The differeniated instruction is excellent. Children, regardless of grade level, are motivated to do their best and challenged to their strengths. Class size is small enough to assure each child has their individual needs met. The principal has a committment to keep the class sizes to under 22, with a promise to higher additional teachers if enrollment for a grade goes above 22. In nearby public districts facing severe budget issues and suggesting classroom sizes in excess of 28 this is a serious plus for St. John. Children get extracurriculars like sports, music, and cheerleading. Fundraising is kept to a minimum and seems like less than the public school my child came from. They have plenty of the latest technology to stay progressive but at the same time they focus on making sure the kids know the bsics through a solid grounded education. Their character development is not a separate program, it is peppered throughout the curriculum and based on biblical teachings, but it is not overemphasized. The tuition is OK for what you get. It could be a little lower for Lutherans without a church school but still a great value.
More than just a high quality education! The close-knit feeling and value-based education enhances the students experience. Newly expanded and updated facilities 2009!
Based on its student performance on standardized tests, St. John is the highest ranked school in the entire county (compared to all other schools including public schools). My daughter and many of her classmates have gone on to highly regarded private and parochial high schools winning academic achievement scholarships. I credit the inventiveness and dedication of their teachers at St. John. You owe it to your child to visit St. John Scool.
Students do very well on standardized tests, and a high number of them are very successful in high school and beyond. St. John has the reputation of being a little more difficult than the other area Lutheran schools. There is very low teacher turnover, and full-time teachers are synodically trained to teach the Bible. Sometimes the teachers are old-fashioned, but that means lots of reading and very little calculator use, which can be good for a child's developing abstract thinking capacity.
Leadership is good but the teachers vary in quality. Many are not trained to do the job or seem to lack modern techniques
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