St. John School FAQ’s
How many students attend SJS? What are your class sizes?
There are approximately 225 boys and girls currently attending our school. The current class sizes range from 18 – 30 students with a teacher and assistant in each class during core curriculum hours.
Is There a Before & After School Program?
Yes, all children are welcome on campus starting at 7:30am, and after school care is available until 5:30pm, Monday – Friday, at a fee of $5/hour.
Do you have an athletic program?
Yes. SJS participates in the North Bay Catholic Schools League(CSL) for boys and girls. Athletics begin in 5th grade. The CSL consists of 10 teams. We are fortunate to have a well-equipped on-campus gym. Athletics include volleyball, basketball and track.
What kind of learning experiences do you provide outside of the classroom?
Some of our recent adventure in learning have included but are not limed to: Safari West, Preston Farms, The Petaluma Bird Rescue Center, Westminster Woods Outdoor Education Camp/Environmental Science Education (Occidental), Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, The Petaluma Adobe (overnight), Armstrong Grove, Petaluma Wildlife Museum, Tzomia Tea, the Grist Mill in Napa, the Multicultural Museum in Santa Rosa, the Healdsburg Science Fair, area theater productions, the Buddhist Temple in Ukiah, Spring Lake, San Francisco Exploratorium, Alcatraz, The Aviation Museum, and Washington D.C. These experiences offer student real world examples of concepts they learn in class.
Where do SJS graduates attend high school?
Recent graduates have attended such schools as Cardinal Newman High School, Sonoma Academy, Windsor High School, St. Michael’s Preparatory, Silverado, Santa Rosa High & Healdsburg High Schools.
Do I have to be Catholic to attend SJS?
No. Approximately two thirds of the student body comes from a Catholic background, yet all faiths are welcome. Exposure to other faiths is welcome throughout the grade levels.
What time does school begin and end?
The regular bell schedule is 8:05am – 3:00pm, and minimum day dismissal is at 12:30pm.
What is your policy for conflict/discipline?
We provide a solid foundation for creating a safe and respectful learning environment. Classroom guidance lessons are presented by our full time counselor who collaborates with teachers. The lessons are designed to build children’s social skills and self-esteem while giving them the tools to solve everyday problems. There is a focus on empathy and communication, bullying prevention and emotion management. The program is designed to prevent problem behaviors and promote academic achievement.
What do you do when a child needs medical assistance?
Our faculty is trained in basic first aid and CPR. A head or other serious injury warrants an immediate call to the parent. Local EMS are in close proximity to the school for emergencies. We ensure that all faculty and staff are aware of specific allergies, and we operate as a “peanut-free school”.
Do you offer financial assistance?
Yes. Financial assistance is based on financial need. The application is processed by an independent financial firm. The school uses FACTS for tuition management and aid assessment.