My family has been part of the SJA family since 2010. And when I say family I really mean family. Along with amazing caring teachers and staff, there is a sense of community that cannot be duplicated in any public school setting. Parents are always welcomed and encouraged to take part in field trips and class parties. The teachers encourage the kids to do their best but also have high standards. If you walk in the building behind a student they will always hold the door for you. This behavior is taught and expected of them. The presence of God is everywhere. So if that is something that is important to you, then this is the school for your child. Small class sizes are also a plus. The children go to mass every week and are always jumping at the opportunity to answer the priest's questions. We almost sent one of our children to public school several years back. (Our youngest was enrolled in SJA because we liked the full day kindergarten program) When we walked her into St. John's there was such sadness on the faces of friends and former teachers as they saw their classmate in regular clothes. We quickly changed our minds, sent him to SJA and never looked back.
My daughter has attended SJA since she was in kindergarten and we couldn't be happier with the school. She has had some wonderful teachers throughout her time there who have fostered a love of learning in her. The teachers put a lot of time into their lesson planning and it shows in the activities that the kids are engaged in every day. They really do make learning fun for the kids. The administration is extremely visible throughout the school day as well. They know every student and parent by name and always have time to meet with you should you want clarification on a policy. There are also a lot of extracurricular activities at the school in which the students are encouraged to participate. My daughter loves representing her school both on the sports fields and in clubs. I would highly recommend St. John's to anyone looking for an alternative to public education.
My daughter has attended St. John's for nearly a year now, and we have had a great experience! We came from a larger Catholic school out of state, and within the first few weeks, my daughter and I both felt like we fit right in. We were welcomed with open arms by staff, teachers, parents, and parishioners of the church. My daughter is very happy in the smaller classrooms (max of 20 kids), and she is excelling in all subjects. She's challenged with the curriculum, and her assessment scores reflect her hard work and the excellent education she is receiving.
If we didn't have the warm, Catholic community at SJA, I don't know that our transition to Virginia Beach would have gone as well as it has. My daughter enjoys after school sports and activities with the many school friends she has made, and the parent involvement has been great! It's a community within a community at the school.
We have nothing but positive things to say about this school!
Everyday my daughter would come home crying because the kids and teachers are mean. When the parents get together it's like an episode from the Real Housewives. When my daughter was in the variety show she was picked for her singing by students and teachers. It does focus around God but they judge everything you do. Overall I will never go back. Thank you.,
Honestly, stay away from the preschool. Most of the other staff members are amazing... A lot of gossip happens in this school. The preschool teacher will not hold back about your child's poor behavior or who gave everyone lice to other parents.
As a student at Sja.I would say how we are being taught is not great the Teacher complain about how we aren't the best kids to work with and how we are bad kids.If they didn't treat us bad we would try harder.I have been going her for 9 years and some was great but theses past few years have been really bad and I really wished I went to public school.it would be the same but maybe even better.
RECENTLY, I HAD THE EXPERIENCE OF VISITING THIS WONDERFUL SCHOOL. I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS. THE STUDENT''S REVERENCE AND PARTICIPATION AT MASS WAS EXEMPLARY. I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH CATHOLIC EDUCATION FOR MANY YEARS AND HAVE NEVER MET A FINER OR MORE DEDICATED STAFF. THE STAFF AND STUDENTS MADE ME FEEL VERY WELCOME.
I have witnessed teachers and parents yell at students as well as talk about other students behind their backs. While I know that happens everywhere, I was shocked that it happened at a "faith" based school. This school should be ashamed!
This is an excellent school for motivated students and parents who are involved. This is NOT the school if your child has special needs, and being a private school, the school is not required to have one. Many other local Catholic or private schools boast their special-ed programs, and SJA is an excellent, mainstream, faith-based school. My family feels comfortable at SJA, after previously attending another local private school for four years. The students were warm & welcoming, encouraging even, and the parent involvement is excellent. The teachers are top-notch, providing a challenging curriculum to our three children. My husband and I looked extensively into our public school options and after interviewing several administrators and teachers at our local Virginia Beach schools, neither one of us was impressed. One of the teachers couldn't even speak English appropriately, and this woman wanted to teach my children? NO THANKS! We'll take St. John the Apostle any day!
First of all, I am a former VBCPS teacher and have taught in many different states with public education systems far, far superior to what Virginia Beach professes to offer. Please parents, do NOT believe the hype about the public schools in this city being "excellent", they are average on a good day, and then don't forget about the violence, overcrowding, sex on school grounds (yes, I went there) and the ever present drug problems that plague the schools. No school is perfect, but SJA offers small class sizes, an excellent curriculum, great guidence program which piggy backs onto the religion program and top notch parental involvement. My own children who were A students at the local "gifted" elementary school came here and were behind compared to their peers. Enough said. Make the right decision for your family and your budget, but know that the public education in this city can not compare with the private school offerings.