Lower School

St. Johns Lower School

At St. Johns, we believe the foundation needed for a superior college preparatory program is a culture of kindness and respect, where students thrive in a safe and supportive environment. Our faculty carefully plans daily teachings that empower students to make skillful and purposeful choices in a safe environment where every voice has an opportunity to be heard. Each student is encouraged to find and express their individuality while demonstrating a passion for learning, acceptance and tolerance of different viewpoints, and genuine joyfulness in others' success.



Why St. Johns Lower School?

At St. Johns, students are at the heart of all decisions. We are confident that students will develop meaningful relationships, build foundational academic knowledge, and develop strategies to be lifelong self-advocates.

What does it mean for students to “thrive” in school?
Students experience the joy of learning when they are valued as individuals and challenged to explore the world around them without fear of failure.  At St. Johns, the joy and excitement of acquiring knowledge are gauged by the learning process instead of traditional grading systems and students are motivated and empowered to be independent thinkers and problem-solvers while applying what they learn to everyday situations. Students approach learning with pride and confidence in an open-minded, respectful manner while feeling connected to their teachers and peers. The relationships students develop at St. Johns are based on trust, mutual respect, and a sense of belonging where they know their voice is valued and respected.

What is it about our School culture that allows students to “thrive?”
At St. Johns Country Day School, teachers model the behavior they expect of students, including maintaining healthy reciprocal relationships with their peers. The consistent approach used across all grade levels provides opportunities for students to be engaged in meaningful and supportive experiences that translate into the application of real-world knowledge. Our student-centered environment requires and empowers students to maintain an open-minded approach in which all students can learn and excel. 



Beginning with the start of the 2021-2022 School year, St. Johns’ preschool families will have the option to transition to a year-round program, operating all School year long and through the summer for our 3- and 4-year-olds.  To learn more click here or reach out to Head of Lower School Otis Wirth at owirth@sjcds.net.


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Otis Wirth

Otis Wirth

Head of Lower School