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10201 Woodland Drive
Silver Spring, MD 20902

(301) 681-7656
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May 26, 2013
Our child is thriving at SJE both academically & socially. The entire K class is friends with no exclusions. All of the K students are reading and writing full sentences & creative stories. My son's math skills are developing quickly and the teacher is challenging him with multiplication to keep him interested. The K teacher runs a tight ship because she loves these children and believes they can meet the standards. She sees the potential and uniqueness of each of her children and works warmly with them so they can meet the expectations. The Value Code is stressed with class discussion and asking "what it means to be a friend." A lot of very old reviews here echo "how SJE used to be" according to some veteran parents. True, the facility is old but clean, secure, and adequate. Today's faculty and staff embrace technology with "smartboards" in the classrooms and multimedia instruction. Primary classes are large at 22+ children but all have a full time assistant so the ratio is halved. The front office secretary is retiring after 46 years so there will be some fresh efficiency. The parents are welcoming. You can be as involved as you'd like. We are very happy with SJE.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2013
We chose this school because we were looking beyond straight academics: which environment could transmit the values that we want our children to be instilled in, one that could provide emotional and spiritual support. This is exactly what we've found. My husband and I often remark to each other how much we love this school. The people who make up this school - from the Sisters to other faculty, to the principal to the families -are just such GOOD people. Watching the kids play at recess, I'm blown away at how kind the kids are to each other, how their play circles effortlessly transform into different groupings - everyone gets along. Our children are flourishing and becoming good citizens. This school is nurturing them. Because of this strong and close community, there is a high level of parent involvement. If you love a place, you want to help in whatever way you can. I'm not sure how the academics compare, but for us, it's secondary to the development of our kids as people.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2013
As a recent graduate from St. John's, I am personally very happy with my experience at this school. The teachers were kind and always caring, and my peers were at all times supportive and loving. Having said this, I can definitely understand why many people are complaining about the "unwelcoming environment". This is a very small school, and each class grows very tightly knit as a group from pre-k up to the 8th grade. I have seen several different instances in which a new student has come to this school - in some, the child fit in perfectly (for example, me); in others, the child was rudely shunned and excluded. I cannot say anything more helpful than that it depends solely on the child and the group of kids in the grade s/he is going into. As for academics, I personally found myself very well prepared for high school! However, several of my friends from St. John's have complained that they found themselves woefully unprepared. Again - it depends on the individual. My advice - start your child at this school from the beginning of their academic career and by 8th grade, s/he will be a successful individual.

- submitted by a community member
January 09, 2011
We're a large family that has had to travel a good deal for my husband's job, so we have experienced a lot of elementary schools. And St. John the Evangelist in Silver Spring is our favorite too date. The academics ARE VERY competitive, but since the community is nurturing and small, the demands are not too oppressive. Our children are happy to go to school here every day, and I know first-hand that they will be WELL prepared for high school and college with this foundation.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2010
I am an alumni of the school and my child has been enrolled in St Johns from pre-K through his current 2nd grade. He is thriving in this wonderful, supportive environment ! Contrary to other reviews i have read here, I have witnessed a wonderful and caring environment between students of all grade levels. Also, the sense of community is very strong with so many parents pitching in to help make it all happen.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2010
We have seen 3 of our children graduate from St. John's, be accepted into the top high schools of their choice, and our younger 2 children are doing excellently as well. Our high schoolers were very well prepared and continue to earn high grades. We feel blessed that all of our children have or are receiving a top-notch, PERSONALIZED education.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2010
My son and daughter are currently in kindergarten and the three's preschool class at St. John's and both are flourishing. The teachers are AMAZING.The facility is great. The site is warm, stimulating, large enough for classrooms of one class per grade, a gymnasium, library/computer lab, science lab, separate age-appropriate playgrounds. The school was built in the 1960s and so is not as new as some places, but because it is an accredited elementary school, is held to the standards that are expected of Montgomery County public schools...which says a lot. Some others programs I toured in 2006 when I was shopping for a school (I toured about 15 - I was a little obsessed!) were not as nice. The only preschool facilities that I toured that were better than St. John's were significantly more expensive.

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January 11, 2010
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January 10, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2009
I really wish I didn't have to give this school a one-star rating. The intentions of the staff and administration are all good ones. Unfortunately, we all know the phrase about what road those intentions pave and while that may be a bit extreme to state, I can say that I'm very unhappy with the 'scholastic' program at St. John's. The student-teacher ratio stated on this site is very out of date. The younger grades and the teaching style is too 'old school' to be effective now-a-days. We've had to remove our daughter and son from the school because it became obvious to us that they weren't getting an adequate education. It's too bad, because this school could have been a little gem in the midst of Montgomery County.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2009
What a disaster! For several years our son attended this school as an A student. We were consistently told that he was performing at the top of his class. This year, for financial reasons, we have registered him with the Montgomery County public schools only to find that his St. John's 'education' leaves him severely lacking as compared with his peers. What a shame. My wife and I are beating ourselves up over this, and we really fear for the parents of children in this school who don't know better. We are fortunate that with tutoring our son will be able to make up for the lack of education he received at St. John's, but this was a sad lesson to learn.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2009
I have to agree with the parent who noted the unwelcoming environment. My wife is not a native speaker of English and twice she's been hung up on when contacting the school after the 'receptionist' provided her with a cursory: 'I can't understand you.' Mind you she speaks English, but with a French accent. The pre-K is well behind where we'd hoped it would be by this time of year, we'll be removing our son after one, unfortunate, year at St. John's.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
We were asked to come here and say some great things about St John's and I just want to say that it is the best school. The parents are super nice and Sr Kathleen is the best principal ever. We are happy to hav all of our children there. I just can't say enuf good things about it!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
When I left St. John's after graduating in 8th grade I found that I was ill-prepared for the rigorous educational standards expected in the Montgomery County school system. Based on my grades at St. John's I anticipated that I'd be able to hold my own in honors-level classes but this was not the case. I wish I and my parents had known how woefully the education provided there was lacking before it was, almost, too late. Fortunately, with tutoring I've been able to catch up with my peers. I can't, in good conscience, recommend that anyone send their child to this school.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2009
A very unwelcoming environment to new families. We've removed are child after two years of head-banging just trying to get the administration to understand the value of modern teaching methods.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
My daughter is in the kindergarten now. She loves her teacher, friends and everything about the school. We, parents, love the school as well. It is small enough not to feel lost and be just a number and big enough to get a great education and a lot of support from teachers and parents. We feel like being a part of the big family.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
School fosters a community of virtue among the students and provides a strong academic core. Teachers are loving and concentrate on helping each child succeed, principal is dynamic, families are cohesive and very welcoming and friendly. My daughter loves St. John's and we are looking forward to putting out 2nd child here too.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2009
I am sincerely surprised at the negativity I have read here. I have been a teacher in the Archdiocese of Washington for ten years. I am now a teacher and a parent here at St. John's and let me tell you, this school is a blessing. The kids I teach help one another. If a child has special needs the other students go out of their way to help them and include them. The teachers here understand child development and their disciplines very well. The school needs a shot of technology, but thanks to the endowment fund, that is a top priority and may happen soon. The principal is extremely helpful and open to teachers' ideas. This is a great school and it's too bad more people don't realize it.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2009
St John the Evangelist school is a fantastic elementary school. Great teachers and a great community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
Teach every child as an individual. Many service projects to teach children how to be giving members of the community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
rooted in tradition, with a strong graspo n the future, St. John the Evangelist builds a strong student from the inside out! I'ts the best place to receive an education to prepare you for highschool and for life!! GO ST. JOHNS

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
St. Johns rocks! I and my sister go there and we think it's great. We've larned a lot in just a few years and have made a lot of friends. Even with the teachers!

- submitted by a student
October 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
St John's is a great school that helps kids develop their minds and their hearts. I have three kids there now, each one different from the others, and the wonderful community of teachers, staff and families are helping each of them develop into their fullest potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
the best 'well mannered' and caring students in the county, which shows that they have great parents and teachers

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
It is a awesome school community to be a part of. I love this school so much that I drive 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes after school to pick up my son. That is how much I love this school and want him to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
It has a fun, small town, neuturing environment. Moral, spiritual and academic education are important to the school and families. There is plenty of interaction between the teachers and students and students within various grade levels. In addition, there are many after school activities for the families to meet.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2009
St. John the Evangelist is a wonderful school. There are great teachers, students and parents that love being involved with the school community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
St. John the Evangelist has a great community, made up of wonderful teachers, students, and families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
I love St. John the Evangelist community for so many reasons! We have great kids, nice parents and super teachers. Our children learn how to be loving and responsible young people. Academic excellence and Christian values go hand in hand to make this a very special learning environment where every kid counts and everyone can learn to make a difference.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
That work with the parent to ensure that the child is learning, values and morales besides just reading, math and writing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 16, 2009
I have to award no stars. The school is, literally, crumbling around the students and the student population is declining so rapidly that it's difficult to imagine it'll remain viable as an institution much longer. The Archdiocese recently published a 10-year retrospective of enrollment figures that shows the school's population has nearly halved. Why is it that class sizes must remain so large? Why are teachers so poorly trained and, even then, full-time employees are compelled to move to part-time status? Someone below wrote 'sinking ship,' this vessel has sunk.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2009
Unfortunately, nothing seems to change despite the dreamy thinking. While there is parental involvement, it's about what you'd find anywhere else. The class sizes are still too large given the low enrollment. 15-18/class would be more ideal; not 22+. Outside of the ridiculously lacking physical plant, my biggest gripe is Homework Skills. According to what's on the paper, this is time spent after school teaching children how to improve their study habits and get extra help where needed. Unfortunately, it's really glorified babysitting. Academics aren't everything to be sure, but more needs to be done to identify gifted children and to teach to their ability and push them harder.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2009
Our son has been attending St. John the Evangelist for 1.5 years and is in middle school. Prior to this he attended public school. The language arts curriculum at SJE is much more rigorous than the public schools. Also, this school takes Science ahd History education pretty seriously, unlike what we experienced at Montgomery County Middle Schools. The math is a little less challenging than the accelerated program in public schools, but it is good. The school is warm and friendly and they teach the children to respect themselves and others. We are very happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 30, 2009
Zero stars, this school is not only not aging gracefully... it's failing miserable. It barely obtained middle-states accreditation and it falls so far in comparison to the other local parochial schools (many winners of the Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence) that it would be laughable if it weren't so tragic for the children enrolled there. We removed our daughter and are happier with the public school.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2008
I am the parent of four daughters. Three of them currently attend St. John and the fourth will when she is old enough. As a former teacher I am completely satisfied with the academics at the school. More importantly as a parent I am extremely happy that my children are being brought up in a caring community where they are treated as individuals, by a devoted, professional faculty and staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2008
St. John the Evangelist is a great school. The education and values taught are preparing my children for high school and beyond. The class size is very manageable, with most grades averaging about 22 students. Three new teachers hired for the 2008-09 school year complement the existing staff, who provide a solid curriculum across every grade. St. John's band has received numerous honors and every year St. John's students compete quite well for high school scholarships. I feel St. John s provides an excellent and safe environment for children to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2008
A sinking ship (perhaps a sunken ship). We had to remove our daughter from this school after the latest round of teacher cuts. Classroom sizes are atrocious. Children get little individual attention despite the schools overall small size. The administration is at a loss as to how to rectify things and simply keeps budget tightening to try to save its way out of a financial mess. If you enter a first grader in this school don't expect it to still be operating when (s)he reaches the 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2008
This school has many problems that continue to worsen. Enrollment declines every year with the added problem of good teachers now leaving. The students aren't being prepared for the advanced skills they'll need to enter top high schools unless they're simply an absolute genius and would do well anywhere. And while there's a level of parental involvement, it isn't any more or less than you'd find at other schools. Nothing substantial has changed with the physical plant regardless of the interest from the endowment now available. Quite frankly, there's so much that needs done it'll be years before everything's up to snuff. With all this said, if you're intent upon either a private or parochial education for your child/ren, your money is better spent elsewhere. While I'm saddened to rate this school as unsatisfactory, they really do deserve the rating.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 07, 2008
Great education and good enviorment.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
Our children have attended St. John's for 11 years and one is in high school. Our child in high school was extremely well prepared and had a wonderful experience at St. John's. Our two younger children are in the primary grades and are doing just as well as our older child did. There have been issues as there are in any other school, however, the principal has dealt with those issues effectively. I daresay that utopia will not be found in any school, but St. John's provides a well balanced education and Christian environment with very positive parental involvement. The community is very close knit, active and caring. It's exactly the kind of place at which you want your child to be every day.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
The principal of the school is doing all that she can to avoid following the Diocesan guidlines regarding Kindergarten. We withdrew one of our sons from this school two years ago when no full-time Kindergarten was offered, with the hope that in two years our next son could attend such. Again, this year the school is offering an ersatz 'full-time' program. Their same half-day program with a daycare supplement for more than twice the price. It's 'name only' sophistry. It's wrong. Time for the leadership to go or this school will shut its doors within a few years.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
May 07, 2007
I attended this school from 6th to 8th grade. While I greatly enjoyed my time there, I also felt there was a lot that was lacking. There were a few wonderful teachers there, but most seemed poorly educated about the material. Since it is a Catholic school religion should be important--but often it took precedence over actual education. When I entered high school (a public one), I had to learn a lot of skills that most students already covered in middle school. This school will definitely not put your child ahead in academics.

- submitted by a former student
November 30, 2006
We removed our son from this school after two years of hoping it would get better. It seems to exist in a state of 'magical thinking' on the part of the administration that by stating platitudes 'Work each day to make our school a better place.' that such will somehow come true despite a lack of resources, poor teacher retention, little movement to embrace technology, and a dwindling enrollment.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
The physical plant is terrible. Children attend through eighth grade yet there are no locker rooms, showers, playing field, or wooden floored gymnasium. The principal of 25+ years won't update from the 80s and refuses to allow the children to have a web site and doesn't 'see the value' of using one to promote the school. The worst aspects of a parochial education. Stay away.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
I am an alumnus of this school and am currently a college student at a large Pennsylvania University. I spent 10 years in the St. Johns education system. I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent at St. Johns and I will always look back on it with fond memories. The school has a very strong sense of community and helped build a strong religous foundation for its students, without being forceful. Furthermore, i felt the school adequately prepared me for high school. Some of my best friends to this day were made at that school and I would recommend it to anyone.

- submitted by a former student
January 14, 2006
Recently, I observed, during a library class, second grade students were seated in a circle on the floor, listening to a picture-book biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. with rapt attention. Most of the students expressed an understanding of racism and a deep sense of social justice. While the story was read (and the students shared comments) one student, who was Black, stroked the hair of another, who was White. These girls then held hands. It seems that King's dream may have come to fruition, right there, with the delightfully unselfconscious tenderness of two friends. As far as preparation, the students are ready for rigorous high schools. There is a lot of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
I have 4 children currently at this school. It is a real gem. The academic program is particularly strong in grades 4th - 8th. Not only do the kids come out with great writing and verbal skills, but they also get a great science and math education at St. John's. The community is wonderful. It is a relatively small school and there is a lot of interaction among the classes. As a result, all of the kids know each other - from Pre-K right up to 8th grade. It is really like a family. Parents are made to feel very welcome and encouraged to participate and volunteer in many activities. My oldest is in Grade 7 and my youngest is in Grade 1 - I would not consider sending them to another school.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2004
My daughter graduated from St. John's and we found that she was well prepared for high school. One of the strong points, of the curriculum, is that the students leave with excellent writing skills and experience in oral presentation. I would definitely recommend St. John's school.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2004
I tried to enroll my son at this school, but am glad I didn't. Not much diversity . I did not feel welcome, nor was I encouraged to apply as the question I was asked was:' couldn't you find something else closer to your home '. Not much effort was made in contacting me on time for the required entrance exam. I was contacted once at work (not at home) on a wednesday for an exam scheduled for Monday. I was on maternity leave at the time and did not get the message on time. When asked about rescheduling, noone ever followed up with me. How disappointing! I can only imagine what things would have been like for my son had I enrolled him there.

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St John The Evangelist School
10201 Woodland Drive, Silver Spring, MD  20902
(301) 681-7656
Last modified St John The Evangelist School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St John The Evangelist School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top