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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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