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St. John Regional Catholic School

Private | PK-8 | 561 students

We are best known for faith-based infused curriculum.


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $200,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,230.

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Posted Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I would highly recommend this school for any family. My children attended SJRCS since Kindergarten and recently graduated. The school provides many opportunities for any child to learn. The technology available to them beats any school around all while they are learning values that are lacking in so many areas in today's society. Is the school perfect? No, but show me a school that is.
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Posted March 12, 2014

My daughter is a 6th grade student at SJRCS and is not only thriving academically but is growing into a confident, well-rounded person. The teachers at SJRCS are dedicated to their calling and have the top credentials in their field. They truly make our school great!
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Posted March 12, 2014

I sent my children to SJRCS and found the post from October 8th not true at all. The school is very challenging and tries to help all students learn to their ability. The teachers are great and the school community is like a family.
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Posted October 8, 2013

This school is rather bad, lacking in challenging teachers. The teachers frequently let bad students pass with "extra credit" work of 10 questions.

Posted June 27, 2013

SJRCS has provided my children with a solid education within a nurturing, values based environment for the last 6 years. Like all schools there is room for improvement in some areas, but there is not another school in the Frederick area that I would prefer for my children to attend.
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Posted January 12, 2012

We are a military family new to the Frederick area, and have found SJRCS to be an exemplary school. Having just moved from Germany, we were anxious about finding the right educational environment for our younger children. After hearing glowing remarks about SJRCS, we found that the education and the people at the school measured up to its superlative reputation. The learning environment fosters the development personal excellence and academic achievement, while the faculty and staff could not have been more helpful in helping our family transition back to the States. Our kids (K and 3rd grade) have flourished at the school since August, and we have been favorably impressed with St. John's sense of community. Parents are actively involved in school activities of all kinds; the school views education as a collaborative enterprise between families and the faculty. To be able to send our kids to a place where negative and destructive social influences are minimized has been wonderfully reassuring. We've really felt as if the faculty and staff are as invested in our children's development as we are.
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Posted January 10, 2012

As an alumnus of St. John Regional, I credit my smooth transitions into high school and college to the foundations in education and character I gained from SJRCS. I am thankful for the opportunities for success SJRCS gave me as I pursued different interests throughout my nine years of school there. The students at SJRCS grew together to become a community, and I am happy to still keep in touch with many of them, whom I have known since grade school.

Posted May 20, 2011

Very good curricular and teachers and staff are very kind and encouraging. Upper grades are sometimes mistaken with grouping because of previous academic misunderstandings. Very good programs and facilities. The children are difficult to get along with

Posted June 25, 2010

My son has attended SJRCS since Kindergarten. The teachers are excellent, they really know my child, his strengths as well as his weaknesses and offer strategies for him to excel. There are classroom aides in each class to grade 4 which allows the teacher time to focus on teaching, not classroom administrative duties. The upper grades share an aide per grade level.The atmosphere at SJRCS is friendly and conducive to learning. Disciplinary measures are handled fairly and quickly. Parent involvement has increased in part due to the recommended 15 hrs. of service per family .The QUEST program offers enrichment opportunities as well as learning lunches. The best feature of SJRCS is that it educates the whole child, including his/her spirituality. I highly recommend it to any parent wishing a quality education for their children that focuses on their academic as well as moral development.
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Posted April 20, 2009

We have three children at St. John Regional Catholic School and we have been happy with their entire school experience. Our children are challenged academically in a loving environment. All three participate in school community activites and year round school related sports. The teaching staff is wonderful.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 42%
Two or more races 7% 4%
Black 5% 35%
Hispanic 4% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Middle States Accreditation
  • National Blue Ribbon School (2009)

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Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

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Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Sign Language & Chinese
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00
School end time
  • 2:45
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Karen Smith, Principal
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (301) 695-7024


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  • Religious
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Sign Language & Chinese


School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Baltimore
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Equestrian
  • Lacrosse
  • Volleyball

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  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
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Parent involvement
  • Sjrcs has a vibrant home-school association that provides activities for students and parents alike. they spearhead all of our fundraising efforts. they are dedicated volunteers in our school who help with lunchroom and playground supervision. they also work with students through our quest program and our junior great books program.
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  • Students who come to our school excel in all areas. We also have a sports program that offers students the opportunity to play soccer, basketball, lacrosse, and t-ball. We are the home of the Wildcats!
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