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St. Johns Parish Day School

Private | PK-5 | 362 students

St. John's preserves/celebrates childhood and offers superlative academics.
 
 

 

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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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2012:
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2011:
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Posted December 14, 2012

Complexity dominates our world, making life confusing and often difficult, and life isn t getting any easier. Children growing up today need refuges in their lives that provide stability, consistency, predictability, and nurture in addition to places where they can experience the basics of academic excellence, loving and kind social interactions, and the confidence of faith in God. They need environments where they can still exercise their rights to be children for as long as is practical, where the adults in their lives value and celebrate those rights, and where reveling in the wonder and awe of creation as well as actively exploring the world s mysteries constitute normal behavior. At St. John s Parish Day School, we understand these forces in children s lives and their undeniable needs for safety, security, challenge, love, and respect. Our unrelenting commitment to children and preserving their childhood informs all that we do. We provide the spiritual, social, and emotional refuge that our children need while offering the best academic preparation to be found in this region. Knowledge and values for a lifetime.

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Posted Tuesday, 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


Posted 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


Posted December 6, 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Korean
Spanish
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Maryland Family Magazine Best Preschool (2010)
  • Maryland Green School (2010)
  • AIMS Accreditation (2011)

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)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math 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
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing

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
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
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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
  • Stephen Harrison
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
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
  • STEM
  • Standards-based
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
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Girls on the run
  • Math 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 time after school
More from this school
  • Did you know: 1) St. John’s has the lowest Lower School tuition of any independent school in our region? 2) no other school in our area offers daily chapel? 3) we have invested over $35,000 in new technology for classrooms over the past 2 years? 4) our LS students have scored at or above almost every suburban & independent school norm in Grades 3-5 on the ERB tests for the past two years? 5) we enjoy 32% diversity? 6) the average tenure of teachers and assistants at SJPDS is 7.38 years ?
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What are your chances?


4 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
170
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
475

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 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
Resurrection/St. Paul's Catholic School
Friends School of Baltimore
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9130 Frederick Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
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Phone: (410) 465-7644

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