The "middle years" are a time of great physical, emotional, cognitive, and social change for adolescents. During this critical period, our tweens and early teens will start to answer the eternal questions, "Who am I?" and "What should I do?" At St. John's, we are privileged to partner with parents in helping guide our students to answer these questions for themselves. While we know that too much structure can be stifling, not enough can be overwhelming and counterproductive. We provide a challenging, but nurturing and inclusive Christian environment in which all students can safely explore different interests and learn how to pursue lives of service and purpose.
As the first independent school in California to fully adopt a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) approach to teaching and learning, we have made great strides in nurturing students who feel valued and possess the confidence to make connections that transcend traditional disciplines. We continuously strive to create an environment in which each child is encouraged to create, persevere, and have fun. Consequently, our students think critically, are strong collaborators, excellent communicators, and feel empathy. All of these skills and more are on display in our annual STEAM Day. Our newest building on campus, the Johnson STEAM Center, is the latest manifestation of our community's belief that excellence never rests. This exciting addition that houses a technology center, robotics lab, and a fabrication space for STEAM projects provides a continuing commitment to ensure our students receive a world class, 21st century education.
The beneficiaries of an appropriate balance of tradition and innovation, our students graduate with a sense of self-worth, confident that they can and should make a positive difference in the lives of others. St. John's graduates are highly sought after by the very best high schools in South Orange County, and they often serve in leadership positions.
Do you want to be part of the future of education? Come join us to learn Mandarin, discover a passion for music, tinker in the Makers Lab, play on the soccer team, perfect that five paragraph essay, and much, much more!
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance to your family.
James Jordan, Ed.D.
Middle Division Principal