St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School prepares each of its students for lifelong intellectual and spiritual growth by providing a superior educational experience within a nurturing Christian environment. Situated in Hyde Park and near Downtown Tampa, St. John’s is a co-ed, Episcopal K(4)-8 independent school with a rich 68-year tradition of exceptional academic achievement. Founded in 1951, St. John’s is Tampa’s oldest Episcopal school.

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Lower Division

Developing Key Skills for Mastery

Grades 1-4

Lower Division students take ownership of the learning process at a very early age. Faculty facilitate a curriculum that initiates questions and higher-level thinking, while recognizing that students take in and process information in different ways. By knowing a student's learning style, our faculty use a variety of teaching methods that maximize student learning while continuing to foster a solid basis in the fundamentals of learning. The Lower Division is dedicated to motivating students to be joyful, resilient, lifelong learners who have been incrementally prepared to find success in their transition to the Middle Division.

michael salzer, Head of lower Division

Lower Division students are curious, express creativity, appreciate the value of hard work, and experience the joy of learning. Our program focuses on the mastery of fundamental concepts and mechanics while encouraging students to delve deeper into topics and subject areas. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in literature-based reading, phonics, writing, hands-on mathematics, social studies, and technology. Specialist teachers also work with students during the week in the areas of art, music, science, library, Innovation, and physical education. 

St. John’s continually reaches beyond our expectations. My children continue to flourish and thrive in a loving, but challenging environment. The teachers engage the students in a fun and creative manner while also encouraging them to strive for the best versions of themselves. We look forward to many more years at St. John’s.

Helen Scott
current parent

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Jennifer English

Jennifer English

Administrative Assistant
Michael Salzer

Michael Salzer

Head of Lower Division