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Jamestown, ND

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215 5th St SE
Jamestown, ND 58401

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(701) 252-3397
(701) 952-2434
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February 05, 2015
Our journey with SJA started over ten years ago when my son attended. He was first signed up to attend kindergarten in the public school system. It was very important to us to give him the best education. We start and end our day in prayer. We are not Catholic but we are Christians. One day my son (kindergarten) said," mom, I can't wait to bring my Bible to school." It was that day that I signed him up for SJA. He got to bring his Bible to school. Today, he is an amazing young man who has a strong faith which allows him to witness to others. His faith was harvested at SJA. Some of his best friends today, are from his kindergarten class. It has a strong family connection. Trust in the direction of where God will lead you. It's worth every penny. Forever grateful!

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2015
This is in response to the individual who posted on January 30th after "visiting" with her hairdresser. Here is what the school board minutes said exactly. Professional development-Marlys Fix reported that she and Principal Wiest attended a "Learning Forward" event last year. After attending, Marlys and Mark felt SJA was falling behind in terms of professional development and resolved to create new opportunities for sta ff at SJA.Several sta ff members have since been pursuing professional development by meeting as a book study group (Teaching With Your Strengths and What Great Teachers Do Di erently). I guess in my humble opinion it sounds like they have already been addressing Professional Development. It also sounds like they are addressing childcare pay and the playground. This definitely looks like a proactive staff/school board/administration. As with all private schools, they receive absolutely no funding from the state for their programs. So I would have to say they're doing a great job! I also disagree with the comment that it "used to be great." I hear many, many people say it's simply the best elementary school in Jamestown.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2015
We are a "former" part of SJA community. In the last couple years I had been hearing a lot of negative things about SJA that solidified my decision to pull my child from there last year. After hearing a few more negative things about SJA (from my hairdresser) I decided to check this site and the SJA website out. I did notice in their own published School Board Minutes that they indeed state they have issues with professional development, dont pay their childcare providers very well, and that there are playground issues. I also am aware of a community member who's child was "tested" incorrectly at SJA. So from what I am seeing these negative comments may be correct.In addition I am surprised to see such a blatant attempt to market SJA by an apparent rep of the school. To list actual figures like that and "invite" people to come check it out. Is Great Schools now a free marketing site? It is sad to me, the school used to be great but in recent years its become so political in a way.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2015
In addition to academic excellence, I love that SJA puts an emphasis on personal values. SJA incorporates Catholic Christian values into its everyday curriculum. This foundation has remained with my children beyond SJA s doors. I am forever grateful to SJA as my children have grown into great citizens and dynamic leaders from learning to help others, and make a difference in the world around them.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2015
I attended St. John's Academy from Kindergarten through 6th grade. I love that school!! I am so blessed.

- submitted by a community member
January 29, 2015
They are falling behind in terms of professional development. They only pay their child-care workers $7.25 per hour. Their playground needs improvement in order to maintain a safe environment and prevent injuries. ND is a wealthy state, save your money, go to a public school. Staff development is updated, workers (who are in charge of your child s well being) are paid accordingly and the playgrounds are safe.

- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2014
We were very unhappy there. Im not sure of the testing methods because my son was always pegged as having issues but now that we left there are no issues at all. In fact he has tested as advanced. In my opinion they just didnt want to go the extra mile for the benefit of the child.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
My child was not treated well by administration nor did my child receive a quality education. Not worth the money at all. In Jamestown, this is the school to avoid!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2013
I have been a parent and volunteer at SJA for over 15 years and couldn't be prouder of the quality, commitment and tremendous outcomes that are emblematic of the school. My kids performed so well in middle school and high school because of both the academic and social standards to which they were held by the faculty and staff of SJA. SJA is a blessing to parents, students and our community.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2009
SJA is above & beyond an exceptional school! As a teacher and current stay at home mom (who is not Catholic), sending my child(ren) to the Academy was just a given.. In fact, before my husband and I were married, this was already decided. The student teacher ratio is wonderful, as is the accelerated curriculum. Each night my child has school work, not too much, that is more enrichment than 'homework.' Our friends in the public schools do not have this. When I was working, I witness firsthand the quality of a SJA education when students would enter the 7th grade at the Middle School and it was a year of review for them!! As for the school community, it is family. Not just now, but forever. Yes, there is tuition, but that is nothing compared to what the children recieve. One last thing, my son LOVES school! He gets upset

- submitted by a parent

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At SJA, we’re proud of our tradition of high academic standards and achievement-as attested by our students’ outstanding performance on state and standardized tests. There is also a noticeable spirit of community at SJA. Parents, teachers, students and parishioners all work together, enthusiastic and committed to making St. John’s Academy a great school. Parent involvement is a key ingredient of St. John’s Academy.

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St. John's Academy
215 5th St SE, Jamestown, ND  58401
(701) 252-3397
Last modified St. John's Academy is a Private school
St. John's Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 10 reviews. Top