportunities. The class sizes allow for the teachers to know your child well and help them grow where they need to. Children are encouraged to explore the spiritual basis for community life and they learn how to get along with each other in a wonderful way. This place truly has a special culture that helps kids learn and grow while also teaching them how much they are loved.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
All three of our children attended St. John's Parish Day School. Although each of our children, like most kids, learned differently than their siblings, St. John's was able to provide them all with a solid foundation for future educational experiences. At the same time St. John's also provided a warm and caring environment where my children felt safe and respected. This nurturing environment coupled with academic excellence and the individual attention helped our children to become not just good students but good human beings as well.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
I never intended for my daughters to go to private elementary school but after such a wonderful experience in the Early Childhood program i had to keep them there. It is such a wonderful and caring community with excellent academics as well. The work that my daughter is doing in the Lower School far surpasses what you will find in Howard County Public Schools. The teaching is very personalized because of the small class sizes that sometimes no 2 kids get the same homework. The teachers know the children, care about them, push them so they excel and make it a safe and secure learning environment. I have one daughter in the Lower School and one in Early childhood and they don't want to miss school even when they are sick! They are so engaged, comfortable, challenged and happy and as a parent I cannot ask for anything more. It is hard to explain in words what makes SJPDS so special and I wish it went all the way to 8th grade!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
My older daughter graduated from St. John's over 5 years ago. Her experience was fantastic! She is confident, respectful, curious and excited to learn. I truly believe this is due to her time at St. John's. My younger daughter attends St. John's and is in 3rd grade. I cannot image her being any place else. She has some learning and visual challenges that have been proactively and professionally managed by the staff and all her classroom teachers. She is a bright child but could easily fall through the cracks if it was not for the attention to individual students at the school. We are so blessed to be members of this wonderful place. St. John's ROCKS!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2012
St. John's Parish Day School is an amazing place for children to grow and learn. I witnessed this first hand this past weekend. We had a fundraiser this past weekend for Kenya Connect, with over 150 people in attendance. A highlight of the evening was when, two 5th graders from St. John's got up and talked about a Bake Sale Competition they ran at school. They donated over $700 to this wonderful cause. The were so poised in front of this large audience and they were so prepared...complete with talking points and a power point presentation. They rocked the house....and it was a full house!!! I got the chills seeing how composed these two young 5th graders were speaking to a room full of adults. They explained how they planned and executed this successful fundraiser. They were organized, well spoken and even brought some humor to their presentation. Beyond the presentation, I was moved by their compassion for people around the globe. Teaching our young children about our Global economy and Global needs is so important...St. John's is certainly doing something AMAZING! I wish it had been in existence when my children were young! Our future looks bright with children from St. John's.

- submitted by a community member
October 05, 2012
This is my child's 3rd year at SJPDS, and the school continues to provide an environment that is academically challenging, socially/emotionally nurturing, and produces students that are respectful and considerate. Our interactions with teachers and administrative staff have been positive and productive. The school is enhanced by a highly engaged parents who partner well with the school and each other. My 4 out of 5 star rating is high praise that acknowledges room for improvement. We are very happy at SJPDS and plan to stay there through the end of 5th grade (the last grade of their program).

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2012
We did not have a great experience with SJPDS, although the school was highly recommended and was said to have excellent teachers. After attending for a few months, I learned that my child's preschool teacher had a reputation and was not considered a great teacher. My child was a slow learner but I didn't see anyone going the extra distance to provide assistance. This school may be ok if the child is an average learner but it is not suitable for children that need extra help or are gifted and talented. Art program is top notch and superb.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2012
To clarify on the review dated 19/7/2012. My son was taught by the incoming grade five teacher as a four year old and she is more than qualified having taught in middle school for several years before she had children. It was only after her children were older that she moved to preschool (per her back to school night introduction). The preschool was fantastic. My husband and I were very pleased with the education our son received and feel that he was well prepared for moving on to Kindergarten. The staff is warm and friendly and aim to foster a love of learning in the young children. Unfortunately I cannot speak for the lower school as we moved at the end of his four year old year.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2012
Prospective families should be aware, this school no longer lives up to its reputation. Over the past few years it has been a revolving door of families, headmasters, faculty and support. Quality teachers are leaving non stop, they have little or no support from admin. The principal is overwhelmed and not qualified for the position. One teacher left even before having a job anywhere else, that really says a lot! Families are leaving and the school never called them to ask why they are leaving or if there is anything they could do to make them stay. They are so eager for new families and enrollment instead of focusing on their current issues and trying to keep their quality families. Apparently families receiving financial aid were given significantly less this year even though there was no change to income. This was a shock and burden to many families. The kindergarten teacher was fired mid year, the replacement is mediocre, the wonderful first grade teacher left, this years fourth and fifth grades are going to be overpopulated, the fifth grade teacher left and was replaced by a preschool teacher?! The school is in a tough transition and needs to reevaluate itself

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
Our daughter has attended the school since pre-school and will graduate soon. Had I written this review 3-4 years ago, I would have given the schools 5 stars across the board. However, instability in administration and within the ranks of the faculty has raised serious concerns over the last few years. Of particular concern is the inability to hold onto several superb teachers who have left the school recently, and the school attempting to fill the gaps with teachers unqualified for the grades they are called upon to teach (such as an inexperienced teacher better qualified for pre-K/K classes teaching 4th graders). The instability has even reached the board of trustees and resulted in resignations. While the teachers are wonderful (when teaching at the proper grade level) and my daughter is happy and engaged; we have lost confidence in future of the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
we love St Johns! The teachers are so wonderful, caring, and willing to go the extra mile for their students. We LOVE the early childhood program, (the best I have ever seen, combines playing with education), and the lower school is worth every penny. My son has soared under the gentle guidance of his teachers. You cannot find a better school for this price. The curriculum is phenomenal! If you tour it and talk to the staff you will understand why! St Johns is the best!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
St Johns is a wonderful school!!! We have been welcomed by teachers who are kind, caring and supportive of our children and their ideas. I Have asked my child if he is happy with SJPDS, his repsponse was "It is the best place on earth". What more could I ask for from a school. In addition the curriculum is top notch. It is supportive of children from all school sets and works with an individual so that he/she may perform at their best. I give this school an "A plus". I look forward to watching all of my children graduate from SJPDS with pride.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2012
All parents - negotiate the terms of your contract carefully! We are truly saddened by our experience at St John's. To date, several parents have withdrawn their children from our child's class. The reason for this is academic atrophy, instability (firing and hiring new teachers), and arrogance from the leadership. Our family was actually given a refund because the quality of services was recognized as being suboptimal. However, when conditions worsened and we withdrew our child (along with others) the administration would not release financial obligations despite their own recognition of their poor management. It seems fundraising, glossy marketing materials and new logos has distracted the leadership from their true goals and objectives. Advice - carefully look elsewhere. We have already seen an exodus from sjpds this year with many more not returning next year.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
St Johns Parish Day School is utterly fantastic!! I have two children enrolled in the Lower School, in 2nd and 3rd grade; both began attending SJPDS when they were in kindergarten. The environment is caring, supportive, and challenging. The staff and teachers are extraordinary. The curriculum is innovative yet traditional. My kids LOVE it and look forward to going to school every day. I can drop them off and drive away knowing they are being nurtured and developed intellectually, emotionally and physically. The racial mix is diverse (my kids are Asian). There's no bullying! I can't imagine sending them anywhere else - and only regret that we'll have to look for another school after they complete fifth grade. Wish I could give this school more than 5 stars!!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2012
The worst early childhood program ever! Never ever send kids to this school. The director yelled over the phone all the time. They required 3 yr to sit still when pick up. If they happened to stand up, the teacher pushed the kid back to the seat and use the chair and the table to "squeeze" him. My son had two accidents at school, but no report provided. The teacher even didn't mention a single word until I walked back to ask about it. They are not trust-able or professional at all. The worst part is they NEVER refund your tuition, no matter what.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
St. John's no longer has a strong reputation for strong challenging curriculum's, strong teaching of social skills, and strong leadership. SJPDS main focus is MONEY. How much can we get and how many seats can we fill is the current philosophy in my opinion. The smoke is finally clearing and we are able to finally see St. John's true colors. The kindergarten program no longer has the reputation of a strong, age-appropriate, challenging curriculum and you can no longer depend on your children gaining strong social skills. In grades 1 and 3 when your assigned to a teacher, it's like grasping at straws because you don't want to end up with the short straw. Grade 4 is out of control socially and when you finally get to 5th grade your just happy it's your last year. I am truly happy this is my daughters last year. I would not recommend St. John's to any family. If you like just throwing away your money or being at a school that more about the parents then the children, then its the right place for you. If you care more about the education and social/emotional growth of your child it is definitely not the place for you.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2011
We have been at St. John's for 7 years. One graduate, one child still attending. When transitioning to public middle school this year we have noticed that the 6th grade work is what we did in fourth grade at St. John's. Our children always felt cared for and secure at St. John's. They learned things in chapel that will carry them through life. We wanted a warm, nurturing enviornment that allows the children to be children and to learn without addititional distractions. We found that at St. John's.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2011
SJPDS is fantastic. My child has also experienced a top-notch public school and St. John's has proven to be the best well-rounded route to take. On the academic front - St. John's has a more robust program. In addition, the teachers work together to bring the interrelationship of the different disciplines together. As a school, as teams and as individuals, the teachers and the staff take that extra step (which requires effort and time on their own time) to enrich the child's education as well as their spiritual and personal development. St. John s provides an intellectually challenging environment that also fosters individualand spiritual growth as well as a sense of community. The new headmaster has been making positive improvements in the school. The staff is attentive and they show a genuine concern toward all concerns and have acted on them in an expedited manner. I have never experienced my concerns not being addressed. This school far exceeds my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
We have enjoyed being a part of the SJPDS community for the last 3 years. The small class size provides the opportunity for my children to focus on their learning and has allowed the teachers the opportunity to see my child in the crowd and address their particular needs. An earlier reviewer was frustrated with an 'unseen' headmaster. I would venture a guess that the reviewer did not raise his/her concerns with the headmaster but suffered in silence. My experience has been quite the opposite. The headmaster is fully involved in the administration of the school, which includes running both an Early Education program and a Lower School program, and answering to a Board of Trustees along with the many parent constituents. When concerns are raised, they have been addressed in my experience. Our overall experience has been very positive and our family enjoys being a part of the whole St. John's community.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
St. John's is not the school it once was, unfortunately. My child has been attending there for several years, and the school has declined during that time. The headmaster is ineffective and unseen. The Lower School Director projects an air of cheeful incompetence. Concerns/complaints are not taken seriously. Bullying goes unpunished. Cliques are allowed to form and exclude other children. All of this, I realize, happens at public school, but I expect better, especially when I am paying $11K a year. Curriculm-wise the school is lacking, particularly in the areas of math, grammar and spelling. For instance, spelling is taught using Spellwell. At the beginning of the week, the teacher administers a pre-test. The spelling rule is never taught! Again, for the money, I expect better. We will not be returning next year.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
We have been so pleased with the quality of education our children have received at SJPDS over the last 5 years. The teaching staff is amazing and the small class sizes are wonderful. It has been a joy to see our children flourish in such a caring, compassionate, and academically-challenging environment. St. John's is truly a special place where each child is seen as a unique individual and encouraged to reach their full potential. I can't say enough good things about this school!! The Headmaster is wonderful - truly responsive, creative, and provides tremendous leadership to the school. Whether your child is gifted or has some learning differences, or mayb even both - this is the school for you! The parent community is superb, I will miss it so very much when my children graduate!! Bet of all, my kids love their school and have learned values and morals that shine through in their character and will serve them for a lifetime. Anyone looking for a exceptional educational experience for their children should visit St. John's Parish Day School and experience the truly unique and special things that are happening there!! We love St. John's!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2011
While we have only just begun at this school, it really seems to be all that is said. The big focus is on self control and self management in children. All positive corrections and positive feedback. It just may be the single best parenting help I'll ever have. It is successfully doing what I try to do with varying success at home-and now my kids see that it is the norm (there) and are buying in more at home.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2011
This year, our granddaughter was fortunate enough to be assigned to Mrs. Wagner and Mrs. Mockapetris. We are primary caregivers to her while her parents work and were able to witness firsthand a quality of care we have never before experienced. From the first day last September, our granddaughter seemed to find her niche with Mrs. Wagner and Mrs. Mockapetris. Taking her to school most days and picking her up nearly every day, we were able to get a true feel of what it meant to entrust a dear child to St. John s. Honestly, we cannot think of a bad day throughout the entire year. Not only did she learn amazing things for a four year old, but she found a comfort zone at school, a place where she was welcomed, accepted, and praised, all the while guided along her way. Her classroom friends truly did become her friends, and their Moms, Dads, and Grandparents were an extended family to us as we met daily in the hallways and socialized outside the classroom. St. John's is a blessing to our entire family, and we are thrilled she is enrolled for kindergarten there in the fall.

- submitted by a community member
June 09, 2011
This school is every parent and child's dream. My daughter has developed a genuine appreciation for learning at this school. The math and reading instruction are far superior to the supposedly top-rated public schools in the area. The student/ teacher ratio is unbeatable; my daughter has been there 4 years and her average class size has been 16 students. Each class has a teaching assistant thru 2nd grade - that is unheard of in public schools! My only complaint - they need a middle school because we don't want to leave:)

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
Love, love St John's! They honestly teach to each child! I am so thrilled with the teachers, the quality of education, the caring and the nurturing! The projects are exceptional and my children are happy and love to learn! This school is amazing!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
Best Preschool in Howard County 2011--voted by Maryland Family Magazine. Enough said! Congratulations to Steve Harrison, and all Early Childhood Faculty and Staff!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2011
I am a current parent of two students in the Lower School. My older daughter attended SJPDS from preschool through 5th grade, graduated, and now excels within a college-prep independent school for middle-high school. All of my children have been given an incredible academic and spiritual foundation. In class sizes with an ideal student/teacher ratio, children are given individualized instruction, time, and patience--they LOVE to LEARN! I can't say enough positive things about the quality of academics. Math and Science have been particularly strong --with that evidenced through top notch scores on standardized tests (ERB) and independent school entrance exams (ISEE). What a value! Tuition at half-price-- compared to comparable independent schools in the Maryland area!!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2011
The preschool through second grade has an exceptional and dedicated teaching staff. But I found that the school curriculm and teaching in math and grammar lacking after the second grade. The school discipline is inconsistent. The headmaster and lower school director appear unwilling and/or unwilling to correct or review decisions made by teachers. I expected more of a religious education for my children than received.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2009
My 1st grade daughter came home every day energetically enthused about her school, her teacher, and even her homework. As a 6 year old, she is reading at a 4th grade level and proved her writing skill with a 20-page story she authored. She loves math. This is typical of results. SJPDS created such a positive environment for her that we unhesitatingly enrolled our 5 year old in their kindergarten for next year. I have found each and every administrator and teacher to be the archetypes of professionalism and collegiality. If you want to mold your child into a self-motivated, life-long learner, this is the place.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2009
St. John's is such a special place to learn and love! St. John's values the importance of small classes and children are met at their level. They are challenged each day and the teachers give out of the box assignments. Though times are hard, I encourage all who are looking to invest in St. John's for their children. They become confident, well-rounded young men and women!

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2009
What a wonderful school! in a community with so many terrific public schools, St. Johns has shown why it stands above all and is worth the investment. The preschool reputation is tops - there is no other preschool in the Baltimore/Washington area that can top it! Children leave preschool writing, beginning to read, knowing their address, all numbers, letters, blending sounds, etc. I can't say enough good things and the Christmas program will make you never wish your children had to leave! As for the lower school, it is a academically rigorous program with a fun-filled and loving environment. All our 5th graders get accepted into any private school to where they wish to go! The teachers really care and go above and beyond to make each child reach their best!

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
We have been at this school for 5 years. It is not the same anymore and we are leaving. There is a large turnover in staff and students. Discipline is uneven and serious incidents have been mishandled. There have been numerous thefts. Security is non-existent. Nothing happens to teachers who aren't doing their job. Curriculum needs work (especially math!). New administration has made promises that they haven't kept.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
We have been with the school more than 4 years. This is the worst year so far and the school is just not the same anymore. There is a high turnover in both adminsitrative and teaching staff. Security is none and there were even thefts reported during school hours. The preschool tuition has been ridiculously increased by 20% every year.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
Some teachers are wonderful at this school. Some teachers are not. Teachers don't get fired at this school. We've been there for two years now. We've had one great year and one bad year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 03, 2007
This is our 7th year here including preschool.St. Johns is a very nurturing atmosphere for our daughter. Classes are small with assistance as well. Focus on rigorous academics while remembering morals, relationships and fun are all important. I can't say enough good things

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
My son has attended St. Johns for 3 years now and absolutely loves it. He comes home from school everyday happy! The quality of education he is receiving is tops. From Head of school down all staff is warm, inviting & friendly. He receives a well rounded education including Art, Music, Science, Spanish and P.E. 150 words are not enough to express how much I love this school. Parents, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, friends etc. are all welcomed to be involved. From preschool up children are taught to treat each other with respect. There is a strong empasis on community and that everyone can make a difference. The children are proud to participate in many community service activites throughout the year including can food drives, hurricane relief, and recycling for the environment. It truly is a community of learners!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
My son is in Kindergarten, and my younger daughter in Pre-K at St. Johns. They are so happy and excited at St. Johns. The level of caring on the part of the teachers and parents of attending students is inspiring. A more fantastic environment than I could have immagined for my kids. Keep it up St. Johns!

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2005
My daughter went to pre-school and kindergarten at St. Johns. What a terrific school for children to be introduced to learning! Wonderful teachers and a very warm, caring environment. HIGHLY recommend!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
Both of my children attended SJPDS as 4 year olds. The preschool at St. John's is a magnificent place for children to begin their education. I have also only heard great things about the primary school. The administration, teachers, and staff are first rate!

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
My daughter has attended the school for 2 years and loves it there. The teachers and adminstrators are caring professionals.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
It's an excellent school. Children are taught well, and administrators seem to have an excellent knowledge of teaching.

- submitted by a staff
December 16, 2004
Excellent School - great focus on academics, religion, discipline, leadership -- you name it! Will send all my children here.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2004
Our daughter is so happy at St. John's Parish Day School. They really focus on self-esteem as well as academics. I love the student-teacher ratio.

- submitted by a parent
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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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St. Johns Parish Day School
9130 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD  21042
(410) 465-7644
Last modified St. Johns Parish Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-5
St. Johns Parish Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 68 reviews. Top