Students enrolled 179
School leader Rosemary Palisay
Type Religious

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663 Manor Rd
Staten Island, NY 10314

(718) 761-1858
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4 stars
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October 07, 2014
St John's is a small school that has been a perfect fit for our son. The principle has young school age children of her own, we sense that our child is her child, she knows everyone by name. Our son looks forward to the school dances which have been planned by the Assistant Principle Mrs. Aber whose own son graduated recently from this school. In the Fall 2014 the School enrolled in SMART tuition an automated billing system/company which takes away some stress of meeting the monthly tuition and has just switched lunch providers for nutritional value. Is this a PERFECT school, no, nothing is ever perfect (dislike the common core math items). SPECIAL NOTE: The music director Mr. Sax is a bright beacon, encouraging childrens talents, incorporating into the music program, and musical ministry of Christ's word and message in a fun way witnessed at the Christmas and Spring concerts. We've seen violins, guitars, bells, saxophones and voices shine. A stellar thank you Mr. Sax !. It is a good school with a staff that strives to enrich the lives of their students through various educational approaches. We are not sorry to place our child here and believe that you wont be either.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2014
Okay as a student who graduated ,I just want to say,this school was horrible. I've been at st.johns since I was in kindergarten and I can honestly say the school got worse and worse over the years.6-8th grade was horrible,they were either lazy,horrible with students or too easy. I always liked the substitute better then the actual teachers. They don't know how to handle students when they get in trouble and it's a mess. The teachers would tell us not to gossip and then would turn around and talk about us. Also they accused my class of stealing and went through our stuff. It turned out the teacher just misplaced it and they made a big deal for no reason. Don't go to this school,waste of money and I feel unprepared for high school!

- submitted by a community member
April 09, 2014
I have been a part of St. John's for many years. My family is very happy here and have nothing but wonderful things to say. We have received personal attention from professional faculty and adminisration. Two of the teachers left over the summer however, it happens from time to time. They were replaced with wonderful teachers that the parents are very pleased with. My children have learned so much. They have created lasting friendships and have such fond memories of dances, school trips, and class projects . The use of computers and IPads has motivated students in a tremendous way. St. John's has provided a family atmosphere that strives for academic excellence.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
This WAS a fantastic school until the end of 2012-2013 year, all of sudden long time Principle and about half of the teachers disappeared during that summer, the church & the school board kept it as a secret to get new enrollments until the first day of the school, not even PTA was informed. All of sudden people assisting classes were promoted as teachers. (private schools doesn't have to hire licensed teachers according to the Law) quick search of NYS teachers license data base will show you couple of licensed teachers in that school. Current principle is a licensed teacher unfortunately she can't teach the entire school. the 170 pupil number is not a real, it's more likely 100 for grade 1-8, and enrollment is falling and parents are pulling kids out, The school is in desperate need to get new kids (if you go by the church you might see signs on the lawn to lure new kids for UPK). There's a playground; kids are not allowed, no Art, no foreign languages. *** This is a good Christian school. Your child going to need that religious education, because when it's time for high school you and the child going to have to pray a lot in the absence of knowledge. ****

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I have one child in 3rd grade and one in 7th grade and both kids love this school. The principal, Mrs Palisay, retired this year and there is a new principal, Mrs. Speiser and a new Assistant Principal, Mrs. Aber, who were both promoted from within the school so the children are familiar and comfortable with the new administration. The teachers think outside the box and believe that every child can learn regardless of their abilities and/or special needs. The school offers title one services.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2013
Both my husband and I have been very impressed with the quality of education our child is receiving at St. John's. Great principle, great teachers, and a great school. The current PTL does a fantastic job, but would love to see more parents getting involved. The school environment is safe, welcoming and Christ centered and the tuition is very reasonable. We love St. John's!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2013
This school is no good. Do NOT attend. If you do decide to go, prepared to be infuriated.

- submitted by a community member
July 11, 2013
If you are looking for school that really knows your child, look no further. St John's is that school. It is the type of environment where you can leave your child at the door and feel confident they are in good hands. The teachers are caring and supportive. They will return your call or email immediately. They are willing to answer your questions and will know your child well. The PTL is the best. They go above and beyond for the school. The new pastor is great addition to the school. He is friendly and energetic and kids love him. The only draw back ,in my opinion, is the school itself is in need of repair. It needs some updating. Funds are needed! Other then that the school is great place for your child to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2013
I am the parent of soon-to-be first grader who also went to Pre-K and Kindergarten at this school. We are satisfied with the over-all quality of the education our child has received. The K and Pre-K teachers were both excellent and we are confident the first grade teacher will also be. The Principal is an approachable and effective administrator who cares about the children and the school. The Pastor of the Church is a wonderful source of guidance and inspiration for the children. I believe all religions are represented and respect for all is encouraged. We feel the school is worth every penny because of the feeling that the school is one big family and we feel safe bringing our child there. We do not use the before and after care or bus service however which would increase the cost of the school significantly. There is no band program, and not that much art. There are a few extra curricular offerings, most notably last year we enjoyed the "Little Scientist" group. Unfortunately the P-T group is not well supported, most likely due to the fact that in most families both parents work outside of the home, and Staten Islanders have long commutes.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
I transferred my two children to St. Johns from a Catholic School and am thrilled with the quality of education and the amazing approachable staff. My kids love St. Johns and are both doing extremely well academically and have made some great supportive friends from day 1 at school last year. I asked them if they wanted to go back to St. Johns this September and was nearly deafened by the enthusiatic response of yes.... The teachers are always available to discuss your child and I can not say enough good things about the principal. The younger grades have ipads and the older grades have laptops (obtained thought grant programs written by the staff.). The teachers are very progressive and love working at St. Johns.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
Dedicated and hardworking staff and student body! Wouldn't want to work anywhere else. SJL Rocks!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating November 03, 2010
St. John's Ev. Lutheran is a great school with a wonderful staff and supportive parents. They can certainly use any financial assistance.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
I am an educator in a nearby public school and not for a moment ever considered ANYTHING but St John's Lutheran for my kids! The progressive thinking, small classes, remarkable staff and the profound sense of being part of a "family" made this school the perfect fit for my children. They have gotten an excellent education. Well Done SJL!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2010
St. John's is excellent! So happy to be apart of this ELITE group! The staff is amazing, small class size, and soon to offer laptops for every child in the school. Wish there was a high school to contiune this wonderful education!

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May 08, 2010
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- submitted by a student
November 26, 2008
I'm in 8th grade at SJL, and I've been here since 5th- i love it. I am going to cry graduation when i have to leave. It's an amzing family-like class, and though there have been dramas, rarly do they last. the staff takes care of things amazingly. I love it!

- submitted by a student
November 06, 2008
I am a student at this school. Although the tuition is quite high, the money is well spent. I went there from Kindergarten to 8th grade. The teachers are very nice and the kids are like one big family. From 5th grade to 8th grade, you switch classes. Each teacher is an expert at their subjec and always know what their talking about. Some teachers can turn a long day short by making the lessons fun. Some are extremely funny in a way and makes the classes worth remembering.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 06, 2008
Tuition keeps going up, and the quality of education seems to fall. Some teachers really should retire

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April 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2008
St. John's offers an excellent academic program in a caring, Christian environment. The teachers are all very dedicated and there are numerous activities for the children. The tuition charged is very reasonable and the classes are not overcrowded like many of the private schools. Overall, this is a top notch school.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
Overpriced tuition, constant solicitation of parents for additional money, make this school an expensive choice for an average education. Steer clear!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2007
I love St. John's Lutheran School. The education is wonderful, the principal and teachers are excellent. They always have something going on for the kids!!! The Christian education is great as well. Money very well spent.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2007
St. John's is a wonderful school! The teachers are great and the environment is very caring! They really prepare the children well and the graduates get in to the top highschools and receive scholarships too! The new principal is great as she has been a teacher at St. John's and the AP as well and she cares about the school and the children. My kids are very happy there! There is music, art, gym, and computers as well as the great academics. The upper grades have spanish. We are very happy with the family atmosphere at St.John's. The sports and the PTL are great as well. Morning and aftercare are a great feature too!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2007
Academics are OK. For a christian school I was not impressed with how things are handled. Lot of politics and drama. Save your money and send your children to another school.

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January 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2006
What a mistake sending my kids to this school! Overpriced and overrated! Not language or music program--misled. New principal every other year. Stay away from this school! Neighborhood is not good either!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2005
St. John's has really improved this year. They have stability in a terrific new principal who demonstrates his love for the children on a daily basis. He listens to parent and student concerns without getting bogged down with gossip or rumors. He is good to the teachers too. He makes the parents complain to the teacher before he'll listen to them so as to give everyone the dignity they deserve to handle matters in a Christian manner. He does need to get up to speed on the sports program and it couldn't hurt him to be more confident when speaking to parents. I think he wants to please everyone and that's just not possible. I hope that the students don't view his lack of interest in sports and a lack of interest in their sporting activities because that would be a shame. He needs to bring back the PTA of 2004.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2005
i do not like that they do not offer a foriegn launguage to the older students- the music programn is not that great and really does not exist -but i understand they are trying to rebuild it. there are only a handfull a absolutely great teachers. 4th grade teacher is tough but she knows what the children need and gets them ready. the parents are very active which i think is good and every once in a while not so great. but i was not oeverall happy after all the money i spent on my child's education- but on of the main problems is they get a new principal every year and even two or three in a year -so no consitant leadership, but they are like a big family.

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August 26, 2003
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St. Johns Lutheran School
663 Manor Rd, Staten Island, NY  10314
(718) 761-1858
Last modified St. Johns Lutheran School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
St. Johns Lutheran School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top