Lower School (Preschool – 4th Grade)
Our Lower School encompasses our students from Preschool 3 through 4th grade. Within our Lower School, our experienced and creative teachers challenge and support each child to maximize individual growth and achievement. Our teachers differentiate and individualize content, skills and experiences to encourage critical and creative thinking as well as essential academic skills. Our experienced teachers accelerate and challenge as well as enrich and reteach from our youngest to our oldest students.
Lower School students spend approximately two-thirds of their day in a homeroom-based program with their grade level teacher.
Within their homeroom, students develop relationships with one another and their grade level teacher. These teachers also instruct students in Math, Reading, Language Arts (grammar, writing, spelling and handwriting), Science, and Social Studies.
Students leave their homeroom for Spanish, Music, Art, Physical Education, Religion, and STEM classes, which are taught by Specials teachers. Chapel services are held weekly.
Traits of Success:
Success Traits are a core component of the St. John’s community. Research has shown that success in life is determined by character and commitment as much as intellect and ability. We teach our students organization, attentiveness, courage, faith, persistence, positive attitude, flexibility, generosity, and responsibility through assemblies, chapel services, community activities, and direct class instruction. By the end of a student’s career at St. John’s, they are well versed in the character, the challenge, and the values of St. John’s Success Traits.
All STJES students in Grades PK-8 participate in the International Festival. During this time, students are immersed in the study of the selected country, with all classroom activities, literature and projects centering on that country. As a culminating activity, students perform the dance of their selected country at the International Festival.