At a Glance 

An academically rigorous school guided by Catholic Values.

 

Mission Statement:  As disciples of Jesus Christ, St. John the Baptist Catholic School, founded by the Parish in 1959, is committed to recognizing and fostering the potential of each individual in an environment that models Catholic values.

Founded: 1959

Location: Savage, Minnesota

Enrollment: 485 with 3 sections per grade

School Hours: 9:15am to 3:40pm

Licensure: St. John's is a fully licensed preschool through eighth grade school.

Accreditation: St. John’s (K-8) is fully accredited by the Minnesota Non-Public School Accrediting Association (MNSAA).  Steppingstones Preschool is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Average Class Size: 16-18

Team Name: Chargers

 

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

Academic Distinction: 

  • Our standard of quality education is admired by other Catholic Schools, as well as public school districts.
  • Average class size is 16-18 (our teachers know your child).
  • Standardized test scores are well above state and national averages.
  • Daily opportunity to study, share and bear witness to the Gospel - students are encouraged to pray and learn to develop their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Students live their Catholic faith each and every day.
  • Teachers and administration are dedicated to the success of each child and committed to them.
  • Seamless Preschool through 8th grade curriculum. 

Faculty: The faculty and staff of St. John's School represent the best of what a Catholic parish school has to offer.  Competent and dedicated, these professionals teach a challenging curriculum, provide expert hands-on instructions, and devote a great deal of time to their students.  All of our 31 teachers (including Specialist teachers) are all college graduates with a MN teaching certificate, with 50% of them holding Master's degrees.  Most take advantage of continuing education opportunities both during the school year and over the summer months. 

 

Special Educational Services: St. John's provides a full-time registered nurse, a school counselor and Title I services onsite. The other special educational programs offered to our students are held at MW Savage Elementary, just one block from our school building. 


Athletics
: St. John's School is part of the South Side Youth Organization (SSYO) - a conference of 23 private schools in the Twin City Metro Area.   St. John's has a very successful athletic program, which is dedicated to fostering a competitive spirit that emphasizes the need for teamwork, dedication, school and team pride and respect for self, teammates, coaches, opponents and officials.

 

Extracurricular: St. John's provides many extracurricular activities for students to practice and demonstrate their special gifts and talents.  We believe it is important to encourage participation in these activities and include all interested students. Extracurricular opportunities offered to our students include: Destination Imagination, Spelling Bee, Quiz Bowl, Concert Band, National Junior Honor Society, Student Service Council (SSC), Ski Club, Chess Club, Mad Science, Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts, Learning Fair, Science Fair, Students Offering Understanding and Listening (SOUL), Study Buddies and Theater.

 

Theater and Art Classes offered: Art classes are offered in a studio style setting for all students one to two days a week.  Theater is offered as an extracurricular in the fall and in the spring.  St. John's School feels it is important for our students to have the opportunity to express themselves through art and theater. Through exposure to these forms of expression, each student expresses their own unique God-given gifts and talents.

 

Enhancing Teaching and Learning through Technology: St. John the Baptist Catholic School has long been a pioneer in integrating technology into our education. St. John’s School recognizes the potential of what technology can do and how it can improve student learning. When looking at adding technology as an initiative, we look at what are the best practices out there that foster student learning growth. All student faculty are provided with the technological tools such as SMART and Promethean Interactive White Boards, iPads and Chromebooks to develop learning opportunities that produce 21st century learners. With the introduction to Google Apps for Education this year, our student learners at Grades 5 thru 8 are on the cutting age of how they can both communicate and collaborate with other students and our staff.

 

/files/School/Pictures/school pictures 2011 005.jpgEXCELLENCE IN SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT

School Prayer: Prayer is the way we cultivate a conscious relationship with God. Everything we do at St. John's begins with prayer. Each school day begins with a prayer lead by students and all class periods begin with prayer. Assemblies, athletic events, as well as all student activities and clubs begin in prayer.

 

Weekly Mass: Every Thursday and on Holy Days, the school children and teachers attend Mass at 9:25am.  Each class at St. John's School plans one Mass per year. Students read Scriptures, bring up the gifts and offer the petitions during the Mass. They serve as cantors, altar servers, musicians and greeters at the front door of the Church.  Penance Service is also offered twice a year, along with other prayer experiences.

 

SPIRIT Program:

Spirituality - Acting in a Christ-like manner

Politeness - Being considerate to others

Initiative - Stepping up to do something when I recognize    the need

Responsibility - Being prepared and doing my best

Independence - Having faith in myself and my choices

Tolerance - Accepting the differences of others

 

In a world of uncertainty, questionable moral role models, and mass media, St. John's School feels an obligation to formally teach and model "What Would Jesus Do". St. John's is committed to developing the whole child - mind, body, and SPIRIT and the St. John's SPIRIT Program encompasses good character development and manners. The goal is to model through our relationships with one another and our ability to live out the gospel values for the common good of our school. We know we have good students-we want them to be great even when no one is watching.

 

EXCELLENCE IN BUILDING A COMMUNITY

New Family Mentor Program: One way we welcome new families to our school is by our New Family Mentor Program that pairs new families with families who already have children in our school for a year or more. The New Family Mentor keeps in regular contact with their assigned new family throughout the school year and invites and encourages their participation in the life of the school and their child's education. It also is a great opportunity for the new family to ask questions on any number of topics.

 

EXPERIENCE EXCELLENCE

Financial Assistance/Scholarship Opportunities: St. John's has a financial assistance program available to families who qualify. For more information, contact the school office at 952.890.6604

 

On-Site, Before and After School Childcare: 6:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. and 3:40 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  St. John's has an on-site childcare program for working parents called: "Kids Care." It is available on all days school is in session.

 

Transportation: Students residing in School District 191 - Burnsville, Eagan, and Savage are transported to and from St. John's at no charge. Those outside the district boundaries may inquire about the pay to ride option.

 

Uniforms: Students are expected to be in full uniform each day. The uniform policy has been established to help provide a non-distracting learning environment.

 

School Year:  Academic year includes 3 trimesters.  School begins after Labor Day and concludes in early June.