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12508 Lynn Avenue
Savage, MN 55378

(952) 890-6604
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May 02, 2014
My son goes to school at St. John's and he loves it! The teachers and the principal are truly amazing. The academics are outstanding, the teaching of values and morals are important to us as parents and this school does an excellent job! I am so thankful to be a part of the St. John's family!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2014
One teacher can make all the difference - good or bad. In our case, it was the latter that prompted us to leave St. John's. It took several months in a new school for our child to recover from the emotion and psychological damage this one teacher had wrought while our child attended St. Johns. Thankfully, and for the sake of future students, this teacher has left the school, but not before having fooled a great number of people into believing that she was competent and skilled enough to work with young minds. As mentioned in a few previous posts, we also found a great deal of physical and emotional bullying among students, but there again, it starts with how a teacher manages the classroom and appropriately addresses the situation. It also matters greatly how a teacher treats the students, and in our case, we had a teacher who was abominable-towards both myself as a parent as well as towards my child. If you are looking for a truly caring and enriching learning environment for your child, a better choice, we have found, has been St. Michaels in Prior Lake. Great teachers and staff, and an overall warmer and more welcoming environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2013
St. John the Baptist Catholic School is an outstanding school with excellence in education as well as catholic faith and teaching skills to succeed in life. The teachers are kind and attentive to students needs. The school supports timely technology improvements with a rapidly changing IT world. My children are very happy at SJB and have many quality friends with good manners and morals, reinforced while they are at school. I highly recommend St. John the Baptist school for any student. I have also enjoyed many hours volunteering and I have gotten to know many children of all ages, as well as their parents. This has been a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
St. John the Baptist Cathoic School is a fantastic place to send your children! Both of my kids went to school there and received an excellent education. They were well prepared for high school both academically and socially. They have a sound moral and spiritual foundation because of attending this wonderful school and parish.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2013
I love St. John's School! The Principal and teachers are amazing. The Principal is responsive, prompt and fair. The teachers are creative, caring but firm. They offer great guidance and education. We are so pleased with our children's experience and can't say enough about St. John's. Our kids are both athletes. We loved their coaches, especially volleyball and basketball. Their coaches took our children's teams to the next level. Great experience all around!

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2013
This is a wonderful school. My daughter has attended since 2nd grade and will be in 7th grade this year. My daughter has been challenged in both academics and extra curriculum activities. Teachers at the school do their best to see students succeed. Also the school offers a variety of family oriented events. We love this school and more importantly my daughter loves this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
As a parent, I have had many opportunities to volunteer at St. John's over the years and have met so many caring, involved, and motivated parents along the way. I am often blown away by the parent's response to a need for volunteers and donations, and by the administration's willingness to provide so many great service opportunities for the kids. Volunteering and service are a big part of what makes St. John's a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
I have to agree with others that the school seems to be very strong academically. However, if your student has to struggle with other problems at the school, they will not be able to focus on the academics anyway. I think the parents are ruining the school. They treat newcomers as outsiders. There are groups of mother's with apparently nothing else to do but meet and gossip and spread untrue rumors that are harmful in so many ways to a child--small children. Does this seem like an environment based on Catholic values? I think not. What a poor example to set for your own children. And of course, the school relies on volunteers. For our family as well as another we know, we have volunteered only to be turned down by other parents running the show who don't want to let others participate, and tell us we are not needed; I'm guessing the administration isn't even aware this is happening.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
We toured many different public and private schools south of the river to find a school for our two children. We decided on St. John's 3 years ago and are very happy with our decision. The teachers develop a one-on-one relationship with the children and ensure they are academically challenged. Our daughter struggled with reading and we were notified in Kindergarten almost at once that she would need help. The help is there! Not only are we happy from an academic standpoint, the values that are instilled at school are imperative even more today. We appreciate how compassionate our children have grown to become. They are not spared with the tragedies our world if facing today, but educated and advised on how to make it a better place with the support of God and a desire to learn. To comment on the note below, I volunteer at the school often and at no time have I seen or heard of any type of bullying.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2013
St. John s is such a welcoming community. I love knowing my children are in a respectful environment that focuses on values and encourages learning. I feel there is a genuine partnership between teachers and parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2012
St. John's is an excellent school - filled with great teachers and respectful students. Their tests score far exceed those of the other area schools. They offer my children a learning environment that focuses on learning. All the teachers work hand and hand with parents and the community of other parents is overwhelming.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
If you are looking for a great school in the Burnsville Savage area, look no further than St. John the Baptist!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
Everybody knows your name the school has the feel of a family the entire staff is looking out for the well being of our child both academically, as well as personally. I know if my child needs something one of them will be there to put a smile back on my child's face or help them to understand the lesson being taught to them. Then, of course, there is the academic excellence.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2011
We have two children currently enrolled and are beyond happy with our decision to send our children to St. John's. They have wonderful and caring teachers who work with parents - it truly is a partnership. My children are safe in an environment built for learning. They have new leadership that has a clear focus to have every child feel included and be successful. The students outstanding state test scores is proof of their academic excellence. The parent community can not beat!

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2011
As a parent of a child who previously attended this school, I have to agree with the previous poster. There is a posturing of indifference and of non-acceptance for anything outside of the "norm", and this is true among both the students and the teachers at this school. If your child learns from rote memorization and adapts well to unquestioning religious theory while observing the contradictory behaviors and actions of others at this school, they will probably do well at St. John's. For children with broader inquisition, creative thought, and greater sensitivity in response to their environment, this school is not the right fit.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
As a former student, I can tell you that the students there are absolutely cruel. As previous reviewers have stated, if you are even slightly different, you will find it hard to fit in. Students whose views were not 100% in line with other students were ridiculed. My younger sister stayed at SJB until 4th grade and had to leave because the kids were calling her a baby killer since our family is pro-choice. Stay away from this school.

- submitted by a community member
July 31, 2011
St Johns school has been the easy choice for us for the past 11 years because of the wonderful, approachable teachers, the fantastic leadership and the focus on education in a faith-based environment.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2011
We have had children at St Johns for 8 years now and we have been extremely pleased. We hesitated to send them because we are not catholic. That worry quickly dissipated as we saw them being fully embraced by their teachers, classmates and Father Tix as well! They have never experienced bullying or negative comments and are thiriving in the close knit caring community of St. Johns.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2011
As a parent, I feel compelled to share our story about St. John's. We have been at St. John's for 7 years and are so proud of the decision that we very carefully made many years ago. It has always been our belief that strong morals and christian behavior start in the home, but to know that those same beliefs are instilled in our children every day at St. John's is wonderful! Our oldest daughter has endured many tough situations since she began school - the death of a very close friend's parent, the death of a grandparent and even the death of a classmate. With the nurturing and strong dedication of the teachers and staff at St. John's, she understands in ways that many children never will, that God has a plan for everyone and that faith and prayer can help us get through the toughest situations. Our youngest daughter struggled with reading in the 1st grade but was not struggling enough to qualify for Title I. The teacher recognized the situation and created additional reading help for her and other kids in her class by creating a "book club". The kids thought they were special by going to book club and our daughter is now above average in her reading!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
Con't.... . Hands down the most professional, caring, attentive, character building school I will ever go to. Even with my growing pains there, I wish I was back everyday. PS Bring back Mrs. Takach, later in life your kid will thank you A lot. -Written by a former student

- submitted by a community member
July 19, 2011
Our family is about to begin year #18 at St. John's. For this reason, I consider myself an expert on this incredible school. SJB's academic philosophy will influence your child long after they leave. Yes, we are based on Catholic tradition ... but we are welcoming to those of all faiths. The teachers are caring, wonderful people that challenge our children every day with high levels of expectation. They are taught to be held accountable for everything in their lives from academics to attitude and behavior. Our sons in college and HS left SJB not only prepared but, ahead of the pack. They learned to take what they have, dig in and let it fly ... in their studies, sports and service. We are proud of the fine young men we have raised. And now, as our baby enters middle school, he, like his siblings, loves where he is and who he is with. Choose your child's education wisely, for in this day and age, they are in school more waking hours than they are with you. SJB reinforces the values I instill in my three sons --- and that is the main reason I have driven them 15 miles per day for the last 17 years. If that doesn't say it all, I don't know what does.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2011
If you are considering sending your child to St. Johns, let the previous reviews warn you of what is to come bullying wise. My son attended St. Johns for 6 years and I have heard many horror stories from him. The popular girls and boys rule the school and make life icky for the average student. This is a problem because the school is so small and there is no escaping the bullies. The older students are also rather active in cyber bullying. My son has shown me some pretty disturbing comments and wall posts students have posted. The bullying at the school seems to be more relational than physical. Rumors are absolutely cruel. As previous reviewers have said, St. Johns teaches faith. I agree, but the go through the motions of faith, while not actually acting that way in real social situations. It is a great relief to have left the school. Academic Note: the school is very strong academically. The musical performance each trimester, however, absolute TORTURE!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
We are very happy with our experience at St. John's. Our children are not only experiencing quality education. They are also experiencing a quality spiritual education as well, which has proven invaluable as they grow into strong caring young people. There are plenty of opportunities for parents to become involved in the school through community events and activities. My children have enjoyed each and every teacher they have had and we look forward to the next few years at St. John's.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
In an era where the fine arts are on the chopping block, it is reassuring to see a private, Catholic school in the South Metro with a continuing committment to a multifaceted fine arts curriculum. Students have opportunity to experience visual art, music, band, drama, creative writing and creative problem solving activities as a regular part of the day and also in extracurricular activities. St. John the Baptist School and Steppingstones Preschool are committed to the belief that a fully educated person will have a background in fine arts education.

- submitted by a teacher
March 24, 2011
St. John The Baptist Elementary school is founded on our Catholic faith, yet dedicated to an excellence in academic standards that few can surpass. The staff has dedicated their attention to making sure my children have received the best in varied educational options while strengthening every subject with a respect dedicated to our spiritual community. Prayer and service are part of each child's expectation and daily world. The children are encouraged to understand not just morally correct behavior, but how respect and responsibility carries forward in all they do. The learning is fun and engaging!

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
St. John's is an excellent Catholic school. My husband and I grew up attending parochial schools from K-8 and had always hoped that we could send our children through private school as well. We toured several schools in the south metro in preparation for sending our daughter to Kindergarten--everything from public to charter and other local parochial schools. Nothing else quite compared to St. John's. One of the things that we were so impressed by immediately was that the school has such strong history and deep roots in this community. We have always heard positive remarks. Now, as we approach the home stretch of the school year, we could not be happier. Our daughter genuinely loves to go to school every morning and we are part of a wonderful new community! We know we made the right choice for our family. The high standards and faith-filled education is something that we are proud to be able to offer our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2011
This school truly educates the whole child! Their staff cares for each student individually. They not only challenge all students to be the best, they also make time to attend other events (i.e. basketball games, community gatherings, etc.). The kids are great; the staff is even greater!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2010
Best private school in the south metro. We toured and interviewed multiple schools in the Savage, Shakopee, Prior Lake area and nothing compared to St. John's. They have excellent and friendly teacher/staff, high academic standards and the community of families was very welcoming. My children feel right at home and I know that any questions or concerns I have are heard.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2010
This school is top notch! The teachers are extremely dedicated and hard working. This school has a very clear vision and very solid in their teaching and commitment to the students. I would highly recommend this school to other parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2010
Our family has been involved with St. John's School for the past 8 years. We couldn't be more pleased with our kids' education. One of our children has a chronic illness which was diagnosed while he was in kindergarten. The entire staff has worked with him and us to insure his well-being and safety while he is at school. As a parent, that is invaluable. We have always had excellent and open communication with the teachers regarding any special issues that would come up. The fact that faith and Catholic values are part of every day at St. John's is important to us. We believe our children will be better prepared for their future because they were students at St. John's.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
If you are considering St. John's for your child, take heed to the previous reviews regarding how this school handles the social needs of kids who don't fit into a square box. The staff at this school lacks both the knowledge and appropriate skills to provide a supportive environment for kids with diverse learning styles. What we saw were kids treated like robots. I believe this is why there are so many comments regarding the aggression and bullying that others experienced while attending this school. These kids have no creative outlet to express themselves, and there is no teacher interaction with the students on the playground - where bullying is rampant. Overall, this school was an extremely negative experience for our child.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2010
I think this school and the teaching staff is great for children in grades K-5, but seems out of its league when it comes to dealing with the educational and socialization needs of the older children. These ratings are based on our experience with grades 6-8.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2009
In my experience, St. John's does not have any idea how to handle children or situations that are outside the norm. Teachers turn a blind eye to bullying and any issues that a child may be having with social interaction. While I was at St. John's, I was bullied constantly and ridiculed by my classmates for getting good grades and being somewhat eccentric. When I finally changed schools in the middle of the year, teachers acknowledged to my parents that they knew other kids were excluding me but they chose not to do anything to help me. A similar situation occurred with my sister 5 or 6 years later and she changed schools as well. While I am well aware that bullying occurs everywhere, I have found that St. John's is an especially unwelcoming environment for anyone who does not fit the mold.

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2009
St. Johns is an amazing school, hands down. As a former student, and now going off to college, I can happily say that my experience at St. Johns was easily the best of my life. The teachers are amazing, given you do your work (which I learned the hard way). Your class becomes a family where you learn about life and academics.

- submitted by a student
March 11, 2009
I love the Catholic community and how they approach situations at the school. Faith holds hands with respect and compassion. Their middle school teachers are strong in their own disciplines, and the educators of the younger children are compassionate and giving.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 21, 2008
St. John's is a wonderful school where students recieve a faith-filled eduation. In addition to creating children of faith, the school provides outstanding academic opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
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St John The Baptist Catholic School
12508 Lynn Avenue, Savage, MN  55378
(952) 890-6604
Last modified St John The Baptist Catholic School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St John The Baptist Catholic School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top