Why St. John's?
An extraordinary life begins with an extraordinary education. St. John’s is well-known for helping students achieve their potential at the highest level with a curriculum that challenges and encourages academic growth. Because of that, our Eagles have an average 95% acceptance rate to the private high school of their choice!
Superior academic outcomes are just the beginning. Choosing to enroll your child at St. John’s means more than that. Becoming an Eagle means your child is being placed in an environment that embraces the development of the whole child. From the first day your child enters Pre-K at St. John’s, there are regular chapel sessions, morning meetings, and collaborations with counselors to enhance your student’s health and well-being - encouraging strong hearts and minds.
The St. John's Community is truly a family! Volunteerism is the heartbeat of the SJE community. SJE volunteers, especially parent volunteers, collaborate and partner with school administration and faculty to promote a healthy parent partnership experience and engage their peers in school life in the most meaningful way possible - and have a ton of fun doing it!
St. John’s provides a safe, nurturing environment in which students are encouraged to reach their full potential:
• Students feel challenged and supported
• High quality, committed teachers
• St. John’s has a low student-to-teacher ratio
• Parents, teachers and students share a strong partnership
• The school climate supports achievement
Independence in the truest sense of the word
St. John’s is governed by a board of trustees, not a public school board. Being supported by tuition, our teachers have the freedom to create educational experiences that meet each child’s needs, without state mandates on curriculum, textbooks, and testing.
St. John’s is driven by our own unique philosophy, values, and approach to teaching.
High academic standards
St. John’s nurtures intellectual curiosity, stimulates personal growth, encourages critical thinking, and promotes a lifelong love of learning.
Small classes that allow for individual attention
Low student-teacher ratios encourage close connections between our teachers and students.
Our teachers teach in their areas of expertise. They strive to develop a full understanding of each student’s learning style, interests, and motivation.
Education OF the whole child
In addition to academics, St. John’s also nurtures students’ personal, spiritual, and social growth and civic conscience. Outside the classroom, students participate in school-sponsored athletic competitions, artistic pursuits, and leadership experiences.
St. John’s fosters a vibrant school community that welcomes and respects every family.
A community of parents who actively participate in their children’s education
St. John’s promotes regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals.
At St. John's, we are deliberate and thoughtful about balancing a very thorough academic program that celebrates and preserves childhood and makes sure that children grow up at the right rate, while being academically prepared for their future.
Of the Class of 2022, 95% were accepted into their ‘first choice’ private high school. A five-year analysis of highly selective grade 9-12 admissions outcomes for our 8th graders reveals similarly outstanding results, with overall acceptance rates actually higher than for families trying to join the same schools before 9th grade.
As an age 4 through Grade 8 school of 575 students, St. John’s can provide many advantages beyond academic rigor: students experience fewer transitions, they develop long-term relationships with teachers and friends, and there is a wide range of opportunities for students to make their voices heard and advance their leadership skills in every division. We know that even very young children can practice these skills and have meaningful opportunities to develop them early on.
The K(4)-8 model of education best serves students, and here's how:
- Children in the K(4) - 8 setting can enjoy all the discovery and precious freedoms of childhood longer.
- K(4) ‐ 8 grade configurations promote higher student achievement and some studies indicate these schools help improve student behavioral outcomes, including self‐esteem.
- Research demonstrates that when middle schoolers have the "top dog" status at school (8th grade), they feel safer, report fewer disciplinary instances, and perform better academically than students in 6-12 and K-12 schools.
The most compelling data of all? The testimonies of our graduates, who continue to report how well-prepared they were for the high school of their choice, and how well they fare in relation to fellow students who have been at the school longer.
High School Matriculation
St. John's offers unparalleled high school preparation. As a result, our graduates are highly sought after by Tampa's premiere high school programs.
Matriculation from 2018-2022
Academy of the Holy Names
SJE Eagles soar to success well beyond their years here!
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida Southern College
Florida State University
The George Washington University
High Point University
John’s Hopkins University
Loyola University, Chicago
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
North Carolina State University
Saint Louis University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Sewanee: The University of the South
Texas Christian University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Chicago
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Florida
University of Miami
University of Montevallo
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina, Wilmington
University of North Florida
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of South Carolina
University of South Florida
University of Tampa
University of Texas, Austin
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
United States Air Force Academy
United States Military Academy West Point
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University