There are some excellent, tenured faculty in this school who truly are committed to teaching children.
The iPad program in the early grades causes more heartache and distraction than it contributes to learning.
The East Dallas real estate market is at an all time best with average days on market less than 60 days. St. John's current enrollment is 30 students short of full while other private schools in the area enjoy a waiting list. I think this says all you need to know.
Our family is new to St. John's this year and we couldn't be happier with the school. The teachers, staff and parents have all made our transition into the lower school easy and enjoyable. Academically my children have been challenged with grade appropriate work. They have also been encouraged and supported by their teachers, who have all been very welcoming to my questions and input. Prior to St. John's, my kids attended a well regarded DISD elementary - however we found the school to be too disorganized and the academics to be geared to pass tests instead of educate. My children received mostly A's at public school and have had to step it up at St. John's to maintain an A/B average. St. John's has daily recess time, and twice weekly art, music, PE and Spanish in the lower grades. The time spent in the academic classes is used efficiently. If you live in the East Dalla area and are looking for an excellent education, smaller classes, caring teachers and staff, friendly families and a neighborhood alternative to DISD, St. John's should be at the top of your list.
Having experienced lower school and middle school with a bright child, I would put St. John's up against any school in Dallas - and I went to ESD and St. Alcuin. Not just for education but for developing the whole child. I am also an employee. No school is perfect but this one strives to "be better" each year. Independent schools are required to go through an exhaustive, internal year-long study and outside evaluation by an impartial third-party team of educators. The evaluators had a hard time recommending areas of growth for St. John's. It's a very healthy school.
I see why learning-challenged or lesser academically gifted young people might be in their comfort zone here, surrounded by trees and flowers and teachers who are more encouraged to sooth than to instruct. Many instructors lack certification in their field. If your son or daughter is college bound and you seek a good pre-college education for him or her, avoid St John's.
The education is not worth the money spent. It is a beautiful campus with fabulous amenities inside but the education is lacking. My child was well above grade level. We met with the teacher, head of the lower school, and head of the school to discuss options. They were less than accommodating. We asked that our child be put in a higher grade for specific subjects and were told no. We asked the teacher for extra work. Her answer was initially no because she didn't want the other students to feel bad because they couldn't complete the same work. Eventually, extra work was sent home (but I can do that) she wasn't challenged while in school. We were also told that "in a few years all of the kids would be on a similar level and it wouldn't be an issue."
St. John's Episcopal is an outstanding school! I have had 3 kids go through and all received excellent academics. They were well prepared for their college prep high school and gone on to enroll in honors programs in college. The best part of the school are the values and ethics that they learn. You'll find no other school like it in Dallas!