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.

We hope that upon graduation from St. Johns, our students are knowledgeable of whom they are, educated on what the world will present, and confident to make life decisions. 


Why St. Johns Lower School?

Caring School Community

Research and educators' experience confirm that building a safe and caring school community and attending to social and emotional learning are essential to students’ overall success. In St. Johns' Lower School, we create this beneficial environment through our Caring School Community program, which focuses on the whole School community—students, parents, teachers, coaches, and more—and on relationships. The Caring School Community program builds on the powerful insight that when students have strong relationships within their community, they are more likely to acquire self-discipline and feel a sense of responsibility to themselves and to others. Through consistent use of effective classroom management practices and structures that build relationships, Caring School Community helps teachers create calm, safe classrooms that are more conducive to learning. Further, the approach to discipline assumes that all children want to and can behave well at school and are capable of learning and changing their behavior. The program encourages teachers to treat students with respect and to treat misbehavior as mistakes similar to those students might make in academic work, not as signs of moral or character flaws. Through this respectful, consistent, integrative approach, we teach students day by day what it means to be a caring, thoughtful individual, and how to treat others with respect. We also make the day run much more smoothly, leading to better days, and better outcomes, for everyone. 




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