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St. John the Evangelist School

Private | K-8 | 516 students

Our school is best known for its academic excellence.

 

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2013:
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Posted October 14, 2014

St. John's is far and away the best educational decision my wife and I could have made when choosing a school for our daughters. The entire school community has been welcoming, supportive, and demonstrated the types of values my family treasurers most in a school environment. We have been members of this community for eight years, and we have had nothing but positive experiences with the school! It's a blessing to have a school like St. John's where we know our children are receiving a great education in the type of environment that encourages them to be the best they can be in all aspects of their lives. Additionally, St. John's has opened up a new network of friends from my wife and I. The parents, faculty and staff have been tremendous in their outreach and welcoming efforts. If you are searching for a school for your children, I would highly recommend placing St. John's at the top of your list!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2014

SJ's is an exceptional school that provides all students with the tools to succeed. I started SJ's in preschool and graduated 8th grade in 2005. Having recently graduated college and presently applying to veterinary school, I owe not only my educational successes to what I was taught at this prestigious school, but also, I owe extreme gratitude because this school helped shape who I am. Without a doubt the school maintains an exceptional educational standard, hence why it is one of twenty five private schools to be a Blue Ribbon School. Aside from receiving a great education, parents can be guaranteed that their child will make lifelong friends along the way. My best friend and I attended SJ s, we met in first grade. Since elementary school, all of our educational diplomas and certificates have read the same alma maters. What SJ s provides is far more than an education. It gives each kid the tools needed to build the foundation of who they are. It instills a mindset in every one of them that there is a world full of opportunity waiting to present itself to them. SJ s affords its students the potential to grow and flourish; in the classroom and outside of it.


Posted October 13, 2014

We have two children attending school at St. John's, and have never for a moment doubted that our decision was the right one. We feel blessed every day that they are part of a community surrounded with so much love and compassion. This is visible in their steady development into hard-working and disciplined individuals, as well as good and honest human beings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2014

My son is new to St. John the Evangelist this year. We went through a rigorous examination of this school (and several others in the area), critically observing it not only for the current school year but beyond as it was/is our goal to continue his education at this school. Now by way of a little background, we did not return to his previous school because he experienced continual bad behavior (i.e., bullying) from a few classmates, which was not reduced by the teacher or upper Administrators. When I used to pick him up at his old school, I could see the dread in his eyes. He did not want to return to his old school because there were too many problems for him and distractions in the classroom, which were never remedied by his teacher (even after multiple meetings with the teacher and the upper Administrators). Now, every day that I pick him up from St. John the Evangelist, he tells me that his day was "awesome" and that he loves his teachers and classmates. He's doing well in school academically and socially. We are thrilled for him and with St. John the Evangelist. We give this school 5 stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2014

We love St. John's! I have had children there for the past 6 years. My favorite part about the school is the sense of community - from the students, to the faculty, to the parents. Both my children and myself have made what I'm sure will be lifelong friendships with the many St. John's families that we have met over the years. I would never have my kids go anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2014

There is not enough characters aloud in this post to express just how fabulous of a school Saint John's is ! Saint John's has been part of the Severna Park community since the 1950's and because of this has built a great reputation and following . Saint John's is a school that has raised generations of families as well as employed many former alumni . It is a place where memories are made and children grown and come back . It is a place where children do not just get an amazing enriching education but they also feel loved , cared for and part of something bigger . Starting in preschool children learn about our God as well as make life long friends. As the children get older they get to experience the sacraments with their classmatees as well as see the daily presence of both priests and sisters . Saint. John's has a beautiful safe campus with over 32 security cameras . There are also Smartboards in every classroom and carts of iPads for each department . Children also really enjoy being part of the wonderful athletic association that is highly competitive .Saint John's is a dream !


Posted October 10, 2014

St. John's is exactly what we were looking for. It is a perfect balance of nature and discipline. It is exactly what you would expect from a Catholic school, a strong base in the Catholic faith with a lessons in self respect as well as respect for others. The education is top notch and the community and parental involvement is strong. I volunteered for recess and lunch duty and was able to witness first hand the care the teachers and Sister Linda puts into all the students. I watched a teacher notice that one child was alone so she called over some other students to encourage them to include everyone. I would highly recommend St. John's !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2014

Our experience with St. John's has been AMAZING. We are new to St. John's but have been welcomed with open arms. We were immediately put in contact with several mentoring families with children the same age as our boys and then invited to meet other St. John's families. The environment at the school is very nurturing and family friendly. The amount of parent involvement and visibility is astounding. There is a parent volunteer everyday for lunch and recess for each class. As a military stay-at-home mom, I have never felt more welcomed and appreciated as a volunteer at the school. The faculty and administration are very sensitive to the issues that effect military kids and are open to new I deas to improve their experience at St. John's, however long it may be. I can't say enough about the Sisters of St. Joseph's that live and work at the school. They are so kind and loving to the kids. They are the epitome of Christian love. St. John's is s true school home for our kids. I feel at peace knowing that my boys are being nurtured and challenged everyday by a staff that thinks of them as family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2014

St. John's is a great school, but even more an amazing community. I have two children that currently attend St. John's, and I am extremely satisfied with their education as students, and their development as individuals. The Sisters of St. Joseph, the teachers, and the staff truly care for the children. My wife and I moved to the area from out-of-state in 2004. However, it was not until 2010 when we enrolled my daughter in Kindergarten, and we were welcomed into the St. John's family, that we began to feel like Maryland was home. I would highly recommended St. John's to anyone...and often do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2014

We started at St. John's last year with the full day Pre-k and this year in Kindergarten. I am continually impressed with the projects my daughter brings home and the subjects she is learning about. She is already learning to speak Spanish and how to type on a key board and I-Pad. I cannot say enough about the friends that both her and our family have made. The sense of community is real and amazing! The teachers and staff really love our kids and want the best for them. There is so much parent involvement, just visit at lunch time and you will see a parent volunteer sitting at every table. My daughter is excited to go to school every morning. We have had the opportunity to participate in field hockey this year. The athletic program is run efficiently and the coaches are great. We looked at many schools and I am very happy where we landed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2014

St. John is well known for its committment to forming the whole child: body, mind, and spirit. There is a well established learning differences program that allows students to be in smaller classes for language arts and math. The vast majority of graduates are accepted into their first choice for high school, with many testing out of Algebra I and even Geometry upon entering high school. The faculty is dedicated, putting in that extra effort to give the needed attention to students who need a little extra help. The Sisters of St. Joseph provide a wonderful religious presence. Prayer is central to each school day and most of the children attend weekday mass once each week. Technology is utilized across the board with Smartboards in every classrooms and more and more iPads being utilized. True to its Catholic idenity, service is a strong component of the community with various outreach programs. This year the school participated in Catholic Charities' Dragonboat Races, partnering with a senior living home and also participated in the "Nun Run" raising funds for the elderly served by the Little Sisters of the Poor. Truly a great school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 10, 2014

My family has been a part of the St. John's community now for four years and this year we welcomed a second child into the school. What drew me to the school was the rigorous academic reputation (Blue Ribbon School) but what kept us here was the strong sense of community and nurturing environment. Providing children with a strong moral start to our complicated world was important to me and something I don't think is attainable at a public school. I want to be sure they have the tools needed to develop a strong sense of self and know right from wrong. We found that and so much more at this school - caring teachers, involved parents and lifelong friendships. We love St. John's and look forward to having our third child attend next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2014

Mind-body-spirit. You know when you walk in a place and just "know" THIS IS IT! That's the way we felt 3 years ago when we were interviewing schools for our kids and we walked into St. John. We have 3 children who are thriving because of this wonderful community of parents, teachers, students and administration. Dropping my children each morning and knowing that they are loved by using positive discipline techniques, a rigor in the curriculum,a healthy focused lunch program, and fun on the playground. Parents and teachers work together to do what is best for each individual child. The music and athletic program is wonderful too. I am an educator in the AA county public school system and we choose to send our children here, where students are challenged and encouraged to be stewards of good will. I love that they are getting a spiritual foundation for living life on life's terms and to always act with integrity. We LOVE St John the Evangelist School! Hands down, this school is the best thing that ever happened to our family's education. 5 STARS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2014

St John's has been a little slice of heaven for our family . We searched far and wide for a school where our child would receive an excellent education plus have good values reinforced. St John's is an amazing community for both the children and their parents. We are not a catholic family but have been welcomed with open arms. We feel so fortunate to be a part of the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2014

I agree with the reviewer on 9/17/14. As you can see from the bully type of attitude the parent below on 9/18/14 used in responding to a painful situation experienced by a family and a young child referring to the author as a "troll" gives you an idea of the bullying that's encouraged and supported at St. John's. My child was also bullied probably by the same teacher. The administration spins it as if it's the child's fault. Shame on you for not even knowing what you're talking about and further trying to bully someone you don't even know. I'm guessing you fit right in there at St. John's. What a nice Catholic attitude. Now go sit with everyone at church on Sunday and pray for forgiveness. I'm guessing you do not even realize you need to do that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2014

The decision to have my son attend this school was and apparently continues to be a horrendous decision for my child and my family. He attended for two years and left at 10 years old after constant year long, painful bullying and humiliation from a known bully teacher (not the children!). She was never reprimanded by the administration. He had straight A's and no behavior problems. I pulled him out after the administration inappropriately and without my permission had him confront the 55 year old bully teacher alone about her bullying of him. Since then he attended the public schools and has had several children and parents from the public school and the community tell him they were informed that he was "kicked out" of St. John's. He's always been an excellent student with no behavior problems and has NEVER been kicked out of any school. To first victimize my son, and then afterward and into the present imply or actually state that my son was kicked out of the school....St. John's epitomizes the kind of hypocrisy that I don't think will be forgiven ultimately under true Catholic faith and beliefs. I questioned my own Catholic faith after what they did to my family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2014

Excellent school. Great parental involvement with subsequent great community / parish spirit and unity. We enjoy the many family activities along with the excellent education and Christ centered environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2014

We have three kids at the school and we have been extremely impressed with the time and attention the teachers give to the students -- their academics as well as their values and morals. My children are being challenged to reach higher levels of math, focus on their writing skills, science, and so much more. I think the Prayer Partner program which pairs older students with younger students is such a great way to have younger kids model older students' behavior and have older student learn responsibility and being a role model. It also builds relationships across grades. We feel there is also a great community among the parents and a feeling of shared values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

St. Johns school is an amazing school on varoius levels! It is absolutley worth every dime and sacrafice made to send my children there. to I have a son who graduted from there and is now in a Cathiolic secondary school thriving!! I also have an elementary daughter who is at St. Johns is is having a wonderful expereince academically, socially, and spiritually. The teachers and staff have an authentic interest in each childs developement and are consistently aware of any changes which need to be made to ehance your childs development whether academically or socailly. I feel it is a blessing to be part of a community centered on the children and parents and supported in faith and enthusiasm!!! The school also strives to meet the changing needs of students and parents through its stategic planning. Their updated technologies include smartboards in every room and even even mini I-Pads for the children to use in certain grades! The children love it! I highly recommend this school for any parent interested in the all around development , happiness and success of thier children. The entire family benefits greatly by being a member of the St. Johns community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

St Johns is an amazing school. It is such a great community. We have three children who have grown, learned and thrived there. The teachers are wonderful, and address each kid with kindness and respect. It is a great environment that teaches values, faith, spirituality - and outstanding academics. Our kids have repeated tested in the top 10% of the national standardized tests, but more importantly they have learned to live their values. We are grateful to the administration and teachers of St Johns for all the time and effort they give to each child at the school
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Black 1% 35%
Two or more races 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Computer specialist(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Girls on the run

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 3:00 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
  • Sister Linda Larsen, SSJ, Principal
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • http://www.stjohnsp.org/admissions-inqui
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NAEYC
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (410) 431-5438

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Drama club
  • Girl scouts
  • Girls on the run
  • Robotics club
  • Yearbook
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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
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • 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 in the classroom
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What are your chances?


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


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
133
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
140
Students typically come from these schools
Anne Arundel PreSchools
Anne Arundel Public Schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$4000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Archbishop Spalding High School
Archdiocese of Baltimore High Schools
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669 Ritchie Hwy
Severna Park, MD 21146
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Phone: (410) 647-2283

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