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3427 Olney Laytonsville Road
Olney, MD 20832

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May 05, 2015
Wonderful school! I have two children who have been attending St. John's for more than 7 years and the school has done an outstanding job preparing them for high school and beyond. They have an outstanding academic program overall with a very strong and dedicated staff and faculty. The foundation they establish for the students is pretty remarkable. The technology is very advanced when I compare with friends and family from other area schools. The campus is always clean and well maintained thanks to a very dedicated plant management team. And the head of school, Tom Stevens, is a one of a kind with such passion and dedication to operate a best of class school yet takes the time to know every students name.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2015
I have known of St. John's Episcopal School for over 20 years. Its students are top notch and follow the mission of the school. With the leadership and faculty in place, I would not hesitate to send my children there (but mine are grown). To prospective parents: Do put St. John's on your list of schools to visit and to which to apply.

- submitted by a community member

May 04, 2015
St. John's takes each child where he/she is and works to ensure that no stone is left unturned when helping him/her find success. Students at St. John's are happy, engaged, and challenged. The bar is held high, but because of constant encouragement and individual attention, no student is left behind. St. John's graduates are well prepared for high schools of their choosing, experienced in public speaking, and offered a variety of field trips and special programs that contribute to their leaving as well-rounded, confident individuals. It's a wonderful Pre-K through 8 school that lays a strong foundation for secondary education.

- submitted by a community member

April 03, 2015
St. John's Episcopal School offers excellence! The quality of academics, amount of personalized attention, extra curricular offerings and overall philiosphy of the school makes St. John's stand out above the rest. Our youngest child is a current 5th grader at St. John's and the difference is profoundly evident from the other school our older two children attended. At St. John's, our youngest has florished under expert educatonal instruction and the genuine nurturing values of the faculty.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2015
We decided to enroll our daughter in the St. John s Pre-K 3 class when traditional child care was not working for us. I assumed we would enroll her in St. John s for two years of Pre-K, and when the time rolled around for kindergarten, we would place her in a Montgomery County public school. However, the teachers and staff at St. John s have made our decision to stay with St. John s well worth it. Our daughter has had a wonderful time meeting new friends, and doing the activities that the teachers and staff painstakingly take the time to plan. We appreciate the small class sizes, and love that the teachers make our daughter comfortable and happy. We have also witnessed firsthand the success of the school s work on character development, as all of the students seem exceptionally polite, and friendly. Not only has St. John s provided a warm and fun environment, but it does not hurt that our daughter has really learned a lot in the course of her education. I never thought I would send my kids to a private school, because I could not understand the extra cost, but after two wonderful years, my husband and I have decided that no matter what, our daughter will stay for the long run.

- submitted by a parent

March 30, 2015
St. John's Episcopal School is a wonderful caring & nurturing environment where students are gently pushed to their fullest potential by teachers who instill values that build confidence, social skills, and the importance of giving back to the community. This is our ninth year as part of the STJES community and we are very pleased with the well-balanced education our children are receiving ... we've observed our son & daughter stretch themselves academically and socially and spiritually. Opportunities to participate in declamation day, MAESA Fair, National Spanish Exam, Maryland State Solo & Ensemble Music Festival, International Festival, weekly Chapel service, Model United Nations, and community service trips abroad to New Mexico, Costa Rica and Belize ... and more to help develop the "whole" child! STJES is vitally committed to graduating students of character & faith, and prepares and inspires students for life-long success. Our son is well prepared to attend Georgetown Preparatory High School in the Fall. Our two children have blossomed at STJES! You have to visit the school to understand what a truly wonderful place it is.

- submitted by a parent

December 15, 2014
Our sons have been at STJES since 2009. We are very pleased. They have both grown academically and benefit from the small class size and accelerated instruction. They have also grown as young men, which I think comes partly from STJES s emphasis on character. Our older son went to Costa Rica last year with his class and will go to Belize this year. We are confident that STJES has prepared him well for high school.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2014
My son has been in St. John since Kindergarten, he is in third grade now. It has been wonderful. There are a lot of great things about the school, but the number one on my list is how we feel safe in this school. The faculty and staff care about the students like they were their own children. Academic is excellent. We don't have to worry about this, the teachers made sure there is no kid left behind. I agree with previous post regarding the students, we too are very impress with their politeness.

- submitted by a parent

June 08, 2014
If you are looking for results from a school I can strongly state that as far as academics and supporting the development of good kids are concerned the school has succeeded admirably. There are many extremely strong teachers that can individualize their education to the child, most of which have been there for a long time, and beyond that they care strongly about them. The administration has been stable for the last three years, which has helped through the rough economic times that have impacted enrollment recently. In addition, having gifted kids, they are willing to work with the parents to try to find the best approach. Nothing is perfect at any school, but I feel this one is trustworthy in responding to hard questions and more than competent in getting good and sometimes great results. One small unsold fact is the aftercare program has been wonderful for our children in large part due to the lady that runs it.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2014
St. John's Episcopal School in Olney, Maryland is more than a school. A school is simply brick and mortar. St. John's is a family - a welcoming community. When you enter you get a warm feeling everyone associated within the St. John's community is totally committed to helping students become well-rounded, and well prepared for future educational opportunities and a chance to make a difference in the world. The students are challenged and they respond - both in the classroom and the local and global community. We love the teachers and staff are so passionate about what they do every single day and their responsiveness when questions or issues arrive. Make no mistake; St. John's is not perfect. They strive to be, but more importantly they teach the diverse student body to accept mistakes and be tolerant of others, as well as giving everything you do your best effort. The classroom sizes are small by design and it really gives each teacher the opportunity to get to know the strengths and weaknesses of each student. We are blessed to be in such a wonderful learning atmosphere and embracing community. St. John's is an oasis for those looking for educational and spiritual harmony.

- submitted by a parent

April 11, 2014
We recently switched from a public school to St. John's. We feel our daughter needs are being met both academically, emotionally and spiritually!

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2014
We LOVE St. John's! Both of our daughters are thriving there, mainly because of the small community atmosphere. The teachers really do care about every student & want them to succeed. Each of my daughters are very different learners & their teachers go above & beyond to make sure they get what they need & are challenged. And, our girls are really comfortable at St. John's. We're just so happy to be there.

- submitted by a parent

October 22, 2013
St. Johns Episcopal School has by far met every dream of mine, and my daughter. From the Main office down to faculty, and staff you feel right at home as you walk in the door. The education these students are receiving is more then I excepted, and more. I am proud to be a STJES Parent:)))

- submitted by a parent

October 18, 2013
My son has been a part of the St. John's community for the past two years. He is now in Kindergarten and has had the blessing of having very knowledgeable and nurturing teachers! My son thrives in a small class structure and St. John's will provide him with the academic rigor, faith and character education that is much needed in our broader society today. I look forward to the next 8 years at St. John's and watching my son grow into an educated and well mannered young man.

- submitted by a teacher

October 17, 2013
We have been St. John's parents for the past 7 years and have seen the transitions the school has gone through, some great and some not so great, but one thing has always remained the same; the fact that our daughters (9 & 12) continue to get superior education by a group of loving and caring set of teachers who truly have a passion for what they do. To us that is priceless!

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2013
We love St John's and feel that it does a great job of providing children with a fabulous education. It is more expensive than some of the other schools in the area, but we firmly believe that you get what you pay for at St. John's. The class size is small, and the teachers really get to know the children and their learning styles. We have 2 children, and they have very different learning styles and needs. The teachers at St John's know when to prod them along, help them when they need help, and are always available to look for a solution. I have found every teacher to be very accessible when needed. My oldest has moved very successful on to High School. He has found that he and his classmates from St. John's have been very successful in High School. They are highly represented in the AP and Honors Programs. Additionally, they hold leadership positions in their high school. I think that much of this was cultivated at St. John's where there were many leadership opportunities, and class participation, public speaking, and becoming an advocate for your education is encouraged.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2013
St. John's Episcopal school is a wonderful place to educate your children. The faculty and staff are amazing, and know every child at the school. The students almost always get into their first choice of schools after graduating in the eighth grade. My daughter has been there for seven years, and loves the school. Her performance on standardized testing is in the very high end of the spectrum, due mostly to the terrific education she receives at St. John's. Just as important, whenever we drop her off at school, we never have any fears or concerns about her safety or well-being. I would highly recommend St. John's Episcopal school to anyone looking for a high-quality and safe environment for their children.

- submitted by a parent

July 11, 2013
We have had 3 children at St. John's over a span of 15 years.I have had children in the public school system and in several different private schools and St. John's is the best. My youngest will be entering 5th grade in the fall. She and we love it. She is challenged academically. She is very intelligent but not always diligent or disciplined. Her teachers have really brought out the best in her abilities in both math and writing and improved her sense of discipline - they don't miss a trick! There is also a strong emphasis on character and behavior. The school has an outstanding arts program too. All of the St. John's kids that I run into in the community are unfailingly poised, articulate and polite. They know how to conduct themselves with adults - how to carry on a polite conversation and be respectful and articulate. This reflects the school's emphasis on personal accountability -- I can always tells a "St. John's kid" when I meet them. Frankly, when I am around other, non-St. John's students, I am always surprised at their unruliness and lack of discipline.

- submitted by a parent

October 18, 2012
We started at St. John's several years ago, and we are very happy. My daughter is becoming a wonderful and well-rounded young adult. St. John's academics are exceptional, and the teachers are very supportive. If your child needs help, it is available. If they excel in a subject, they will be pushed. We like the fact that St. John's not only offers academics but also teaches good morals. If I had three words to describe what I believe St John's provides they are; excellence, integrity and community. If you are interested in a quality education for your child you cannot go wrong with St John's.

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2012
St. John's used to be a very good school, but I'm concerned about its future. After several upheavals in its staff and administration from 2010-2012 (3 new principals, teachers leaving in droves), it's unclear whether St. John's can regain its footing and continue to maintain academic excellence and retain motivated, engaged teaching staff. Enrollment is plummeting sadly, because some parents are fed up with the instability. There are only 9 children in 2nd grade this year, and 7 in 1st grade. St. John's is a good school, but the hefty the price tag (and continuous tuition hikes) and administrative turmoil are causing many parents to look elsewhere. And I'm one of them.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2012
We have been at St. John's for eight years. It is the whole package: accelerated academics with caring, amazing teachers, faith and character development, with focus on success traits and wonderful leadership-building for a diverse body of students! While the school has undergone some changes over the past three years, the foundation is still strong and the school is heading in a better direction, keeping up with changing times and continuing to focus on what is important: our children! We have been so happy with our child's education at St. John's and know that he will have a successful high school experience thanks to the amazing elementary and middle school years that have more than prepared him for an excellent future.

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2011
St. John's is a terrific school. Both of our children have attended since K and our oldest is now in 7th grade. You are not just investing in their education but their future when you send a child to St. John's. We know our kids are being given a great education and taught the values and character traits they need to become outstanding adults. Priceless!

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2011
There is a reason for the dwindling enrollment: a lot of transition occurring with the administration and teachers. As with most schools, teacher turnover cannot be controlled but the amount of turnover from the 2010-2011 school year to the school year 2011-2012 is large and the school is starting with it 3rd headmaster in as many years and a new administration staff. St. John s seems to have lost it focus and it is not following its stated education mission.

- submitted by a parent

November 22, 2010
I saw below someone wrote about the lack of diversity at St. John's, however we are a diverse first year family and have found a wonderful abundance of great, diverse families in the amazing preschool program and the lower school. I don't know the exact number, but a lot of the new families this year are diverse. We could not be happier at St. John's with the small classes, caring, well-educated teachers who dedicate their entire day to my children. It's the best decision we ever made.

- submitted by a parent

April 25, 2010
My children attend or have graduated from St. John's, a fabulous school that equipped my son to succeed in HS (4.19 last quarter, 5 honors courses). Mrs. B. taught him how to study adjusting for his learning styles, helped us determine routines and strategies that helped him where he was weak and took advantage of his strengths. Studetns very much enjoy strong relationships with their teachers, enduring into high school and well beyond. Our headmaster and is a very good man. Teachers, students and parents trust and respect him. Our Pastor counsels the children in crisis. I believe St. John's, as wonderful as it has been in the past, is on an upward trajectory. The teachers go above and beyond, they see the potential of each child and intend to help the child fulfill that potential. Academics, Character & Faith are modeled and taught at St. John's.

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March 28, 2010
I have worked at St. John's for ten years. This school is the best kept secret in the Olney area. If you want your child to be challenged academically, to have nurturing teachers, and to enjoy top-notch programs, St. John's is the place to be.

- submitted by a teacher

January 25, 2010
The current Head of School, Mr. Armstrong, is awesome! A phenomenal person and leader.

- submitted by a parent
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November 14, 2009
St. John's is not diverse at all. It could be possible that many of the schools parents want it that way. Some parents in the past have wanted to change that, while others prefer the elite private school culture and want to keep it that way. Academics are great, but there are so many other schools in Olney that offer diversity. These student compete for private highschools and colleges just the same as St Johns students. Learning styles are not accepted as well, which is what may keep the school so small and force them to place banners in Olney. St. Johns is ok in my book

- submitted by a parent
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September 10, 2009
The education program at St Johns is good if you have a child who fits the school profile. The student population is not close to being diverse as included in the parent emails below with more than 88% being white caucasian. This is included inthe school profile. Most private schools in Montgomery County have a significantly diverse student body and educates all learning styles. I agree that the education is good and the staff does well however, the school needs to address these issues to be considered a great private school.

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2009
I don't think I've been to a school that's so on top of what education a well-balanced education is. The programs they have developed are really going to give my children the skills they will need to be great, well balance leaders for the future. Keep it up, St. John's!!

- submitted by a community member

April 17, 2009
This school is the heart and soul of my children school experience, they LOVE their school. This school will get your kids to where they need to be and beyond for the start of high schl. Although the school has limited resources for disabilities, they have supported us 100% in bringing in our own tutor and weaving it in during the school week with no problems what-so-ever. The school provides a very diverse approach in its curriculum and has also built up a very diverse student body. The character traits are a foundation that are instilled in these kids year after year. We are very grateful to it's nondenominal , but Christ centered religious approach and is kind and loving. Small class sizes are a plus in any schl. It's no nonsense approach to bullying, respect for one another is very reassuring in a pub sect that did little in this.

- submitted by a parent
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March 27, 2009
Promoting the school is not shameful. In these tough times it's essential. Shameful is writing a rueful and bitter message with nothing to back it up. St. John's is an exceptional school that provides small classrooms and individual attention to students. The teachers are skilled, dedicated, and fully supported by the parents. Any child will thrive at St. John's as long as he/she puts in the effort necessary to stay on top of the work load. And St. John's does value diversity. You need only walk the halls or attend an assembly. Parents expecting perfection shouldn't bother applying at St. John's. Parents looking for a great school that places its students in the top area private high schools and prepares them for a happy and successful life, should look no further.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 22, 2009
St John's has a long way in bringing itself into 2009. Diversity is not one of its strengths and it does not enroll children with different learning styles. This school should alos relook at how it promotes itself. Placing banners along highways throughout Montgomery County is shameful.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
October 09, 2008
St. John's is an awesome school and a caring community. Stop by and check out for yourself.

- submitted by a teacher

August 08, 2007
Initimate setting, balanced classrooms, advanced and challenging curicula in a safe and welcoming environment. Very impressive.

- submitted by a parent

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St. John's Episcopal School
3427 Olney Laytonsville Road, Olney, MD  20832
(301) 774-6804
Last modified St. John's Episcopal School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. John's Episcopal School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top