Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why choose St. John the Baptist Catholic School?

  • Our standard of quality education is admired by other Catholic Schools, as well as public school districts.
  • Average class size is 18-20 (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. 

Q: What are the qualifications of your faculty?
 
A: 
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. 


Q: What kind of extracurricular programs do you offer?

  • 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.  Our school offers girls' volleyball in grades 5-8 in the winter.  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.
  • Performance and Fine Arts: 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.
  • Music: Our Music Program is offered to students in preschool through fifth grade.  Students learn age-appropriate vocal techniques, music notation, and pitched and unpitched musical instruments through a variety of experiences including: singing in groups; performing using instruments like hand drums, rhythm sticks, and shakers; and improvising short melodies combining percussion and movement.  Some of the highlights families enjoy from our Music program include a Christmas program and a Spring Concert.
  • Band: Our band program offers a variety of opportunities for the music enthusiast.  St. John's School has an arrangement with the Academy of Holy Angels that allows our students to have a pre-high school band experience and they are challenged with learning and preparing for concerts by exploring the fundamentals of music.
  • Clubs and Activities: 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, Ski Club, Chess Club, Mad Science, Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts, Learning Fair, Science Fair, Spanish Club, Students Offering Understanding and Listening (SOUL), Peer Ministers, Study Buddies and Theater.


Q: Do you offer before- or after-school care programs?

A: In an endeavor to assist the parents and families of St. John's students, St. John's School provides both before and after school care at an additional charge.  It is available on all days school is in session.  For more information, please click here.


Q: How are parents/guardians involved in St. John the Baptist Catholic School?

A: At. St. John's School, we have a rich and rewarding school life to benefit the students, parents and faculty.  We offer many special programs for the kids as well as ways for our school parents to get involved.  We are blessed with a high level of involvement from our parents, which offers the students and our school families a strong sense of community.  The following opportunities are the primary ways for parents to be involved: School Advisory CommitteeHome and School Association,New Family Mentor Program and many more!


Q: How do I register my child?

A: Registration is easy!  Please click here to register!